Legislative insights and action from the Florida Hospital Association

Mission to Care. Vision to Lead.

Legislative action meets hospital and health system advocacy 

Each year, the Florida Hospital Association monitors hundreds of bills and educates lawmakers on the proposed legislation’s impact through meetings and testimony on behalf of the state’s hospitals and the patients they serve. These are just a few of the legislative items FHA is engaging on over the next couple of months.

Legislative Issues & Priorities

FHA works with lawmakers, regulators, and other stakeholders to address critical workforce shortages, the exponential growth in staffing costs, and other workforce challenges.

FHA advocates for a state budget that appropriately and fairly covers the cost of health care, particularly for those in the Medicaid program.

FHA supports policies and funding that increase access to community-based behavioral health care services and reduces reliance on hospital emergency departments.

FHA pursues policy solutions to address barriers to high-quality, timely patient care and advocates for increased accountability and transparency among health care payers.

FHA opposes burdensome and duplicative regulatory and statutory requirements that detract from patient care and add to health care costs.

FHA 2023 Legislative Summary

FHA entered the 2023 Legislative Session with a focus on proactive advocacy in five major areas: workforce, the state budget, behavioral health, payer accountability, and Florida’s regulatory environment. This session, our proactive legislative strategy focused on investing in our health care system, instead of fighting cuts and regulations. Overall, the attitude towards hospitals has shifted to appreciation and concern to ensure timely access to high-quality modern health care services for Florida’s 22 million residents.

FHA Priorities

Legislative Hearings

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