Legislative Corner

Meet Florida State Representative David Smith. Sponsor of FCPA’s advanced law HB677 (filed during 2020 Session) speaking at the FCPA Nationwide Winter CE Seminar on February 15th, 2020
(pictured with FCPA Lobbyist Ron Watson, FCPA Board Member Dr. Ron E. Cohn and FCPA CEO Dr. Ron Lacy)

For information on the HB677 and SB1138 filed during the now ended 2020 session click here

FCPA in Tallahassee @ the Capitol

Ron Watson
Watson Strategies

FCPA’s Lobbyist

Ron has over 25 years of experience in Florida political, regulatory and lobbying endeavors with government and major healthcare associations.

During this time, he has developed excellent relationships with executive, legislative and regulatory leadership throughout Florida government. Has comprehensive knowledge of laws, rules, budgets and regulations concerning medical, dental, pharmaceutical, tort reform and insurance issues. He also has extensive political involvement with patient advocacy and grassroots organizations, as well as organizing and managing political action committees.

Ron Watson 1 850 567 1202

Amy Maguire
Principal, Shumaker Advisors Florida, LLC

FCPA’s Lobbyist

Amy has been serving companies across Florida for over 20 years. With a deep dedication to community and economic development, Amy specializes in advocacy on the local, state, and federal levels along with corporate philanthropy, strategic business development, and corporate communications.

Amy’s diverse experience spans across for-profit and not-for-profit companies.

Amy speaks to women’s groups nationally and published her first book earlier this year.

Amy Maguire 1 727 656 8413

2021 Legislative Session Updates

March 23rd, 2021 was a great day for our industry and we thank Representative Randal Scott “Randy” Maggard for his leadership.

In a 9-8 vote, members supported the FCPA position to allow 40 online CE credits.

We appreciate the other Florida House Representatives who understand how important this is to our patients.

The FCPA supported the bill with blazing guns because all CE credits should be allowed by law and not by a Board ruling that can be changed at any time.

This bill is good for all Florida DCs and the public.

Both of the FCPA lobbyists, Amy Maguire and Ron Watson were present. Ron testified in favor of the bill for 5 minutes just before the vote.

Other groups testified against the 40 hours.

Watch the video link below to see how Ron eloquently testified how the law change will benefit the public in general and all DCs. (HB 1627 is introduced at approx 1:39:25, Ron Watson speaks for the FCPA at 1:44:23 and the vote occurs at 2:00:12)


HB1627: Continuing Chiropractic Education
Continuing Chiropractic Education; Deletes requirement that chiropractic continuing education be completed in classroom setting; authorizes Board of Chiropractic Medicine to rescind approval for continuing education courses & impose disciplinary action, if appropriate; prohibits board from requiring licensees to enroll in only preapproved courses to satisfy continuing education requirements; requires board to approve distance learning courses to satisfy continuing education requirements; prohibits board from limiting the number of hours & type of continuing education courses chiropractic physician may complete through distance learning; requires, rather than authorizes, board to adopt rules.
Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 3/23/2021 House – Favorable with CS by Professions & Public Health Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

Could 2021 be the year PIP in FL is finally repealed?!?

It may just happen if they cut a deal on “bad faith” reforms which have killed the repeal bill year after year. The “replacing PIP with mandatory B/I” fight is now also focused on whether the medical pay portion should be an opt-in (Senate) or an opt-out (House)?!? Even though the Senate version has an opt-in for med pay, Chiropractic physicians are better off presently in that bill. However, neither bill includes chiropractic physicians in the med pay mandatory 30-day holdback for emergency services dollars.

FCPA continues to fight daily behind the scenes to make sure your voice is heard.

HB 719 advanced unanimously to advance a proposal that would fundamentally alter Florida’s auto insurance system.
Sponsored by Republican Rep. Erin Grall of Vero Beach, the proposal (HB 719) would eliminate Florida’s personal injury protection (PIP) requirement and no-fault insurance system in favor of bodily injury liability coverage.

The current system, established 50 years ago, requires motorists to carry $10,000 in personal injury protection to pay for medical coverage after an accident. The coverage pays out regardless of which party is responsible for an accident.

Under Grall’s proposal, the mandatory bodily injury coverage would be set at $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident.
The bodily injury insurers must also offer medical payment coverage at $5,000 or $10,000 and include a $5,000

You can read an article featured in Florida Politics by clicking on the link below

For any legislative information or to find out how to help achieve our goal please contact FCPA Lobbyists Ron or Amy.

Ron Watson 1 850 567 1202
Amy Maguire 1 727 656 8413

The Florida Chiropractic Physician Association’s (FCPA) bills for the 2021 session are HB1489 by Rep. Brett Hage (R-The Villages) and Rep. David Smith (R-Winter Springs) and SB1460 by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St Pete).

The bills contain two issues that will help both patients and chiropractic physicians during these historic pandemic-related times.

Authorizes chiropractic physicians, after an additional 36 hours of training, to administer injections of vitamins, other non-prescription articles of natural origin, and oxygen for their patients.
Authorizes chiropractic physicians to fulfill all 40 hours of continuing education with online courses.

