Florida Senate - 2022 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 466 Ì501066ÊÎ501066 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Appropriations (Torres) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 295.126, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 295.126 Military Corpsmen and Medics of Florida (MCMF) 8 program.— 9 (1) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.—It is the intent of the Legislature 10 to assist military-trained health care veterans and their 11 spouses in finding employment in this state’s health care and 12 health care-related industries, occupations, and professions as 13 they transition to civilian life and to offer educational credit 14 to military-trained health care veterans for their service in 15 the United States military, to be applied toward the education 16 and training required in this state to attain a health care or 17 health care-related licensure to enter a health care or health 18 care-related industry, occupation, or profession in this state. 19 (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 20 (a) “Department” means the Department of Health. 21 (b) “License” has the same meaning as in s. 456.001(5). 22 (c) “Military-trained health care veteran” means a person 23 who: 24 1. Has served within the preceding consecutive 12 months as 25 an Army Combat Medic Specialist, a Navy or Fleet Marine Force 26 Hospital Corpsman, an Air Force or Space Force Aerospace Medical 27 Service Technician, or a Coast Guard Health Services Technician, 28 or in other military positions similar to civilian X-ray 29 technicians, dental assistants, medical assistants, or 30 phlebotomists; and 31 2. Was discharged or separated from military service under 32 conditions other than dishonorable or upgraded to an honorable 33 discharge. 34 (d) “Participating health care provider” means: 35 1. A physician licensed under chapter 458 or an osteopathic 36 physician licensed under chapter 459; 37 2. A professional corporation or partnership of physicians 38 licensed under chapter 458 or osteopathic physicians licensed 39 under chapter 459; 40 3. A hospital or ambulatory surgical center licensed under 41 chapter 395; 42 4. An office registered under s. 458.328 or s. 459.0138; 43 5. A commercial enterprise having medical facilities for 44 its employees which are supervised by one or more physicians 45 licensed under chapter 458 or osteopathic physicians licensed 46 under chapter 459; or 47 6. A facility licensed under chapter 395 which offers 48 medical services to the public and is supervised by one or more 49 physicians licensed under chapter 458 or osteopathic physicians 50 licensed under chapter 459. 51 (e) “Veteran” has the same meaning as in s. 1.01(14) and 52 includes a former member of the Florida National Guard who was 53 discharged or separated from service under conditions other than 54 dishonorable or upgraded to an honorable discharge. 55 (3) ESTABLISHMENT.—The department, in collaboration with 56 the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Florida Is For Veterans, 57 Inc., and the Department of Economic Opportunity, may establish 58 and administer the Military Corpsmen and Medics of Florida 59 (MCMF) Program. 60 (4) PURPOSES.—The purposes of the MCMF Program include, but 61 are not limited to, the following: 62 (a) Assisting military-trained health care veterans and 63 their spouses in identifying and applying for health care 64 related employment and health care licensure and to connect 65 veterans who have military health care training and who are 66 seeking employment in health care fields with health care 67 organizations seeking to hire dedicated, well-trained workers. 68 (b) Meeting the health care workforce demands of this state 69 by facilitating access to training and education in health care 70 and health care-related fields for veterans and their spouses 71 and to promote the health care licensing programs provided by 72 the state. 73 (c) Assisting military-trained health care veterans and 74 their spouses in identifying health care and health care-related 75 industries, occupations, and professions within this state which 76 they may be immediately qualified to apply for, or apply for 77 licensure for, based on previous civilian or military health 78 care training. 79 (d) Assisting military-trained health care veterans and 80 their spouses in identifying health care and health care-related 81 education and training programs within this state which will 82 recognize veterans’ and their spouses’ medical skills and allow 83 such veterans and spouses to build on those skills in order to 84 gain employment and work toward obtaining appropriate health 85 care license as that term is defined in s 456.001(5). 86 (e) Assisting military-trained health care veterans and 87 their spouses in identifying and applying for health care and 88 health care-related employment and licensure programs. 