2023 Amendments to Medical Recommendation Renewal in Florida

Soon, patients who need to renew their medical card in Florida won’t need to come to the clinic to do so. Instead, they will be able to attend telehealth renewals. The bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis received broad consensus from members of both major political parties in the Florida Legislature and agreement among lawmakers from different political affiliations. 

Starting 1st July, 2023, patients will be entitled to renew their medical recommendations remotely. 

Why Is This Process Changing?

In fact, relying on telehealth for prescriptions is not new. De Santis had already authorized such renewals for a limited period of time during the COVID-19 pandemic and to help those affected by Hurricane Ian last year. In other words, the Florida medical card renewal process will soon enable patients to do it from the comfort of their home.

In addition, this is a remarkable step forward towards improving health care accessibility, thus making Florida an innovative leader in the way in which patients receive their consultations. 

Who Will This Affect?

This will affect patients who need to renew their recommendations as long as there has been an initial in-person physical examination and/or the individual is not visiting the medical practitioner for the first time. If it is the first time you’re consulting with a medical specialist, you will be required to receive a physical examination at the doctor’s office in order to be eligible for a medical card. 

How Will the System Work From Now On?

Patients suffering from conditions eligible for a recommendation will need to consult with a physician at their office and receive a physical examination if:

  1. It’s their first time asking for the recommendation
  2. They’ve used this type of medicine in the past but they are consulting with that doctor for the first time

After that, renewals can be authorized with telehealth visits online or over the phone. 

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Full text of bill HB 387 

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