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Ron Watson at the FCPA Nationwide Summer 2018, August 11th - 13th
Meet Ron FCPA's New Lobbyist...
He is young, he is spot-on and he is aggressive. He is our man.
"My name is Ron Watson and thanks to you I have the privilege to be the new lobbyist that represents the FCPA. I met many of you recently at the FCPA's Nationwide CE Seminar in Orlando a couple weeks ago.
I have over 27 years experience as a lobbyist in Florida and I look forward to representing you and the FCPA before both the Legislature and the Board of Chiropractic Medicine. This will be fun and exciting. I am excited by the opportunity and look forward to fighting for your profession."
As you know we have a lot to do if we are going to advance your laws to get you the status you deserve and desire.
Time is of the essence. The 2018 Legislative Session is scheduled to start on January 9 instead of the normal beginning in March. Because of the early start, interim committee meetings for the 2018 session are scheduled for weeks of September 11th, October 9th and 23rd, November 6th and 13th and December 4th of 2017.
Bills are already being filed for the 2018 session and if we are going to get a bill in for this session we all need to pay attention and buckle down.
FYI... I know you all have patients that want to pay you directly, outside of the insurance realm, so it is important for you to understand this what is being proposed in this area already. It is a good bill for you.
Below is a summary of a bill that if passed will have a direct impact on you and your profession.
HOUSE READY FOR ANOTHER RUN AT `DIRECT PRIMARY CARE'
After approving similar proposals in each of the past three years, the House is poised to again take up a "direct primary care" bill during the 2018 legislative session. House Insurance & Banking Chairman Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, filed a bill (HB 37) this week that seeks to help clear the way for direct-primary care agreements between patients and doctors. Backed by small-business and physician groups, such agreements involve patients making regular payments to doctors to cover routine care, cutting out the role of insurers. Burgess' new bill, like previous versions, would make clear the agreements are not insurance and are not subject to regulation under insurance laws.
While the House passed such bills in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the issue stalled in the Senate. Earlier this month, Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, filed a bill (SB 80) for the 2018 session that is similar to the Burgess measure.
The good news is that both bills include chapter 460 of the Florida Statutes, which regulates Chiropractors, in the definition of primary care provider! See exact language below.
(b) "Primary care provider" means a health care provider licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 460, or chapter 464, or a primary care group practice, who provides primary care services to patients.
Get to "Know Your Legislator"!
In the Florida Legislature, there are 40 Senators and 120 Representatives. Below are the members of the two major healthcare committees in each respective chamber and what city the legislator's main office is located within.
Creating a relationship with every legislator is important; however, the below legislators regularly vote on topics directly impacting chiropractic issues!