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February 2020 Update: As the legislative session ends week 3, much is being done to place front and center the need to modernize Florida’s healthcare laws. In a week that saw a lot of lobbying and press releases from the various special interests within Florida, Sachs Media has been blanketing the airwaves, social media space, and print media of targeted markets with educational marketing for HB 607 and full practice authority (FPA) for advance practice nurses. Along with the stakeholder coalition Floridians United for Health Care and the Florida Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses, FLANP is continuing the effort to round on all Senators and House members throughout session by getting APRNs and APRN students to the Capitol EVERY TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY. This does not require an all day effort. If you can donate 3-4 hours to walking around the halls of the Senate and House, it would go a long way.
Week 3 included the Advocacy Days for the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA) who had over 200 CRNAs in white coats at the Capitol and provided a white-out background for the press conference for our cause’s champion Rep. Cary Pigman (physician from Sebring, FL). This press conference like that held the week before during the Florida Nursing Association’s (FNA) Advocacy Days was a very important and visible step toward promoting our agenda. This week did not see movement of our bill but the FPA bill (HB 607) should be heard in the Health and Human Services committee in the coming weeks and then on to the House floor for a full vote. We are optimistic that it will pass the House and need everyone to visit the Capitol and help with swaying the Senate. Please continue to register your visit and report post-visit.
Check out some of the media coverage:
Interview with Representative Cary Pigman re: HB 607 at Sachs Media Group
Interview with Vernon Langford, FLANP's Board President at Sachs Media Group
Interview with Mai Kung, a FLANP & FNA Member, and Stan Whittaker, FLANP's Governmental Affairs Chair
Another interview with Representative Cary Pigman re: expanding the scope of practice for ARNP's
"Nurses finally get legislative support for independence." - Florida Politics
With your continued support, we will keep pushing strongly to make this a historic year for APRNs. TOGETHER WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS!!
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Our 2019 Legislative Committee is monitoring and identifying issues in the following bills:
HB 607 – Authorizing autonomous practice for APRN’s
SB 7012 – Mental Health
SB 346 – Controlled Substances
HB 309 – Prohibited Acts by Health Care Practitioners
HB 81 – Medicaid School-based Services
HB 57 – Dispensing Medicinal Drugs
HB 177 – Prescription Drug Donation Repository Program
SB 66 – Student Loans and Scholarship Obligations of Health Care Practitioners
2018 Legislative Briefs
Florida Tax Watch Brief of Economic Benefits of Full Practice Authority