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Equity and Disparities in Florida

Patients have the right to access health care services or treatment regardless of their race, national origin, religion, handicap or another protected class and the right to access language interpretive services if the patient does not speak English.1

The Department of Health is responsible for establishing programs to reach the following groups:

  • High-risk pregnant women who suffer from substance use problems and HIV/AIDS and need prenatal care;2
  • Low-income women who need prenatal care;3
  • Ethnic/racial minorities who are at risk for HIV infection;4
  • Individuals who are at risk for developing prostate5 and breast cancer;6
  • Medically underserved groups like racial/ethnic minorities and rural residents7

The Agency for Health Care Administration is responsible for increasing the number of minority physicians in Florida.8

Health care facilities must submit demographic data to the Agency for Health Care Administration.9 Hospices must annually report demographic information to the Department of Elder Affairs.10

 

Footnotes

  • 1. Florida Statutes §§ 381.026; 393.13; 394.491; 395.1041; 397.501; 400.6095; 409.907; 627.419; 627.644; 636.009; 636.015; 636.022; 641.22; 641.31; 641.004; 641.54; 641.305; 641.406; 641.421; 641.3102; 641.3903; 760.50
  • 2. Florida Statutes § 381.0045
  • 3. Florida Statutes § 383.013
  • 4. Florida Statutes § 381.0046
  • 5. Florida Statutes §381.911
  • 6. Florida Statutes § 381.932
  • 7. Florida Statutes §§ 381.0402;  381.0405; 381.0406; 381.04065; 381.7353; 381.7354; 381.7355; 381.922; 383.2162
  • 8. Florida Statutes §§ 395.807; 641.217
  • 9. Florida Statutes § 408.061
  • 10. Florida Administrative Code §§ 58A-2.005; 58A-2.012

 