89 (f) Meeting the health care workforce demands of this state 90 by facilitating access to training and education in health care 91 and health care-related fields and promoting health care 92 licensing programs provided in this state. 93 (g) Assisting military-trained health care veterans and 94 their spouses with licensure under ss. 456.024 and 456.0241, if 95 applicable. 96 (5) PROGRAM COMPONENTS.—The MCMF Program shall consist of 97 the following components: 98 (a) The MCMF Program Office of Veterans Advocacy within the 99 Department of Health.— 100 1. There is created within the department the MCMF Program 101 Office of Veterans Advocacy. 102 2. The MCMF Program Office of Veterans Advocacy shall be 103 headed by a MCMF Program Veterans’ Advocate, who shall serve on 104 a full-time basis and shall carry out its purposes and functions 105 in accordance with state and federal law. 106 3. The MCMF Program Veterans’ Advocate shall be designated 107 by the department and must manage the development and 108 maintenance of the program through ongoing collaboration with 109 the United States Department of Defense, the Department of 110 Veterans’ Affairs, the Department of Economic Opportunity, 111 Florida Is For Veterans, Inc., the Department of Education, and 112 any other identified stakeholders to further the mission of the 113 program. 114 4. The MCMF Program Veterans’ Advocate must possess 115 significant advocacy skills and an understanding of the 116 following: 117 a. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB); 118 b. The Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT); 119 c. The Military Occupational Code (MOC) categories; 120 d. The training received by veterans in various MOC 121 categories; and 122 e. The practice requirements of the various comparable 123 department-recognized, licensed occupations and professions. 124 5. The duties of the MCMF Program Veterans’ Advocate shall 125 include, but are not limited to, the following: 126 a. Providing information, guidance, direction, and 127 assistance as needed with the licensure application process or 128 with expedited licensing, as appropriate, to military-trained 129 health care veterans and their spouses transitioning into 130 civilian health care and health care-related industries, 131 occupations, and professions; 132 b. Providing specific information, on the department’s 133 website and in pamphlet format, for military-trained health care 134 veterans and their spouses on health care and health care 135 related occupations and professions, including available 136 statewide educational and training opportunities and resources 137 for which such veterans and spouses may immediately qualify; 138 c. Providing guidance, direction, and assistance as needed, 139 including specific information on the department’s website and 140 in pamphlet format, for military-trained health care veterans 141 and their spouses on additional education and training required 142 to obtain licensure for health care and health care-related 143 occupations and professions and whether such veterans and 144 spouses may qualify for expedited state licensure in the 145 following health care and health care-related occupations: 146 (I) Licensed registered or practical nurse pursuant to ss. 147 464.008, 464.009, 464.0095, and 456.024; 148 (II) Optician under s. 484.007; 149 (III) Certain radiological personnel under part IV of 150 chapter 468; 151 (IV) Emergency medical technician under ss. 401.23(11) and 152 401.27; 153 (V) Paramedic under ss. 401.23(17) and 401.27; and 154 (VI) Any other health care license type for which the 155 department finds a military-trained health care veteran or his 156 or her spouse needs guidance, direction, and assistance. 157 d. Referring any requests to the Department of Economic 158 Opportunity to assist military-trained health care veterans and 159 their spouses in resume writing and proofreading, job 160 application completion, and interviewing skills and techniques. 161 (b) No veteran left behind.—Veterans who do not meet the 162 definition of the term “military-trained health care veteran” 163 but who have served in health care-related fields shall receive 164 assistance from the MCMF Program through the Department of 165 Economic Opportunity in resume writing, mentorship, and 166 obtaining employment with participating health care providers. 167 (c) Health care leadership.—The MCMF Program through the 168 Department of Economic Opportunity shall assist veterans and 169 their spouses who have gained management experience or have 170 completed an advanced degree in finding civilian health care 171 leadership and management employment opportunities in a variety 172 of health care and health care-related disciplines. 173 (d) Promote participating health care providers.