Florida Senate - 2017                                    SB 1130
       By Senator Bean
       4-01250A-17                                           20171130__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the pregnancy support services;
    3         creating s. 381.96, F.S.; providing definitions;
    4         requiring the Department of Health to contract with a
    5         not-for-profit statewide alliance of organizations to
    6         provide pregnancy support services through
    7         subcontractors; providing duties of the department;
    8         providing contract requirements; requiring the
    9         contractor to spend a specified percentage of funds on
   10         direct client services; requiring the contractor to
   11         annually monitor subcontractors; providing for
   12         subcontractor background screenings under certain
   13         circumstances; specifying the entities eligible for a
   14         subcontract; requiring services to be provided in a
   15         noncoercive manner and forbidding the inclusion of
   16         religious content; providing an effective date.
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   20         Section 1. Section 381.96, Florida Statutes, is created to
   21  read:
   22         381.96Pregnancy support services.—
   23         (1)DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
   24         (a)“Department” means the Department of Health.
   25         (b)“Eligible client” means a pregnant woman or a woman who
   26  suspects she is pregnant, and the family of such woman, who
   27  voluntarily seeks pregnancy support services. The woman and her
   28  family shall continue to be eligible clients for no more than 12
   29  months after the birth of the child.
   30         (c)“Florida Pregnancy Care Network, Inc.,” or “network”
   31  means the not-for-profit statewide alliance of pregnancy support
   32  organizations that provide pregnancy support services through a
   33  comprehensive system of care to women and their families.
   34         (d)“Pregnancy support services” means services that
   35  promote and encourage childbirth, including, but not limited to:
   36         1.Direct client services, such as pregnancy testing,
   37  counseling, referral, training, and education for pregnant women
   38  and their families.
   39         2.Program awareness activities, including a promotional
   40  campaign to educate the public about the pregnancy support
   41  services offered by the network and a website that provides
   42  information on the location of providers in the user’s area, as
   43  well as other available community resources.
   44         3.Communication activities, including the operation and
   45  maintenance of a hotline or call center with a single statewide
   46  toll-free number which is available 24 hours a day for an
   47  eligible client to obtain the location and contact information
   48  for a pregnancy center located in his or her area.
   49         (e)“Wellness services” means services or activities
   50  intended to maintain and improve health or prevent illness and
   51  injury, including, but not limited to, high blood pressure
   52  screening, flu vaccines, anemia testing, thyroid screening,
   53  cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, assistance with
   54  smoking cessation, and tetanus vaccines.
   55         (2)DEPARTMENT DUTIES.—The department shall contract with
   56  the network for the management and delivery of pregnancy support
   57  services to eligible clients.
   58         (3)CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS.—The department contract shall
   59  specify the contract deliverables, including financial reports
   60  and other reports due to the department, timeframes for
   61  achieving contractual obligations, and any other requirements
   62  the department determines are necessary, such as staffing and
   63  location requirements. The contract shall require the network
   64  to:
   65         (a)Establish, implement, and monitor a comprehensive
   66  system of care through subcontractors to meet the pregnancy
   67  support and wellness needs of eligible clients.
   68         (b)Establish and manage subcontracts with a sufficient
   69  number of providers to ensure the availability of pregnancy
   70  support and wellness services for eligible clients, and maintain
   71  and manage the delivery of such services throughout the contract
   72  period.
   73         (c)Spend at least 90 percent of the contract funds on
   74  pregnancy support and wellness services.
   75         (d)Offer wellness services through vouchers or other
   76  appropriate arrangements that allow the purchase of services
   77  from qualified health care providers.
   78         (e)Require a background screening under s. 943.0542 for
   79  all paid staff and volunteers of a subcontractor if such staff
   80  or volunteers provide direct client services to an eligible
   81  client who is a minor or an elderly person or who has a
   82  disability.
   83         (f)Annually monitor its subcontractors and specify the
   84  sanctions that shall be imposed for noncompliance with the terms
   85  of a subcontract.
   86         (g)Subcontract only with providers that exclusively
   87  promote and support childbirth.
   88         (h)Ensure that informational materials provided to an
   89  eligible client by a provider are current and accurate and cite
   90  the reference source of any medical statement included in such
   91  materials.
   92         (4)SERVICES.—Services provided pursuant to this section
   93  must be provided in a noncoercive manner and may not include any
   94  religious content.
   95         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.