December 2011 Bills Summary

The following three bills have been filed and are of interest to Section members:

  • HB 0863
  • HB 0895
  • HB 0901

HB 0863 Relating to Emergency Medical Services Training Programs in Pinellas County (Frishe)

Emergency Medical Services Training Programs in Pinellas County: Provides that majority of field internship experience provided for paramedic students by paramedic program located in Pinellas County may be done aboard advanced life support permitted vehicle other than ambulance if certain other requirements are met. Effective Date: upon becoming a law.

HB 0895 Relating to Sale or Lease of a County, District, or Municipal Hospital (Patronis)

Sale or Lease of a County, District, or Municipal Hospital: Provides for sale or lease of county, district, or municipal hospital is subject to approval by CFO or registered voters; requires hospital governing board to determine by certain public advertisements whether there are qualified purchasers or lessees before sale or lease of such hospital; requires board to state in writing specified criteria forming basis of its acceptance of proposal for sale or lease of hospital; requires board to pay costs associated with petition for approval unless party contests action; provides for deposit, appropriation, & use of proceeds from sale or lease; authorizes special hospital or other health care taxing district to tax or appropriate funds to county economic development trust fund in order to promote economic growth in such district & county. Effective Date: July 1, 2012

HB 0901 Relating to Health Insurance (Gibbons)

Health Insurance: Requires individual accident or health insurance policies, group, blanket, or franchise accident or heal th insurance policies, & health maintenance contracts to provide specified coverage for orthoses, prostheses, orthotics, & prosthetics benefits; specifies deductible & copayment requirements; authorizes insurers & HMO's to specify benefits limitations; provides for nonapplication to specified policy & contract coverages. Effective Date: July 1, 2012

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