—Florida Is 174 For Veterans, Inc., in coordination with the Department of 175 Economic Opportunity, the Department of Health, and the MCMF 176 Program Office of Veterans Advocacy, shall work to fulfill the 177 MCMF Program purposes as set forth in s. 295.126(2) and to 178 recruit, establish, and maintain a statewide list of the MCMF 179 Program participating health care providers as defined in s. 180 295.126(2)(d) which it will make available to the department, 181 the MCMF Program Office, and veterans and their spouses upon 182 request. 183 (6) FEES.—The department shall waive all application fees, 184 certificate fees, and unlicensed activity fees for military 185 trained health care veterans and their spouses. 186 (7) RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.—The department may adopt rules 187 pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement this section. 188 Section 2. Paragraph (g) is added to subsection (3) of 189 section 295.22, Florida Statutes, to read: 190 295.22 Veterans Employment and Training Services Program.— 191 (3) ADMINISTRATION.—Florida Is For Veterans, Inc., shall 192 administer the Veterans Employment and Training Services Program 193 and perform all of the following functions: 194 (g) Collaborate with the Department of Health to implement 195 the Military Corpsmen and Medics of Florida (MCMF) Program, in 196 coordination with the Department of Economic Opportunity and the 197 MCMF Program Office of Veterans Advocacy, to assist in 198 fulfilling the purposes of the MCMF Program as set forth in s. 199 295.126(4). The corporation shall: 200 1. Recruit, establish, and maintain a statewide list, by 201 geographical area, of MCMF Program participating health care 202 providers as defined in s. 295.126(2)(d) in furtherance of the 203 Legislature’s intent to provide preference, priority, and 204 available waivers to military-trained health care veterans and 205 their spouses for certain educational requirements in hiring 206 practices set forth in ss. 295.065, 295.07, 295.08, and 295.085. 207 Participating health care providers shall agree to employ the 208 MCMF Program participants, and Florida Is For Veterans, Inc., 209 shall make the list available to military-trained health care 210 veterans and their spouses upon request. 211 2. Assist participating health care providers in recruiting 212 and hiring military-trained health care veterans and their 213 spouses by connecting them with suitable applicants for 214 employment. 215 3. Provide, through the Department of Economic Opportunity 216 or the United States Department of Defense’s SkillBridge 217 program, instruction and proofreading for resume writing, 218 training in interviewing skills, and assistance with application 219 completion to military-trained health care veterans and their 220 spouses. 221 4. Provide, through the Department of Economic Opportunity 222 or the United States Department of Defense’s SkillBridge 223 program, mentorship services, including, but not limited to, 224 tutoring in interviewing skills and techniques, to assist in 225 obtaining employment with participating health care providers. 226 5. Assist the MCMF Program military-trained health care 227 veterans and their spouses who hold an MCMF Military Apprentice 228 License Health Care Certificate in identifying participating 229 health care providers for potential employment, including 230 providing assistance with resume writing, application 231 completion, and interviewing skills. 232 6. Assist the MCMF Program military-trained health care 233 veterans and their spouses, who have gained management 234 experience or have completed an advanced degree in finding 235 civilian health care leadership and management employment in a 236 variety of health care and health care-related disciplines. 237 7. The Department of Economic Opportunity may adopt rules 238 pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement this section. 239 Section 3. Section 1004.0963, Florida Statutes, is created 240 to read: 241 1004.0963 Postsecondary credit for health care and health 242 care-related military training and education courses.— 243 (1) In consultation with the Department of Veterans’ 244 Affairs and the Department of Health, the Board of Governors 245 shall adopt regulations, and the State Board of Education shall 246 adopt rules, to create a process that enables eligible military 247 trained health care veterans as defined in s. 295.126(2)(c) to 248 earn uniform postsecondary educational credit across all Florida 249 public or private postsecondary educational institutions for 250 college-level education and training acquired while serving in 251 the military. The regulations and rules must include procedures 252 for credential evaluation and the uniform award of postsecondary 253 educational credit and career education academic and clinical 254 clock hours, including, but not limited to, equivalency and 255 alignment of military coursework with appropriate postsecondary 256 educational courses and course descriptions. The regulations and 257 rules must provide for procedures to develop systematically 258 coordinated educational course equivalencies to be set out in 259 the statewide articulation agreement required by s. 1007.23(1) 260 which enable eligible military-trained health care veterans as 261 defined in s. 295.126(2)(c) to earn uniform educational course 262 credit and uniform academic and clinical clock hours across all 263 Florida public colleges, universities, training schools, and 264 training programs for the education and training acquired in the 265 military. 