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2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION TRACKER

Updated Weekly. Last Update:1/24/19 8:00 am

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Florida’s 60-day legislative session began on January 14th and ends on March 13th. Senator Bill Galvano (R) is the sitting President of the Senate with Representative Jose R. Oliva sitting as Speaker of the House. Minority Leaders include Senator Audrey Gibson (D) and Representative Kionne McGhee (D), respectively. 

 

There are currently over 3000 bills up for consideration. Among these are bills concerning eye care, dental care, prescription insulin drugs, Medicaid expansion and Medicaid services among others. The vast majority of these bills are slated to go into effect on July 1, 2020.

 

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.

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Stay on top of the latest developments during the 2020 Florida legislative session. 

SB 1724 & HB 1293: Health Care Regulations

Filed by Sen. Cruz & Rep. Good

Creates a Prescription Drug Affordability Commission, which would review increases in prescription drug prices. The bill also prohibits insurance companies from dropping coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. 3.8 million Floridians live with pre-existing conditions.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Senate Action: 1/10/2020 Senate - Filed

Last House Action: 1/10/2020 H Filed
Take Action: Protect Pre-Existing Conditions

Filed by Sen. Brandes ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Perry

Authorizes dental therapists, an oral health professional who works under the supervision of a licensed dentist, in Florida. Also authorizes Medicaid to reimburse for dental services provided in a mobile dental unit; limits the practice of dental therapy to specified settings, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Action: 9/3/2019 Senate - Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations
Bill Text: Support Dental Therapy

SB 190 & HB 81: Medicaid School-Based Services

Filed by Sen. Bean & Rep. Andrade

Aligns the Agency for Health Care Administration policy to make payments for Medicaid-covered services for students with federal law. In 2014, CMS clarified that schools can bill Medicaid for services provided in schools to ALL children with Medicaid coverage. Florida's current state law still follows the old federal policy of only reimbursing schools for care given to children with special needs. Florida has already changed the state's Medicaid plan to allow reimbursement for all students, but state law needs to change to align with the federal Medicaid policy.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Senate Action: 12/13/2019 Senate - Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

Last House Action: 11/13/2019 H Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

SB 58 & HB 177: Prescription Drug Donation Repository Program

Filed by Health Policy ; Sen. Book ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Sen. Harrell ; Sen. Stewart ; Sen. Cruz & Rep. Duran; Rep. Yarborough

Creates the “Prescription Drug Donation Repository Program” within the Department of Health.  Would allow prescription drugs to be donated to individuals who can’t afford them. The program can accept drugs from several defined sources, such as nursing home facilities with closed drug delivery systems, pharmacies or wholesale distributors, among other sources. The repository may only accept drugs that are in their original packaging, show no signs of tampering and have been stored at normal room temperature, among other restrictions. Drugs may also not be submitted to a specific person in need.

Effective Date: This act shall take effect July 1, 2020
Last Senate Action: 10/23/2019 Senate - Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services

Last House Action: 11/13/2019 H Now in Health and Human Services Committee

SB 64: Exemptions from School-Entry Health Requirements

Filed by Sen. Book

Eliminates exemptions from school-entry health examinations and immunization requirements for religious reasons.

 

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Senate Action: 8/16/2019 Senate - Referred to Health Policy; Education; Rules

SB 76 & HB 551: Transportation Disadvantaged

Filed by Sen. Book & Rep. Jenne

Requiring community transportation coordinators, in cooperation with the coordinating board, to plan for and use any available and cost-effective regional fare payment systems that enhance cross-county mobility for specified purposes for the transportation disadvantaged.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Senate Action: 8/16/2019 Senate - Referred to Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations

Last House Action: 11/15/2019 H Referred to Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; State Affairs Committee

SB 116 & HB 109: Prescription Insulin Drugs

Filed by Sen. Cruz ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Sen. Stewart ; Sen. Berman & Rep. Duran; Rep. Casello

Requiring individual and group health insurance policies, respectively, to cap an insured’s monthly cost-sharing obligation for covered prescription insulin drugs at a specified amount; requiring health maintenance contracts to cap a subscriber’s monthly cost-sharing obligation for covered prescription insulin drugs at a specified amount, etc.

Effective Date: 1/1/2021
Last Senate Action: 12/2/2019 Senate - On Committee agenda-- Banking and Insurance, 12/10/19, 2:00 pm, 412 Knott Building --Temporarily Postponed

Last House Action: 9/23/2019 H Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Health and Human Services Committee

SB 1006 & HB 125: Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Children

Filed by Rep. Brannan; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Re. Bush ; Rep. Casello ; Rep. Eskamani ; Rep. Fernandez-Barquin ; Rep. Good ; Rep. Grieco & Sen. Baxley

Requires certain health insurance policies to provide hearing aid coverage for insured children; provides coverage requirements.