High levels of Vitamin D and Zinc have recently been shown to assist COVID patients. Presently, chiropractic physicians are highly trained in clinical nutrition and often assist patients with vitamins and other nutritional advice in their practice.

However, certain patients have absorption issues and cannot benefit from oral consumption. This bill would require 36 hours of additional training for any chiropractic physician who wants to administer vitamins (nutraceutical articles of natural origin) via injection to their patients.

Florida’s chiropractic physicians are primary care practitioners in the direct primary care model and need this simple route of administration to fully include nutritional options for certain patients.

Four other states already authorize chiropractic injections (OK, ID, NM, UT). Additionally, a Florida physician (MD or DO) can presently prescribe these same vitamin injections to their patients to self-administer, who with minutes of training at the pharmacy, are able to inject themselves at home. If a patient with minutes of training is capable, a chiropractic physician with 36 extra hours is more than capable!

Finally, the bills clearly authorize chiropractic physicians to fulfill all 40 hours of required continuing education (CE) by completing online courses, just like Medical Doctors (MDs) are able to conduct all CE courses on-line. Present law requires chiropractic physicians to have “contact classroom hours” but the Board of Chiropractic Medicine has passed an emergency rule authorizing all course work to be done online. Online courses must use the Shareable Content Objective Reference Model standard or more stringent standards.

The FCPA asks for your support on these simple changes to chiropractic law!

Please contact Ron Watson at Watson.strategies@comcast.net
or 850-567-1202.

Thank you Sen. Brandes for Supporting our Injectable Nutrition Bill & 40 Hours of Online CE Credits.

We thank Senator Jeff Brandes (SB1460) for filing our bill to allow injectables and 40 credit hours of online continuing education.
We also want to thank the leadership at Florida Politics (a publication that 80% of all legislators read) who took the time to understand our issues and published a great article that you can read here.

2020 Legislative Session Archives

End of Legislative Session Summary

So what happened this last legislative session that just ended as the pandemic really began? (Thank you all healthcare practitioners!!)

Frankly, if you are like me, it has been hard to focus on any non-virus issues, as our world has been greatly altered in such a short time. Florida relies on sales taxes for most of our revenue and so Legislators may have to return to Tallahassee to re-do the almost $93 billion budget depending how this all plays out.

The FCPA’s two major issues died, one was good- PIP repeal and one was bad- the FCPA nutrition bill. However, other healthcare practitioners, who don’t fight themselves, fared much better! Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP’s) got limited independent practice, Pharmacists also got a major expansion of their practice and Physical Therapists got dry needling. Unfortunately, chiropractic physicians and physician assistants mostly got left out!

However, one of the few good bills for Chiropractic Physicians that passed was an exemption from the HME licensure requirements for those who utilize electrostimulation medical equipment. The application fee is $300 and the inspection fee is $400! See summary below:

CS/SB 1742 — Home Medical Equipment Providers by Appropriations Committee and Senators Mayfield and Bean
The bill amends s. 400.93, F.S., to exempt physicians licensed under chs. 458, 459, or 460, F.S., from the requirement to be licensed as a home medical equipment provider in order to sell or rent electrostimulation medical equipment and supplies to their own patients in the course of their practice. Medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, and chiropractic physicians are included in the exemption.
If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2020. Vote: Senate 40-0; House 116-0

For a complete list of 2020 healthcare legislation summaries of bills passed, see the below link: (Most bills are still awaiting the Governor’s action. He can sign, let become law without his signature or veto)

Stay safe and we will all get through this together!

As featured in our February 2020 Handout

I wish I had a crystal ball. This article is always difficult for me to write before session starts on January 14th because you are reading it mid-February. So where are we now?!?

The answer might be tied to your actions or lack thereof. Did you pick up the phone, did you e-mail, and/or did you text your Senator and Representative supporting HB677 and SB1138? Did you visit them in their office, did you take them to lunch/dinner, did you invite them to tour your office or maybe play golf/tennis? Have you talked to fellow chiropractic physicians, especially those who are members of other associations, about nutrition rights and doubling on-line CE credits?!?

When I see you in Orlando, we will have a much better grasp of where we stand in 2020 and I won’t need a crystal ball anymore. However, I guarantee our success will be tied directly to your actions, again or lack thereof! If we have active, eager and passionate grassroots support we may be celebrating a victory, if not, we may be in the exact same place as before.

Hopefully you made and kept your New Year’s Resolution to contact your legislator! Amy and I can’t do it alone. Below is the one pager Amy and I handed out to every legislator prior to the 2020 session. Simple and to the point, let’s hope it made an impact! And more importantly, we hope each FCPA member made an impact!

My 2020 crystal ball says…

Support HB 677 and SB 1138

The Florida Chiropractic Physician Association (FCPA) is strongly supporting HB677 by Rep. David Smith (R-Winter Springs) and SB1138 by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St Pete) for the 2020 session. They contain three issues:

Authorizes properly trained (min 36 hrs) chiropractic physicians to administer injections of vitamins and other non-prescription articles of natural origin;
Authorizes chiropractic physicians to fulfill up to 20 hours of continuing education with online courses;
Repeals the voluntary registration of registered chiropractic assistants.

