Pennsylvania Medical Society
High Priority Legislation
09-18-2019 - 16:41:42


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HB 15   Readshaw, Harry
Act relating to telemedicine; authorizing the regulation of telemedicine by professional licensing boards; & providing for insurance coverage of telemedicine.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 711) The Telemedicine Act, relating to telemedicine, authorizes the regulation of telemedicine by professional licensing boards; and provides for insurance coverage of telemedicine. Medicaid program reimbursement section effective in 90 days. Remainder of the act effective immediately.
Companions: HB 872 (Related)
HCO 848 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P0711 
Bill History: 03-01-19 H Filed
03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance

HB 91   Grove, Seth
Amends the Pharmacy Act, further providing for authority to administer injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 93) Amends the Pharmacy Act, allowing pharmacists to administer any immunization shot to a child aged nine or older with parental consent. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: HCO 558 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P0093 
Bill History: 01-17-19 H Filed
01-28-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health

HB 96   Brown, Rosemary
Act providing for continuing education in Lyme and tick-borne diseases for health care professionals.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 98) The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Continuing Education Act provides for continuing education in Lyme and tick-borne diseases for health care professionals. A licensing board shall require that a licensee complete at least two hours of continuing education in the assessment and diagnosis of and treatment options for Lyme disease and other related tick-borne diseases as a portion of the total continuing education required for license renewal. A licensing board shall establish the content of the continuing medical education. The act shall expire December 31, 2024, and is effective immediately.
Companions: HCO 568 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P0098 
Bill History: 01-18-19 H Filed
01-28-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Professional Licensure

HB 100   Topper, Jesse
Amends the Professional Nursing Law, providing for title, definitions, State Board of Nursing, license required, practices, certified registered nurse practitioners; & for expiration of power to license.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 1402) Amends the Professional Nursing Law further providing for definitions; and providing for licensure as a certified nurse practitioner. The bill outlines the scope of practice for certified nurse practitioners. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: HCO 854 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P1402 
Bill History: 04-09-19 H Filed
04-15-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Professional Licensure

HB 286   Metcalfe, Daryl
Act providing for informed consent for vaccinations and for penalties.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 259) The Informed Consent Protection Act provides for informed consent for vaccinations and for penalties. A health care practitioner or a health care facility may not discriminate against a patient or parent or guardian of a patient based solely upon a patient or parent or guardian of a patient choosing to delay or decline a vaccination. Exercising the right to informed consent by delaying or declining vaccinations under this act may not be the reason for a patient or family member of a patient to be dismissed from a practice or lose medical privileges or benefits. A health care practitioner or health care facility shall not harass, coerce, scold or threaten a patient or parent or guardian of a patient for exercising the right to delay or decline a vaccination under this act. An insurer issuing any type of insurance policy shall not deny coverage, increase a premium or otherwise discriminate against an insured or applicant for insurance based on the individual's choice to delay or decline a vaccination for the individual or the individual's child. Effective immediately.
Companions: HB 2683 (Refiled from 17R Session)
HCO 44 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P0259 
Bill History: 01-29-19 H Filed
01-30-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health

HB 533   Owlett, Clint
Act providing for the use of certain credentialing applications and for credentialing requirements for health insurers; imposing penalties; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Insurance Department.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 525) The Health Care Practitioner Credentialing Act provides for the use of certain credentialing applications and for credentialing requirements for health insurers; imposes penalties; and confers powers and imposing duties on the Insurance Department. All health insurers licensed to do business in this Commonwealth shall be required to accept the CAQH (Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare) credentialing application or other form designated by the Insurance Department so long as the form is nationally recognized as an appropriate credentialing application when submitted by a health care practitioner for participation in the health insurer's provider panel. All health care practitioners shall use the CAQH or other designated form. An application shall be considered complete if the application is submitted through the CAQH electronic process or other process as designated by the Insurance Department and all required information is provided. Effective in 180 days.
Companions: HCO 286 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P0525 
Bill History: 02-14-19 H Filed
02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health
09-18-19 H Meeting set for 9:00 a.m., Room 205, Ryan O...House Health
09-18-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Health
09-18-19 H Reported as committed from House Health
09-19-19 H First consideration
09-18-19 H Laid on the table
09-18-19 H Set on the Tabled Calendar

