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Apr
10

Session 2017 Wrap Up

As the 2017 legislative session came to a close Monday, several health care bills made their way to the governor’s desk while others weren’t so fortunate. Arkansas Minority Health Commission tracked certain bills that pertained to: changes in the Medicaid programs; research efforts in various diseases; expansion of services to Arkansas minority groups and to the developmentally disabled; and other health related bills.
Here are the bills we kept our eyes and featured in our weekly “Minority Reports”:

House Bill 1033 was signed by the governor on Jan. 27, 2017, as Act: 50. The bill “amends the Tobacco Settlement Proceed Act to extend medical assistance and community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

House Bill 1034 was signed by the governor on March 6, 2017, as Act: 373. The bill “makes various changes to regulations for hearing instrument dispensers.”

House Bill 1035 was amended several times, but was never signed or withdrawn. The bill “names specific food products, drinks and supplements that a SNAP recipient is not allowed to purchase using benefits. Requires recipients to show identification when purchasing items, and requires vendors to verify identification at point of sale.”

House Bill 1182 was amended several times, but was never signed or withdrawn. The bill “authorizes an advanced practice registered nurse to be recognized as a primary care provider under the Arkansas Medicaid Program.”

House Bill 1300 was amended several times, but was never signed or withdrawn. The bill “requires the Department of Huma Services and Medicaid to prioritize funding for the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Program, and to fully fund home and community-based services for individuals on the waiting list within three years.”

House Bill 1465 was amended several times, but was never signed or withdrawn. The bill “requires DHS to stop new enrollment in the Medicaid Expansion plan on July 1, 2017.”

House Bill 1775 was signed by the governor on March 31, 2017, as Act: 811. The bill “requires the Department of Health to establish and maintain a Suicide Prevention Hotline.”

Senate Bill 146 was signed by the governor on Feb. 17, 2017, as Act: 203. The bill “repeals the existing statues governing telemedicine and establishes new standards for the practice of telemedicine, including the prior existence of a professional relationship between patient and physician among other regulations.”

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