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Weekly Legislative Update from January 19, 2018

Health Care

SB 280-Relating to Telehealth

On Tuesday, January 16th, SB 280 by Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) was heard before the Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance and passed unanimously by a vote of 11 yeas to 0 nays. AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, stood in support of this bill.

SB 280 provides specific authorization for the provision of health care services through telehealth. Telehealth is the provision of health care services using telecommunication technologies, which allows licensed practitioners in one location to diagnose and treat patients at a different location. The bill will remove regulatory ambiguity regarding the provision of health care services using this technology because it is not currently addressed in Florida Statutes.

SB 280 will go on to the Senate Committee on Health Policy for its next hearing.

AIF supports legislation that permits an unfettered role for telehealth services that will allow our citizens access to better quality care at lower costs.