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March 2020 Update: As the 2020 legislative session draws to a close, the efforts of the FLANP Board of Directors have been well received and rewarded at the Capitol. What started as a historic recognition in the House by Speaker Jose Oliva has become a session of firsts for the state. With nurse practitioners recognized as NP of the Day to care for the House members, to running the Capitol clinic healthcare, nurse practitioners made them presence known this year more than ever before. Visiting EVERY House and Senate office, we were able to garner support for our bills against insurmountable odds and millions of dollars being used by the Florida Medical Association (FMA) who staunchly opposes any of our efforts to practice to our full scope of education and licensure. Thank you for all who donated both their time and resources to this effort.
Visit our New Laws for 2020 page for more information on HB 607.
With our primary House Bill 607 (HB 607) being the desired language that would allow for full practice authority, we pushed daily to ensure our legislators understood the importance of improving access to care and eliminating unnecessary and outdated statutory requirements such as the APRN collaborative agreement. Our legislative affairs chair Stan Whittaker all but moved to the Capitol this year and was present every week with FLANP Board Members, FLANP members, APRN students, APRN colleagues (CRNA, CNS, NP, CNM), and physician assistants to facilitate the push for progress.
The original HB 607 was amended multiple times and became adopted in a modified way into both Senate Bill 1676 and its companion bill HB 7053 which both failed to gain traction and pass as legislation. We are still monitoring bills as the legislative session is not over such as HB 500 (“ologist” title protection) and will continue to update as to the progress and impact of such bills.
On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, after decades of persistent effort, House Bill 607 (HB 607: Direct Care Workers) was passed by both the House and Senate and signed by Governor DeSantis into law. This has created a optional pathway for full practice authority (FPA) / independent practice (IP) for both nurse practitioners (NP) and certified nurse midwives (CNM).
Unfortunately certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), and physician assistants (PA) were removed from the final amended version of this bill.
For Past Updates, click here.
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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 - Revised as HB 607: Direct Care Workers - PASSED IN HOUSE 3/6/2020; PASSED IN SENATE 3/11/2020; RETURNED TO HOUSE WITH AMENDMENTS & PASSED 3/11/2020; APPROVED BY GOVERNOR DESANTIS 3/11/2020
SB 7012 – Mental Health - PASSED IN SENATE 3/5/2020; PASSED IN HOUSE 3/11/2020; RETURNED TO SENATE WITH AMENDMENTS 3/11/2020; SENATE PASSED 3/13/2020; ORDERED ENGROSSED, THEN ENROLLED 3/13/2020
SB 346 – Controlled Substances - PASSED IN SENATE 2/26/2020; HOUSE TEMPORARILY POSTPONED 3/10/2020; INDEFINITELY POSTPONED & REMOVED FOR CONSIDERATION 3/14/2020
HB 309 – Prohibited Acts by Health Care Practitioners - INDEFINITELY POSTPONED & REMOVED FOR CONSIDERATION 3/14/2020
HB 81 – Medicaid School-based Services - PASSED IN HOUSE 2/20/2020; PASSED IN SENATE 3/11/2020; RETURNED TO HOUSE WITH AMENDMENTS & PASSED 3/12/2020; ORDERED ENGROSSED, THEN ENROLLED 3/12/2020
HB 57 – Dispensing Medicinal Drugs - INDEFINITELY POSTPONED & REMOVED FOR CONSIDERATION 3/14/2020
HB 177 – Prescription Drug Donation Repository Program - PASSED IN HOUSE 1/29/2020; PASSED IN SENATE 2/13/2020; ORDERED ENROLLED 2/19/2020
SB 66 – Student Loans and Scholarship Obligations of Health Care Practitioners - INDEFINITELY POSTPONED & REMOVED FOR CONSIDERATION 3/14/2020
SB 1676 - Direct Care Workers in Nursing Homes - READ 2ND TIME IN SENATE & LAID ON TABLE - REFER TO HB 607SB
SB 500 - Prohibited Acts by Health Care Practitioners - PASSED IN SENATE 3/9/2020; INDEFINITELY POSTPONED & REMOVED FOR CONSIDERATION 3/14/2020
2018 Legislative Briefs
Florida Tax Watch Brief of Economic Benefits of Full Practice Authority