State Advocacy Priorities

FHA's advocacy priorities are driven by our vision of providing high-quality, affordable health care to the patients and communities we serve. Through effective member leadership and participation, FHA strives to promote public policy issues at the state and federal level to make positive changes in Florida's health care environment.

Florida hospitals stand ready to work with our lawmakers to find long-term solutions to increase access and quality, while reducing costs to our state's health care system.

The information presented highlights the major state policy and advocacy issues FHA will address during the 2019 Legislative Session. Download the 2019 FHA Legislative Summary.

 

Health Care Coverage

  • Support proposals, federal or state, that would increase health care coverage for Florida's low-income, working individuals and families.

Medicaid Program

  • Support proposals to increase access, efficiency, transparency and accountability in the Medicaid Managed Care Program.
  • Support proposals to address avoidable emergency department use and readmissions.

Medicaid Financing

  • Defend against further cuts to the Medicaid program for the care of low-income children, pregnant women, the elderly and the disabled.
  • Support the Statewide Medicaid Residency Program to cover the full cost of medical residency slots.

Quality and Patient Safety

  • Support legislation, including alternative payment models, that aligns with and promotes high quality and safe patient care.
  • Oppose legislation that would restrict the ability to establish minimum competency standards for employed or affiliate health professionals, including education, experience, certification and other qualifications.

Workforce

  • Support legislation that would allow all health professionals to practice to the full extent of their education, training and certification.

Innovation

  • Support legislation that increases efficiencies in the delivery of care, including advancing the use of telehealth, telemedicine and telenursing technology.
  • Support proposals to establish coverage and reimbursement from insurers for health care services provided via telehealth.

Certificate of Need

  • Oppose repeal of the certificate of need process.

Personal Injury Protection

  • Support changes to personal injury protection program that include mandatory bodily injury coverage and mandatory medical payment policy.

Transparency

  • Support initiatives to improve access to health care price and quality information.
  • Support health care transparency that is evidence-based and meaningful for consumer decision-making by providing information on cost, quality and outcomes.

Workers' Compensation

  • Oppose legislation that would seek to address workers' compensation rate increases through reductions to provider payments.
  • Support proposals to increase administrative efficiencies in the workers' compensation system that lower operational costs.

Ambulatory Surgery Centers

  • Oppose overnight stays in ambulatory surgical centers.