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Tensions remain over Florida’s quickly moving 15-week abortion ban

| Feb 28, 2022 | Florida

Despite House Democrats filing over a dozen amendments to House Bill 5, which would ban all abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, the bill passed the House last week along party lines and is expected to be heard in the Senate this week. Co-introduced by Reps. Erin Grall (R –...[ Read More ]

Florida legislature moving forward with irresponsible bills to slash nursing care in nursing homes

| Feb 14, 2022 | Florida

AARP Florida today released the following statement regarding House Bill 1239 (Rep. Melo/R-Naples) and Senate Bill 804 (Sen. Albritton/R-Bartow), which propose a 20% cut to daily nursing care for each nursing home resident. AARP Florida Associate State Director Zayne Smith said, “It’s disappointing to see these irresponsible bills continue to...[ Read More ]

FHCA Hails Passage of COVID-19 Liability Protections

| Feb 11, 2022 | Florida

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) applauds the House for passing SB 7014 and sending it to the governor. The legislation will provide health care workers with necessary protections by extending COVID-19 liability measures originally passed last year to help long term care centers address the pandemic and focus their...[ Read More ]

Five Medicaid changes Florida lawmakers are considering in 2022

| Feb 9, 2022 | Florida

A bill currently moving through the Florida House of Representatives will make changes to five major components of the state’s Medicaid program, which covers nearly five million Floridians. House Bill 7047’s revisions would impact the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program as the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) conducts...[ Read More ]

Florida bill ensuring behavioral health care across state lines moves forward

| Feb 8, 2022 | Florida

Florida is one step closer to joining the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), which would allow residents to continue receiving behavioral health care from their provider via telehealth, even across state lines. Legislators discussed the benefits of House Bill 953, sponsored by Rep. Christine Hunschofsky (D - Broward) at the House...[ Read More ]

Recent bills on the move that would expand access to care in Florida

| Feb 2, 2022 | Florida

As week five of the 2022 Legislative Session comes to a close, Florida lawmakers have made progress on bills that would expand access to health care by removing or adjusting certain restrictions for providers or other entities.      S.B. 1144 allows emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic entities to...[ Read More ]