Florida House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee Approves Workers’ Compensation Repackaged Drugs Reimbursement Limitation Bill (HB 511)
Feb 9, 2012
The Florida House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee (“Committee”) met today, February 9, 2012, during which it heard House Bill 511 by State Representative Matt Hudson.
HB 511 would limit the amount of reimbursement for relabeled or repackaged drugs under Florida’s workers’ compensation system to the average wholesale price, plus a dispensing fee. The Committee adopted one amendment to the bill, which provides that an employer or carrier may not refuse to authorize a physician to treat an injured worker simply because that physician is a dispensing physician. This amendment was agreed to by the business community and the Florida Medical Association.
Representative Hudson pointed out that HB 511 would create $62 million in savings for Florida’s workers’ compensation system. He also noted that it would lead to a 2.5 percent reduction in workers’ compensation rates.
Various representatives of the business community and the Florida Medical Association spoke in favor of the legislation, while representatives of dispensing practitioners spoke in opposition to it.
House Bill 511 passed the Committee by a vote of 16 to 1.
A copy of the aforementioned amendment is attached for review.
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