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Rick Scott vetoes ‘carve out’ bill for doctors and chiropractors

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Saying statutes are “ripe with exemptions and carve outs,” Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have exempted physicians and chiropractors who sell or rent electrostimulation medical equipment to their patients from having to be licensed as home medical equipment providers.

In a veto letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner Scott said he agrees with the Legislature’s attempt to deregulate and remove burdensome regulations but carve outs “add additional levels of complexity to regulatory requirements while allowing outdated regulations to remain on the books. Carve outs also present an unfair advantage to certain entities competing within the same industry.”

According to the staff analysis, electrical stimulators can provide direct, alternating, and pulsed waveforms of energy to the human body through electrodes that may be implanted in the skin or used on the surface of the skin. Such devices may be used to exercise muscles, demonstrate a muscular response to stimulation of a nerve, relieve pain, relieve incontinence and provide test measurements.

HB 1305 was sponsored by sponsored by state Rep. Dane Eagle.

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