266 (2) The Health Care Articulation Coordinating Committee 267 shall convene a workgroup by July 15, 2023, which is responsible 268 for developing a process for determining postsecondary 269 educational course equivalencies and the minimum postsecondary 270 educational credit for career education and academic or clinical 271 clock hours which must be awarded for courses taken and 272 occupations held by individuals during their service in the 273 military. 274 (a) The workgroup shall be composed of the following 275 members: 276 1. The chair of the Health Care Articulation Coordinating 277 Committee or his or her designee, who shall serve as chair. 278 2. One member representing academic affairs administrators 279 and faculty from state universities with expertise in health 280 care and health care-related industries, occupations, and 281 professions, appointed by the chair of the Board of Governors. 282 3. One member representing academic affairs administrators 283 and faculty from Florida College System institutions with 284 expertise in health care and health care-related industries, 285 occupations, and professions, appointed by the chair of the 286 State Board of Education. 287 4. One member representing faculty from career centers with 288 expertise in health care and health care-related industries, 289 occupations, and professions, appointed by the State Board of 290 Education. 291 5. Two members representing veterans familiar with the 292 Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB); the Armed 293 Forces Qualification Test (AFQT); the Military Occupational Code 294 (MOC) categories; and the training received by veterans in 295 various MOC categories, appointed by the executive director of 296 the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. 297 6. Four faculty members appointed by the appropriate 298 Department of Health boards, or by the department if there is no 299 board, to represent public and private colleges, universities, 300 training schools, and training programs of this state which 301 train emergency medical technicians, opticians, paramedics, 302 licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and radiologic 303 technologists, or other health care or health care-related 304 industries, occupations, or professions as deemed appropriate by 305 the department. 306 (b) The Office of K-20 Articulation shall provide 307 administrative support for the workgroup. 308 (c) The workgroup shall establish a process for 309 prioritizing and determining postsecondary educational course 310 equivalencies and the minimum postsecondary educational credit 311 or career education and academic and clinical clock hours that 312 must be awarded for courses taken and training received for 313 occupations performed by individuals during their service in the 314 military. The workgroup shall provide recommendations to the 315 Board of Governors and the State Board of Education by December 316 1, 2024, for approval at the next meeting of each board to allow 317 for adequate public notice. 318 (d) Upon approval of the workgroup’s recommendations, the 319 Health Care Articulation Coordinating Committee must facilitate 320 the review of courses taken and occupations held by individuals 321 during their service in the military for postsecondary 322 educational course equivalencies and the minimum postsecondary 323 educational credit or career education and academic or clinical 324 clock hours that must be awarded in accordance with the approved 325 process. 