Florida Senate - 2018 CS for CS for SB 1486 By the Committees on Appropriations; and Health Policy; and Senator Grimsley 576-04125-18 20181486c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to physician workforce development; 3 amending s. 381.4018, F.S.; requiring the Department 4 of Health to adopt any rules necessary to implement a 5 specified federal program to further encourage 6 qualified physicians to relocate to and practice in 7 underserved areas; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Paragraph (f) of subsection (3) of section 12 381.4018, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 13 381.4018 Physician workforce assessment and development.— 14 (3) GENERAL FUNCTIONS.—The department shall maximize the 15 use of existing programs under the jurisdiction of the 16 department and other state agencies and coordinate governmental 17 and nongovernmental stakeholders and resources in order to 18 develop a state strategic plan and assess the implementation of 19 such strategic plan. In developing the state strategic plan, the 20 department shall: 21 (f) Develop strategies to maximize federal and state 22 programs that provide for the use of incentives to attract 23 physicians to this state or retain physicians within the state. 24 Such strategies should explore and maximize federal-state 25 partnerships that provide incentives for physicians to practice 26 in federally designated shortage areas. Strategies shall also 27 consider the use of state programs, such as the Medical 28 Education Reimbursement and Loan Repayment Program pursuant to 29 s. 1009.65, which provide for education loan repayment or loan 30 forgiveness and provide monetary incentives for physicians to 31 relocate to underserved areas of the state. To further encourage 32 qualified physicians to relocate to and practice in underserved 33 areas, the department, following federal requirements, shall 34 adopt any rules necessary for the implementation of the Conrad 35 30 Waiver Program established under s. 214(1) of the Immigration 36 and Nationality Act. 37 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.