2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION TRACKER
Updated Weekly. Last Update:1/5/22
Florida’s 60-day legislative session starts on March 2 with an official end date of April 30.
This session there will be thousands of bills up for consideration. Among these are bills concerning dental care, prescription insulin drugs, Medicaid expansion and Medicaid services among others.
Health care legislation always features prominently during session, including several threats and opportunities. Chief among the concerns for Florida Voices for Health are those bills that may impact access to health services for low- and middle-income Floridians.
Below are the outcomes for some of the health care bills we were tracking.
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BILLS TO WATCH
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Medicaid/Coverage and Access
- HB 27: Medicaid Expansion (Eligibility for Medical Assistance and Related Services) – Expands Medicaid eligibility to 138% of the federal poverty level.
- SJR 412: State Medicaid Plan – Proposes amendment to State Constitution to require the expansion of Medicaid to cover Floridians earning below 138% FPL.
- HB 135: FL KidCare Eligibility – Increases eligibility for Florida Kidcare's MediKids program to 250% and below (up from 200%) for 1–5-year-olds. Provides for graduated family contribution rates.
- SB 640: Florida KidCare Program Income Eligibility – Establishes a tiered system of family premiums for Title XXI coverage under the Florida KidCare program (201-250%: $50 per month per child; 251-300%: $100 per month per child; 301-350%: $150 per month per child; 351-400%: $200 per month per child.) The total monthly aggregate premium for all children in a family may not exceed $800 per month.
- HB 675: Medicaid Buy-in Program – Requires AHCA to establish & implement Medicaid buy-in program for individuals with disabilities who are between 16 and 64 years of age and whose incomes exceed the maximum income eligibility level for enrollment in the Medicaid program.
- SB 184: Dental Therapy - Authorizes dental therapists, a mid-level oral health professional who works under the supervision of a licensed dentist, in Florida.
- HB 997: Dental Care Services – Authorizes Medicaid to reimburse for dental services provided in mobile dental units; authorizes AHCA to reimburse licensed dental hygienist for remediable tasks
- SB 282: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (Mental Health Peer Counselors) – Specifically adds the use of peer specialists as an essential element of a coordinated system of care and requires the DCF to develop a training program for peer specialists, giving preference to trainers who are certified peer specialists.
SB 348: Using Alternative Therapies to Treat Mental Health and Other Medical Conditions – Requires DOH, in collaboration with Board of Medicine, to conduct study regarding use of MDNA, psilocybin, and ketamine, in treating mental health and other conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. It also requires DOH to submit written report to Governor & Legislature. SB 534/ HB 885: Prescription Drugs Used in the Treatment of Schizophrenia for Medicaid Recipients – Authorizes the approval of medication for the treatment of schizophrenia or delusional disorders for Medicaid recipients who have not met the step-therapy prior authorization criteria, when specified criteria is met. SB 566: Mental Health Professional Licensure - Revises educational requirements for marriage & family therapist & mental health counselor licenses.
- HB 79: Hearing Aids for Children – Insurers must cover medically necessary hearing aids for children 21 years old and younger. The policy must provide a minimum coverage limit of $3,500 per ear within a 24-month period.
HB 173: Care of Students with Epilepsy or Seizure Disorders – Provides for creation of individualized seizure action plans and school protocols for students with epilepsy or seizure disorders to receive health care at school.
SB 292: Newborn Screenings – Tasks DOH with implementing required testing for congenital cytomegalovirus in newborns before 3 weeks.
SB 306: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Revises definition of term "developmental disability" to include fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Also requires APD to allow certain individuals diagnosed with FASD to receive home & community-based services.
SB 236: Children with Developmental Delays – Expands the definition of “exceptional student” to include students with developmental delays ages birth through 9 years old (up from 5 years old). “Exceptional student” means any student who has been determined eligible for a special program authorized by the State Board of Education.
SB 1540: Medicaid Managed Plan - Requiring that the rental and purchase of durable medical equipment and complex rehabilitation technology by home health care providers or medical supplies and appliances be reimbursed by the Agency for Health Care Administration, managed care plans, and subcontractors.
- SB 564: Health Insurance - An insurer that covers the treatment of stage 4 metastatic cancer may not require the insured to have previously failed to respond successfully to a different drug before a drug prescribed is covered. Health insurers and pharmacy benefits managers may not implement any new requirements or restrictions or make changes to existing prior authorization rules unless there is notice.
- SB 678: Prescription Insulin Drugs – Caps insured's monthly cost-sharing obligation for covered prescription insulin drugs at $100 a month.
- SB 742: Pharmacies and Pharmacy Benefit Managers - Authorizes the Office of Insurance Regulation to examine and scrutinize pharmacy benefit managers.
- SB 1100: Prescription Drug Coverage - Requiring individual and group health insurers to provide notice of prescription drug formulary changes within a certain timeframe to current and prospective insureds and the insureds’ treating physicians.
SB 1290: Patient-specific Drug Coverage Transparency – Authorizing patients to request, and requiring health care providers to provide, real-time, patient-specific information regarding prescription drug benefits, coverage, and costs. SB 1480: Health Insurance Cost Sharing – Requires health insurers and their pharmacy benefits managers to apply payments by or on behalf of insureds toward the total contributions of the insureds’ cost-sharing requirements.
- HB 221: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Establishes the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion within the Executive Office of the Governor.
- HB 855: Managed Care Plan Performance - Requires the state to disaggregate or break down MCO performance measure data based on race, ethnicity, disability, and other demographics.
- HB 6009 - Vaccinations during Public Health Emergencies - Removes authority of State Health Officer to order vaccination of individuals upon declaration of public health emergency.
- HB 75: Limiting COVID-19 Restrictions – Prohibits state or any political subdivision from enacting mask mandates, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, or issuing vaccine passports. Prohibits businesses from requiring customers to provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or COVID-19 post-transmission recovery status.
- SB 284: Fraudulent Proof of Vaccination – Punishes the use of fraudulent proof of vaccination as a 3rd degree felony.