The Sunshine State prides itself on being an ideal location to live, work, and play. While Florida, now the nation’s third most populous state, remains competitive across areas such as economic development, business opportunities, cutting-edge research, and arguably leads the nation in tourism, Florida lags behind a majority of states when it comes to addressing the health access needs of its large, rapidly growing, diversely-aged population.
As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog, it is the mission of Florida TaxWatch to provide the citizens of Florida and public officials with high quality, independent research and analysis of issues related to state and local government taxation, expenditures, policies, and programs.
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Dear Fellow Taxpayer,
Each spring, the elected members of the Florida Legislature return to Tallahassee
to perform their roles as the representatives of the people of the Sunshine State.
Surrounded by interest groups both large and small, regular citizens and high-powered
lobbyists, our senators and representatives propose and debate new laws and attempt to
meet the needs of their constituents.
The 2015 Regular Session will be remembered as a unique one, with an unusual
ending that has not been seen in Florida in decades. On top of the progress of many
bills coming to an abrupt end, the Legislature failed to pass its only required piece of
legislation: a budget.
During Session, Florida TaxWatch provides on our website the public a weekly recap of
bills related to the issues that we are following, including economic development, health
care, criminal and juvenile justice, and education policies and programs.
This publication is a final look at legislation related to telehealth, one of the top issues
covered by TaxWatch.
For more information on TaxWatch research on this issue, please visit
Dominic M. Calabro
President & CEO
Note: Florida TaxWatch has recommended expanding the use of telehealth in Florida
by creating a legislative framework in its March 2014 report, â€œCritical Connections to
Care,â€ and advancing public policy to remain nationally competitive in its November
2014 report, â€œTime for Telehealth.â€ In addition, Florida TaxWatch hosted the Telehealth
Cornerstone Conference in November 2014 and will be hosting the Second Annual
Telehealth Conference in September 2015. This 2015 Florida Legislative Session Wrap-
Up Summary was prepared for its members and telehealth partners. If you would like to
be included on future telehealth mailings and conference calls, please contact Stephani
Meyers at email@example.com.
Telehealth Research Background