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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!!

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

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


To learn more about where to look and what to look for, please read our quick guide on How You Can Be Involved in Legislation.  And click here to read how a healthcare bill becomes a law.


2018 Legislative Briefs

Florida Tax Watch Brief of Economic Benefits of Full Practice Authority 

Full Practice Authority

Signature Authority

Medical Director




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Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners will be the leading Florida Nurse Practitioner professional organization advocating for patient centered health care. The organization will increase knowledge on healthcare policy pertaining to Nurse Practitioner practice and patient centered health care; and will remove barriers to Nurse Practitioner practice to gain access to quality health care for Floridians.