Florida Senate - 2020                                     SB 780
       By Senator Gainer
       2-00971-20                                             2020780__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to health care licensing requirements;
    3         creating s. 456.0231, F.S.; defining the term
    4         “physician”; exempting certain health care
    5         practitioners from specified licensing requirements
    6         when providing certain services to veterans in this
    7         state; requiring such health care practitioners to
    8         submit certain information to the Department of
    9         Health; requiring the department to notify such health
   10         care practitioners of their exemption within a certain
   11         timeframe; authorizing the department to adopt rules;
   12         providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Section 456.0231, Florida Statutes, is created
   17  to read:
   18         456.0231Exemption of health care license requirements for
   19  the treatment of veterans.—
   20         (1)As used in this section, the term “physician” means a
   21  person who holds an active, unencumbered license to practice
   22  allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine issued by another
   23  state, the District of Columbia, or a possession, commonwealth,
   24  or territory of the United States.
   25         (2)A physician must submit to the department all of the
   26  following to be exempt from the licensure requirements of
   27  chapters 458 and 459:
   28         (a)Proof that he or she holds an active, unencumbered
   29  license to practice allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine
   30  issued by another state, the District of Columbia, or a
   31  possession, commonwealth, or territory of the United States.
   32         (b)Proof of current employment with the United States
   33  Department of Veterans Affairs.
   34         (c)An attestation that he or she will only provide medical
   35  services:
   36         1.To veterans.
   37         2.Pursuant to his or her employment with the United States
   38  Department of Veterans Affairs.
   39         3.In hospitals licensed under chapter 395.
   40         (3)The department shall notify the physician within 15
   41  business days after receipt of the documentation required by
   42  subsection (2) that the physician is exempt from the licensure
   43  requirements of chapters 458 and 459.
   44         (4)The department may adopt rules to administer this
   45  section.
   46         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.