Are You Trying to Get an Exemption from Disqualification as a Health Care Worker In Florida? Good News!
A bit of good news for a change!
The Florida Legislature recently passed legislation (CS/CS/SB 674) which eliminates the 3-year waiting period after payment of court ordered monetary amounts in order to be eligible for an exemption from disqualification.
The bill, which is not law yet, passed the House of Representatives on April 30, 2014 and the Senate on May 1, 2014. The bill is now headed to the Governor's desk for approval.
This problem has arising in situations where someone receives a letter from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) or the Department of Health (DOH) indicating that they have a criminal incident in their past that disqualifies them from working in health care in Florida. Currently, law requires that 3 years must have passed since they paid all of their court-ordered fees, fines, costs, or other monetary penalties. This new legislation would eliminate the 3 year waiting period. In any event, it is important to pay all amounts due immediately to avoid being denied an exemption.
I have covered this topic before in prior blogs of mine. See https://www.floridahealthcareattorney.com/has-3-years-passed/
Let's hope the Governor signs this important piece of legislation so that health care workers can get "back to work!"
When you are denied the right to work and notified by the State you are usually advised of your rights by DOH or AHCA to challenge the denial. It is best to always consult an experienced health care attorneyimmediately after receiving notice that you have been denied. The State has important time deadlines that must be met or you lose your right to challenge the denial.
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