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HB 7 Direct Health Care Agreements by:Duggan

Direct Health Care Agreements: Expands scope of direct primary care agreements to direct health care agreements. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

3/27/2019 HOUSE Read Second Time; Amendments Failed (515381, 512779); Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 90 Yeas / 24 Nays)

4/3/2019 SENATE In Messages

4/4/2019 SENATE Received; Referred to Banking and Insurance; Health Policy; Rules

HB 19 Prescription Drug Importation Programs by:Leek

Prescription Drug Importation Programs: 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; provides distribution requirements; provides annual reporting requirements; provides application & permitting requirements for certain participating entities; provides that implementation of International Prescription Drug Importation Program is contingent on federal arrangement or obtaining federal guidance. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

3/28/2019 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed

3/29/2019 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

4/4/2019 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/10/19


HB 23 Telehealth by:Yarborough

Telehealth: 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. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

3/28/2019 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C2) Filed

3/29/2019 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

4/4/2019 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/10/19


HB 27 Deregulation of Professions and Occupations by:Ingoglia

Deregulation of Professions and Occupations: Removes regulations on specified DBPR professions, including labor organizations, hair braiders, hair wrappers & body wrappers, & boxing timekeepers & announcers; revises certain requirements for barbers, nail specialists, business organizations that provide architecture services and interior design, landscape architects, & geologists; prohibits suspension or revocation of license for delinquency or default on payment of student loan or default on requirements of work-conditional scholarship. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

4/2/2019 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Commerce Committee, 04/04/19, 8:00 am, 212 K

4/4/2019 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Commerce Committee; 18 Yeas, 4 Nays

4/5/2019 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C2) Filed


SB 188 Department of Health by:Harrell

Department of Health; Revising health care practitioner licensure application requirements; revising licensure requirements for a person seeking licensure or certification as an osteopathic physician; revising requirements for examinations of dental hygienists; revising athletic trainer licensure requirements; revising qualifications for licensure as a massage therapist; revising requirements for licensure by endorsement or certification for specified professions, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

3/21/2019 HOUSE In Messages

4/4/2019 HOUSE Received; Referred to Calendar

4/4/2019 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/10/19

HB 247 Marriage and Family Therapists by:Mercado

Marriage and Family Therapists: Provides equivalent education requirements for licensure by examination; removes certain education requirements for licensure or certification by endorsement. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

3/28/2019 HOUSE Favorable by Health & Human Services Committee; 17 Yeas, 0 Nays

3/28/2019 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading

4/4/2019 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/10/19

SB 304 Prescriptive Authority Certification for Psychologists by:Brandes

Prescriptive Authority Certification for Psychologists; Requiring the Board of Psychology to certify specified psychologists to exercise prescriptive authority; specifying application requirements for certification; prohibiting specified prescribing actions; requiring the board to maintain a record of every prescribing psychologist authorized to prescribe controlled substances, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

1/11/2019 SENATE Filed

1/25/2019 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

3/5/19  • Introduced -SJ 54

HB 319 Patient Safety and Quality Measures by: Grant (M)

Patient Safety and Quality Measures: Requires hospitals to provide specified information & data relating to patient safety & quality measures to patient under certain circumstances or to any person upon request; requires hospitals & ambulatory surgical centers to submit patient safety culture survey data to AHCA; requires AHCA to develop such surveys; provides appropriations. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

3/27/2019 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 101 Yeas / 10 Nays)

4/3/2019 SENATE In Messages

4/4/2019 SENATE Received; Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations


HB 373 Certification for Prescriptive Authority by:Pigman

Certification for Prescriptive Authority: Creates certification for prescriptive authority; requires Board of Psychology to certify specified psychologists; requires rulemaking; provides certain prescribing practices; requires interaction with Board of Pharmacy; provides for construction of interim panel. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

3/15/2019 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, 03/19/19, 12:00 pm, 404 H

3/19/2019 HOUSE Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; 8 Yeas, 3 Nays

3/19/2019 HOUSE Now in Health & Human Services Committee

HB 509 Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors by:Gregory

inical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors: Revises provisions relating to licensure & regulation of clinical social workers, marriage & family therapists, & mental health counselors; revises provisions relating to interns in mental health profession. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

