Florida - 2019 Legislation

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HB 19

SYNOPSIS: Creates programs for purpose of safely importing cost-effective prescription drugs into state from Canada & other foreign nations under specified conditions; provides eligibility criteria for prescription drugs & program participants.

STATUS: Filed 2/20, Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee,  Referred to Appropriations Committee, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee, Now in Health Quality Subcommittee 2/28, 1st Reading 3/5, Agenda for Health Quality Committee 3/12,Now in Appropriations Committee 3/13, Favorable by Appropriations Committee 3/18, Now in Health & Human Services Committee, Now in Health and Human Services Committee 3/19.

AmSA POSITION: Oppose.

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HB 23

SYNOPSIS: Establishes standard of care for telehealth providers; authorizes telehealth providers to use telehealth to perform patient evaluations; authorizes certain telehealth providers to use telehealth to prescribe specified controlled substances; provides that nonphysician telehealth provider using telehealth & acting within scope of practice is not deemed to be practicing medicine without license; provides that health insurer or HMO is allowed tax credit against specified tax imposed if it covers services provided by telehealth providers.

STATUS: Filed 2/21, Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee, Referred to Ways & Means Committee, Now in Health Quality Subcommittee 2/28, Favorable by Health Quality Subcommittee, First reading 3/5, Now in Ways & Means Committee  3/7, Added to Ways and Means Committee Agenda 3/14,  Favorable with CS by Ways & Means Committee 3/18,Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a), Filed 3/19, First reading 3/19, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee 3/20.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study Committee.

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HB 35

SYNOPSIS: Creates the Green Alert system within the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to assist in the identification and location of a missing veteran at risk.

STATUS: Filed for introduction 1/10, Referred to State committee ½, Referred to Department & Agencies Subcommittee 1/22, Taken off notice fo cal Department & Agencies Subcommittee of State committee. Sponsor added 2/12.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study Committee.

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HB 231

SYNOPSIS: Creates "Florida Hospital Patient Protection Act"; requires health care facilities to implement staffing plan that provides minimum direct care registered nurse staffing levels; prohibits health care facility from assigning unlicensed personnel to perform functions or tasks that should be performed by licensed or registered nurses.

STATUS: Filed 1/11, Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee 1/16. First reading 3/5.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 253

SYNOPSIS: Assisted and Independent Living Facility Task Force; Establishes Assisted & Independent Living Facility Task Force; provides duties, membership, & meetings of task force.

STATUS: Filed 1/11, Referred to Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee; Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee 1/23, First reading 3/5,  Favorable with CS by Health Quality Subcommittee 3/12, Reported out of Health Quality Subcommittee 3/14, Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 3/14, CS Filed 3/14, First reading 3/14, Added to Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee agenda 3/18, Favorable Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee agenda, Reported out of Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee agenda 3/21, H Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a), Filed 3/21, H Referred to State Affairs Committee.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 375

SYNOPSIS: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; Exempts from requirement to check patient's dispensing history the prescribing of or dispensing controlled substance to patients for alleviation of pain related to terminal condition or to patients receiving palliative care for terminal illnesses. First reading 3/5.

STATUS: Filed 1/21, Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee, First reading 3/5, Reported out of Health Quality Subcommittee,  Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 3/14, CS Filed 3/14, First reading 3/14,  Added to Health & Human Services Committee agenda, Favorable Health & Human Services Committee agenda 3/21,  Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 3/22, Filed 3/22.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 449

SYNOPSIS: Alzheimer's Disease; Revises representative requirements of Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee membership; requires committee to submit annual report to specified parties that includes certain information & recommendations; requires Department of Elderly Affairs to review & update Alzheimer's disease state plan every 3 years in collaboration with certain parties.

STATUS: Filed 1/22, Referred to Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee, Favorable with CS by Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee,  Referred to Health & Human Services Committee, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/27, First reading 3/5, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 3/7, Reported out of Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Now in Health & Human Services Committee 3/7, Added to Health & Human Services Committee agenda 3/12, Favorable with CS by Health & Human Services Committee 3/14,  H Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 3/15, Filed 3/15, 1st reading 3/15, Bill referred to House calendar 3/18, Added to second reading 3/18, Bill added to Special Order Calendar (3/27).

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 679

SYNOPSIS: Healthy Florida Program; Creates Healthy Florida Program for purpose of comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage; creates Healthy Florida Board & public advisory committee.

STATUS: Filed 2/7, Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Health and Human Services Committee 2/13. First reading 3/5.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 2423

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Veterans Helping Veterans USA, Inc.-Training Veterans for Success.

