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)

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

The Florida Legislature has been drip, drip, dripping recently passed bills from the 2021 session onto the Governor’s desk. He recently signed the $100 billion 2021-22 budget and many other high profile bills, including the transgender sports ban, the drinks-to-go bill and the new Seminole Gaming Compact. Accordingly, there have been many bill signing ceremonies around the State as they highlight and celebrate each issue they agreed upon.

However, there are still 194 passed bills NOT yet on his desk, which the legislature are holding back for whatever reasons as they slowly transfer them over, drip, drip, drip. SB 54, the PIP repeal bill is one of them.

Many groups besides chiropractic physicians are asking for a PIP repeal veto and often, when major oppositions exists, the Legislative leadership will hold a bill for extra time to convince the Governor to sign it.

Keep up the pressure and let the Governor know you want him to VETO SB 54. Once the Governor officially receives each bill, he has up to two weeks to act, but Governor DeSantis has been acting much quicker. Now, there is still time to have your voice heard. You never know which drip will finally be the PIP repeal bill.

If you want to save PIP as we know it,
this is your last chance.

Send your email to GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com and cc Stephanie.Kopelousos@eog.myflorida.com Tell them to please VETO the PIP Repeal bill SB 54. Focus your objections on price increases, more uninsured, negative small business impact, and med pay not including chiropractors.

Senate Bill 54 (2021) – The Florida Senate (flsenate.gov)

FCPA Strong and getting stronger!
FCPA is a major powerhouse in Florida now and with your help has a chance to save PIP and get a real law.
The Governor’s office called the FCPA
and you need to answer!

The Florida Chiropractic Physician Association was contacted by Governor DeSantis’ Office of Legislative Affairs to seek details on our opposition to the PIP repeal bill, SB 54. They want to know why FCPA members want him to veto the bill.

So we told them

It will raise auto insurance rates for those who can least afford an increase
It will create more uninsured motorists due to these price increases
It will have a major negative impact on small business (chiro offices) who may have to wait years for any payment only after the fault is decided
It excludes chiropractic physicians in the med pay definition of emergency services for the 30-day holdback period possibly excluding chiropractors from any med pay reimbursement.

Now it’s your turn to tell them!! Once the Governor “receives” the bill (he hasn’t yet), he has two weeks to act on it. He can sign, let become law without his signature, or veto it.

If you want to save PIP as we know it, this is your last chance.

Send your email to GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com and cc Stephanie.Kopelousos@eog.myflorida.com Tell them to please VETO the PIP Repeal bill SB 54. Focus your objections on price increases, more uninsured, negative small business impact, and med pay not including chiropractors.

The Governor has the final say, FCPA members, its time to tell him what to do!!!

Senate Bill 54 (2021) – The Florida Senate (flsenate.gov)

Ron Watson
FCPA Lobbyist
850-567-1202

Florida PIP is gone!!!!! Oh my…Or is it????

The PIP repeal bill (SB54) requiring mandatory 25/50 Bodily Injury (B/I) coverage has finally passed the Florida legislature after years and years of killing it.

The final version includes a “med pay” opt-out of 10K/5K, which means all insureds will have 10K medical coverage regardless of fault unless they specifically decline or choose the 5K option. This was a major victory as some have called “med pay” nothing more than “PIP lite”. Also included is a 30 day mandatory “hold back” for physician emergency services of 5K, but unfortunately the “hold back” does NOT include chiropractors in the definition of physician despite our best efforts.

However, it’s not over yet. The Governor will have the final say to sign or veto SB 54 that could possibly raise insurance rates as much as 40%! The bill has changed so many times it is unclear what will happen with overall auto insurance costs. Will they go up, will they go down, or both? There was great debate on the Senate floor with assumptions of more affluent people saving money and others who struggle to get by with massive increases. In other words, those who can afford it the least may have the largest increases.

If you want to keep PIP, contact Governor DeSantis and tell him to veto SB54. Focus your objections on rate increases and no unfairness to chiropractors.

We have a strong chance of still winning if we can convince him to VETO!!

The House is expected to vote next week on a bill to repeal Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system.

The bill (SB 54), carried by Sen. Danny Burgess, would end the requirement that Floridians purchase $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage and would instead require mandatory bodily injury (MBI) coverage that would payout up to $25,000 for a crash-related injury or death.

The measure already passed the Senate last week 38-1. However, amendments added by the House sponsor, Rep. Erin Grall, means the measure would have to go back to the Senate after the House vote.

Those backing PIP repeal say the system is rife with fraud and that the $10,000 coverage limit, set in the 1970s, is woefully inadequate five decades later.