HB 891   Rothman, Greg
Amends The Insurance Company Law, in quality health care accountability and protection, further providing for procedures.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 1014) Amends The Insurance Company Law, in quality health care accountability and protection, further providing for procedures. The bill establishes that a managed care plan may not pay a health care provider at a lower rate or place a health care provider in a lower payment tier due to the health care provider's employment status or affiliation, or lack thereof, with a managed care plan, health care network, health care facility or other health care provider. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: HCO1365 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P1014 
Bill History: 03-15-19 H Filed
03-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Insurance

HB 943   Gaydos, Valerie (F)
Act providing for consumer prescription drug pricing disclosure and pharmacy freedom to communicate.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 2089) The Consumer Prescription Drug Pricing and Freedom Disclosure Act provides for consumer prescription drug pricing disclosure and pharmacy freedom to communicate. The bill states a pharmacy or pharmacist shall have the right to provide a covered individual with information concerning the cost of a prescription drug, including the individual's cost share. A pharmacy, pharmacist or contracting agent of a pharmacy or pharmacist may not be prohibited from or penalized by a pharmacy benefits manager or pharmacy services administration organization for discussing said information, disclosing the availability of therapeutically-equivalent alternative medications or selling to the covered individual a more affordable alternative if an affordable alternative is available. A pharmacy benefits manager or pharmacy services administration organization shall not prohibit, restrict or limit written or oral disclosure of contract information by a pharmacist or pharmacy to any state, county or municipal official or before any state, county or municipal committee, body or proceeding. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number: 1587) HB 943 - (PN 1587) The Consumer Prescription Drug Pricing and Freedom Disclosure Act provides for consumer prescription drug pricing disclosure and pharmacy freedom to communicate. The bill states a pharmacy or pharmacist shall have the right to provide a covered individual with information concerning the cost of a prescription drug, including the individual's cost share. A pharmacy, pharmacist or contracting agent of a pharmacy or pharmacist may not be prohibited from or penalized by a pharmacy benefits manager for discussing said information, disclosing the availability of therapeutically equivalent alternative medications or selling to the covered individual a more affordable alternative if an affordable alternative is available. A pharmacy benefits manager shall not prohibit, restrict or limit written or oral disclosure of contract information by a pharmacist or pharmacy to any State, county or municipal official or before any State, county or municipal committee, body or proceeding. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: HCO1732 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P1587  P2089 
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Filed
04-29-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health
06-11-19 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m., Room 205, Ryan O...House Health
06-11-19 H Voted favorably from committee as amended House Health
06-11-19 H Reported as amended House Health
06-11-19 H First consideration
06-11-19 H Rereferred to House Rules
09-17-19 H Reported as committed from House Rules
09-17-19 H Laid on the table
09-19-19 H Set on the Tabled Calendar

HB 1063   Oberlander, Donna
Amends Title 42 (Judiciary), in bases of jurisdiction & interstate and international procedure, further providing for persons & providing for personal jurisdiction in medical professional liability actions.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 1789) Amends Title 42 (Judiciary), in bases of jurisdiction and interstate and international procedure, providing that in addition to the requirements relating to persons, the tribunals of the commonwealth may exercise general personal jurisdiction over a health care provider in a medical professional liability action for a medical professional liability claim only in the county in which the cause of action arose. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: HCO1744 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P1789 
Bill History: 05-08-19 H Filed
05-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Judiciary

HB 1580   Schemel, Paul
Amends the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act, in medical professional liability, further providing for informed consent.
 
