Legislative Accomplishments

Delivered by Rep. Ralph Massullo, MD

Where Dr. Ralph Stands on Issues Facing Florida

In his role as a physician, he’s gained a unique perspective about the health care. As a public servant, he’s fought to improve access to care and end practices by big insurance that put profits before patients. As the founder and president of his Lecanto-based practice, Dr. Ralph knows first-hand the challenges that facing business owners across our state. That’s why he worked hard to not only cut the red tape, but the taxes that all too often get in the way of creating jobs.

Put Patients First in Health Care Reforms
Providing cost-effective, patient-centered health care is more than a profession for Ralph Massullo – it’s a passion. Every day he listens to his patients and serves their needs. In his role as a physician, he’s gained a unique perspective about the health care. As a public servant, he’s fought to improve access to care and end practices by Big Insurance that put profits before patients.

In his practice, Dr. Ralph stays on the cutting edge of medical breakthroughs and as a legislator, he continues to seek to reform that benefits patients by providing them with access to the services they need at the lowest cost.

Dr. Massullo understands the state must provide stronger oversight of Big Insurance and demand greater accountability for their role in patient care. He’ll vigorously fight any attempts to interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

Pro-Business Policymaking
As the founder and president of his Lecanto-based practice, Dr. Ralph knows first-hand the challenges that facing business owners across our state. That’s why he worked hard to not only cut the red tape, but the taxes that all too often get in the way of creating jobs.

Through lower taxes and less regulation, Florida not only can, but must create a “climate” that attracts small and startup companies that employ our Nature Coast neighbors.

Protecting Our Environment
Dr. Ralph knows that one of our greates resources in Florida is our beautiful environment and will be the first to tell you his District is the jewel in Florida’s crown. He understands that when we protect Florida’s natural eesources, we are protecting our future.

Balancing our need for growth and our responsibility to be a good steward of our environment is possible and Dr. Ralph has used his time as a Legislator to advocate for funding to restore Kings Bay,  the Homosassa River and Three Sisters Springs as well as seek funding to help our community transistion from septic tanks to a sewer system that protects our drinking supply in the Florida Aquifer.

As our Representative, Dr. Ralph will continue to push for effective and efficient legislation that balances the need for economic development with protections for the natural resources we depend on and “drill deep” into the budget for roads and highways, water and sewer systems, and other infrastructure projects to ensure growth is properly managed and your tax dollars are responsibly spent.

Preparing Students for a Brighter Future
Ralph Massullo knows, with the future at stake, Florida can’t settle for a grade of “much improved” in education – we need to be excellent. That’s why he supports more access to learning life skills and trades for students not college-bound, apprenticeship programs and partnerships with local businesses, better physical and nutritional education, and even more emphasis on education in the pre-K years as a proven solution to crime and poverty. Our teachers should be free from piles of paperwork and redundant requirements, and our children should be inspired to pursue a lifetime of learning.

2020 Legislative Session Highlights

2019 Legislation

Legislation that Provides Additional Pathways to Prepare Students to Become Career-Ready

Workforce Education (House Bill 7071)

My strong belief is that college isn’t for everyone and accumulating debt for post-secondary education for a degree that one may lose interest in or never obtain a job to utilize the degree doesn’t make sense. Having said that, I am not discrediting college, but I want to emphasize the need for a skilled workforce and help remove the stigma that one MUST go to college! Some of the highlights of this bill are as follows; HB 7071 provides students flexibility to pursue advanced career pathways. The bill requires the Department of Education to increase public awareness of apprenticeship and pre apprenticeship opportunities, eliminates industry certifications that are not aligned to industry needs, establishes formal career dual enrollment agreements between high schools and career centers and allows students with an industry certification to earn two mathematics credits for Algebra I. The bill also allows a computer science credit to substitute for a mathematics or science credit and requires a biennial review of career education courses for alignment with high school graduation requirements and establishes a “College and Career Decision Day” to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary education and career plans.
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Legislation that Streamlines  Access for Schools and Parents Sharing Immunization Records 

Immunization Registry (House Bill 213)

This important bill updated the current Florida Shots database, allowing HIPAA compliant electronic record keeping to be accessible to specific school employees and health care providers for the purpose of school registration. The opt-out was also updated to completely remove any identifying information of those individuals who so choose not to participate.  Streamlining the process for parents, healthcare providers and school administration should decrease time, frustration and cost for all individuals involved.
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Legislation that Puts Patients Over Profit