1/22/2019 HOUSE Filed

1/30/2019 HOUSE Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health & Human Services Committee

1/30/2019 HOUSE Now in Health Quality Subcommittee 

HB 821 Health Care Practitioners by:Pigman

Health Care Practitioners: Authorizes autonomous practice for specified health care practitioners; requires Board of Health or DOH, to register physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse if applicant meets certain criteria; authorizes such autonomous health care practitioners to perform specified acts without physician supervision or supervisory protocol. Effective Date: July 1, 2019, if HB 7079 or similar legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension thereof and becomes a law

3/8/2019 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Health Quality Subcommittee, 03/12/19, 8:30 am, 212 K

3/12/2019 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Health Quality Subcommittee; 10 Yeas, 3 Nays

3/15/2019 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed

SB 884 Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors by:Baxley

Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors; Revising the licensure requirements for clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors; deleting a provision providing certified master social workers an exemption from continuing education requirements; requiring the Department of Health to license an applicant for designation as a certified master social worker under certain circumstances, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

2/7/2019 SENATE Filed

2/19/2019 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

HB 885 Health Care Licensing Requirements by:Pigman

Health Care Licensing Requirements: Exempts certain health care practitioners from specified licensing requirements when providing certain services to veterans in this state. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

3/14/2019 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed

3/15/2019 HOUSE Reference to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee removed; Remaining reference: Health & Human Services Committee

3/15/2019 HOUSE Now in Health & Human Services Committee 

SB 924 Occupational Licensing by: Albritton

Occupational Licensing; Requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Health, respectively, to grant an application for licensure if the applicant has completed an apprenticeship and met other specified requirements; requiring the department to establish the grade necessary for an applicant who has completed an apprenticeship to receive a passing grade for an examination, etc. Effective Date: 1/1/2020

2/11/2019 SENATE Filed

2/19/2019 SENATE Referred to Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Health Policy; Rules 

HB 947 Telehealth by: Ausley

Telehealth: Establishes standard of care for telehealth providers; authorizes use of telehealth to perform patient evaluations; provides that telehealth providers, under certain circumstances, are not required to research patient's history or conduct physical exam before providing services; provides situations when use of telehealth is not deemed to be practicing medicine without a license; authorizes certain providers to use telehealth to prescribe specified controlled substances; requires DOH to develop & disseminate educational materials to specified licenses; provides recordkeeping requirements; provides patient consent requirements. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

2/20/2019 HOUSE Filed

2/28/2019 HOUSE Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health & Human Services Committee

2/28/2019 HOUSE Now in Health Quality Subcommittee 

HB 981 Occupational Licensing by:Toledo

Occupational Licensing: Defines "apprenticeship"; requires DBPR & DOH, respectively, to grant application for licensure if applicant has completed apprenticeship & met other specified requirements; requires department to establish grade necessary for applicant who has completed apprenticeship to receive passing grade for examination; prohibits department from requiring applicant to take examination. Effective Date: January 1, 2020

2/20/2019 HOUSE Filed

2/28/2019 HOUSE Referred to Business & Professions Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Commerce Committee

2/28/2019 HOUSE Now in Business & Professions Subcommittee 

SB 1042 Marriage and Family Therapists by:Torres, Jr.

Marriage and Family Therapists; Providing equivalent education requirements for licensure by examination; deleting certain education requirements for licensure or certification by endorsement, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

2/14/2019 SENATE Filed

2/22/2019 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 

SB 1216 Health Providers by:Bracy

Health Providers; Requiring that the report to the Department of Health of allegations of sexual misconduct by a licensed health care practitioner be made within a specified timeframe; increasing penalties for violations by licensed facilities, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

2/19/2019 SENATE Filed

3/4/2019 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

SB 1452 Prescription Drug Importation Programs by:Gruters

Prescription Drug Importation Programs; Establishing the Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program within the Agency for Health Care Administration for a specified purpose; providing eligibility criteria for prescription drugs, for Canadian suppliers, and for importers under the program; requiring the agency to request federal approval of the program; providing requirements for such request; requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to establish the International Prescription Drug Importation Program for a specified purpose, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

2/27/2019 SENATE Filed

3/4/2019 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

SB 1486 Health Care Coverage by:Torres, Jr.

