Florida Matters: 2016 Legislative Preview

The 2016 Florida Legislative session starts Jan. 12, and this week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 a.m.), we are previewing some of the bills lawmakers are proposing.

Among the issues expected to come up this session:

  • A proposal to once again make the education commissioner an elected position
  • The impact of prescription drugs on the state’s Medicaid budget
  • Changes to health insurance for state workers
  • Mandating recess, recruitment tools for teachers and changes to the Florida High School Athletic Association
  • Spending of Amendment 1 funds
  • Continued attempts to regulate telemedicine
  • Protections for insured patients who got surprise health-care bills