A chiropractic physician is authorized to adjust, manipulate, and treat the human body by manual, mechanical, electrical, or natural methods. Chiropractic physicians may not prescribe or administer legend drugs, perform surgery, or practice obstetrics. Licensure requirements for chiropractic physicians include; Graduation from a chiropractic college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education; Passage of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners; and Passage of a background screening.

In their present education, chiropractic physicians are highly trained in clinical nutrition. The bill requires an additional 36 hours for any chiropractic physician who wants to administer nutraceutical articles of natural origin to their patients. Four other states presently authorize injections. (OK,ID,NM,UT) Florida’s chiropractic physicians are primary care practitioners in the new direct primary care model and need this simple route of administration to fully include nutritional options for certain patients with absorption issues.
The bill clearly authorizes chiropractic physicians to fulfill 20 of their 40 hours of required continuing education by completing online courses. Online courses must use the Shareable Content Objective Reference Model standard or more stringent standards.
Currently, registered chiropractic assistants may voluntarily register with DOH. The bill repeals this unnecessary voluntary registration, thereby eliminating registered chiropractic assistants. Certified assistants will remain unchanged.

The Chiropractic Physician nutrition freedom and doubling of on-line CE bill (SB 1138) got referred to three Senate committees recently. The fewer committees the better and only three is a good sign! Contact your Senator over the holidays and tell them about your support for this bill. The more the merrier!

SB 1138: Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic Medicine; Authorizing chiropractic physicians who have completed specified training to order, store, possess, prescribe, and administer articles of natural origin; authorizing chiropractic physicians to administer medical oxygen for nonemergency purposes; authorizing a specified number of certain chiropractic continuing education hours to be completed online, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Action: Senate – Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF

House Chiropractic Physician Bill garners support!

HB 677, by Rep. David Smith (R), received two co-sponsors this committee week in Tallahassee! Both Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R) of Clermont and Rep. Tyler Siros (R) of Merritt Island added their names to our bill, which is a way to show the world they support it.
The 2020 session begins on January 14 and will last for 60 days. We need to ask other members to lend their name to our nutrition access to care bill, which also doubles online CE.
We realize it is the holiday season now, but if possible, please contact your Representative before session begins and ask them to co-sponsor HB677!
The more House co-sponsors the Merrier

2020 Senate Bill filed = SB1138

More great news for Florida’s Chiropractic Physicians as SB1138 was filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Pete) for the 2020 session. SB1138 is the companion to HB677 and will expand access to nutrition care as well as double online CE credits!

Let’s thank Sen. Brandes, yet again, for filing this bill for a second year in a row!!

SB1138: Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic Medicine; Authorizing chiropractic physicians who have completed specified training to order, store, possess, prescribe, and administer articles of natural origin; authorizing chiropractic physicians to administer medical oxygen for non-emergency purposes; authorizing a specified number of certain chiropractic continuing education hours to be completed online, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Action: 12/5/2019 Senate – Filed
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Track this bill here

HB677 gets committee references!

Late on Tuesday December 3rd, HB677 was referred to ONLY 3 committees in the House!

This is good news as some bills can receive 5 committee stops, which makes it even harder to become law. The House Committees of reference are the Health Quality Subcommittee, Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and Health/Human Services Committee.

We know who to contact in the House now! Please contact the below Representative(s) and stress your support for HB677, which doubles on-line CE credit hours AND authorizes specifically trained chiropractic physicians to provide injectable nutrition to their patients!

(click on links for email/phone info)

Health Quality Subcommittee:

Burton, Colleen [R]
Vice Chair
Plasencia, Rene “Coach P” [R]
Democratic Ranking Member
Stark, Richard [D]

Bell, Melony M. [R]
Beltran, Mike [R]
Brown, Kamia L. [D]
Daniels, Kimberly [D]
Davis, Tracie [D]
Maggard, Randall Scott “Randy” [R]
Mariano, Amber [R]
Rodriguez, Ana Maria [R]
Shoaf, Jason [R]
Smith, Carlos Guillermo [D]
Sullivan, Jennifer Mae [R]
Yarborough, Clay [R]

Introducing Amy Maguire
Principal, Shumaker Advisors Florida, LLC

FCPA’s new Lobbyist

Amy has been serving companies across Florida for over 20 years. With a deep dedication to community and economic development, Amy specializes in advocacy on the local, state, and federal levels along with corporate philanthropy, strategic business development, and corporate communications. Amy’s diverse experience spans across for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Amy speaks to women’s groups nationally and published her first book earlier this year.

Amy and Ron will be unstoppable together!

FCPA’s Lobbyist Working For Your Advanced Rights…

Ron Watson 1 850 567 1202
Amy Maguire 1 727 656 8413

House Bill HB677 filed today!

HB677: Chiropractic Medicine


Chiropractic Medicine; Authorizes chiropractic physicians who have completed specified training to administer articles of natural origin; authorizes licensed pharmacists to fill such chiropractors’ orders for articles of natural origin; authorizes specified number of certain chiropractic continuing education hours to be completed online; provides requirements for such online chiropractic continuing education courses.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Action: 11/18/2019 House – Filed
Bill Text: PDF

2019 Legislative Session Archives

FCPA is highlighted in the last look of the 2019 Legislative season 

The Final Florida Legislative Countdown!
Ron Watson, FCPA Lobbyist and Proud of it….

