Pre-Session Update # 2
January 9, 2021
Paul D. Seltzer, DO, Legislative Chair
Stephen R. Winn, ED
Michelle W. Larson, Assoc. ED
Jason D. Winn, Esq.
Summary
This week, legislators filed eleven health care bills. More bills will likely be filed next week, as the legislature begins the first week in a series of interim committee meetings scheduled for 2021. 

The House Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday Jan 13, 2021for HB 7 relating to civil liability for damages relating to COVID-19. HB 7 provides several COVID-19-related liability protections for businesses, educational institutions, government entities, religious organizations, and other entities. Under the bill, a covered entity that makes a good faith effort to substantially comply with applicable COVID-19 guidance is immune from civil liability from a COVID-19-related civil action. The bill's liability protections do not apply to a health care provider, such as a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, or other health care-related entity.  According to the Senate sponsor, liability protection for health care providers and entities will be addressed in a separate bill.  

The Senate Health Policy Committee will meet Wednesday Jan 13, 2021.  Meeting discussion will be centered on COVID-19 mitigation efforts by the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Health. 

Both the Senate and House Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committees will meet on Thursday Jan 14, 2021.  The House committee will hear a presentation on COVID-19 vaccination planning and implementation by Jared Moskowitz, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management.  The Senate committee will hear a presentation from State Surgeon General, Scott Rivkees, and host a panel discussion with Florida hospitals concerning the pandemic.  

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that “the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH) have partnered with Publix Supermarkets to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites.”

“Through a partnership with FDEM and FDOH, Publix is receiving 15,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to launch a new pilot program at 22 select Publix Supermarkets, beginning Friday, January 8. Appointments can be made beginning Thursday, January 7.”
Legislative Spotlight
SB 0424. Autonomous Practice by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses by Brandes

SB 424 expands the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses. Presently, autonomous practice for advance nursing is limited to primary care. As drafted, the legislation would expand autonomy to all practice areas designated within his or her specialty as defined under s. 464.012(4). This legislation is identical to HB 111 filed over the holidays.


HB 0007 Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 by McClure &. SB 0072. Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 by Brandes

HB 7 and SB 72 provide several COVID-19-related liability protections for businesses, educational institutions, government entities, religious organizations, and other entities. Under the bill, a covered entity that makes a good faith effort to substantially comply with applicable COVID-19 guidance is immune from civil liability from a COVID-19-related civil action.

The bill's liability protections do not apply to a health care provider, such as a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, or other health care-related entity.  According to the Senate sponsor, liability protection for health care providers and entities will be addressed in a separate bill.  
Bill Tracking
Please see the link below containing a list of all legislation filed to date. Let us know if you have any specific areas of interest or concern.



The following bills were filed over the holidays.

HB 0007 Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 by McClure
HB 0009 Protecting Consumers Against Fraud During a Pandemic by Zika
SB 0058 Hospitals’ Community Benefit Reporting by Rodriguez (A)
SB 0072. Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 by Brandes
HB 0157. K-12 Physical Health Requirements by Hawkins
HB 0171. Children With Developmental Delays by Tant
HB 0173. Individual Education Plan Requirements for Students with Disabilities by Tant
HB 0183. Office of Minority Health and Health Equity by Brown
HB 0201 Florida Kidcare Program Eligibility by Bartleman
SB 0424. Autonomous Practice by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses by Brandes
SB 0494. Administration of Vaccines by Burgess
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