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-Backed Telehealth Bill Passes Key Senate Committee

On January 16, the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee passed a bill which would embrace cost-saving adaptations to Florida’s healthcare system.

SB 280, a Florida Chamber-backed bill sponsored by Senator Aaron Bean would establish a standard of care for telehealth providers and encourage health insurance programs to offer insurance plans that include telehealth coverage.

A value-based healthcare system focused on outcomes is an important component in the overall economic health of Florida. Embracing healthcare solutions like telehealth, will help lower the cost of living in Florida by reducing medical costs for all Floridians. The Florida Chamber will continue to work to promote proactive and innovative policies that improve access to care.

Florida Chamber Healthcare Partnership

Are you committed to getting healthcare right in Florida? Join our Healthcare Partnership, as we work to provide market-based, public policy solutions that address the rising cost shift of healthcare in Florida. Contact Brittney Hunt at bhunt@flchamber.com to learn more.

Florida Chamber Urges Senate Committee to Support SB 280

 

Download Letter   Health and Wellness

 

To: Senate Banking & Insurance Committee

The Florida Chamber of Commerce urges you to support SB 280. This bill, which is sponsored by Senator Aaron Bean, will be heard Tuesday, January 16th, in the Senate Banking & Insurance 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 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. 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 Continues to Champion Telehealth Initiatives

Florida is the third largest state in the nation. By 2030, six million new residents will call Florida home. It is imperative that the business community work together to keep costs low and boost the economic prosperity of our state. The Florida Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to getting healthcare coverage right.

Legislation covering a variety of healthcare policies, including telehealth, was heard in the House Health Quality Subcommittee this week. Providing healthcare to those six million new residents our state is expecting will require proactive and innovative policies such as telehealth. The Florida Chamber continues to support the increased use of, and accessibility to, telehealth services in our state.

At the Florida Chamber, our Healthcare Partnership is bringing together job creators, healthcare providers and payers, and industry leaders who are laser-focused on pioneering change that will provide better patient outcomes while lowering costs. Our Healthcare Partnership members are diligently working to provide market-based, public policy solutions that address the rising cost shift of healthcare in Florida.

Take Action Now

To learn more about where the Florida Chamber stands on healthcare, or for more information on how to join the Florida Chamber’s Healthcare Partnership, click here or contact me at bhunt@flchamber.com.

Telemedicine Could Save Floridians More Than $1 Billion a Year

Telemedicine is the new frontier in healthcare innovation, allowing healthcare personnel to provide medical consultations through electronic communication instead of in-person visits and improving quality patient care, treatment, education and services. In addition to saving lives, telemedicine has the potential to save Florida taxpayers more than $1 billion a year in costly medical interventions and emergency room visits.

While telemedicine can benefit everyone by reducing travel time and related stresses for the patient, it is particularly helpful for patients with mobility issues, those located in rural areas, and patients of advanced age. With Florida’s aging population estimated to grow to 24 percent in 2030 and a potential doctor shortage expected by 2025, telemedicine can help bridge the gap between the growing number of patients and the decreasing supply of doctors. Does your community have the infrastructure needed to support telemedicine?

Get Involved

To add your voice to the conversation on telemedicine and healthcare, join the Health & Wellness Caucus today.