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House of Representatives to Hear Bills for 2010

Posted almost 10 years ago by Christopher Saslo

The House of Representatives will be meeting soon to decide what bills they will hear for the 2010 session.

We need to let these reps know that patients are suffering because of legislative barriers to care, that 48 states recognize the ability of Nurse Practitioners to prescribe that care, and that patients are routinely sent to the ER for care that Nurse Practitioners are educated to provide.

Please email and call the house health care committee members listed below and let them know that patients suffer because of legislative barriers preventing Nurse Practitioners from prescribing controlled substances.

Here is a suggested email for you to cut and paste:


Dear Representative

I am writing to you today about an urgent matter. Many patients in Florida are suffering needlessly because of legislative barriers to health care. Every day it is estimated that hundreds of patients who are uninsured or who receive Medicaid or Medicare, must go to emergency rooms to get medications. These patients need medication for cancer pain, anxiety, attention deficit disorder medications, cough medication with codeine, diarrhea medication, and pain medicine.

Why is this happening? Because these patients are cared for by Nurse Practitioners who are prohibited by an outdated state law from prescribing these medications. Forty-eight other states in our nation allow patients to receive these same medications from Nurse Practitioners saving needless suffering and untold dollars for their state budgets.

In this era of health care reform, shouldn't we be utilizing all health care professionals to their fullest educational training in order to reach each citizen of our state?

I urge you to join the 48 other states in our nation and lift the ban that prevents patients from receiving care and causes them to suffer needlessly.



Please send this letter to the following:


Speaker Larry Cretul

District Office:

6911 SW Highway 200

Ocala, FL 34476-9210

Phone: (352) 873-6564



Doyle Conner Building

1911 SW 34 Street

Gainesville, FL 32608-1201

Phone: (352) 955-6407



House Health Regulation Committee
Thompson, Nicholas R. (R)Chair
Suite 208
2120 Main Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901-3010
Phone: (239) 533-2411
Van Zant, Charles E. (R)Vice Chair
Suite 5
3841 Reid Street
Palatka, FL 32177-2509
Phone: (386) 312-2272
Porth, Ari Abraham (D) Democratic Ranking Member
1300 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33071-4246
Phone: (954) 346-2810
Bush III, James (D)
Regions Bank Building, Suite 309
3550 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137-3853
Phone: (305) 571-2100
Ford, Clay (R)
1804 W. Garden Street
Pensacola, FL 32502-4418
Phone: (850) 595-5550
Fresen, Erik (R)
6255 Bird Road
Miami, FL 33155-4883
Phone: (305) 663-2011
Horner, Mike (R)
323 Pleasant Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741-5763
Phone: (407) 943-3077
Hudson, Matt (R)
Administration Building, Suite 212
3301 East Tamiami Trail
Naples, FL 34112-3972
Phone: (239) 417-6270
Building B, 3rd Floor
10100 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026-6037
Phone: (954) 704-2990
Hukill, Dorothy L. (R)
Suite 1-A
1398 Dunlawton Ave.
Port Orange, FL 32127-8915
Phone: (386) 322-5111
940 10th Street
Building 2, Room 128
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-7563
Phone: (386) 424-2365
Nehr, Peter (R)
Tarpon Tower-Suite 430
905 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-4829
Phone: (727) 943-4880
Proctor, William L. (R)
Suite 2
900 SR 16
St. Augustine, FL 32084-8592
Phone: (904) 823-2550
Renuart, Ronald (R)
Suite 105
50 A1A North
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082-1344
Phone: (904) 270-2550
Roberson, Yolly (D)
633 NE 167th Street
Suite 600
North Miami Beach, FL 33162-2444
Phone: (305) 650-0022
Scionti, Michael (D)
Suite 102
4221 North Himes Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607-6228
Phone: (813) 673-4673