Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, middle, Sen.  Colleen Burton, left, and Sen.  Gayle Harrell, right, discusses a package of health-care proposals.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and two key lieutenants on Thursday rolled out a plan aimed at expanding access to health care, with a focus on increasing the number of doctors, encouraging technological innovation and increasing medical screenings.

The legislative package calls for spending nearly $900 million to, among other things, shift patients away from emergency rooms, offset hospitals’ training costs and help doctors pay off debt.

Speaking to reporters, Passidomo called the plan a “very, very robust” package with “very creative concepts that will help address the workforce needs” as the state’s population continues to grow.

“As you know, about 1,000 people a day move to the state of Florida, many of them are older. Everyone needs health care. In Florida today, we do not have enough health-care personnel to take care of the Floridians who live here,” Passidomo, R-Naples, said. “And so our whole goal is, how do we grow our health-care system in Florida, our workforce, and that’s how we started.”

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