Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Rep. MaryLynn Magar Discusses Lowering the Cost of Healthcare

 

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Representative MaryLynn Magar Talks Healthcare Affordability

The latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line features Representative MaryLynn Magar, Chair of the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and Speaker Pro Tempore, discussing her priorities relating to Florida’s large health care industry.

“As always, my focus has been to make sure there is funding for our children, the disabled who through no fault of their own are in situations, and the elderly,” said Magar. “To make sure that we have a good amount for them to live comfortably and well.”

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A value-based healthcare system focused on outcomes is a vital component in the overall economic health of Florida. Be a part of the solution and join in the pursuit to implement innovative policies that accentuate Florida’s free-market environment and improve access to care by joining the Florida Chamber Healthcare Partnership. Contact Matthew Choy at mchoy@flchamber.com to learn how you can get involved.

April 9, 2019

Series on Free Enterprise: Mayo Clinic Helping Those Seeking “Hope & Healing”

 

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Mayo Clinic Helping Those Seeking “Hope & Healing”

In our latest Series on Free Enterprise podcast we sat down with Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, the outgoing CEO of Mayo Clinic of Florida, who was recently selected as the CEO of Mayo Clinic’s nationwide operations.

Dr. Farrugia discussed the impact healthcare innovations have on Florida’s economy and international competitiveness, future innovations at Mayo Clinic, the cost of healthcare, and most importantly the need to raise the standard of care for every patient.

“Mayo [Clinic] is really proud to be part of a vibrant Jacksonville community, we are very focused on the needs of the patients who need us the most,” said Dr. Farrugia “Most patients come to us who seek hope and healing for really complex medical problems and they often come to us after spending months or even years seeking health care elsewhere.”

To listen to the full podcast with Dr. Gianrico Farrugia click below.

 

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Florida Chamber Urges Senate Committee to Support SB 280, Telehealth

 

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To: Senate Appropriations Committee

The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges you to support SB 280. This bill, which is sponsored by Senator Aaron Bean, will be heard Thursday, February 22nd, in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Florida Chamber is working to secure Florida’s future by ensuring a healthy quality of life for all Floridians. To provide healthcare to the almost 5.4 million more Floridians our state will have by 2030, the Florida Chamber supports proactive and innovative policies that will deliver greater access and quality of care while also controlling escalating healthcare costs. We believe implementing a regulatory framework for telehealth policy that protects free market principles, as is done in SB 280, will allow this innovative industry to flourish and patients to benefit. This legislation is important to Florida’s businesses because the bill:

– Authorizes Florida-licensed health care professionals to use telehealth and articulates a standard of care.

The Florida Chamber urges you to support SB 280, and will consider votes on this legislation, and any substantive amendments to it in committee or on the floor, in our annual How They Voted report card. The grade that you earn will be based on your voting record on the issues. We will make every effort to notify you prior to a vote that may be included in our annual legislative report card. If you have any questions about this or other issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Frank C. Walker, III
Vice President of Government Affairs

Florida Chamber Urges House Committee to Oppose HB 35 in its Current Form

 

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To: House Health & Human Services Committee

The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges you to oppose HB 35 in its current form. This bill, which is sponsored by Representative Michael Grant, will be heard on Tuesday, November 14th, in the House Health & Human Services Committee.

The Florida Chamber is working to secure Florida’s future by ensuring a healthy quality of life for all Floridians. To provide healthcare to the estimated 6 million more Floridians our state will have by 2030, the Florida Chamber supports proactive and innovative policies that will deliver greater access and quality of care while also controlling escalating healthcare costs. While we agree with the stated intent of this legislation (to promote greater transparency among consumers), we are concerned that worthwhile efforts to provide transparency for the consumer could have unintended consequences, such as the survey process being used as a bargaining chip or leverage point during employer-employee contractual relationships.

This legislation is detrimental to Florida’s business community because the bill:

– Has the potential for abuse and unintended consequences, despite the stated intent.

The Florida Chamber urges you to oppose HB 35 in its current form, and will consider votes on this legislation, and any substantive amendments to it in committee or on the floor, in our annual How They Voted report card. The grade that you earn will be based on your voting record on the issues. We will make every effort to notify you prior to a vote that may be included in our annual legislative report card. If you have any questions about this or other issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards,

Frank C. Walker, III
Vice President of Government Affairs