TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 9, 2018) – Yesterday, the Florida Senate gave final approval of a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government regulatory schemes.
Rep. Daniel Burgess (R-Zephyrhills) prefiled House Bill 37 (H37) on Aug. 23. 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.
H37 also includes provisions defining direct primary care agreements and establishing modest requirements.
On Thursday, the Senate substituted H37 for the Senate version of the legislation sponsored by Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon) (S80) and unanimously passed the measure by a 38-0 vote. The House passed the bill 97-10 in January. It now heads to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for his consideration.
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