May 21, 2019

Help support a Florida telehealth bill that establishes standards of practice for telehealth providers

CS/CS/HB 23


The Florida legislature recently passed House Bill 23, a telehealth bill that establishes standards of practice for telehealth providers. HB 23 includes language that authorizes telehealth providers to use telehealth to perform patient evaluations, authorizes telehealth providers to use telehealth to prescribe certain controlled substances under specified circumstances, establishes requirements for a contract between a health insurer and a telehealth provider, and provides registration requirements for out-of-state telehealth providers.

Governor Ron DeSantis has not yet signed HB 23 into law, however, it has come to our attention that the Florida Association of Orthodontists is opposing the bill and requesting a veto, citing state licensure concerns. HB 23 would require a licensed health care provider to register through the Department of Health or the applicable board and provide health care services within the applicable scope of practice established by Florida law or rule. The ATA encourages state lawmakers to accommodate interstate care. For many health professionals, one state license is now sufficient to serve patients in any state.

We encourage you to contact the Governor’s office with your support for HB 23. You may call 850-717-9337 or send an email through his official website.