One week to go (hopefully) until the 2019 session is in the history books. Many things are still undecided, namely how Florida spends over $90 billion of our hard earned money. 
Other big ticket items up in the air include a new Seminole compact which might allow sports betting, three new toll roads, charter schools, texting while driving and many health care innovations. 
The budget has to be finalized by Tuesday for an official final vote on Friday, May 3rd or we go into overtime.
In the heath care arena, it looks like some sort of certificate of need (CON) repeal for hospitals might finally become law, although nursing homes and hospice may escape and keep their CON.  
A telehealth bill is also poised to pass, but out of state licensure and pay parity could still sink that ship. We hope the non-opioid alternative bill passes, although it was watered down more than we preferred. The House focus on scope of practice expansions are being ignored in the Senate and will most likely die.
We refund 100% if you cannot attend our Seminar.  No questions asked.  It’s the FCPA way.

The good news is it looks like PIP repeal and a possible statewide fee schedule are dead for this year, but the bad news is our injectable nutrition language is also dead. 
We will get the FCPA language into the mix for 2020 and are already talking to possible bill sponsors.
Hopefully the final countdown will be smooth, but in the last week of session crazy things sometimes happen.
The FCPA is watching their every move as the clock ticks… Tick, tock, tick, tock…
Ron Watson, FCPA Lobbyist and Proud of it….

Grand Deals and Bargains

Two weeks remaining in the 2019 session (hopefully!) this is when things can get very scary. The grand deals and bargains between the Senate and House begin to surface as the committee process ends. 
The budget needs to be finalized and we are awaiting “allocations” from leadership, which is basically how they agree to divide the $90 billion budget pie before they hammer out all the remaining differences. 
Some of the horsetrading includes the Senate gambling package and new toll roads while the House is focused on health care and education reform. As time runs out, things can and will change quickly as negotiations intensify. 

The FCPA is “on the job” walking the halls of the capitol everyday from now until its over. We are still working on PIP, non opioid alternatives, licensure and education protection, fee schedules and direct primary care. 
We will continue to fight for your practice act expansion through injectable nutrition rights moving forward. 
And please remember, if nothing bad happens, its always a good session! 
Two weeks of grand bargains and trades to go….. Stay tuned to the FCPA, we are on the job!

FCPA’s Injectable Nutrition is making Florida headlines as appeared on FloridaPolitics.com
“Nutrition bill stokes internecine battle among chiropractors”
by Drew Wilson

There are a range of bills filed for the 2019 Legislative Session that would change the rules regulating chiropractic medicine, but trade groups representing Florida chiropractors in Tallahassee don’t have unified legislative goals.
One bill caught in the crossfire is SB 1078.
The legislation, sponsored by St. Petersburg Sen.
Jeff Brandes, is simple. In addition to aligning spines, chiropractors would be able to give vitamin and enzyme shots to their customers after so long as they complete a 36-hour training regimen and get certified.
It wouldn’t permit chiropractors to administer traditional drugs, such as blood pressure meds or controlled substances, nor is it a new idea.
Until 1957, chiropractors were the go-to for nutritional injections, but Florida law was changed to only allow oral nutritional supplements. Since those are readily in every available next to the pharmacy counter in every Publix, Walgreens and CVS statewide, chiropractors are effectively shut out of that revenue stream.
Former state Rep. Dennis Jones, himself a chiropractor, got a bill through the Legislature in in the mid-1980s to reverse the change, but his success was short-lived due to a change in the federal law.
Brandes’ bill would realize the legislative intent of the 1980s bill by defining “articles of natural origin” separately from “legend drugs.
The new definition would include “vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, enzymes, saline, anti-oxidants, dextrose, glandulars, cellular components, extracts, water, botanicals, phytonutrients, and homeopathics.”
Giving a shot isn’t rocket science, and it doesn’t require an MD or a nursing degree.
Florida already allows pharmacists to give flu shots, and oftentimes patients are expected to inject their own drugs. A woman visiting a fertility doctor, for instance, may be sent home with a prescription for IVF hormone treatment. When she picks up the syringe from the pharmacy, she’ll be expected to self-administer the drug after only a few minutes of training.
SB 1078 is heavily supported by the Florida Chiropractic Physician Association (FCPA), which says the change would give Floridians access to cost efficient health care and better alternatives to medical palliative care.
According to FCPA founder Rod Lacy, who is both, a licensed medical doctor and chiropractor, the nutrition change is a natural one. Chiropractors receive more nutritional training than medical doctors and Lacy says they could be a valuable addition in the treatment of serious illnesses.
The Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) is opposed, however.
Despite backing the 1980s effort, FCA is allied with Jacksonville’s Palmer College of Chiropractic, which doesn’t provide comprehensive nutritional education to its students.
A third association, the Florida Chiropractic Society(FCS), is also opposed, though on different grounds.
FCS aims to promote “the Philosophy, Science and Art of Chiropractic, as a distinct drug-less health profession dedicated to the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation.”
Despite the “drug-less” stance, nutrition supplements aren’t considered drugs and aren’t regulated as such by the FDA, but there is scientific backing for their use in medicine.
Cancer patients, for example, are often prescribed high doses of vitamin C as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Studies have shown those injections can improve quality of life and make a tangible difference in outcomes for patients in treating certain cancers. Additionally, laboratory and animal studies have found high-levels of vitamin C may kill cancer cells.
While pills with thousands of milligrams of vitamin C are available, oral vitamins aren’t as easily absorbed as those administered intravenously. Giving patients the option of having a trained chiropractor give them nutritional shots would give them a safe alternative to self-injection as well as a less-costly alternative to getting their shots at a doctor’s office.
SB 1078 is currently awaiting its first hearing in the Health Policy Committee, chaired by Stuart Sen. Gayle Harrell.
This article was written by Drew Wilson for FloridaPolitics.com

Legislative Update

Despite our best efforts at encouraging SB 1078, injectable nutritional rights, be heard in the Senate Health Policy Committee, the most likely last meeting is being held today and we are not on the agenda! 
Not all is lost though, as we have certainly moved the education ball down the field further than ever before. We will continue to educate and look for opportunities to amend our language onto other bills, but there are procedural rules that make it very difficult.
We continue to work behind the scenes opposing PIP repeal and encouraging non-opioid alternative chiropractic treatments. The FCPA is also a very green association and are looking to support environmentally friendly measures outside of the profession.
Keep educating your fellow chiropractic physicians as well as your legislators moving forward. 
Remember, if nothing bad happens, it is a good session!

Bad Chiro Bill gets better, but…

A bill (HB 873) opposed by the FCPA, the FCA,
and the chiropractic colleges was amended today
(March 19th, 2019) in the House Health Quality Subcommittee.
HB 873 as filed dealt with chiropractic foreign licensure, educational accrediting standards approval and open reciprocity. 
The amendment made the bill better in that it removed the wide open foreign licensure and reciprocity language.
However, it still weakens the accrediting standards by striking the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and replaces it with the US Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  
Even though we opposed HB 873, it opened up the chiropractic statute. As such, we still tried to amend the FCPA injectable nutrition language onto this bill but were thwarted yet again.
We need to contact all members of this subcommittee, especiallyChairwoman Colleen Burton of Lakeland and stress your support for chiropractic physician injectable nutrition rights!
Health Quality Subcommittee
Burton, Colleen [R]
Tel: 863-413-2640

Vice Chair
Plasencia, Rene “Coach P” [R] 
Bell, Melony M. [R] 
Beltran, Mike [R] 
Brown, Kamia L. [D] 
Byrd, Cord [R] 
Daniels, Kimberly [D] 
Davis, Tracie [D] 
Fine, Randy [R] 
Plakon, Scott [R] 
Rodriguez, Ana Maria [R] 
Smith, Carlos Guillermo [D] 
Stark, Richard [D] 
Sullivan, Jennifer Mae [R] 
Yarborough, Clay [R] 

SB 1078 Chiropractic Vitamin Injections is on the move!!!

Our bill SB 1078 was introduced today.
Thank you for all your phone calls in support of the bill.
You can track the bill’s movement here:

Stay tuned, the 2019 battle has just begun!
SB 1078: Chiropractic Medicine

FCPA Bill Tracking Chart

Below is a link to FCPA bill tracking chart for the 2019 session for bills filed to date.


SB 1078 Chiropractic Vitamin Injections Filed!!!

The FCPA would like to thank Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Pete) for filing our language in SB 1078 for the 2019 session. We certainly have our hands full, as we are being opposed by some in your own profession and many others. Now is the time to tell your legislator to support full chiropractic nutrition rights contained in SB 1078. Stay tuned, the 2019 battle has just begun!

SB 1078: Chiropractic Medicine


Chiropractic Medicine;Authorizing chiropractic physicians who have completed specified training to administer articles of natural origin; authorizing licensed pharmacists to fill such chiropractors’ orders for articles of natural origin; revising provisions relating to continuing chiropractic education requirements to authorize specified continuing education hours to be completed online, etc.Effective Date:7/1/2019
Last Action:2/14/2019 Senate – Filed
Bill Text: Web Page|PDF

Legislator Pop Quiz

Calling all FCPA members. Have you talked to any legislators about our push for full nutritional rights? Hello, can you hear me. Is this mike on? Hello..  Or how about your stance on PIP repeal – workers comp – licensure or reimbursement frustrations?? This is your livelihood, be your own hometown FCPA lobbyist. Advocate for what you believe.

It’s really easy and still not too late. Although committee weeks are well underway, session officially begins March 5th and lasts for 60 days, so do it when you leave this meeting. Legislators are home the week before it starts, so now is the time to give em a ring at their district office. Mention you’re a FCPA member who supports full nutrition rights for our patients and (fill in the blank) is what you want them to support. Be nice, supportive and treat staff on par with legislators. They are the gatekeepers.

Below is our targeted list of legislators on key committees. Each of the names are direct links to additional on-line information. We also listed the city of their main office and their local phone number. If you are not sure who your legislator is (shame on you), this link  (https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find) will allow you to enter your address and prepare for the pop quiz. 