Read more on the bill by clicking the link below
“House nears no-fault repeal vote”
via Renzo Downey of Florida Politics

SB 54 passed the Florida Senate repeals the Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law (No-Fault Law), which requires every owner and registrant of a motor vehicle in this state to maintain Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Details are: For bodily injury (BI) of one person in any one incident, $25,000, and $50,000 for two or more people in any one incident.

Retains the existing $10,000 financial responsibility requirement for property damage.

Repealing the No-Fault Law eliminates the limitations on recovering pain and suffering damages from PIP insureds, which currently require bodily injury that causes death or significant and permanent injury.

Requires Medical Payments Coverage

SB54 requires medical payments coverage (MedPay) with limits of $5,000 or $10,000, without a deductible, to cover the medical expenses of the insured. Insurers may also offer other policy limits that exceed $5,000 and may offer deductibles of up to $500. The bill requires that insurers must reserve the first $5,000 of MedPay benefits for 30 days to pay providers of emergency services or hospital inpatient care.

This bill as of this moment is not on the House agenda where if accepted and passed will be sent to the Governor for signature.

As hard as we try we can’t get the support.
And now it’s on record.

FCA publicly opposes HB1627 that would allow all 40 CE hours to be taken online.

You can watch a video of the FCA opposing the Bill by clicking the following link or if you prefer you can read the transcript of their statement below the link.

https://thefloridachannel.org/videos/3-23-21-house-professions-public-health-subcommittee/
(HB 1627 is introduced at approx 1:39:25, Ron Watson speaks for the FCPA at 1:44:23, FCA Assistant General Counsel Kimberly Driggers speaks at 1:48:00, and the vote occurs at 2:00:12)

Who does the FCA Represent?
Not Me!!!

Right after Ron eloquently testified how the law change will benefit the public in general and all DCs, FCA Representative Kimberly Diggers takes the floor.

“Thank you Committee Members, Kim Driggers Assistant General Counsel for the Florida Chiropractic Association, the FCA, and its 4000, over 4000 members for the last 90 years and we represent ¾ of the chiropractic physicians in FL. We’d like to thank Rep. Maggard for taking the time to speak with us yesterday; we did speak with him on the bill and for assisting us with a (tens?) bill last year however respectfully we are going to have to oppose this bill for many reasons but Rayner (Rep. Michelle Rayner on the committee) just discussed who supports this bill, it is not the Chiropractic Association that has been around for 90 years. It’s not the Board of Chiropractic Medicine who at most of their meetings they deal with 3000 pages of documents and hours long of hearings, it’s them dealing with the chiropractic education and it is not the Department of Health that’s here supporting the bill.

We are lead to believe that it is one chiropractor who is now a CE vendor who has had many troubles with the Board of Chiropractic Medicine for the last number of years trying to get all 40 hours online passed and that is why we are here today.

So let’s get to the heart of it all, why is the FCA opposes it and (inaudible) why it’s kind of been discussed. It is because the Board, their power is being usurped on CEs. The MQA under the Department of Health has 22 Florida Boards, and 4 Councils, all of them deal with CEs within the Board. Those are the ones that are protecting the public Health & Safety, those are the ones that are disciplining the profession and those are the ones that should be handling CEs and fortunately for the last few years, this vendor has not been able to get the 100% of online CEs passed.

But what is the Board doing? They are doing things properly. I have to disagree with Mr. Watson here, on the provisory language does not mandate that all 40 hours be online. It mandated a study to look at what the alternatives are.

So, about 3 years ago the Chiropractic Board instituted from a 100% of in-person hours to 25% online, in the general courses except for the required courses. And let’s remember this is an all hands-on profession, one of the only all hands-on professions so they said let’s start with 25% online which they did and it was going very well and they said we’ll look at it as the pandemic hit they instituted an emergency rule to allow all 100% online. They re-instituted that Emergency rule and now about 10 days ago they started the rule enforcement, the rule procedure to go with all online until the end of Biennium, until 2022, and then they can look at it again.

So, the Board is doing it properly, this bill usurps the power of that Board, it mandates the Board to go from 25% online hours up to a 100%, it requires Board to allow registrants to enroll (in) a course even if it has not been pre-approved. It requires the Board to allow all classes online so if they are some hands-on CE course that they want to be in person this bill strips them of the authority to do that and it orders them a type of CE provider. The requirements of a CE provider must have, the current legislation says that the CE provider must have these particular credentials the bill says may have these credentials.

So we just don’t think it is a good idea to usurp the Board of this authority to put it all in legislation when that Board is overseeing the public Health and Safety, and disciplining its own profession and for these reasons, we request that you vote down the bill.

Thank you

The Chair reads out another name Alison Corvell from the Florida Chiropractic Association – waives in opposition”

In the end, the committee voted
in favor of the Bill 9-8.

