DOH overhaul to House HHS Committee on Monday

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The House Health & Human Services Committee on Monday will consider a bill (HB 1263) that would make wide-ranging changes in the state Department of Health. Sponsor Matt Hudson, R-Naples, has eliminated perhaps the most-controversial part of the bill — a shift of public health responsibilities from the state to counties. But the bill includes other closely watched issues, such as proposed changes in the Children’s Medical Services program and the potential closure of the A.G. Holley state tuberculosis hospital in Palm Beach County. The committee also will consider a series of other bills, including changes (PCB HHSC 12-05) in programs for people with developmental disabilities. The panel also considers HB 385, which establishes a new burden of proof for claimants in medical malpractice cases and allows defendants in med mal cases to interview the claimant’s doctors without the claimant’s lawyer there.

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