Even if your legislator is not listed below, you should contact them and exercise your free speech rights. Legislators and their staff need to hear from you more than just me.

As your lobbyist, I will be conducting legislator pop quizzes! For the betterment of your profession, I sure hope you can quickly answer the simple question of “Doctor, who are your Legislators?” The next step is contacting them, it’s just that simple. 

Don’t fail the legislator pop quiz!

Senate Committee on Health Policy

Chair: Senator Gayle Harrell (R)Stuart (772) 221-4019
Vice Chair:Senator Lori Berman (D)                                             Boynton Beach                                        (561) 292-6014

Senator Dennis Baxley (R)                                                                  Lady Lake                                                  (352) 750-3133
Senator Aaron Bean (R)                                                                       Jacksonville                                               (904) 757-5039
Senator Lauren Book (D)                                                                     Plantation                                                 (954) 424-6674
Senator Janet Cruz (D)                                                                                                                                                 (850) 487-5018 (No local office yet)
Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. (R)                                                               Hialeah Gardens                                      (305) 364-3073
Senator Ed Hooper (R)                                                                         Palm Harbor                                             (727) 771-2102
Senator Debbie Mayfield (R)                                                              Melbourne                                                (321) 409-2025
Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson (D)                                                     St. Petersburg                                          (727) 822-6828

Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance

Chair:Senator Doug Broxson (R)                                                    Pensacola                                                 (850) 595-1036
Vice Chair:Senator Darryl Rouson (D)                                         St. Petersburg                                         (727) 822-6828

Senator Jeff Brandes (R)                                                                      St. Petersburg                                         (727) 563-2100
Senator Joe Gruters (R)                                                                        Sarasota                                                    (941) 378-6309
Senator Tom Lee (R)                                                                             Brandon                                                     (813) 653-7061
Senator Keith Perry (R)                                                                        Gainesville                                                (352) 264-4040
Senator Annette Taddeo (D)                                                              Miami                                                         (305) 596-3003
Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr. (D)                                                   Fort Lauderdale                                       (954) 321-2705

House Health & Human Services Committee

Chair:Rodrigues, Ray Wesley [R]                                                   Fort Myers                                                (239) 433-6501
Vice Chair:Pigman, Cary [R]                                                            Sebring                                                       (863) 386-6000

Brown, Kamia L. [D]                                                                             Ocoee                                                          (407) 905-3806
Burton, Colleen [R]                                                                              Lakeland                                                    (863) 413-2640
Cortes, John [D]                                                                                     Kissimmee                                                (407) 846-5009
DiCeglie, Nick [R]                                                                                  Largo                                                           (727) 588-7090
Duran, Nicholas X. [D]                                                                         Miami                                                        (305) 860-7119
Goff-Marcil, Joy [D]                                                                             Maitland                                                   (407) 623-1010
Grant, Michael [R]                                                                                 Port Charlotte                                        (941) 613-0914
Jones, Shevrin D. “Shev” [D]                                                            West Park                                                 (954) 893-5010
Leek, Thomas J. “Tom” [R]                                                               Daytona Beach                                       (386) 238-4865
Magar, MaryLynn “ML” [R]                                                              Hobe Sound                                             (772) 545-3481
Plakon, Scott [R]                                                                                     Longwood                                                (407) 262-7423
Ponder, Mel [R]                                                                                        Fort Walton Beach                               (850) 833-3713
Roach, Spencer [R]                                                                                 North Fort Myers                                 (850) 717-5079 (no local #)
Slosberg, Emily [D]                                                                                Delray Beach                                          (561) 496-5940
Stevenson, Cyndi [R]                                                                             St. Augustine                                          (904) 823-2300
Yarborough, Clay [R]                                                                             Jacksonville                                            (904) 723-5300

House Health Quality Subcommittee

Chair:Burton, Colleen [R]                                                                   Lakeland                                                  (863) 413-2640
Vice Chair:Plasencia, Rene “Coach P” [R]                                  Titusville                                                  (321) 383-5151                  

Bell, Melony M. [R]                                                                                Fort Meade                                               (863) 285-1101
Beltran, Mike [R]                                                                                    Valrico                                                        (813) 653-7097
Brown, Kamia L. [D]                                                                              Ocoee                                                         (407) 905-3806
Byrd, Cord [R]                                                                                          Jacksonville Beach                                (904) 548-9333
Daniels, Kimberly [D]                                                                           Jacksonville                                             (904) 696-5928
Davis, Tracie [D]                                                                                     Jacksonville                                             (904) 353-2180
Fine, Randy [R]                                                                                        Palm Bay                                                  (321) 409-2017
Plakon, Scott [R]                                                                                      Longwood                                                (407) 262-7423
Rodriguez, Ana Maria [R]                                                                    Doral                                                           (786) 336-1127
Smith, Carlos Guillermo [D]                                                               Winter Park                                              (407) 681-5433
Stark, Richard [D]                                                                                   Weston                                                       (954) 217-0287
Sullivan, Jennifer Mae [R]                                                                   Eustis                                                          (352) 742-6275
Yarborough, Clay [R]                                                                             Jacksonville                                              (904) 723-5300

