Dear Florida Chapter Members,
Florida was well represented this month at ACC’s Legislative Conference in Washington DC. We contacted several members of the House and both of our Senators to discuss a wide range of topics, detailed below. Thank you to the delegation, many of whom were making their first trip to lobby on Capitol Hill. If you have the time, please consider reaching out to your members of Congress on some of these issues to reinforce our message!
Supporting Medicare Providers Act (HR 8800, avoid cuts in Medicare physician fee schedule for 2023) Current FL co-sponsors are here.
Improving Seniors Timely Access to Care Act (HR 3173 was passed by the House and S3018 is already co-sponsored by Senators Rubio and Scott, limits prior authorization activities by Medicare Advantage plans)
Access to Cardiac Rehab Act (S1986/HR1956, authorizes APPs to order and supervise CR starting in 2023) Current FL co-sponsors are here.
Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (HR 7961, creates new federal penalties for assaulting or intimidating healthcare workers, we experience a higher rate of workplace violence than correctional officers, adapted from protection for airline workers) Current FL co-sponsors are here.
CAROL Act (HR 1193/S1133 $20 million in research funds for valvular heart disease) Current FL co-sponsors are here.
South Asian Heart Health Awareness Act (HR 3771, $10 million to study heart health in people of South Asian descent) Current FL co-sponsors are here.
The Florida delegation meeting with staff from Senator Marco Rubio’s office: Dr. Ann Tong, Dr. Dapo Iluyomade, Dr. Gustavo Vargas, Jeff Russell, Dr. Jose Rivas Rios, Melissa Gillam, PA-C, Dr. Neelima Katkuri, Dr. Pedro Covas, and Dr. David Winchester.