Florida - 2018 Legislation

Constitution Revision Commission - Proposal 54

SYNOPSIS: Prohibition on limitations on health care facilities and services; a new section in Article X of the State Constitution to prohibit the state from limiting the number of specified health care facilities and services through the granting of certificates of need and to declare all conflicting laws void.

STATUS: Referred to General Revisions Committee 11/10, Approved Committee 5-2 on 12/14, Placed on calendar 12/19, Public Hearings Melbourne 2/19, Jacksonville 2/20. Pensacola 2/27, Cape Coral  3/5, St Petersburg 3/13. In style and drafting 3/21.

AmSA POSITION: Oppose, unless amended. It creates a two tier model pitting the rich verse the poor and would put a strain on those utilizing skilled nurses and certified nursing assistants who are caring for our seniors.

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Constitution Revision Commission - Proposal 88

SYNOPSIS: Bans arbitration agreements, minimum insurance requirements, lawsuits against passive investors.

STATUS: Filed 11/3/17, Approved in Declaration of Rights Committee 5-2 on 1/9, Placed on calendar 1/22, Public Hearings Melbourne 2/19, Jacksonville 2/20. Pensacola 2/27, Cape Coral  3/5, St Petersburg 3/13. Withdrawn from further consideration 3/20.

AmSA POSITION: Oppose.

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Constitution Revision Commission - Proposal 99

SYNOPSIS:Patients right to know about medical incidents.

STATUS: Referred to General Provisions Committee; Declaration of Rights Committee 1/10, Approved General Provisions Committee 5-1 on 1/12, Unfavorable Declaration of Rights Committee laid on the table. 3-4 on 1/31.

AmSA POSITION: Referred AmSA study committee.

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SB190

SYNOPSIS: Requiring that the Technology Program within the Department of Management Services develop and implement a plan to require that emergency dispatchers be able to transfer an emergency call from one E911 system to another E911 system in the state.

STATUS: 8/22 Filed, Referred to Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities; Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government; Appropriations, Introduced 1/9, Committee approved 6-0 on 1/25 & Sent to appropriations subcommittee, SC approved 10-0 on 2/8.Now in Appropriations 2/12. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died in Appropriations.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB284

SYNOPSIS: Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities; Requiring the Agency for Health Care Administration to determine compliance with standards for electricity and emergency power sources during the routine inspection of a licensed nursing home facility.

STATUS: 09/15/17 Filed, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations; Rules -SJ 26, Introduced 01/09. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died in Health Policy.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB326

SYNOPSIS: Requiring that the Department of Children and Families establish the Florida Veterans' Care Coordination Program to provide veterans and their families with behavioral health care referral and care coordination services.

STATUS: 09/22/17 Filed, Referred to Military and Veterans Affairs 10/12/17, Approved 8-0 11/16/17, Sent to Children, Families & Elder Affairs, Approve 5-0 12/04/17, Introduced 01/09. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died in Appropriations.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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SB474

SYNOPSIS: Establishing the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Program within the Department of Health.

STATUS: 10/10 Filed, Referred to Health Policy; approved 6-2 1/16, Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services -SJ 161. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died in Appropriations.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee. Committee agenda 2/14, Temporarily postponed.

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SB608

SYNOPSIS: "Identity Theft and Fraud Protection Act"; requiring an agency to review for information susceptible to use for purposes of identity theft or fraud before making postings to a publicly available website.

STATUS: 10/24 Filed, Referred to Gov't Oversight & Accountability, Approved 6-0 1/10, Favorable in Judiciary 9-1, Sent to Rules 1/18, Rules approval 11-2 & placed on calendar 1/25. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died on Calendar.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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SB662

SYNOPSIS: Protection for Vulnerable Investors; Authorizing securities dealers, investment advisers, and associated persons to place temporary holds on transactions regarding certain accounts if the dealer, investment adviser, or associated person believes in good faith that exploitation of specified adults has occurred.

