Florida lawmakers look to expand, regulate telehealth

MIAMI (AP) -- Two bills aiming to increase the use of telemedicine and regulate current practices are making their way through the Legislature.

Supporters say telemedicine drives down health care costs while also addressing serious doctor shortages around the state.

The Senate bill requires doctors providing telemedicine services to patients within the state to be licensed in Florida or meet an alternative requirement. The bill recently passed a Senate committee, but has two more stops before it's heard on the floor. Dozens of other states have passed legislation supporting telemedicine.

The House bill doesn't require doctors to have a Florida license -- only that they be licensed in their home state and registered in Florida.
 

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