by Steven Carr


FHA Member Alert


Thank you for joining FHA’s legislative update call yesterday. Please see updates on several legislative issues below.

Click to view the slides from yesterday’s call.

Workplace Violence

HB 825 by Representative Berfield was reported favorably by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and will now head to the full House floor. FHA thanks all of the member hospitals who have supported the bill and organized testimony in Tallahassee – but we still need your help. Our efforts should now be focused on securing a third and final committee stop for SB 568 by Senator Rodriguez. FHA has communicated our support for the bill to Rules Chair Senator Mayfield and encourages our membership to do the same.

Pharmacy Benefits Managers

SB 1550 by Senator Brodeur will be heard by the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee on Thursday, as FHA works alongside members to protect the white bagging prohibitions included in the current language. White bagging policies by insurers can delay or disrupt treatment for individuals with complex illness and impede hospitals’ ability to deliver the highest quality care. HB 1509 by Representative Chaney has two committee hearings to clear unless lawmakers decide to alter its path through the process.

PBM reform has been supported by Governor DeSantis, and FHA will continue to communicate our support of SB 1550 & HB 1509. We will also be ready to provide timely analysis of any major amendments in the coming days.

Health Care Expenses Legislation

HB 1413 by Representative Tramont was reported favorably by its second committee of reference on Monday. No questions or comments were given by members of the committee, but the sponsor’s remarks highlighted rising health care prices and increased prevalence of medical debt. Rep. Tramont also shared that the impetus for the bill is to codify recent federal regulation in state law to ensure the provisions will be adequately adopted and enforced in Florida. SB 268 by Senator Brodeur, the Senate companion bill, will be heard for its second committee stop on Wednesday.

While we support consumer access to meaningful price information, FHA continues to message our concerns with this approach amongst key lawmakers and stakeholders. The bill is largely duplicative of existing federal law with which most hospitals are already complying. We have prepared talking points to assist you in your advocacy and will continue to keep members informed of these bills and their progress.

AHCA Releases Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for Statewide Medicaid Re-Procurement

The Agency for Health Care Administration has released the Invitation to Negotiate for the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Re-Procurement. Health Plans have until August 15th to submit their bids for contract years 2024-2030. FHA has obtained the following timeline understanding that these could change:

  • April 11, 223 – ITN released
  • May 3, 2023, 2:00 p.m. Deadline for submitting written questions
  • June 27, 2023 (anticipated) – Agency posts responses to written questions
  • August 15, 2023, 12:00 p.m. ITN submissions due
  • August 15, 2023, 3:00 p.m. Public Opening of Responses
  • August 17, 2023 – Posting of Respondent Names for Provider Comment
  • September 5, 2023, 5:00 p.m. – Deadline for receiving provider comments
  • October 2-November 17, 2023 (anticipated) – Negotiations
  • December 11, 2023 (anticipated) – Posting of Notice of Intent to Award

The Agency intends to award Contracts to managed care plans that offer innovative and evidence-based approaches in meeting the following goals under the Medicaid program:

  • Achieve healthy birth outcomes for mothers and their infants.
  • Improve childhood and adolescent mental health.
  • Maximize home and community-based placement and services to improve independence, well-being, and safety.
  • Support HOPE Florida: Pathways to Prosperity.
  • Support HOPE Florida: Pathways to Purpose.
  • Support HOPE Florida: Other Pathways.

FHA will provide timely updates to members throughout this process and encourages you to reach out to FHA staff if you have any questions.

Mary C. Mayhew
President & CEO
Florida Hospital Association

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