Transforming Health Care
A Leader In Health Policy
Gayle has served as Chair of five healthcare committees during her service in the Florida House and is recognized by her colleagues as a leader in health policy. She has chaired the following Committees:
o Chair, Healthy Families Sub-Committee,
o Chair, Health and Human Services Access Sub-Committee,
o Chair, Healthcare Quality Committee,
o Chair, Healthcare General Committee,
o Healthcare Standards Subcommittee
o Served on various Health and Human Services Appropriations Committees and
o Served on various Select Committees dealing with specific topics such as Medicaid Reform, Medical Liability Insurance, PPACA and Healthcare Workforce Innovation.
Gayle has worked very closely with Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Center for Health Transformation to implement bold new ideas for Florida in healthcare policy.
Improving Access To Health Care
• Sponsored and passed HB 329 to bring an open heart facility to Martin County and expand the number of beds for St. Lucie County hospitals.
• Sponsored and passed HB 585 Medically Needy which gave flexibility to Martin County in providing healthcare to Martin County’s medically indigent.
• Sponsored and passed HB 1153, Organ Donations Act which re-examined organ donation and supply in Florida to make life saving organs more available to patients who need them.
• Sponsored and passed HB 247, Domestic Violence, which prohibited insurance companies from denying healthcare insurance to victims of domestic violence as a result of a “pre-existing condition” if they had been treated previously as a victim of domestic violence.
• Sponsored and passed HB 591, the Newborn Screening Act to insure that the results of a newborn’s hearing and metabolic tests or screenings are readily available to the newborn’s health care practitioner as well as information about early intervention to parents of children with hearing loss.
Revolutionizing Medical Health Records
Gayle is a nationally recognized leader in Health Information Technology and was appointed by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to the national Health Information Technology Policy Committee as established under ARRA 2009 (Stimulus Bill). In addition, she was one of four legislators nationally to serve on the National Governor’s Association State Alliance for e-Health. She also serves on the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Healthcare Reform Committee. She was recognized in 2011 as the National State Legislator of the Year by HIMSS.
Gayle served as one of the key architects of Medicaid Reform in Florida beginning with the Pilot Waiver in 2004 continuing through the statewide implementation in 2012. She worked diligently to insure that Medicaid patients have access to quality healthcare through a choice of Medicaid plans.
Putting Patients In Control Of Their Healthcare
Gayle supports expansion of Health Savings Accounts to put patients in control of their healthcare. Health Savings Accounts empower patients to decide for themselves which doctor they will see, what hospital they will use and what services they need. Unfortunately, Health Savings Accounts were greatly minimized by “Obama-Care”.
Gayle supports federal tax exemptions for individual health insurance policies not just for employer based health insurance.