Equity and Disparities in Florida

Subtopic Statute/Regulation Description
Equity and Disparities Florida Administrative Code § 58A-2.005 “Administration of the hospice under the Department of Elder Affairs regulations” Each hospice must establish policies and procedures for...
Florida Administrative Code § 58A-2.012 “Program reporting requirements under the Department of Elder Affairs regulations” Each hospice must annually report demographic and...
Florida Administrative Code § 59A-8.007 “Geographic service area under the Agency for Health Care Administration regulations”   All home health agencies must choose to...
Florida Administrative Code § 59A-8.020 “Acceptance of patients or clients under the Agency for Health Care Administration regulations”   Home health agencies must be...
Florida Administrative Code § 59B-14.004 “Satisfaction survey reporting requirements under the Agency for Health Care Administration regulations”   Health insurers must...
Florida Administrative Code § 59B-9.038 “Ambulatory data elements, codes and standards under the Agency for Health Care Administration regulations”  Ambulatory centers must...
Florida Administrative Code § 59G-8.100 “Medicaid contracts for prepaid health plans under the Agency for Health Care Administration regulations” A health maintenance...
Florida Administrative Code § 69O-125.001 “Unfair discrimination because of sex or marital status under the Department of Financial Services regulations” A health insurer must not...
Florida Statutes § 381.0045 “Targeted outreach for pregnant women act of 1998” The Department of Health must establish a targeted outreach program for high-risk...
Florida Statutes § 381.0046 “Statewide HIV and AIDS prevention campaign under the public health law” The Department of Health must develop a statewide HIV/AIDS...
Florida Statutes § 381.026 “Florida Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities under the public health law” Each health care facility or provider must...
Florida Statutes § 381.0402 “Area health education center network under the public health law” The Department of Health must organize an area health education center...
Florida Statutes § 381.0405 “Office of Rural Health under the public health law” The Department of Health’s Office of Rural Health is established to foster the...
Florida Statutes § 381.0406 “Rural health networks under the public health law” Rural health networks are established to provide quality health care services to...
Florida Statutes § 381.04065 “Rural health network cooperative agreements under the public health law” Cooperative agreements between members of rural health networks...
Florida Statutes § 381.7353 “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Closing the Gap grant program; administration; department duties under the public health law...
Florida Statutes § 381.7354 “Eligibility under the public health law” Any person or organization may apply for a Closing the Gap grant. Any person or organization...
Florida Statutes § 381.7355 “Project requirements; review criteria under the public health law” Closing the Gap grant proposals must be submitted to the Department...
Florida Statutes § 381.911 “Prostate cancer awareness program under the public health law” The prostate cancer awareness program must promote prostate cancer...
Florida Statutes § 381.922 “William G. “Bill” Bankhead, Jr., and David Coley Cancer Research Program under the public health law” The William G. “...
Florida Statutes § 381.932 “Breast cancer early detection and treatment referral program under the public health law” The Department of Health must establish a...
Florida Statutes § 383.013 “Prenatal care under the public health law” The Department of Health must provide a statewide prenatal care program for low-income women...
Florida Statutes § 383.2162 “Black infant health practice initiative under the public health law” The black infant health practice initiative is established to...
Florida Statutes § 393.13 “Treatment of persons with developmental disabilities under the public health law” Individuals with developmental disabilities have a...
Florida Statutes § 394.491 “Guiding principles for the child and adolescent mental health treatment and support system under the Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental...
Florida Statutes § 395.1041 “Access to emergency services and care under the public health law”  (3)(f) The delivery of emergency services may not be based on a...
Florida Statutes § 395.807 “Retention of family practice residents under the public health law” A family practice teaching hospital must have a written plan to...
Florida Statutes § 397.501 “Rights of individuals seeking substance abuse services under the public health law” Individuals receiving substance abuse treatment from...
Florida Statutes § 400.6095 “Patient admission; assessment; plan of care; discharge; death under the public health law” Each hospice must make its services available...
Florida Statutes § 408.061 “Data collection; uniform systems of financial reporting; information relating to physician charges; confidential information; immunity under...
Florida Statutes § 409.907 “Medicaid provider agreements under the social welfare law” Health care providers participating in the Medicaid program must comply with...
Florida Statutes § 627.419 “Construction of policies under the insurance law” If a health insurer advertises an insurance policy in a language other than English,...
Florida Statutes § 627.644 “Discrimination against handicapped prohibited under the insurance law” A health insurer may not deny coverage or charge unfairly...
Florida Statutes § 636.009 “Issuance of certificate of authority; denial under the Prepaid Limited Health Service Organization Act of Florida” Prepaid limited...
Florida Statutes § 636.015 “Language used in contracts and advertisements; translations under the Prepaid Limited Health Service Organization Act of Florida” All...
Florida Statutes § 636.022 “Restrictions upon expulsion or refusal to issue or renew contract under the Prepaid Limited Health Service Organization Act of Florida”...
Florida Statutes § 641.217 “Minority recruitment and retention plans required under the Health Maintenance Organization Act” Any health care entity contracting with...
Florida Statutes § 641.22 “Issuance of certificate of authority under the Health Maintenance Organization Act” A health maintenance organization may be granted a...
Florida Statutes § 641.3007 “HIV infection and AIDS for contract purposes under the Health Maintenance Organization Act” A health maintenance organization may not...
Florida Statutes § 641.305 “Language used in contracts and advertisements; translations under the Health Maintenance Organization Act” All contracts or form by a...
Florida Statutes § 641.31 “Health maintenance contracts under the Health Maintenance Organization Act” A health maintenance organization may not refuse to provide...
Florida Statutes § 641.3102 “Restrictions upon expulsion or refusal to issue or renew contract under the Health Maintenance Organization Act” A health maintenance...
Florida Statutes § 641.3903 “Unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices defined under the Health Maintenance Organization Act” Health...
Florida Statutes § 641.406 “Issuance of certificate of authority under the Prepaid Health Clinic Act” In order to receive a certificate of authority, a prepaid...
Florida Statutes § 641.421 “Language used in contracts and advertisements; translations under the Prepaid Health Clinic Act” All prepaid health clinic contracts or...
Florida Statutes § 641.441 “Unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices defined under the Prepaid Health Clinic Act” Prepaid health...
Florida Statutes § 641.54 “Information disclosure under the insurance law” Each health maintenance organization must provide the Office of Insurance Regulation and...
Florida Statutes § 760.50 “Discrimination on the basis of AIDS, AIDS-related complex, and HIV prohibited under the civil rights law” Any person with or perceived...