What is the Florida Heart and Lung Bill?

September 6, 2017
What is the Florida Heart and Lung Bill?

As a public policy dedicated to providing protective benefits to police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, and corrections probation officers, the Florida Heart and Lung Bill has potential to be a game changer for individuals in the protected class. But what exactly is the Florida Heart and Lung Bill specific to and how does it affect these first responders?

Understanding the Florida Heart and Lung Bill

The Florida Heart and Lung Bill is specific for providing medical and sometimes monetary benefits to first responders suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, and/or tuberculosis.

How Does the Florida Heart and Lung Bill Work?

The promise of the Florida Heart and Lung Bill is to help first responders with these types of heart and lung health issues. In order for these covered classes to qualify for health benefits and workers’ compensation, a pre-employment physical examination must have been conducted prior to the claim at the beginning of their hire stating that there was no related pre-existing condition. When it is confirmed that there was no heart and/or lung condition, or other covered condition, at the start of being hired, then the first responder or state employee can be recognized as eligible for workers’ compensation and health benefits under the Florida Heart and Lung Bill. The reasoning behind this is that since there was no prior heart / lung or other covered condition, it is assumed that the problem developed over the course of their work on the job.

What Are the Qualifications of the Florida Heart and Lung Bill?

There are four key components an individual must possess to qualify under the Florida Heart and Lung Bill. An individual must first meet the definition of a protected class. This means that the Florida Heart and Lung Bill is only specific to those individuals that fall under this bracket, including police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, and corrections probation officers. The second part needed to meet the qualification criteria is that the official must have a condition like tuberculosis, heart disease, or hypertension. The third requirement is that the first responder must have passed a pre-employment physical examination to show that the condition was not existing prior to accepting the position. The final requirement is that the individual must be taken out of work or put on lite or limited duty due to the condition, and he or she must be prescribed medication to treat or control said condition(s).

What Does the Florida Heart and Lung Bill Mean for Me?

Under the Florida Heart and Lung Bill, benefits are provided to first responders that previously were not before. The Florida Heart and Lung Bill can allow first responders to receive lifetime guaranteed medical benefits that extend all the way to retirement. In addition to this, other benefits that are guaranteed to first responders through this new bill include disability benefits, medications being completely covered for treatment of the condition(s), and not having to use any sick or vacation time for treatment of the condition due to workers’ comp benefits.

Have Our Pharmacy Network Help Deliver Medication to Your Door

If you are a first responder who has recently filed a claim but are waiting to hear back about the results before your treatment and/or medication can be paid for you, let Our Pharmacy Network provide assistance. While other pharmacies do not focus on workers’ comp and these workers’ comp claims end up getting delayed, Our Pharmacy Network specifically works with first responders that meet the qualifications under the Florida Lung and Heart Bill and gets the necessary authorizations far quicker to dispense any necessary medications on time.

 

We understand that you may need your medication provided to you immediately and that you cannot afford to wait longer than necessary. That is why we push for a speedy authorization process. When you qualify under the Florida Heart and Lung Bill, including having developed a heart and/or lung condition that disables you in some way, then contact Our Pharmacy Network to help you get any prescribed medication delivered to you immediately at no charge of your own.

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