Florida Senate - 2015 SB 1626 By Senator Brandes 22-01521A-15 20151626__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; creating s. 3 408.0641, F.S.; creating an exemption from public 4 records for identifying information in compassionate 5 and palliative care plans filed with the Clearinghouse 6 for Compassionate and Palliative Care Plans; 7 authorizing the disclosure of certain information to 8 certain entities and individuals; providing for future 9 legislative review and repeal of the exemption under 10 the Open Government Sunset Review Act; providing a 11 statement of public necessity; providing a contingent 12 effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 408.0641, Florida Statutes, is created 17 to read: 18 408.0641 Clearinghouse for compassionate and palliative 19 care plans; public records exemption.— 20 (1) Information held in the Clearinghouse for Compassionate 21 and Palliative Care Plans under s. 408.064 is confidential and 22 exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State 23 Constitution. 24 (2) The agency may disclose such confidential and exempt 25 information to the following persons or entities upon request 26 after using a verification process to ensure the legitimacy of 27 the request and the requestor’s identity: 28 (a) A physician who certifies that the information is 29 necessary to provide medical treatment to a patient with a 30 terminal illness who has a plan in the clearinghouse. 31 (b) A patient or the legal guardian or designated health 32 care surrogate for a patient with a terminal illness who has a 33 plan in the clearinghouse. 34 (c) A health care facility that certifies that the 35 information is necessary to provide medical treatment to a 36 patient with a terminal illness who has a plan in the 37 clearinghouse. 38 (3) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 39 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 40 on October 2, 2020, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 41 through reenactment by the Legislature. 42 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 43 necessity to make confidential and exempt from disclosure 44 information held in the Clearinghouse for Compassionate and 45 Palliative Care Plans which would identify a patient, his or her 46 terminal illness, or the patient’s family members. Such personal 47 identifying information, if publicly available, could be used to 48 invade the personal privacy of the patient or his or her family. 49 The decisions made under a compassionate and palliative care 50 plan for a terminal condition are a private matter. Furthermore, 51 the public disclosure of such information could hinder the 52 effective and efficient administration of the Clearinghouse for 53 Compassionate and Palliative Care Plans. Public access to such 54 information could reduce participation and minimize the 55 effectiveness of compassionate and palliative care plans to meet 56 the needs of individuals. Finally, access to such information 57 could be used to solicit, harass, stalk, or intimidate 58 clearinghouse participants or terminally ill patients or their 59 families. Therefore, the Legislature finds that information held 60 in the Clearinghouse for Compassionate and Palliative Care Plans 61 which would identify a patient participating in the 62 clearinghouse or which contains or reflects the patient’s 63 medical information should be confidential and exempt from 64 public records requirements. 65 Section 3. This act shall take effect on the same date that 66 SB 1052 or similar legislation takes effect if such legislation 67 is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension 68 thereof and becomes a law.