PLS Summary: Amends the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act, in medical professional liability, establishing requirements to obtain informed consent. The legislation provides that a physician may delegate the task of obtaining informed consent to a qualified practitioner or rely on information provided by another qualified practitioner to obtain the informed consent of the patient or the patient's authorized representative. The legislation also provides a human research exception to the liability of obtaining informed consent. Effective in 60 days HB 1580 - (PN 2045) Amends the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act, in medical professional liability, establishing requirements to obtain informed consent. The legislation provides that a physician or qualified practitioner performing a surgery, administering radiation, blood transfusion or an experimental medication, or inserting a surgical device may rely on information provided by another qualified practitioner to obtain the informed consent of the patient or the patient's authorized representative. The legislation also provides a human research exception to the liability of obtaining informed consent. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: HCO2074 (M)
SB 761 (Related)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P2045 
Bill History: 06-04-19 H Filed
06-07-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health

HB 1680   Kortz, Bill
Act est. the Physician Retention Loan Forgiveness Program in the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency; and providing for powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 2270) The Physician Retention Loan Forgiveness Act establishes the Physician Retention Loan Forgiveness Program in the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, and provides for powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. The program is proposed to assist with recruitment and retention of physicians by allowing a physician accepted into the program practicing full-time to be reimbursed by an amount up to 100 percent of the total loan for physician training at a rate of 10 percent per year for each year of practice. For part-time practicing physicians, reimbursement will be directly proportional to the number of hours worked of the total loan for physician training based upon a repayment assistance schedule. Also establishes contract obligations for physicians receiving loan forgiveness, including requirements to practice not fewer than 10 full consecutive years in a licensed health care facility in this commonwealth immediately following completion of training, accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, not discriminate against patients based on the ability to pay, permit the agency to monitor compliance with the work requirement, and others. Also provides for disqualification for fraudulent loan forgiveness. Effective in 90 days.
Companions: HB 1133 (Refiled from 17R Session)
HCO 230 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P2270 
Bill History: 06-26-19 H Filed
06-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Education

HB 1722   Neilson, Ed
Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in prescribing opioids to minors, further providing for definitions, for prohibition and for procedure and providing for applicability; and making an editorial change.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 2314) Amends Title 35 (Health and Safety), in prescribing opioids to minors, defining conservative care management as an approach to treating back pain, neck pain and related spinal conditions utilizing nonpharmacological and nonsurgical treatment options, further defining conservative care management specialist as a medical professional that administers conservative care management treatment that is either licensed by the State Board of Medicine or the State Board of Chiropractic; and makes an editorial change to the title of Chapter 52A, replacing the word minors with individuals. The legislation requires a prescriber to assess whether or not the individual has completed a 12-week conservative care management treatment regimen administered by a doctor of chiropractic or other licensed physical medicine and rehabilitation professional, and further requires that if it is determined that the individual has not completed a 12-week conservative care management treatment regimen, the prescriber shall refer the individual to a conservative care management treatment specialist to complete a 12-week conservative care management treatment regimen before issuing a prescription. The legislation also requires that if the individual has completed a 12-week conservative care management treatment regimen, the prescriber shall consult with the individual's conservative care management treatment specialist as soon as practicable to determine if a prescription should be issued, and the reasons provided by the conservative care management treatment specialist as to why a prescription should be issued shall be documented by the prescriber. The legislation provides that the requirements do not apply if a conservative care management specialist recommends to a prescriber the issuance of a prescription for an individual, and that the requirements shall not apply to a prescriber who may prescribe a controlled substance containing an opioid to an individual seeking treatment in an emergency department or urgent care center. Effective in 180 days.
Companions: HCO 299 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P2314 
Bill History: 07-15-19 H Filed
07-16-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Health

HB 1743   Sonney, Curt
Act providing for disclosure of information relating to complaints, investigations and inquiries concerning licenses, registrations, certifications or permits issued by licensing boards & commissions within the BPOA.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 2334) The Professional and Occupational Licensing Information Disclosure Act provides an individual who has a license, registration, certification or permit from a licensing board or commission to practice in the commonwealth may not be required to disclose information to any entity or person relating to a complaint filed with, or investigation or inquiry by, the Department of State or Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs on behalf of any licensing board or commission, when the complaint, investigation or inquiry was closed without the filing of disciplinary charges or the imposition of any type of civil penalty against the individual or the individual's license, registration, certification or permit. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: HCO2271 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P2334 
Bill History: 07-30-19 H Filed
08-16-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Professional Licensure

