Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 152
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Brandes)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Study on increasing access to health care in
    6  this state.—
    7         (1)The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government
    8  Accountability shall conduct a comprehensive study on increasing
    9  access to the following health care services in this state:
   10  primary care or family medicine; oral health care, including
   11  general dentistry and dental hygiene services; anesthesia; and
   12  psychiatry, psychology, and other licensed mental health
   13  services. The study must, at a minimum:
   14         (a)For each category of health care services and by
   15  provider type, examine the status of affordability, access, and
   16  delivery of these health care services in this state and
   17  identify any delivery system gaps, taking into consideration
   18  demographic and income disparities in urban and rural areas;
   19         (b)Compare the affordability, access, and delivery of such
   20  health care services in this state to that of other states;
   21         (c)Consider the projected growth of this state’s
   22  population over the next 10 years and the impact that growth
   23  will have on the availability of such health care services in
   24  urban and rural areas of this state;
   25         (d)Examine workforce policies authorizing health care
   26  providers to practice to the full extent of their education and
   27  training or increasing utilization of mid-level health care
   28  providers, including, but not limited to, certified registered
   29  nurse anesthetists, dental hygienists, dental therapists,
   30  licensed practical nurses, mental health counselors, physician
   31  assistants, and registered nurses, in order to help fill
   32  delivery system gaps; and
   33         (e)Based on research of policy proposals and practices in
   34  other states, make recommendations to the Legislature on ways to
   35  increase access to health care in this state by addressing
   36  barriers to care, expedience of care delivery, and increased
   37  positive health outcomes for unserved or underserved
   38  populations.
   39         (2)The office shall submit a report on the findings of the
   40  study and its recommendations on increasing access to health
   41  care in this state to the Governor, the President of the Senate,
   42  and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by December 31,
   43  2020. The report must address any implementation burdens and the
   44  sustainability of each policy recommendation.
   45         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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   48  And the title is amended as follows:
   49         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   50  and insert:
   51                        A bill to be entitled                      
   52         An act relating to increasing access to health care;
   53         requiring the Office of Program Policy Analysis and
   54         Government Accountability to conduct a study on
   55         increasing access to certain health care services in
   56         this state; providing requirements for the study;
   57         requiring the office to submit a report on its
   58         findings and recommendations to the Governor and the
   59         Legislature by a specified date; providing an
   60         effective date.