HEALTH CARE SERVICES (Program); EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICESGovernor's Recommendations
2020-21
Current Year Budget
2019-20
Difference
DollarsPositionsDollarsPositionsDollarsPositions
$355,602,567621.00$259,867,137626.00$95,735,430(5.00)
 

 
Policy Area:  EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Issue:            CANADIAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPORTATION PROGRAM

Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2020-21
The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2020-21 includes three full-time positions, the associated salary rate of 301,155 and budget of $20,427,019, of which $16,164 is nonrecurring. This funding will allow the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to implement the Canadian Prescription Drug Importation (CPDI) Program. During the 2019 Legislative Session, Chapter 2019-99, Laws of Florida, (House Bill 19), directed AHCA to implement a CPDI Program. This program will allow the state to import drugs that meet the United States Food and Drug Administration standards related to safety, effectiveness, misbranding and adulteration. The imported drugs will be used by state government programs at the Department of Health, Department of Corrections, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Children and Families, and AHCA in meeting the needs of their clients. The CPDI Program will facilitate the wholesale importation into Florida of safe and effective prescription drugs from approved Canadian suppliers that have the greatest potential for cost savings to the state. Cost savings are estimated to be over $150 million annually when the program is fully operational. In order to implement the CPDI Program, AHCA will need to enter into a contract with a vendor to assist with administration of the program which amounts to $20 million. The agency will also need to hire three full-time positions in order to manage the contract with the vendor and to conduct oversight and monitoring activities which amounts to $427,019.