 

Effective Date: 1/1/2021

Last Senate Action: 12/13/2019 S Referred to Banking and Insurance; Health Policy; Appropriations
Last House Action: 9/23/2019 House - Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Health and Human Services Committee

SB 820 & HB 373: Health Insurance Prior Authorization

Filed by Rep. Massullo ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Polsky & Sen. Harrell

Prohibits certain health insurers from requiring that insured undergo step-therapy protocol & step-therapy override determination; prohibits such policies & contracts from excluding coverage for certain drugs; prohibits health insurers & HMOs from retroactively denying certain claims because of insured & subscriber ineligibility; prohibits health insurers & HMOs from imposing additional prior authorization requirements for specified procedures & items.

 

Effective Date: 1/1/2021

Last Senate Action: 11/21/2019 S Referred to Banking and Insurance; Health Policy; Rules
Last House Action: 10/23/2019 House - Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Health and Human Services Committee

HB 521: School Food and Nutrition Services

Filed by Rep. Webb ; Rep. Williams

Revises rate of reimbursement & allocation of funds relating to free & reduced-price meals; removes exemption from requirement to implement free breakfast meals; provides funds for certain breakfast meals; authorizes school districts to use share tables; APPROPRIATION: $1,650,000

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last House Action: 11/15/2019 House - Referred to Ways and Means Committee; State Affairs Committee; Appropriations Committee

SB 696 & HB 561: Prescription Drug Coverage

Filed by Rep. Altman & Sen. Mayfield

Requires individual & group health insurers & HMOs to provide notice of prescription drug formulary changes; requires insurers & HMOs to maintain record of formulary changes; requires small employer carriers to comply with requirements for prescription drug formulary changes; requires insurers & HMOs to apply reductions in out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs toward cost-sharing obligations.

 

Effective Date: 7/1/2020

Last Senate Action: 11/18/2019 S Referred to Banking and Insurance; Health Policy; Appropriations
Last House Action: 11/15/2019 House - Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Health and Human Services Committee

SB 706 & HB 939: Insurance Coverage Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Filed by Sen. Rouson & Rep. Slosberg

Requiring Medicaid managed care plans to submit an annual report to the Agency for Health Care Administration relating to parity between mental health and substance use disorder benefits and medical and surgical benefits; requiring certain entities transacting individual or group health insurance or providing prepaid health care to comply with specified federal provisions that prohibit the imposition of less favorable benefit limitations on mental health and substance use disorder benefits than on medical and surgical benefits; revising the standard for defining substance use disorders, etc.

 

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Senate Action: 11/18/2019 Senate - Referred to Banking and Insurance; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

Last House Action: 12/12/2019 H Filed

SB 870: Mental Health

Filed by Sen. Book

Requiring that respondents with a serious mental illness be afforded essential elements of recovery and be placed in a continuum of care regimen; revising the requirements for when a person may be ordered for involuntary inpatient placement; authorizing the court or clerk of the court to waive or prohibit any service of process fees for an indigent petitioner

 

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Senate Action: 11/21/2019 Senate - Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Appropriations

SB 164 & HB 219: Eligibility for Medical Assistance and Related Services

Filed by Rep. Watson, B. & Sen. Thurston

The Agency for Health Care Administration authorized to make optional payments on behalf of specified adults that would be eligible under Medicaid expansion (Floridians making up to 133% FPL).

Effective Date: 7/1/2020

Last Senate Action: 9/19/2019 S Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations; Rules
Last House Action: 10/10/2019 House - Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee

SJR 224 & HJR 247: Medicaid Expansion

JOINT RESOLUTION Filed by Sen. Taddeo & Rep. Polo

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require amendment of the state Medicaid plan to provide Medicaid coverage to persons under age 65 who have an income equal to or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, etc.

 

Last Senate Action: 9/19/2019 Senate - Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations

Last House Action: 10/10/2019 H Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee
Take Action: Medicaid Matters Florida

SB 348 & HB 6031: Florida KidCare Program

Filed by Rep. Pigman

Removes lifetime maximum cap on covered expenses for child enrolled in Florida Healthy Kids program.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020

Last Senate Action: 12/12/2019 S Now in Appropriations (final committee)
Last House Action: 10/30/2019 House - Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee

SB 882 & HB 513: Heat Illness Prevention

Filed by Sen. Torres and Sen. Rodriguez

Sets a statewide standard for all outdoor workers to be given adequate drinking water, access to shade and 10-minute rest breaks enforced after every two hours of outside labor.

 

Last Senate Action: 11/21/2019 Senate - Referred to Agriculture; Health Policy; Rules

Last House Action: 11/15/2019 H Referred to Workforce Development and Tourism Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee; Commerce Committee
 

HB 959: Medical Billing

Filed by Rep. Duggan

Provides personal property exemptions from legal process for medical debts (single motor vehicle, received benefits); requires licensed facility to provide cost estimate to patient or prospective patient under certain conditions.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last House Action: 1/3/2020 House - Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee

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