STATUS: Filed 2/4, Referred to Appropriations Committee 2/6, Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/6, Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee Agenda  2/14, First reading 3/5, Added to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee agenda 3/7, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 3/12, Reported out of Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Now in Appropriations Committee  3/12.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 2497

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Alzheimer's Community Care Association - Critical Support Initiative.

STATUS: Filed 2/4, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/6, Referred to Appropriations committee, Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/6, Heath Care Appropriations Agenda 2/14. Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Now in Appropriations Committee 2/21. First reading 3/5.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 2685

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Alzheimer's Project, Inc.

STATUS: Filed 2/5,Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Appropriations Committee 2/8, Health Care Appropriations Agenda 2/14. Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Now in Appropriations Committee 2/21,Now in Appropriations Committee 2/21. First reading 3/5.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 3367

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, Inc. - Alzheimer's Funding.

STATUS: Filed 2/11, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Appropriations Committee, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/13.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 3447

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Home Delivered Meals for Elderly in Northeast Florida.

STATUS: Filed 2/11, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/13, Referred to Appropriations Committee, Added to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee agenda 2/14. Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee,  Now in Appropriations Committee 2/21. First reading 3/5.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 3463

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Dementia Alzheimer's Community Based Long Term Care Services - CSG Home Healthcare Services.

STATUS: Filed 2/11, Referred to Appropriations Committee, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/13, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/13. First reading 3/5, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 3/7, Now in Appropriations Committee 3/7.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 3467

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Alzheimer’s Project, Inc.- Bringing the Lost Home Pilot Project.

STATUS: Filed 2/11, Referred to Appropriations committee, Referred to Justice Appropriations Subcommittee 2/13. First reading 3/5, Favorable by Justice Appropriations Subcommittee 3/7, Reported out of Justice Appropriations Subcommittee , Now in Appropriations Committee 3/7.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 3645

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Sunlake Elderly Care.

STATUS: Filed 2/13, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/15, Referred to Appropriations Committee 2/15, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/15. First reading 3/5.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 3741

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the City of Hialeah - Elder Meals Program.

STATUS: Filed 2/13, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Referred to Appropriations Committee, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/15. First reading 3/5, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Now in Appropriations Committee 3/7.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 3743

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the City of Hialeah - Goodlet Adult Center Facility Improvement.

STATUS: Filed 2/13, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Referred to Appropriations Committee, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/15, First reading 3/5, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Reported out of Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee,Now in Appropriations Committee 3/13.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 4777

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the City of West Park - Senior Programming.

STATUS: Filed 2/19, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Referred to Appropriations Committee, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/24, First reading 3/5, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Now in Appropriations Committee 3/7.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 4913

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Alzheimer's Association Brain Bus.

STATUS: Filed 2/19, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Referred to Appropriations Committee, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/24, First reading 3/5, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Now in Appropriations Committee 3/7, Now in Appropriations Committee.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 4943

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the City of Lauderdale Lakes Alzheimer's Care Center - Alzheimer Care Services Expansion.

STATUS: Filed 2/20, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Referred to Appropriations Committee, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/24, First reading 3/5.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 6045

SYNOPSIS: Removes provision requiring a specified number of units to be provided for affordable housing for eligibility for ad valorem tax reduction.

STATUS: Filed 2/15, Referred to Ways & Means Committee, Referred to State Affairs Committee, Now in Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee 2/28, First reading 3/5.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 7019

SYNOPSIS: Transfers powers, duties, & functions of DOEA relating to hospices, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, & adult day care centers to AHCA.

STATUS: Filed 2/14, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/15,  First reading 3/5, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Now in Health & Human Services Committee 3/7,Added to Health & Human Services Committee agenda 3/12, Favorable with CS by Health & Human Services Committee  3/14, Reported out of Health & Human Services Committee 3/15, Laid on the table under Rule 7.18(a) 3/15, Filed 3/15, 1st reading 3/15, Bill referred to House Calendar 3/18, Added to second reading calendar 3/18.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 9007

SYNOPSIS: Provides an appropriation for the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. - Medical/Social Partnerships Pilot Project.

STATUS: Filed 2/20, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/15, Added to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee agenda 3/5, First reading 3/5,Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 184

SYNOPSIS: Transferring the powers, duties, and functions of the Department of Elderly Affairs relating to hospices, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, and adult day care centers to the Agency for Health Care Administration; establishing that the agency is the lead agency responsible for the regulation of hospices, assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, and adult family-care.

