FlaglerLive | January 2, 2018
Six payments from the 2017 legislative session turned efficient with the arrival of the New Year.
The modifications vary from eliminating a public-transit fee to streamlining how single and divorced mother and father agree to time-sharing preparations for youngsters.
Also with the beginning of 2018, Florida’s minimal wage elevated Monday by 15 cents, to $eight.25 an hour. That, nevertheless, was not tied to laws. Voters in 2004 handed a constitutional modification that requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to yearly calculate the speed based mostly on modifications in a federal shopper worth index.
The legal guidelines taking impact this week have been amongst 234 payments authorised in 2017 by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Most new legal guidelines went into impact July 1, the beginning of the state’s fiscal yr.
Here are the legal guidelines that simply hit the books:
— HB 647, an area invoice that dissolved on Dec. 31 the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, an unbiased particular district. The fee was created to regulate things like taxis, limousines and wrecker providers.
The measure was thought-about a victory for rideshare corporations corresponding to Uber and Lyft. Lawmakers in the course of the 2017 session additionally handed a measure that created statewide laws for rideshare corporations, one thing the quick-rising business sought so it wouldn’t have to function underneath quite a lot of guidelines imposed by native governments. The fee’s breakup date coincided with the expiration of an settlement with rideshare corporations working in Hillsborough County.
— SB 590, a invoice that makes modifications in how Florida handles youngster time-sharing preparations between single or divorced mother and father. There is not any systematic, environment friendly mechanism for households to set up parenting time agreements. According to a legislative evaluation of the invoice, there was beforehand no systematic, environment friendly mechanism for households to set up parenting time agreements for youngsters whose mother and father weren’t married on the time of their start. While divorcing mother and father typically set up parenting time agreements as a part of the divorce proceedings in circuit courtroom, youngster help techniques required single mother and father to take part in a number of, typically overlapping, authorized proceedings so as to resolve points of kid help and parenting time.
The new regulation addresses each the calculation of kid help and the quantity of parenting time as a part of the identical course of will increase effectivity and reduces the burdens on mother and father of being concerned in a number of administrative or judicial processes. A structured, formal strategy to parenting time ought to assist each mother and father handle their co-parenting relationship and scale back battle, ambiguity, unpredictability about parenting time preparations, and should improve baby help compliance, in accordance to the evaluation.
— HB 435, a invoice that revises guidelines relating to worldwide banking firms, together with points associated to licensure and document-retaining.
— HB 437, a invoice that’s tied to HB 435 and creates public-data exemptions involving the Office of Financial Regulation. The exemptions cope with new entities often known as “international trust entities” and “qualified limited service affiliates.” It prohibits the Office of Financial Regulation from releasing things like private figuring out info of consumers or shareholders.
— SB 800, a invoice that requires well being insurers and well being upkeep organizations to supply “medication synchronization” to clients a minimum of annually. Under medicine synchronization, clients are in a position to align refill dates of prescriptions. In different phrases, “a retail or mail order pharmacy would coordinate all of a patient’s prescription medications so that the drugs have the same refill date each month,” in accordance to a legislative evaluation of the invoice. “The pharmacist initially performs a comprehensive review of the patient’s medication regimen to determine the appropriateness of each therapy.”
Until at the moment, some plans wouldn’t present protection for a refill for lower than a 30-day provide. Patients would have been required to pay a full month’s copayment or coinsurance for a month’s provide of medicines. In some instances, pharmacies making an attempt to submit a declare for adjusted portions, would have acquired a “refill too soon” rejection, and the plan would deny protection altogether, ensuing within the affected person paying out of pocket to cowl the price for the quantity of treatment wanted to align their refills.
Some 20 states have enacted treatment synchronization laws. Some states place restriction on the kinds of medicine that could be eligible for synchronization.
Florida’s new regulation prohibit a medical insurance coverage or HMO contract offering prescription drug protection in Florida from denying protection for a partial provide of treatment allotted by a community pharmacy. The coverage or contract should authorize and apply prorated day by day costsharing charges to prescriptions which are allotted by a community pharmacy for the partial provide if the pharmacist determines the fill or refill is in the most effective curiosity of
the insured and the insured requests or agrees to a partial provide for the aim of synchronizing his or her
Insurance insurance policies should additionally permit a community pharmacy to override any denial code indicating that a prescription drug is being refilled too quickly, and insurers might not use cost buildings that present prorated dishing out charges. Dispensing charges for partially crammed or refilled prescriptions have to be paid in full for every prescription distributed, no matter any prorated copayment for the insured or member or charge paid for alignment providers.
— HB 911, a invoice that makes a collection of modifications associated to guidelines and licensure for public insurance coverage adjusters.
Lawmakers had accredited a seventh invoice slated to go into impact with the New Year. That invoice would have required warning labels on state Lottery video games. But Scott vetoed the measure (HB 937) for imposing “burdensome regulations” on the video games and retailers. The invoice was one among 11 Scott vetoed final yr.
–News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive