House Health & Human Services Committee Action

House Health & Human Services Committee met for two days this week.

Feb 5, the committee heard three bills.

HB 1099     provide for the designation of a caregiver to receive information regarding residents of treatment facilities.

Discussion surrounding this particular bill stems from adults with drug or alcohol related diseases are issued after care instructions following treatment; however, after being released not informing the caregivers about the instructions. The intent of the bill is to ensure that caregivers receive the same information regarding treatment. The bill passed House Health Committee 13-0 and on Feb 6, passed off the entire House floor 69-1.

HB 1137     revise certain provisions regarding pharmacy benefit managers.

This bill was scheduled for an initial hearing on Feb 5; however, was finally heard on Feb 7.

SB 22*        place certain substances on the controlled substances schedule and to declare an emergency.

The annual update the controlled substance schedule passed out of House Health 13-0 and placed on the consent calendar.  Feb 6, it was pulled from consent and passed the House on Feb 7.

Feb 7, the committee heard four bills.

SB 72         provide for a form a physician must use to obtain consent to an abortion.

The committee requested to see the physical form before they voted on the bill today. The form was not readily available; therefore, action on the bill was deferred to a later date.

HB 1205    provide parents with certain rights regarding health care treatment of a minor child.

The Committee heard lengthy opposition testimony regarding the ramifications on this particular bill and was deferred to the 41st legislative day.

HB 1137   revise certain provisions regarding pharmacy benefit managers.

We were able to amend the bill in committee to include some protections for the 340B program. The bill was passed out of the Health Committee unanimous.

HB 1199    revise certain provisions regarding medical assistance payments to nursing home facilities.

This bill will force balance billing between private pay and Medicaid payment rates and will ultimately for nursing homes to close.  This bill was met with substantial opposition in committee and was moved to the 41st legislative day.​