Florida was active in healthcare legislation during its 2018 session, though most bills failed to pass. The legislature did, however, pass HB 351, which requires pharmacists to inform customers of certain generically equivalent drug products and whether cost-sharing obligations to such customers exceed retail price of prescription.
In 2017, Florida introduced, but failed to pass legislation (HB 7) to eliminate its Certificate of Need program. The Florida legislature was also active in pushing for healthcare transparency legislation. However, only one measure relating to prescription cost transparency passed. In past legislative sessions, Florida passed legislation promoting healthcare transparency and protecting patients from surprise out-of-network bills. Another key Florida effort in healthcare transparency is the FloridaHealthFinder.gov website, which allows consumers to view performance and outcome data, including average costs, for healthcare facilities in the state. Florida is also active in promoting the use of electronic Health Information Exchanges to streamline provider access to patient information and consequently lower costs and improve quality of care.
The State Database
The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare.
LEGISLATION: The Database of State Laws Impacting Healthcare Cost and Quality (SLIHCQ), created by The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition and Catalyst for Payment Reform, catalogues state legislation governing price transparency, provider market power, provider payment, provider networks, and benefit design. The database also includes pharmaceutical legislation beginning in the 2017-2018 legislative session. *Note: Current legislative session bill updates are ongoing. Check back weekly for updates.
LITIGATION: The Source tracks major litigation and antitrust enforcement action by federal entities (FTC or DOJ), state attorney generals, and private parties in the main provider and insurer markets, particularly legal challenges of healthcare consolidation and anticompetitive contract provisions. Additionally, the database contains major pharmaceutical cases including legislation challenges and significant appellate cases.
Search the database across all jurisdictions on the State Overview page, or view and filter existing legislation or litigation on individual state pages. The database allows customized search and filter by keyword, status, and/or key issue category. *Multiple filter/selections enabled. Click here for User Guide.
LEGISLATIVE CALENDARFlorida’s 2019 legislative session runs from 3/5/2019 – 5/3/2019.
FY 2018 BUDGETFlorida’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30th of the following year. The Florida legislature passed its FY 2018 Budget during the regular legislative session. To view Florida’s Department of Health most FY 2018 Budget proposal, click here.
REGULATION & ENFORCEMENT
- The portal for accessing administrative enforcement orders from the Agency for Health Care Administration is here.