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Public Policy & Advocacy

Chapter Legislative Initiatives
Mission: To enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.

2014 Florida Chapter Legislative Agenda

Florida Chapter State Advocacy Page

Important Health & Public Policy Updates

Tallahassee Session Update - April 14, 2014
Legislative Session Update - Week 5
Legislative Session Update - Week 3
Legislative Session Update - Week 2
Legislative Session Update - Week 1
February 21, 2014 Florida Chapter ACP Legislative Update
January 16, 2014 Tallahasse Update
Board of Medicine Report
Tallahassee Update Week Ending November 7, 2013

Archived Legislative Reports

Florida Chapter Wins Permanent Injunction Against Physician Gag Law

After over a year of litigation, the Florida Chapter and its allies won a permanent injunction prohibiting the State of Florida from enforcing the 2011 law that forbade physicians from discussing a patientís gun ownership. In finding the law unconstitutional, the U.S. District Court relied heavily on the Chapterís argument that any such law was an unconstitutional abridgement of a physicianís First Amendment right to free speech.

Read the full announcement (July 19, 2012)[PDF]

On 7/20/11, the Florida Board of Medicine announced that implementation of the new prescription law will be delayed until August 29. The new law relates to prescribing controlled substances. Download the full update and excerpts from the new law

Leadership Day on Capitol Hill

2014 Leadership Day
May 21-22

Westin Washington DC City Center
1400 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

The 22nd annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill will be held on May 21-22, 2014 at the Westin Washington DC City Center.

Leadership Day enables the College to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers.

This two-day event provides ACP members with advocacy and/or media training, an update on the College's priority legislative issues; briefings from Members of Congress, Administration officials, and key Capitol Hill staffers; and an opportunity to meet with your state's elected officials. A special briefing for Resident/Fellow members and medical students is also provided.

ACP members interested in participating in Leadership Day 2014 should contact their chapter Governor to let him/her know of your interest and to be included in the chapter delegation congressional meetings.

For more information, please contact Shuan Tomlinson at stomlinson@acponline.org or 800-338-2746 ext. 4547.

Advocacy Resources

Where the College Stands on key health policy issues, news and recent policy changes

Visit Legislative Action Center for more information about the new Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn) and the Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award.

State Health Policy Pages
Home Page
News and Info
"Essential Health Benefits"

Additional Advocacy Resources

Page Updated: 4/18/14