Following please find an update from last week. 
 
PIP – was again postponed in the Senate and we are hearing that the two Chambers cannot agree and there is uncertainty as to what the Governor will support. 
 
HB1627 Continuing Education which passed out of committee last week 9/8 is waiting to be heard in its last committee. The Senate version has not moved. We are working in both chambers to move the language and to add some form of our language in bills that may move.
 
HB 1489, Chiropractice Physicians has not been heard in committee. This bill would allow chiropractic physicians who have completed specified training to order, store, possess, prescribe, & administer articles of natural origin & administer medical oxygen; authorizes licensed pharmacists to fill such chiropractors’ orders for articles of natural origin; authorizes chiropractic continuing education hours to be completed online; provides requirements for online continuing education courses. 
 
Ron worked with another lobbyist on an amendment to the Parental Rights bill. The amendment is on the Senate bill and if it is adopted on the House version and passes both chambers, the bill would allow chiropractors and other volunteer physicians on the sidelines to treat without having to obtain parental consent to treat in case of an emergency.
 
768.135 – Volunteer team physicians; immunity.
(1) A volunteer team physician is any person licensed to practice medicine pursuant to chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 460, chapter 461, or chapter 466:
(a) Who is acting in the capacity of a volunteer team physician in attendance at an athletic event sponsored by a public or private elementary or secondary school; and
(b) Who gratuitously and in good faith prior to the athletic event agrees to render emergency care or treatment to any participant in such event in connection with an emergency arising during or as the result of such event, without objection of such participant.
(2) A volunteer team physician is not liable for any civil damages as a result of such care or treatment or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment unless the care or treatment was rendered in a wrongful manner.
(3) A practitioner licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 460, or s. 464.012 or registered under s. 464.0123 who gratuitously and in good faith conducts an evaluation pursuant to s. 1006.20(2)(c) is not liable for any civil damages arising from that evaluation unless the evaluation was conducted in a wrongful manner.
(4) As used in this section, the term “wrongful manner” means in bad faith or with malicious purpose or in a manner exhibiting wanton and willful disregard of human rights, safety, or property, and shall be construed in conformity with the standard set forth in s. 768.28(9)(a).
 
COVID protection bills signed into law
 
HB 7 by Representative Lawrence McClure and SB 72 by Senator Jeff Brandes provide several COVID-19 liability protections for businesses, educational institutions, government entities, religious organizations and other entities. A covered entity that makes a good faith effort to substantially comply with applicable COVID-19 guidance is immune from civil liability from a COVID-19-related civil action. The bill’s liability protections do apply to a healthcare provider. SB 72 passed the Senate 24-15 on March 18 and then passed the House 83-31 on March 26. On Monday, March 29, the Governor signed SB 72 into law.
 
 
HB 7005 by Representative Colleen Burton and SB 74 by Senator Jeff Brandes limit civil claims against health care providers related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill requires that the initial complaint in a COVID-19-related lawsuit be pled with particularity. The trial court must dismiss a case if not pled with particularity. The bill requires the claimant to prove that the health care provider was grossly negligent or engaged in intentional misconduct in failing to substantially comply with the government the provision of a novel or experimental treatment. Additionally, a health care provider is immune from civil liability if supplies or personnel were not readily available to comply with the standards or guidance. A COVID-19-related claim against a health care provider must be commenced within 1 year. Governor DeSantis signed the bill on March 29, 2021.

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)

https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/VideoPlayer.aspx?eventID=7021

HB1627: Continuing Chiropractic Education
GENERAL BILL by Maggard
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
https://floridapolitics.com/archives/410976-house-subcommittee-advances-proposal-to-repeal-florida-no-fault-law

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)
http://www.flsenate.gov/PublishedContent/Session/2020/BillSummary/CombinedPDF/HP.pdf

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
GENERAL BILL by Brandes

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
GENERAL BILL by Brandes

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:

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

Representatives
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

GENERAL BILL by Smith, D.

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.
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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….
850-567-1202

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
Chair
Burton, Colleen [R]
Tel: 863-413-2640

Vice Chair
Plasencia, Rene “Coach P” [R] 
Representatives
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:
https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/01078/?Tab=BillHistory

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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zmt58tbxe619rt3/FCPA%202019%20Bill%20Tracking%20Chart.pdf?dl=0

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

GENERAL BILL by Brandes

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. 

GO RON!
FCPA

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
CEO FCPA

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  
  • RICKY CAPLIN; CEO, HCI Group
  • 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  
  • MARY LYNN EDWARDS ULREY; CEO, DACCO Behavioral Health  
  • 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!