STATUS: 10/26 Filed, Referred to Banking and Insurance; Commerce and Tourism; Rules -SJ 54, Introduced 1/9, B&I Committee approved 10-0, Sent to Commerce & Tourism 2/6, Sent to Rules 2/21, Favorable in Rules 12-0 on 3/1. Placed on Special Order Calendar, Retained on Special Order 3/6 & 3/7. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died on Calendar.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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SB830

SYNOPSIS: Requiring a nursing home facility to provide current and updated contact information to a resident and the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; providing notice requirements regarding relocation or termination of residency from an assisted living facility, etc.

STATUS: 11/9 Filed, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations; Rules -SJ 64. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died in Health Policy.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB896

SYNOPSIS: Requiring the Florida PSC to ensure that public utilities effectively prioritize the restoration of services to certain health care facilities in the event of emergencies; establishing an Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman within the Department of Elderly Affairs to administer the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; requiring the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to conduct unannounced quality-of-care evaluations of certain health and long-term care facilities; requiring nursing homes to allow residents, and certain individuals on their behalf, to monitor the residents' rooms through the use of electronic monitoring devices, etc.

STATUS: Filed 11/14 Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 12/4, Introduced 1/9. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died in Health Policy.

AmSA POSITION: Oppose.

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SB1260

SYNOPSIS: Requiring the PSC to ensure that public utilities effectively prioritize the restoration of services to certain health care facilities in the event of emergencies; authorizing the Quality of Long-Term Care Facility Improvement Trust Fund to expend certain funds on a grant program administered by the Agency for Health Care Administration to provide funding for nursing home facilities to acquire emergency power sources; requiring the local emergency management agency to publish a list of facilities whose emergency plans have been approved.

STATUS: Filed 12/14 Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations; Rules -SJ 146, Introduced 1/11. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died in Health Policy.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB1302

SYNOPSIS: Prohibits consumer reporting agencies from charging any fee to consumers for placing, removing, or temporarily lifting security freeze on his or her consumer report.

STATUS:Introduced 12/17,Referred Banking and Insurance, Favorable B&I 10-0 1/30, Referred Commerce & Tourism, Approved in C&T 8-0 2/12, Favorable in Rules 13-0 3/1, Placed on Special Order 3/2. Read 2nd time, substituted HB953, refer to HB 953 3/6.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB655

SYNOPSIS: Requires public utilities to prioritize certain health care facilities for restoration of power in emergencies; requires such facilities to have operational emergency power source & sufficient fuel supply; requires Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to conduct unannounced quality-of-care evaluations of certain health & long-term care facilities; authorizes AHCA to impose specified civil penalties & administrative fines for certain violations.

STATUS: Introduced 1/9. Died in Health Innovation subcommittee.

AmSA POSITION: Oppose.

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HB681

SYNOPSIS: Authorizes securities dealers, investment advisers, & associated persons to delay transaction or disbursement of funds or securities based on good faith belief of actual, attempted, or potential financial exploitation involving vulnerable investor.

STATUS: Introduced 1/9, Referred to Banking and Insurance Subcommittee, Approved 12-0, Referred to Health and Human Services 2/5. Approved 18-0 on 2/15, Referred to Commerce Committee, Approved 23-1, Placed on special order calendar 2/28, Passed House 113-2 on 3/1 & referred to Senate Banking & Insurance. Indefinitely postponed 3/10, Died in Banking & Insurance.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB953

SYNOPSIS: Prohibits consumer reporting agencies from charging any fee to consumers for placing, removing, or temporarily lifting security freeze on his or her consumer report.

STATUS: Introduced 1/9, Approved in Banking and Insurance Subcommittee 11-0, Referred to Commerce Committee, Approved in Commerce Committee 24-0 on 1/18 and placed on calendar. Passed House 113-0 2/21, Referred to Banking & Insurance 2/28. Substituted for SB1302 & read for 2nd time, Placed on calendar for 3rd reading & Passed Senate 36-0, Ordered enrolled 3/7. Signed by Officers & presented to Governor 3/14.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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