Updated: Jul 11, 2022
HB 747/SB 1820--one of the bad bills in 2022 that luckily failed
Protections of Medical Conscience
by Representative Snyder and Senator Baxley
CoSponsors: Rep. Altman
Summary from Equality Florida: This legislation would allow healthcare providers and insurers to refuse to provide or pay for care that conflicts with their beliefs, even if the care is critically important and in the best interest of the patient. This bill would allow any health care provider – hospitals, insurance, clinical or non-clinical staff, even medical students – to deny any service based on their “religion, morals, or ethics.” Insurance companies and health plans could refuse to reimburse, pay, or contract for services. Religious health care providers or insurers could discriminate against anyone in employment, contracting, or credentialing based on their religious beliefs. The bill gives those claiming “medical conscience” to deny services full immunity from liability for any negative consequences of their denial.
STATUS: Passed favorably through House Professions and Public Health but did not receive
additional committee hearings and ultimately failed to see pass.
HB 211 --one of the bad bills in 2022 that luckily failed
Trans Youth Medical Care Ban
by Rep. Sabatini
This legislation is an extreme attempt to harm transgender youth by charging health care practitioners with a misdemeanor offense for providing gender affirming care to a minor. This is a part of a nationally coordinated attempt to criminalize transgender youth and their families.
STATUS: Did not see legislative action.
Luckily HB 265/SB 404 also failed.