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Direct Primary Care Access Bill Heads to Governor
By FCA Govt. Affairs Director Jack Hebert   
Thursday, 08 March 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018, Tallahassee – Earlier today the Florida Senate gave its final approval to the Direct Primary Care Access Bill (House Bill 37) sponsored by Rep. Danny Burgess (R-San Antonio). The bill, previously passed by the Florida House, now heads to the Governor for his consideration. If approved, the new law would allow chiropractic physicians, among other designated disciplines, to enter into direct agreements with employers to provide primary care services to employees as a benefit, or make an arrangement with a family to provide care for a monthly fee affordable to the family or an individual.

Most importantly, these primary care agreements are exempted from insurance regulation. 

The bill defines primary care provider as an allopath, osteopath, chiropractor or nurse who provides primary care to patients. Primary care services is defined as the screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a patient conducted within the competency and training of the primary care provider for the purpose of promoting health or detecting and managing disease or injury. The bill further authorizes a primary care provider to enter into an agreement with a patient or a patient’s employer to provide primary care services at a monthly agreed upon fee. This is the fourth year the Legislature has considered this issue.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses, (NFIB), lobbied to file the bill four legislative sessions ago. The bill as originally filed did not include chiropractic and did not pass. The bill was filed each of the following legislative sessions and the FCA Lobby Team lobbied an amendment including chiropractic in the definition of primary care provider

Today is the 59th day of the Legislature’s scheduled 60-day regular session, now headed into overtime as legislators continue budget negotiations into the weekend. State lawmakers now appear poised to take a final vote on the state budget on Sunday afternoon prior to final adjournment. Watch for your final FCA Session Update coming soon.