Chiropractic graduates having difficulty taking the licensing exams due to Covid-19 virus cancellations can rest assured that any resulting delinquency in student loan payments will not be a bar to Florida licensure, thanks to a new Florida law. Delays in exam administrations and employment may cause some graduates to fall delinquent for lack of a job.
Two bills, HB 115 by Rep. Nicholas X. Duran (D-Miami) [companion SB 356 by Sen. Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast)] and HB 1193 by Rep. Blaise Ingoglia (R-Spring Hill) [companion 474 by Sen. Albritton (R-Bartow)] eliminate from the Department of Health statute the grounds for revoking or denying the license of a health care practitioner who falls delinquent in payment of student loan obligations. The deleted provisions can hit chiropractors hard, because of the lag time between graduation and finding employment. The FCA lobby team appeared at each committee hearing to express support for the bills. HB 115 was signed into law by Governor DeSantis on June 29, 2020 and HB 1193 was signed by the Governor on June 30, 2020. Both bills take effect July 1, 2020.