House Passes Florida Chamber-backed Healthcare Bills

By: Florida Chamber of Commerce

On April 11, the Florida House passed two innovative bills that will help increase and expand Floridians’ quality of life; HB 23 related to telehealth, and HB 1113 related to health insurance savings programs.

Florida’s healthcare industry takes up nearly half of the state budget every year, which means that Florida needs a coordinated, comprehensive approach that emphasizes value and affordability. With 5 million new residents calling Florida their home by 2030, access to safe, high-quality healthcare is of paramount importance.  

HB 23 authorizes state-licensed health care professionals to utilize telehealth and articulates a standard of care. As Florida grows, it faces a shortage of care options and the Florida Chamber has long championed telehealth as a vehicle to help those underserved and those in rural areas. HB 1113 creates the Patient Savings Act, which allows health insurers to create a voluntary shared savings incentive program to encourage insured individuals to shop for high quality, lower cost health care services and share any savings realized as a result of the insured’s choice.

Thank you to Representative Clay Yarborough and Representative Paul Renner for your leadership on this issue and getting healthcare right in Florida.
 
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The Florida Chamber of Commerce and its Healthcare Partnership believe healthcare is one of the leading issues affecting growth in Florida. Join the Healthcare Partnership to prioritize access and affordability for all Floridians, or email Matthew Choy at mchoy@flchamber.com.