Florida Senate - 2016 SB 1116 By Senator Joyner 19-00563B-16 20161116__ 1 2 A bill to be entitled 3 An act relating to a long-acting reversible 4 contraception pilot program; creating s. 381.00515, 5 F.S.; requiring the Department of Health to establish 6 a long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) pilot 7 program in Hillsborough, Palm Beach, and Pinellas 8 Counties; requiring the department to contract with 9 family planning providers to implement the pilot 10 program; requiring that such contracts include 11 specified provisions; requiring the department to 12 apply for grants for additional funding; requiring the 13 department to submit a report to the Governor and the 14 Legislature; requiring the department to publish the 15 report on its website; specifying requirements for 16 such report; providing an appropriation subject to 17 certain requirements; providing legislative findings; 18 providing an effective date. 19 20 WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that unintended pregnancies, 21 especially among young women, carry health risks for mother and 22 baby, and 23 WHEREAS, the Legislature further finds that programs that 24 provide long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, 25 along with other contraceptive methods, contribute to declines 26 in the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions, NOW, 27 THEREFORE, 28 29 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 30 31 Section 1. Section 381.00515, Florida Statutes, is created 32 to read: 33 381.00515 Long-acting reversible contraception pilot 34 program.— 35 (1) The Department of Health shall establish a long-acting 36 reversible contraception (LARC) pilot program in Hillsborough, 37 Palm Beach, and Pinellas Counties. The purpose of the pilot 38 program is to improve the provision of LARC services in those 39 counties. The department shall contract with eligible family 40 planning providers to implement the pilot program. A contract to 41 provide LARC services must include all of the following: 42 (a) Provision of intrauterine devices and implants to 43 participants. 44 (b) Training for providers and staff regarding the 45 provision of LARC devices, counseling strategies, and the 46 management of side effects. 47 (c) Technical assistance regarding issues such as coding, 48 billing, pharmacy rules, and clinic management necessitated by 49 the increased use of LARC devices. 50 (d) General support to expand the capacity of family 51 planning clinics. 52 (e) Marketing and outreach regarding the availability of 53 LARC services among other currently available contraceptive 54 services. 55 (f) Other services the department considers necessary to 56 ensure the health and safety of participants who receive LARC 57 devices. 58 (2) The department shall seek grants from federal agencies 59 and other sources to supplement state funds provided for the 60 pilot program. 61 (3) By January 1, 2018, the department shall submit a 62 report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 63 Speaker of the House of Representatives on the effectiveness of 64 the pilot program. The department shall publish the report on 65 its website. The report must include, but is not limited to: 66 (a) An assessment of the operation of the pilot program, 67 including any progress made in reducing the number of unintended 68 pregnancies and subsequent births, especially among teenagers. 69 (b) An assessment of the effectiveness of the pilot program 70 in increasing the availability of LARC services. 71 (c) The number and location of family planning providers 72 that participated in the pilot program. 73 (d) The number of clients served by participating family 74 planning providers. 75 (e) The number of times LARC services were provided by 76 participating family planning providers. 77 (f) The average cost per client served. 78 (g) The demographic characteristics of clients served. 79 (h) The sources and amounts of funding used for the pilot 80 program. 81 (i) A description of federal grants the department applied 82 for in order to provide LARC services, including the outcomes of 83 the grant applications. 84 (j) An analysis of the return on investment for the 85 provision of LARC services with regard to tax dollars saved on 86 health and social services. 87 (k) A description and analysis of marketing and outreach 88 activities conducted to promote the availability of LARC 89 services. 90 (l) Recommendations for improving the pilot program. 91 Section 2. For the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the sum of 92 $75,000 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the General 93 Revenue Fund to the Department of Health for the purpose of 94 implementing this act. The department shall distribute the funds 95 equally among the three counties participating in the pilot 96 program. These funds do not supplant or reduce any other 97 appropriation of state funds to family planning providers or to 98 the department for family planning services. 99 Section 3. The Legislature finds that this act is necessary 100 to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. 101 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.