Health Care Coverage; Designating the “Healthy Florida Act”; creating the Healthy Florida program, to be administered by the Healthy Florida Board; creating the Healthy Florida Board; specifying powers and duties of the board in establishing and implementing comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of state residents; prohibiting law enforcement agencies from using Healthy Florida moneys, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel for certain purposes; providing that every resident of this state is eligible and entitled to enroll under the Healthy Florida program, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

2/27/2019 SENATE Filed

3/8/2019 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Banking and Insurance; Appropriations 

SB 1520 Direct Health Care Agreements by: Bean

Direct Health Care Agreements; Expanding the applicability of provisions relating to direct primary care agreements exempt from the Florida Insurance Code to direct health care agreements, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

2/28/2019 SENATE Filed

3/8/2019 SENATE Referred to Banking and Insurance; Health Policy; Rules

3/13/2019 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Banking and Insurance, 03/18/19, 4:00 pm, 412 K 

SB 1526 Telehealth by:Harrell

Direct Health Care Agreements; Expanding the applicability of provisions relating to direct primary care agreements exempt from the Florida Insurance Code to direct health care agreements, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

2/28/2019 SENATE Filed

3/8/2019 SENATE Referred to Banking and Insurance; Health Policy; Rules

3/13/2019 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Banking and Insurance, 03/18/19, 4:00 pm, 412 K

SB 1528 Prescription Drug Importation Programs for Public Programs by:Bean

Prescription Drug Importation Programs for Public Programs; Establishing the Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program within the Agency for Health Care Administration for a specified purpose; requiring participating Canadian suppliers and importers to comply with specified federal requirements for distributing prescription drugs imported under the program; prohibiting Canadian suppliers and importers from distributing, dispensing, or selling prescription drugs imported under the program outside of the state, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

2/28/2019 SENATE Filed

3/8/2019 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 

SB 1620 Health Care Licensing Requirements by:Gainer

Health Care Licensing Requirements; Designating the "Exemption of License Requirements for the Treatment of Veterans Act"; exempting certain health care practitioners from specified licensing requirements when providing certain services to veterans in this state, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

3/1/2019 SENATE Filed

3/8/2019 SENATE Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 

SB 1640 Deregulation of Professions and Occupations by:Albritton

Deregulation of Professions and Occupations; Renaming the Board of Architecture and Interior Design as the Board of Architecture within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; repealing provisions relating to hearings for persons or labor organizations denied licensure as a business agent; requiring the Department of Business and Professional Regulation or a board to seek reciprocal licensing agreements with other states under certain circumstances; repealing provisions relating to fees and local licensing requirements, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2019

3/1/2019 SENATE Filed

3/8/2019 SENATE Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Commerce and Tourism; Appropriations 

HB 7031 Department of Health by: Health Quality Subcommittee

Department of Health: Requires DOH to adopt rules implementing specified federal program; revises licensure requirements for certain professions under authority of DOH; provides adverse incident reporting requirements for certain dental professionals. Effective Date: July 1, 2019

3/12/2019 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Health & Human Services Committee, 03/14/19, 12:00 pm, 17 H

3/14/2019 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Health & Human Services Committee; 17 Yeas, 0 Nays

3/15/2019 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed 

HB 7067 Registration Fees by: Health Quality Subcommittee

Registration Fees: Requires an out-of-state health care provider to pay an application fee and biennial renewal fee to be registered to provide telehealth services in this state. Effective Date: on the same date that HB 23 or similar legislation takes effect

3/13/2019 HOUSE Referred to Ways & Means Committee; Health & Human Services Committee

3/13/2019 HOUSE Now in Ways & Means Committee

3/14/2019 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Ways & Means Committee, 03/18/19, 3:30 pm, 17 H

HB 7073 Permit and Inspection Fees by: Health Quality Subcommittee

Permit and Inspection Fees: Requires initial & renewal fees for international export pharmacy permits; requires late renewal fees & annual permit & inspection fees for international prescription drug wholesale distributors. Effective Date: on the same date that HB 19 or similar legislation takes effect

3/14/2019 HOUSE Referred to Appropriations Committee; Health & Human Services Committee

3/14/2019 HOUSE Now in Appropriations Committee

3/14/2019 HOUSE On Committee agenda - Appropriations Committee, 03/18/19, 1:00 pm, 212 K 

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