TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct 11, 2017) – Yesterday, a Florida Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government regulatory schemes.
Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) prefiled Senate Bill 80 (SB80) on Aug. 9. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and patients from the onerous requirements and regulations under the state insurance code. The bill also stipulates that a primary care provider or an agent of a primary care provider is not required to obtain a certificate of authority or license under the Florida Insurance Code to market, sell, or offer to sell a direct primary care agreement.
SB80 also includes provisions defining direct primary care agreements and establishing modest requirements.
The Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance introduced a substitute version of the bill that made some technical changes but left the intent of the legislation intact. The committee passed the amended version 10-0.
A similar bill overwhelmingly passed the Florida House during the 2017 session, but it died in the Senate.
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