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2018 Filed Legislation

Legislation that Protects Seniors & Persons with Special Needs

Health Care Disaster Preparedness and Response (House Bill 7085)

Directs the Florida Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with Division of Emergency Management & local emergency management agencies, to maintain a statewide registry of persons with special needs; requires nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and nurse registries to have an emergency management plan & to conduct staff training; reassigns responsibility from DOH to the Florida agency for Healthcare Adminststation for establishing & maintaining online database for licensees providing residential or inpatient services to report information regarding emergency status, planning, & operations; requires licensees to provide for continuation of services under emergency conditions.
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Legislation that INCREASES ACCESS TO CARE AND PUTS PATIENTS BEFORE PROFITS

Patient’s Choice of Providers (House Bill 143)

Prohibits health insurer from excluding willing & qualified health care provider from participating in health insurer’s provider network under certain circumstances.
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Consumer Protection from Nonmedical Changes to Prescription Drug Formularies (House Bill 229)

Limits changes to health insurance policies’ prescription drug formulary during policy year; requires small employer carriers to limit changes to prescription drug formularies.
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Telehealth (House Bill 793)

Encourages state group health insurance program to offer health insurance plans that include telehealth coverage; authorizes AHCA to pay for certain telehealth services as optional Medicaid services; defines terms; establishes standard of care for telehealth providers; authorizing use of telehealth to perform patient evaluations; provides that telehealth providers, under certain circumstances, are not required to research patient’s history or conduct physical exam before providing services; provides situations when use of telehealth is not deemed to be practicing medicine without a license; authorizes certain providers to use telehealth to prescribe specified controlled substances; provides construction; requires DOH to develop & disseminate educational materials to specified licenses; provides recordkeeping requirements; provides patient consent requirements; encourages certain insurers to include services provided through telehealth under certain conditions.
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Health Care Certification (House Bill 81)

Prohibits Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine, and DOH, health care facilities, and insurers from requiring certain certifications as conditions of licensure, reimbursement, or admitting privileges.
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Legislation that Provides Students with Additional Pathways to Become Career-Ready

Alternative High School Graduation Requirements (House Bill 311)

Provides alternative pathways to standard high school diploma, student eligibility requirements, & requirements for meeting alternative pathways to standard high school diploma; specifies required documentation & requires district school boards to incorporate certain information in specified plan.
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Legislation that Increases Transparency & Accountability

Public Records (House Bill 459)

Provides that certain information related to agency contracts is not confidential or exempt from public records requirements; removes or revises numerous provisions relating to exemptions from public records requirements for trade secrets.
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Public Records/Trade Secrets Held by an Agency (House Bill 461)

Provides exemption from public record requirements for trade secret held by agency; provides notice requirements; provides process for responding to public record requests; provides exception to exemption; provides that agency employee is not liable for release of records in compliance with act; provides applicability; provides for future legislative review & repeal of exemption; provides statement of public necessity.
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Prohibit Use of SNAP Benefits to Purchase Soft Drinks (House Bill 847)

Urges Congress to prohibit the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to purchase soft drinks.
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Legislation that Encourages Students to Become Teachers

The Teacher Scholarship Program (House Bill 757)

Establishes Teacher Scholarship Program within the Florida Department of Education(DOE); provides program purpose & requirements; provides for rulemaking.
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Legislation that Protects Our Waterways & Springs

Citrus County Kings Bay Restoration (House Bill 2487)

Provides an appropriation for the Citrus County Kings Bay Restoration.
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Homosassa River Restoration (House Bill 2629)

Provides an appropriation for the Homosassa River Restoration.
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Citrus County Cambridge Greens Septic to Sewer (House Bill 4091)

Provides an appropriation for the Citrus County Cambridge Greens Septic to Sewer.
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Citrus County Old Homosassa West Septic to Sewer Project (House Bill 4093)

Provides an appropriation for the Citrus County Old Homosass West Septic to Sewer Project.
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Three Sisters Springs Infrastructure (House Bill 4429)

Provides an appropriation for the Three Sisters Springs Infrastructure Improvements.
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LEGISLATIon that HELPS KEEP OUR NEIGHBORS SAFE

Hernando County Fire Rescue Station #2 Renovation (House Bill 3971)

Provides an appropriation for the Hernando County Fire Rescue Station #2 Renovation Project.
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Brooksville Fire Department Renovation Project (House Bill 3973)

Provides an appropriation for the Brooksville Fire Department Renovation Project.
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Hernando County Fire Rescue Station #6 Renovation (House Bill 3975)

Provides an appropriation for the Hernando County Fire Rescue Station #6 Renovation Project.
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City of Crystal River Public Safety Building (House Bill 4425)

Provides an appropriation for the City of Crystal River Public Safety Building.
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Legislation that Funds the Historical Preservation of a Local Treasure

Historic Hernando School Restoration (House Bill 4427)

Provides an appropriation for the Historic Hernando School Restoration.
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Learn more about Dr. Massullo's Point of View.

Read his Letters to the Editor and other articles that highlight the legislation he's filed to increase access to care, protect students, increase jobs and restore our waterways.

Contact Rep. Ralph Massullo's Legislative Office

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District Office

4067 North Lecanto Highway
Beverly Hills, FL 34465-3551
Phone: (352) 527-4510

Capitol Office

308 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5034

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Campaign Office

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Lecanto, FL 34461
Phone: (352) 746-2200

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