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Senator Bean, District 4 — Press Release


September 20, 2017

CONTACT: Austin Nicklas, (904) 757-5039

Senator Aaron Bean Files Bill to Transform the Telehealth Environment in Florida

Tallahassee - Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) has filed Senate Bill 280, Telehealth, setting the framework for telehealth providers and technology guidelines in the State of Florida. SB 280 establishes the standard of care for telehealth and defines the scope of practice for the delivery of telehealth services. The bill encourages health plans, insurers and providers to incorporate innovative solutions within the telehealth industry and offer Floridians policies that include coverage for services provided through telehealth.

“It is imperative that the State of Florida moves forward in setting the framework for telehealth so that patients can begin utilizing this new technology,” said Senator Bean. “This bill is a good starting point and includes recommendations from the Telehealth Task Force that was established during the 2016 Legislative Session to review this important issue.”

This bill also establishes who may provide telehealth services in Florida and how these services may be delivered. Further, it sets the standard for prescribing controlled substances within telehealth and addresses the process in which to maintain medical records and how patients must consent to treatment via telehealth.

Click here to read more about this bill on the Florida Senate website.

Senator Aaron Bean represents District 4, which includes parts of Nassau and Duval Counties. He can be contacted in Tallahassee at 850-487-5004 or in his District Office at 904-757-5039.