2016 Legislative Scorecard Overview

Florida Health Care Association's Legislative Scorecard reports on the Association's 2016 priorities, which includes issues related to Medicaid funding, Certificate of Need, the Governor's Gold Seal Award, transparency in health care, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and telehealth. Bills that expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners/physician assistants, address Florida's nursing shortage and update fire safety standards for assisted living facilities are also a focus. Additional comments report on legislators' sponsorship/co-sponsorship of pro-long term care legislation, their voting record and overall support or non-support related to issues or bill(s) that impact the profession. If no action on an issue/bill was taken, the record is left blank.

Legislation Reference Key

  • SB 964: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • SB 1444: Certificate of Need
  • SB 1496: Transparency
  • HB 127: Governor's Gold Seal Award
  • HB 423: Expand the Scope of Practice for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants
  • HB 557: Unpaid Debt Collection
  • HB 965: Fire Safety Standards for Assisted Living Facilities
  • HB 1061: Nurse Licensure Compact
  • HB 1175: Telehealth
  • HB 1241: Ordering of Medication

2016 Senate Scorecard

Abruzzo, Joseph: D-Wellington

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Opposed harmful CON legislation in committee; Supported repeal of Medicaid rate freeze; Supported increase in nursing center Medicaid rates.

Altman, Thad: R-Cape Canaveral

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Advocated for removal of Medicaid rate freeze

Bean, Aaron: R-Jacksonville

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Supported FHCA supported amendment in committee which removed LTC from Transparency bill; Supported FHCA supported amendment in committee to allow a corporate entity to file a consolidated financial report when applying for the Gold Seal Award. Initially supported harmful CON legislation then opposed after meeting with FHCA; Sponsored multiple FHCA priority bills and amendments.

Benacquisto, Lizbeth: R-Fort Myers

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Opposed harmful CON legislation in committee; Supported repeal of Medicaid rate freeze; Supported an increase in nursing center Medicaid rates

Bradley, Rob: R-Orange Park

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Supported FHCA supported amendment in committee which removed nursing centers from Transparency bill

Brandes, Jeff: R-St. Petersburg

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Braynon, Oscar: D-Miami Gardens

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Supported FHCA supported amendment in committee which removed nursing centers from Transparency bill; Supported FHCA supported amendment in committee to allow a corporate entity to file a consolidated financial report when applying for the Gold Seal Award; Opposed harmful CON legislation in committee

Bullard, Dwight: D-Cutler Bay

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Clemens, Jeff: D-Lake Worth

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Dean, Charles: R-Inverness

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Detert, Nancy: R-Venice

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Diaz de la Portilla, Miguel: R-Miami

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Evers, Greg: R-Pensacola

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Flores, Anitere: R-Miami

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Supported FHCA supported amendment in committee which removed nursing centers from Transparency bill; Supported FHCA supported amendment in committee to allow a corporate entity to file a consolidated financial report when applying for the Gold Seal Award.

Gaetz, Don: R-Destin

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Sponsored harmful CON legislation; Supported FHCA supported amendment in committee to allow a corporate entity to file a consolidated financial report when applying for the Gold Seal Award.

Galvano, Bill: R-Bradenton

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

supported FHCA supported amendment in committee which removed nursing centers from Transparency bill; Supported harmful CON  legislation in committee but then assisted FHCA to defeat bill

Garcia, René: R-Hialeah

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Lead effort to include language in Senate budget to repeal Medicaid rate freeze and provide nursing centers with Medicaid rate increase.  Included FHCA supported PPS language in Senate Budget.  Worked with FHCA to ensure nursing home residents care preserved in his mental health reform bill.  Supported amendment in committee which removed LTC from Transparency bill; Filed FHCA supported amendment in committee to allow a corporate entity to file a consolidated financial report when applying for the Gold Seal Award. Supported harmful CON legislation in committee but was helpful behind the scenes.

Gardiner, Andy: R-Orlando

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Gibson, Audrey: D-Jacksonville

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Grimsley, Denise: R-Sebring

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Supported amendment in committee which removed LTC from Transparency bill; initially supported harmful CON legislation then opposed after meeting with FHCA; Sponsored multiple FHCA priority bills; Supported repeal of Medicaid rate freeze; Supported an increase in nursing center Medicaid rates

Hays, Alan: R-Umatilla

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Hukill, Dorothy: R-Port Orange

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Hutson, Travis: R-Palm Coast

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Joyner, Arthenia: D-Tampa

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Opposed harmful CON legislation in committee; Filed FHCA supported amendment in committee to allow a corporate entity to file a consolidated financial report when applying for the Gold Seal Award.

Latvala, Jack: R-Clearwater

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Lee, Tom: R-Brandon

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
    N/A
  • HB 1061:
    N/A
  • SB 964:
    N/A
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
    N/A
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Helped lead effort to include language in Senate budget to repeal Medicaid rate freeze and provide nursing centers with Medicaid rate increase.  Included FHCA supported PPS language in Senate Budget.

Legg, John: R-Lutz

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Sponsored FHCA priority bill.

Margolis, Gwen: D-Miami

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Montford, Bill: D-Tallahassee

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Negron, Joe: R-Palm City

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Helped lead effort to include language in Senate budget to repeal Medicaid rate freeze and provide nursing centers with Medicaid rate increase.  Included FHCA supported PPS language in Senate Budget.

Richter, Garrett: R-Naples

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Filed amendment to removed LTC from transparency bill; Sponsored FHCA priority bill; Supported harmful CON legislation in committee; Supported  language in Senate budget to repeal Medicaid rate freeze and provide nursing centers with Medicaid rate increase.  Included FHCA supported PPS language in Senate Budget.

Ring, Jeremy: D-Margate

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Advocated for removal of Medicaid rate freeze.

Sachs, Maria: D-Delray Beach

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
    N/A
  • SB 1496:

Simmons, David: R-Longwood

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Advocated for removal of Medicaid rate freeze.

Simpson, Wilton: R-New Port Richey

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Smith, Christopher: D-Ft. Lauderdale

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
    N/A
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
    N/A
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Opposed harmful CON legislation in committee; Supported  language in Senate budget to repeal Medicaid rate freeze and provide nursing centers with Medicaid rate increase.  Included FHCA supported PPS language in Senate Budget.

Sobel, Eleanor: D-Hollywood

  • SB 1144:
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Supported amendment in committee which removed LTC from Transparency bill; Opposed harmful CON legislation in committee;  Supported  language in Senate budget to repeal Medicaid rate freeze and provide nursing centers with Medicaid rate increase.  Included FHCA supported PPS language in Senate Budget.

Soto, Darren: D-Kissimmee

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Advocated for removal of Medicaid rate freeze.

Stargel, Kelli: R-Lakeland

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496:

Comments:

Sponsored FHCA priority bill. Supported FHCA supported amendment to her Gold Seal bill to allow a corporate entity to file a consolidated financial report when applying for the Gold Seal Award.

Thompson, Geraldine: D-Orlando

  • SB 1144:
    N/A
  • HB 127:
  • HB 423:
  • HB 1241:
    N/A
  • HB 1061:
  • SB 964:
  • HB 1175:
  • HB 965:
  • SB 1496: