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|2017 Legislative Session|
Updates from Florida's Legislative Session by DCMS Chief Executive Officer Bryan Campbell:
March 21, 2017:
CS/SB 240, the bill introduced by Senator Tom Lee which would allow for physicians to enter into Direct Primary Care contracts with patients, passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services by a unanimous vote. The next stop for this bill will be the full Appropriations Committee before it goes to the Senate Floor.
The House version of the bill, HB 161, has already been approved through Committees and will be introduced to the full House of Representatives as early as this week.
March 17, 2017:
Happy St. Patrick's Day! This is a quiet day in Tallahassee. The Senate cancelled its schedule afternoon session yesterday (which just happened to coincide with the Florida basketball game!) so the majority of the action was on the House side.
One of the bills we are watching closely is HB 161. It would allow for Direct Primary Care agreements between you and your patients, which will not be considered an insurance product. Yesterday, that bill was passed unanimously, 18-0, by the House Health and Human Services Committee. That committee is chaired by Rep. Travis Cummings from Orange Park. Rep. Paul Renner from Palm Coast is also a member of that committee.
The bill has now been referred to the floor of the House of Delegates where it could be taken up as early as next week.
March 15, 2017:
The House Health Quality Subcommittee met to discuss HB 1037, a bill which would create a new category of Optometrist which would be allowed to perform surgical procedures. Despite hearing from a number of physicians about the dangers of allowing people without surgical residency to perform these procedures the Subcommittee voted to approve the measure. The bill will now go to the House Health Care Appropriations Committee and the House Health and Human Services Committee before it would go to the floor of the House.