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The Florida Senate meeting soon to decide bills they will hear for 2010 session. Be Part of the Change!!!

Posted almost 10 years ago by Christopher Saslo

The Florida Senate will be meeting soon to decide what bills they will hear for the 2010 session.

We need to let these senators 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 Senate 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 Senator

I am writing to you today about an urgent matter.

Many patients in Florida are suffering needlessly because of legislative barriers to health care.

Everyday 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 Because these patients are cared for by Nurse Practitioners who are prohibited by an outdated state law from prescribing these medications.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.



Here are the websites of your Senators that need to hear from you!


Speaker Jeff Atwater

824 US Highway 1, #210

North Palm Beach, FL 33408

(561) 625-5101



Oakland Park City Hall

3650 NE 12th Avenue

Oakland Park, FL 33334

(954) 847-3518



Senator Don Gaetz

217 Miracle Strip Parkway SE

Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548

(850) 897-5747

Senate VOIP: 40400

FAX (850) 833-3910

Toll Free:




Senator Eleanor Sobel

The "Old" Library, First Floor

2600 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood, FL 33020

(954) 924-3693

Senate VOIP: 43100

FAX (954) 924-3695



Senator Thad Altman

6767 North Wickham Road

Suite 211

Melbourne, FL 32940

(321) 752-3138

Senate VOIP: 42400



Senator Dave Aronberg

6415 Lake Worth Road, Suite 210

Greenacres, FL 33463

(561) 433-2627

Senate VOIP: 42700

FAX (561) 434-3995





Senator Michael S. "Mike" Bennett

Wildewood Professional Park, Suite 90

3653 Cortez Road West

Bradenton, FL 34210

(941) 727-6349

Senate VOIP: 42100

FAX (941) 727-6352





Senator Andy Gardiner

Majority (Republican) Whip

1013 East Michigan Street

Orlando, FL 32806

(407) 428-5800

Senate VOIP: 40900



Senator Dennis L. Jones, D.C.

8940 Seminole Blvd.

Seminole, FL 33772

(727) 549-6411

Senate VOIP: 41300

FAX (727) 549-6413



Senator Alfred "Al" Lawson, Jr.

Minority (Democratic) Leader

228 Senate Office Building

404 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

(850) 487-5004

Senate VOIP: 5004