Some people wanted the big bill of the 2014 legislative session to be Medicaid expansion, accepting federal funds to cover the low-income uninsured. Indeed, interfaith groups were still running phone banks and staging demonstrations up to Friday, the last day of the session.
But it was clear even before the 2014 Florida Legislature opened two months ago the measure would be ignored. Instead, lawmakers spent a lot of time debating ways to stretch the supply of primary-care providers as demand increases.
Most of those major health bills came to a crashing halt in the final two days of the session, including one that would have given nurse practitioners more autonomy. But its sponsor, Rep. Cary Pigman, RSebring, said he isn’t disappointed.