House Banking and Insurance Subcommittee

Chair:  Stevenson, Cyndi [R]                                                               St. Augustine                                          (904) 823-2300
Vice Chair: Clemons, Sr., Charles Wesley “Chuck” [R]           Jonesville                                                  (352) 313-6542

Aloupis, Jr., Vance Arthur [R]                                                             Miami                                                        (850) 717-5115 (no local #)
Altman, Thad [R]                                                                                     Indian Harbour Beach                        (321) 425-6179
Caruso, Michael A. “Mike” [R]                                                           Boca Raton                                              (561) 750-2396
Diamond, Ben [D]                                                                                    St. Petersburg                                        (727) 552-2747
Drake, Brad [R]                                                                                         DeFuniak Springs                                 (850) 951-0547
Driskell, Fentrice [D]                                                                             Tampa                                                        (850) 717-5063 (no local #)
Duggan, Wyman [R]                                                                               Jacksonville                                             (904) 381-6011
Jones, Shevrin D. “Shev” [D]                                                              West Park                                                 (954) 893-5010
Jacobs, Kristin Diane [D]                                                                      Coconut Creek                                        (954) 956-5600
McClain, Stan [R]                                                                                     Ocala                                                          (352) 732-1313
Perez, Daniel [R]                                                                                      Miami                                                         (305) 442-6800
Valdes, Susan L. [D]                                                                                Tampa                                                        (813) 673-4673
Zika, Ardian [R]                                                                                        Land O’ Lakes                                         (813) 929-1001

FCPA is on a roll again

After starting from nothing just a few years ago the FCPA has taken the chiropractic world by storm and become a leader in policy making and expanding the rights of all DCs.
We are so excited to tell you that Ron Watson, our lobbyist is sitting down with the legal attorneys in the State of Florida today to begin the task of finalizing the verbiage the FCPA will introduce this session that will allow the DC to offer full nutrition without restrictions.
Other states have seen the writing on the wall as to what can happen if our Federal Government (in all of its wisdom) passes laws that restrict consumer nutritional supplements; labeling them as prescriptive drugs.  

I hear that just recently Canada has relabeled basic amino acid supplements as legend drugs. This is nuts and the FCPA knows this. We have to stand up and take control of our basic rights as a physician now or lose more rights in the future.
It is time to get back what we had in the past;
full nutritional rights.

Ron is working hard for you at this very moment. We are about to join the host of other states that have expanded their rights. Ohio realized the potential problems of nutritional restrictions last year and because of that they expanded their laws as the FCPA is working hard to do in Florida.

Help us help you.

Be cautious who and what chiropractic association you support. There are others that smile in your face… They are the back stabbers.
You know the tune. Back stabbers. 

The FCPA is focused, true to our convictions and is here only to help you. We do not have any high dollar Executive Secretaries, no high dollar CEO’s or any paid executives. We are a voluntary association that gets the job done without costing you much of anything.  
We ever offer free CE seminars at times. 
We are the FCPA… Unlike any other.
Let’s get the job done this legislative session. 


Why Do You Need Injectable Nutrients?

Ok, DCs… 
Why do you need injectable Nutrients in your practice or in your neighbor’s?
Many reasons for sure.  
“In some cases, the best form of delivery of nutrients is through intravenous or intramuscular injection. This may be because: large doses, if taken orally, may adversely affect the gut; the person may have problems with absorption; the best form of the nutrient may not be well tolerated if taken orally; or a rapid response is needed, which may not be achieved through oral supplementation.”
Are you tired of license limits?
The FCPA is!
This small license change will open many, many doors to all DC’s. We had this law in the ’50s and it is time to get it back.
The list of conditions you could treat and the list of CPT codes you could use is really wild.
Join us as we bring the future to you by going to the past.

Roderic A. Lacy MD, DC
Retired DC
Licensed General Medicine

The December week of scheduled legislative committee meetings for the 2019 session has evolved into more of a 101 training and education time. Only the Senate has Appropriations meetings scheduled for Wednesday and no bills will be heard. We are still awaiting House committee assignments. 

The House training sessions include budget, ethics, bill drafting, rules and specific topics like Medicaid and Education. My favorite, “Things I wished someone told me when I started” is focused on the freshman. 
Today, the Senate will hear an ethics presentation by their General Counsel and will host a memorial service for Sen. Dorothy Hukill who passed away in October. 
Your lobbyist is “training” to get their attention this week and in the mist of their education, is also giving the 101 on Chiropractic nutrition.
The FCPA is conducting our own “Things I wish someone told me when I started” tour. 
On an additional note
New Governor Appoints Health and Wellness Transition Advisory Committee.
More than 50 people have been appointed to a newly created Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness. The committee will be co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez and former Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Alan Levine.
This committee will advise newly elected Gov. Ron DeSantis and his transition team as they develop their plans to implement his “vision of empowering patients and expanding provider reach, fighting addiction and mental health problems and protecting Florida’s most vulnerable populations while lowering costs and respecting taxpayers’ money.”
Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness are listed below:

