The 2022 Florida Legislative Session began January 11 and is expected to run through March 11. The American Heart Association is counting on the help of You're the Cure advocates across the state to speak up for policies that will help all Floridians live longer, healthier lives.
Our top priorities for session include:
We're urging lawmakers to support Senate Bill 890 by Sen. Danny Burgess and House Bill 593 by Rep. Dana Trabulsy. The bills would require certain 911 public safety telecommunicators to complete ongoing telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation training; authorize certain agencies to enter into reciprocal agreements to provide telephonic assistance in administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This will ensure 911 callers receive high-quality CPR instructions over the phone if needed, to increase the chance of survival for cardiac arrest victims until emergency medical services arrive.
Blood Pressure Program Funding
We're asking legislators to allocate $500,000 for the Florida Department of Health to administer marketing campaign, educational awareness of stroke and high blood pressure prevention, and distribution of self-measured blood pressure monitoring devices.
To improve access to health care, we're asking legislators to support efforts to ensure that Medicaid recipients have access to clinically appropriate telehealth services, by including patient homes as an originating site, expanding allowable telehealth services to include cardiac rehabilitation, and removing video requirement for Medicaid reimbursement of telehealth.
For the latest updates on our policy efforts, become part of our You're the Cure grassroots network at yourethecure.org/join. Be sure to sign up with your home street address, so our system can match you with your elected officials.