326 (e) Within 1 year after approval of the workgroup’s 327 recommendations, the Health Care Articulation Coordinating 328 Committee must approve a prioritized list of systematically 329 coordinated postsecondary educational course equivalencies and 330 the minimum postsecondary educational credit for military career 331 education and training and academic and clinical clock hours 332 that must be awarded for courses taken and occupations held by 333 individuals during their service in the military. The list must 334 be updated annually. The Board of Governors, the Department of 335 Health boards or the department if there is no board, and the 336 State Board of Education must timely adopt the list approved by 337 the Health Care Articulation Coordinating Committee at the next 338 meeting of each board to allow for adequate public notice. For 339 the purpose of statewide application, postsecondary educational 340 course equivalencies and the minimum postsecondary educational 341 credit, career education, and academic and clinical clock hours 342 that must be awarded for courses taken and the training received 343 for occupations performed by individuals during service in the 344 military must be delineated by the State Board of Education and 345 the Board of Governors in the statewide articulation agreement 346 required by s. 1007.23(1). 347 (f) State universities, Florida College System 348 institutions, career centers, training schools, and training 349 programs must award postsecondary educational credit and 350 academic and clinical clock hours for courses taken and training 351 received for occupations performed by individuals during service 352 in the military based on the list adopted by the Board of 353 Governors, the State Board of Education, and the Department of 354 Health boards, or the department if there is no board, pursuant 355 to paragraph (e) if the educational credit or career education 356 and academic or clinical clock hours can be applied toward the 357 student’s degree or certificate. 358 (g) Institutions may award additional postsecondary 359 educational credit and academic and clinical clock hours, if 360 appropriate. Educational credit or academic and clinical clock 361 hours awarded in accordance with minimum postsecondary 362 educational credit and academic or clinical clock hour 363 requirements, respectively, are guaranteed to transfer to other 364 state universities, Florida College System institutions, career 365 centers, training schools, and training programs. 366 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022. 367 368 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 369 And the title is amended as follows: 370 Delete everything before the enacting clause 371 and insert: 372 A bill to be entitled 373 An act relating to the Military Corpsmen and Medics of 374 Florida (MCMF) Program; creating s. 295.126, F.S.; 375 providing legislative intent; defining terms; 376 establishing the MCMF Program; providing the purposes 377 of the program; providing the components of the 378 program; creating the MCMF Program Office of Veterans 379 Advocacy within the Department of Health; providing 380 that the program’s Veterans’ Advocate is the head of 381 the office; providing qualifications of the advocate; 382 prescribing duties of the advocate; requiring the MCMF 383 Program through the Department of Economic Opportunity 384 to assist certain veterans and their spouses with 385 specified tasks; requiring Florida Is For Veterans, 386 Inc., to coordinate with specified entities to fulfill 387 the program’s purposes and recruit, establish, and 388 maintain a statewide list of participating health care 389 providers; requiring the department to waive certain 390 fees for specified veterans and their spouses; 391 authorizing the department to adopt rules; amending s. 392 295.22, F.S.; requiring Florida Is for Veterans, Inc., 393 to collaborate with specified entities to implement 394 the MCMF program; prescribing functions to Florida Is 395 For Veterans, Inc., related to the program; 396 authorizing the Department of Economic Opportunity to 397 adopt rules; creating s. 1004.0963, F.S.; requiring 398 the Board of Governors and the State Board Of 399 Education to consult with specified entities to adopt 400 specified regulations and rules, respectively; 401 requiring the Health Care Articulation Coordinating 402 Committee to convene a workgroup by a specified date; 403 providing responsibilities of the workgroup; providing 404 the membership of the workgroup; requiring the Office 405 of K-20 Articulation to provide administrative support 406 to the workgroup; requiring the workgroup to provide 407 certain recommendations to the Board of Governors and 408 the Board of Education by a specified date; requiring 409 the Health Care Articulation Coordinating Committee to 410 approve a specified list of certain course 411 equivalencies and credits for certain veterans; 412 requiring the committee to annually update the list; 413 requiring specified entities to annually adopt the 414 updated list; providing applicability; requiring 415 specified entities to award credit and clock hours for 416 courses taken and training received by certain 417 veterans under specified conditions; authorizing 418 institutions to award additional credit or clock hours 419 if appropriate; requiring specified entities to accept 420 certain credit or clock hours earned by veterans under 421 certain conditions; providing an effective date.