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The 2022 APMA Virtual Legislative Conference and Advocacy Week

As part of APMA's commitment to advocacy, the 2022 APMA Virtual Legislative Conference and Advocacy Week will be taking place the week of April 25, 2022. This is your opportunity to advocate for the profession before elected officials and policymakers at the national level.

APMA has partnered with Advocacy Associates, a digital lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., which will secure appointments for you and other members to meet with your U.S. Representative and Senators virtually on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Virtual congressional meetings will take place between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.

All members are invited to register to participate virtually.

APMA has provided a list of priorities to be discussed via their website.


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Legislative Update: Health care workers will be protected from COVID-19 lawsuits until June 1, 2023.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law nine bills, including a highly sought-after bill that extends protections from COVID-19 liability lawsuits for
nursing homes, hospitals, and doctors. For more information, click HERE.


Florida Legislative Special Session 2021 B Update

 
  • On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, just three days after commencing the 2021 Special Session B, the Florida Legislature concluded all business geared toward establishing guardrails surrounding COVID mandates. In all, the Legislature passed four bills - HB 1B, HB 3B, HB 5B, and HB 7B. This legislation passed largely along party lines.

  • The bills have been submitted to the Governor for his consideration. Governor DeSantis has until November 24, 2021 to act upon the legislation.

  • The Legislature will resume interim committee meetings the week of November 29, 2021. No other meetings are scheduled until the Regular Session convenes on January 11, 2022.

  • To access the FPMA Summary of Special Session 2021 B, click HERE.

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The Florida Podiatry Political Committee is the state-recognized independent arm of the Florida Podiatry profession, created to provide financial election support to bipartisan candidates for the Florida House and Senate. Since elected officials decide how Podiatric Medicine is practiced in Florida, one of the goals of the Florida Podiatry Political Committee is to be sure that those legislators are cognizant of the full scope of education, training, and experience of Podiatric Physicians practicing in the State of Florida.

The Florida Podiatry Political Committee created a Podiatric Fact Sheet, which is supplied to all of the candidates FPMA supports so when they are faced with medical legislation, Florida Podiatry will be included. Click here to access the Florida Podiatry Political Committee Fact Sheet.


State of Florida Advocacy Links

FPMA Legislative Checklist

FPMA Office Visit Request Sample Letter

Online Sunshine (Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature)

List of Florida Senators (by County)

List of Representatives of the Florida House (by County)


   

FPMA Key Legislative Contacts

  
If you are interested in becoming an FPMA Key Legislative Contact, please email the FPMA Governmental & Legislative Affairs committee co-chairs, Drs. Terence McDonald or Andre Williams, at importantinfo@fpma.com or call FPMA Executive Director Karen Lambert directly at 850.224.4085.

New Legislation Impacting Podiatry

 
  • Find out about House Bill 241 ("Parents' Bill of Rights"), which was signed by Governor DeSantis on June 29, 2021 and took effect on July 1, 2021, by clicking HERE.

  • Find out about other new legislation via the Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine website by clicking HERE

FPMA 2021 Legislative Tracking

 

FPMA Legislative Alert: Optional Services Restored (4/20/21)

Passage of FPMA 2021 Legislation:

On Thursday, April 8, 2021, Florida Podiatric Medical Association’s pro-Podiatry legislation, sponsored in the Florida House of Representatives by Representative Melony Bell (HB 17) and in the Florida Senate by Senator Ed Hooper (SB 170), made its final committee stop in the Senate, where it met with a vote of 40 Yeas and 0 Nays.


Key Elements of the FPMA 2021 Legislation:

  • Creation of a section of law in F.S. 461 dealing with the acts and duties of podiatric assistants.
  • Modified the requirement for instruction on controlled substances prescribing.
  • Included the practice of Podiatry to direct health care agreements.

Rep. Melony Bell
Senator Ed Hooper
Rep. Melony Bell
Senator Ed Hooper

The Florida Podiatric Medical Association profusely thanks our sponsors, FPMA members, and the FPMA lobbying team
for all of their efforts, which led to this success.



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The 2021 APMA State Advocacy Forum was held at The Whitley Hotel, Atlanta Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia from August 20 – 21, 2021. Coordinated by APMA’s Center for Professional Advocacy (CPA), the State Advocacy Forum is a biennial conference that provides an opportunity for state association leaders and representatives to discuss ongoing state legislative issues. The State Advocacy Forum is conducted in a host state to recognize that state component’s exceptional accomplishments in state advocacy (e.g., advocacy successes, relationship building). The Georgia Podiatric Medical Association was chosen due to its recent legislative successes, including updating amputation provisions and the state’s corporate practice of medicine.

For more information about the 2021 APMA State Advocacy Forum as well as links to a variety of guides and materials, click HERE.


APMA Advocacy Resources

 

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Legislative Advocacy department and Legislative Committee provide members with current information about federal legislative issues. Click on the links below for more information.

APMA Federal Advocacy Information

APMA eAdvocacy Website

 

The APMA State Advocacy program area was established to assist APMA state components and members in their legislative efforts as well as to advance the priorities of Podiatric Medicine through legal and regulatory advocacy. Check out the links below for more information on APMA state advocacy.

APMA State Advocacy Information

Information About Grassroots Advocacy

APMA State Laws & Regulations Information

APMA Center for Professional Advocacy