STATUS: Filed 1/30,  Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations, Favorable by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs 2/11; YEAS 6 NAYS 0,  On Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services agenda for 2/20, Favorable 10-0, Now in Appropriations Committee 2/20, Introduced 3/5, Appropriations 21-0, Read 2nd time, Amendment offered 3/14, Read 3rd time approved 40-0, Immediately certified 3/21.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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SB 322

SYNOPSIS: Defining the terms “operative date” and “preexisting medical condition” with respect to health insurance policies and group, blanket, and franchise health insurance policies; requiring insurers and health maintenance organizations, contingent upon the occurrence of either of two specified events, to make at least one comprehensive major medical health insurance policy or health maintenance contract available to all residents of this state within a specified timeframe; prohibiting such insurers or health maintenance organizations from excluding or delaying coverage under such policies or contracts due to preexisting medical conditions.

STATUS: Filed 1/14, Referred to Banking and Insurance; Health Policy; Rules1/25, On Committee agenda-- Banking and Insurance, 02/19/19, Approved 6-1, Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute) 2/21, On Committee agenda Health policy, Introduced 3/5, Rules 3/7, On Committee agenda-- Rules, 03/13, Favorable by- Rules; YEAS 16 NAYS 1 -SJ 195,  Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading 3/13.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 452

SYNOPSIS: Requiring that elder abuse fatality review teams be granted access to certain records; authorizing the establishment of elder abuse fatality review teams in each judicial circuit and housing the review teams, for administrative purposes only, in the Department of Elderly Affairs; assigning responsibility for paying the administrative costs of review team operations to the team members or the entities they represent.

STATUS: Filed 1/21,  Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Appropriations, On Committee agenda-- Children, Families, and Elder Affairs, 02/19/19, 12:30 pm, 301 Senate Building, CS by Children & Family Committee 6-0 2/19, Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute) 2/20, Introduced -SJ 64 3/5, On Committee agenda-- Judiciary, 03/11/19, CS/CS by Judiciary; YEAS 6 NAYS 0 -SJ 195,Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute) 3/12,  Now in Governmental Oversight and Accountability 3/13, CS/CS by Judiciary read 1st time -SJ 240 3/14, On Committee agenda-- Governmental Oversight and Accountability, 03/26.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 644

SYNOPSIS: Creating the “Florida Hospital Patient Protection Act”; requiring that each health care facility implement a staffing plan that provides minimum direct care registered nurse staffing levels; requiring a direct care registered nurse to demonstrate competence and to receive specified orientation before being assigned to a hospital or clinical unit.

STATUS: Filed 1/31, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 2/15, Introduced 3/5.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 778

SYNOPSIS: Authorizing the Agency for Health Care Administration, in consultation with the Department of Elderly Affairs, to approve entities applying to deliver Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) services in the state.

STATUS: Status: Filed 2/6, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations, On Committee agenda, Health Policy 1:00 pm, 412 Knott Bldg 3/5, Favorable by Health Policy; YEAS 9 NAYS 0 -SJ 157, Introduced 35, On Committee agenda-- Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, 03/13/19,Temporarily Postponed.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 860

SYNOPSIS: Revising representative requirements of the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee membership; requiring the Department of Elderly Affairs to review and update the Alzheimer’s disease state plan every 3 years in collaboration with certain parties.

STATUS: Filed 2/7,  Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 2/19, Introduced 3/5, On Committee agenda-- Children, Families, and Elder Affairs, 03/11,  Favorable by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; YEAS 7 NAYS 0, Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services 3/12, Subcommittee Recommendation: CS by Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; YEAS 9 NAYS 0.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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SB 1088

SYNOPSIS: Nursing Home Facility Staffing; Revising direct care staffing requirements for nursing home facilities; requiring the Agency for Health Care Administration to include such requirements in rule.

STATUS: Filed 2/14, Introduced 3/5, On Committee agenda-- Health Policy, 03/11, CS by Health Policy; YEAS 10 NAYS 0, Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute),  Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 7002

SYNOPSIS: OGSR/Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grant Advisory Board; Amending provisions relating to an exemption from the public records and meeting requirements for applications provided to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grant Advisory Board within the Department of Health and the review of such applications.

STATUS: Filed 1/9, Referred to Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules, Favorable by Governmental Oversight and Accountability; YEAS 4 NAYS 0 2/12, Rules 2/13, Introduced 3/5, On Committee agenda-- Rules, 03/13,  Favorable by- Rules; YEAS 17 NAYS 0, Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading, Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/21, 2nd reading, Placed on 3rd reading.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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