Prescription Drug Utilization Management (House Bill 559)

In regards to Health Care Reform the main Step Therapy bill I had in play didn’t make it in a stand-alone bill, but some of the components were embedded in Senate Bill 7078. Step Therapy or Fail First is a growing issue in which health insurers deny covered, working medications for patients stating that they must try and fail other drugs before the drug they are on will be covered.  Although minor changes were made this session that I am thankful for, it is not enough.  This is dangerous and sometimes fatal for patients and I will continue to work towards a better solution for patients.
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Stroke Centers (House Bill 993)

I was proud to co-sponsor bill that revises the criteria under which a hospital qualifies as a stroke center and adds a new class of stroke centers to the current-law list of stroke centers that the Agency for Health Care Administration is required to maintain and make available on its website and to the Department of Health.
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Legislation that Increases Transparency & Accountability

For the second session I passed a pair of bills off the floor relating to Trade Secrets and Public Records.  This pair of bills gave transparency to state contracts and how tax payer dollars are being spent. Money that belongs to the taxpayers should be spent with an unobstructed view of the taxpayers.  Unfortunately, Senate movement was lacking and was never heard on the floor so will not be sent to the governor.

OGSR/Hurricane and Flood Loss Model Trade Secrets (House Bill 7091)

Removes scheduled repeal of exemption relating to certain information related to trade secrets used to design an insurance hurricane or flood loss model.
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OGSR/Informal Enforcement Actions and Trade Secrets/OFR (House Bill 7097)

Removes scheduled repeal of exemptions from public records requirements for certain informal enforcement actions engaged in & trade secrets held by OFR.
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Legislation that MAKES OUR ROADS SAFER

Wireless Communication While Driving (House Bill 107)

I was proud to co-sponsor the Wireless Communications While Driving bill updating the law to make this a primary offense was one of the first I signed on to.
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Additional Funding to Protects District 34’s Waterways & Springs

Citrus County Kings Bay Restoration Project Phase 2 (House Bill 3441)

Provides $2.5 million for the Citrus County Kings Bay Restoration Project.
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(House Bill 3429)

Provides $450,000 for the Crystal River Hunter Springs Linear Park.
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Additional Funding to Improve  District 34’s Infrastructure

(House Bill 4169)

Provides $1 million for the Runway 27 Extension in Hernando County
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Citrus County – CR 491 Road Widening (House Bill 3445)

Provides $13.3 million for the CR 491 Road Widening in Citrus County
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Hernando County Airport Reclamation Facility Expansion (House Bill 4167)

Provides $3 million for the Hernando County Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion
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Additional Funding for Education in District 34 

Citrus County School District – Project SHINE:  $900,000 (House Bill 3433)

Provides $900,000 for the Project SHINE, a Citrus County School District program.
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Additional Funding for Mental Health Services for District 34

LifeStream Citrus County Central Receiving System (House Bill 3437)

Provides $600,000 for the LifeStream Citrus County Central Receiving System.
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Hear from Dr. Ralph at Fire Up Citrus!

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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2017 Passed Legislation

Industrial Hemp Programs (House Bill 1217)

Authorizes specified state universities to engage in industrial hemp programs under certain conditions; requires universities to adopt rules, pursue funding, & submit report to Governor & Legislature.
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High School Graduation Requirements (House Bill 6015)

Removes requirement that student participating in interscholastic sport pass competency test on personal fitness to satisfy physical education credit requirement for high school graduation.
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Ratification of Rules of the Board of Medicine (House Bill 7009)

Ratifies rules related to standard of care for office surgery, for sole & exclusive purpose of satisfying condition on effectiveness pursuant to law, which requires ratification of rule meeting specified thresholds for likely adverse impact or increase in regulatory costs.
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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

If you need assistance with a state issue, please contact Rep. Massullo's legislative office at:

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

Contact Rep. Ralph Massullo's Campaign Team

If you'd like to join us in building a stronger and safer Florida, please contact Dr. Ralph's campaining office at:

Campaign Office

525 N. Dacie Point
Lecanto, FL 34461
Phone: (352) 746-2200

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