  • Dr. MICHAEL ALESSANDRI; Executive Director for Autism and Related Diseases
  • MARIA ALONSO; COO, Citrus Health Network
  • BRYAN ANDERSON; VP of Government Affairs, HCA Healthcare 
  • Dr. JOSE ‘PEPE’ ARMAS; Founder, Chairman & CEO, MCCI Medical Group  
  • GABRIELLE BARGERSTOCK; Florida Executive Director, Nurse-Family Partnership  
  • ANN BARNHART; CEO, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center  
  • JASON BARRETT; CEO, Flagler Hospital  
  • Dr. SAMIRA BECKWITH; President & CEO, Hope Healthcare  
  • ABIGAIL BEEBE; Chair, Executive Council of The Florida Bar Family Law Section  
  • CHARLES BENDER; Founding CEO & Board Member, Place of Hope  
  • THAD BESHEARS; Co-Owner & COO, Simpson Nurseries  
  • Dr. ANDY BOROM; Orthopedic Surgeon, Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic  
  • TARREN BRAGDON; President & CEO, Foundation for Government Accountability  
  • The Honorable JASON BRODEUR; former Chairman, Florida House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee  
  • AUDREY BROWN; President & CEO, Florida Association of Health Plans  
  • NANCY BRYAN; President & CEO, BioFlorida  
  • Dr. CHRISTOPHER CARD; Chief of Community-Based Care, Eckerd Connects  
  • GLEN CASEL; CEO, Community Based Care of Central Florida  
  • GLEN FEINGOLD; Executive Vice President & COO, MCNA Dental  
  • AURELIO FERNANDEZ; President & CEO, Memorial Healthcare System  
  • Dr. EDWARD FIDALGO; OB/GYN, South Miami Hospital and Mercy Hospital  
  • The Honorable RENÉ GARCÍA; Executive Vice President, New Century Partnership  
  • Dr. VIKRAM GOPAL; Physician, Borland Groover  
  • JIM HILL; President, Florida Juvenile Justice Association   
  • NELSON HINCAPIE; President & CEO, Voices for Children Foundation  
  • ROY H HINMAN II, M.D., Colonel, US Army (Ret.)
  • SCOTT HOWELL; Vice President of Internal & External Affairs, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence  
  • ROSLIND HUDSON; Divisional Vice President, Behavioral Health Division, Universal Health Services  
  • CHRIS JACOBS; Founder & CEO, Juniper Research Group   
  • EDWARD JIMENEZ; CEO, University of Florida Health Shands  
  • Dr. STEVEN JOHNSON; President & CEO, Health First  
  • KURT KELLY; CEO, Florida Coalition for Children  
  • Dr. DAVID KENIGSBERG; President, Broward County Medical Association  
  • Dr. NARENDRA KINI; CEO, Nicklaus Children’s Health System  
  • NICOLE de LARA PUENTE; CEO, Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation  
  • Dr. KEN LAWSON; Owner & Optometrist, Bayshore Eye Care  
  • BEN LEON; CEO, Leon Medical Centers  
  • REBECCA MATTHEWS; CEO, Florida Healthy Kids  
  • DAVID R. MAYMON; Founder, Advocate Home Care  
  • GRACI McGILLICUDDY; Chair, Board of Directors, All Star Children’s Foundation  
  • CARLOS MIGOYA; President & CEO, Jackson Health System
  • JOSEPH MITCHELL; CEO, Summit Care and Member, American Health Care Association Board of Governors
  • JOE MULLANY; Regional President & CEO, Bayfront Health
  • DEB OBERMAN; Vice President Public Affairs, Humana  
  • Dr. EDUARDO OTERO; Regional Vice President, South Region, Florida Market, MEDNAX Pediatrix Medical Group  
  • Dr. JASON PIROZZOLO; Director of Sports Medicine and Trauma, Orlando Hand Surgery Associates  
  • Dr. JIM RUBENSTEIN; Co-Founder & Radiation Oncologist, 21st Century Oncology  
  • SUZANNE SEWELL; President & CEO, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities  
  • Dr. DAVID SHAPIRO; Board Member, Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers  
  • ANDREW SMITH; Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Surterra Wellness  
  • TIM STAPLETON; CEO, Florida Medical Association  
  • ROGER STEVENS; CEO, Westminster Communities of Florida  
  • MIKE WATKINS; CEO, Big Bend Community Based Care  
  • Dr. ZACH ZACHARIAH; President, Fort Lauderdale Heart Institute

The Legislative Organizational session happened yesterday in Tallahassee. What is that you ask? 

Our Constitution requires all newly elected legislators be sworn into office two weeks after winning. They also announce some leadership positions and approve the new rules, which can change every two years. In a rare occurrence, with a late election it happened the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. 

Being sworn into office is a memorable moment shared by family and friends, especially the first timers. Your FCPA lobbyist was on the job to personally congratulate long time friends, but also focused on our friendly first timers! 

When shaking hands and kissing babies, I reminded them a Chiro bill is coming. Legislators return on Dec. 11 to start the first week of committee meetings. We should know all new committee assignments by then and will start educating specific legislators. They return for two weeks in Jan., three weeks in Feb. and then the 60 day session starts March 6. Stay tuned!

I am thankful to represent your profession  and wish each and everyone reading this a Happy Thanksgiving w family and friends. Gobble, Gobble!