Florida Senate - 2016                                    SB 1116
       By Senator Joyner
       19-00563B-16                                          20161116__
    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.
   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,
   29  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.