VICTORY!!! Pending Balance Billing Legislation Rejected by the FL Senate Health Regulation Committee

Thursday, January 26, 2011 - VICTORY!!! The Florida Senate Health Committee rejected by a 4-3 vote the proposed PCB 7186. According to FSP (Florida Society of Pathologists), although the House passed a similar bill at committee level, without a Senate companion bill it is highly unlikely that the bill will ultimately pass. Thank you to all physicians that opposed this bill and made the effort to let their representatives know - it mattered!

LAST MINUTE ALERT FROM FSP: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 10:37AM

House Bill 1329 was just put on the agenda for the FL House Health and Human Services Quality Subcommittee for tomorrow, Wednesday, 1/25/2012, at 11:00 a.m.   Therefore this legislation will be heard in both the House and the Senate on Wednesday – we need to let the legislators know of our opposition.

We wanted to share the Legislative Alert from the Florida Society of Pathologists with you (below) regarding an upcoming bill which will be heard by the Florida Senate and, if passed, would majorly impact pathologists and other hospital-based physicians. Please be advised that PIMS actively monitors legislation, both in Florida and nationally, which would impact pathologists and/or hospital-based physicians as a whole, and we work diligently to both inform our clients of these issues, as well as work ourselves to contact Senators and Congressmen to make our voices heard on behalf of our clients.

Monday, January 23, 2012 – From FSP (Florida Society of Pathologists)

Now is, most certainly, the time to make your voice heard!    FSP adamantly opposes HB 1329 and the proposed committee bill, PCB 7186 (identical to HB 1329), the current “Balanced Billing Legislation” under consideration in the Florida House and Senate this week, on Wednesday, January 25th (11:00 a.m. in the House and 3:30 p.m. in the Senate) in Tallahassee.

Please take a moment to contact the individuals on the list below and urge them NO on PCB 7186—your action is crucial!  We have also cut and pasted the Senators’ contact information below for your convenience.

Please contact a member of the PIMS’ Team with any questions or concerns regarding this bill and/or this alert.  Thank you!

FSP members are urged to call or e-mail the Senate Health Care Committee and the Representatives on House Health and Human Services Subcommittee:

Chair:                 Senator Rene Garcia (R)

Vice Chair:         Senator Eleanor Sobel (D)

Members:           Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R)

                           Senator Mike Fasano (R)

                           Senator Don Gaetz (R)

                           Senator Dennis L. Jones, D.C. (R)

                           Senator Jim Norman (R)

Representatives of the House Health and Human Services Subcomittee:

Democratic Ranking Member:  Schwartz, Elaine J. [D] 

In summary:

The insurance company is the only winner in this scenario.  They get to artificially lower their costs and pocket the extra premium.

Please contact the Senate Health Care Committee and let them know that you oppose  PCB 7186 as it would not improve a more efficient or cost-effective health care system in our state. 

They need to vote “NO”!