SB 25   Bartolotta, Camera
Amends the Professional Nursing Law further providing for title, for defs., for State Board, for licenses, for practices, for permits, for graduates, for nurse practitioners, for reporting, continuing education & punishment.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 507) Amends the Professional Nursing Law, further providing for title, for definitions, for State Board of Nursing, for dietitian-nutritionist license required, for unauthorized practices and acts not prohibited, for temporary practice permit, for graduates of schools of other states, territories or Dominion of Canada, for persons entitled to practice, for certified registered nurse practitioners and qualifications, for scope of practice for certified registered nurse practitioners, for prescriptive authority for certified registered nurse practitioners, for Drug Review Committee, for professional liability, for reporting of multiple licensure, for continuing nursing education, for punishment for violations, for refusal, suspension or revocation of license, for reinstatement of license and for injunction or other process; and providing for the expiration of the State Board of Nursing's power to license certified registered nurse practitioners. The bill adds advanced practice registered nurse-certified nurse practitioners to the act, which means a registered nurse licensed in this commonwealth to practice independently in a population focus area in which the registered nurse is certified by a board-recognized national certification program. Effective in 60 days. (Prior Printer Number: 334) SB 25 - (PN 334) Amends the Professional Nursing Law, further providing for title, for definitions, for State Board of Nursing, for dietitian-nutritionist license required, for unauthorized practices and acts not prohibited, for temporary practice permit, for graduates of schools of other states, territories or Dominion of Canada, for persons entitled to practice, for certified registered nurse practitioners and qualifications, for scope of practice for certified registered nurse practitioners, for prescriptive authority for certified registered nurse practitioners, for Drug Review Committee, for professional liability, for reporting of multiple licensure, for continuing nursing education, for punishment for violations, for refusal, suspension or revocation of license, for reinstatement of license and for injunction or other process; and providing for the expiration of the State Board of Nursing's power to license certified registered nurse practitioners. The bill adds advanced practice registered nurse-certified nurse practitioners to the act which means a registered nurse licensed in this Commonwealth to practice independently in a population focus area in which the registered nurse is certified by a board-recognized national certification program. Effective in 60 days
Companions: SCO 119 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P0334  P0507 
Bill History: 02-27-19 S Filed
02-27-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure
03-27-19 S Meeting set for 10:30 a.m., Room 461, Main ...Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure
03-27-19 S Voted favorably from committee as amended Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure
03-27-19 S Reported as amended Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure
03-27-19 S First consideration
06-03-19 S Set on the Senate Calendar
06-03-19 S Second consideration
06-03-19 S Rereferred to Senate Appropriations
06-10-19 S Meeting set for Off the floor, Rules Commit...Senate Appropriations
06-10-19 S Reported as committed from Senate Appropriations
06-12-19 S Set on the Senate Calendar
06-12-19 S EBzLQR81hA0 (00:01:07)
06-12-19 S Third consideration
06-12-19 S Final Passage (Vote: Y: 44/N: 6)
06-14-19 H Received in the House and referred to House Professional Licensure

SB 142   Yaw, Gene
Amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates & Fiduciaries), in general provisions relating to health care; in living wills; in out-of-hospital nonresuscitation, providing for defs., orders, bracelets & necklaces; and making changes.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 117) Amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates & Fiduciaries), in general provisions relating to health care, further providing for applicability, for definitions and for criminal penalties; in living wills, further providing for emergency medical services; in out-of hospital nonresuscitation, further providing for definitions, for orders, bracelets and necklaces, for revocation, for absence of order, bracelet or necklace and for emergency medical services, repealing provisions relating to advisory committee and providing for discontinuance; providing for Pennsylvania orders for life-sustaining treatment; and making editorial changes. The department is required to adopt, and periodically update, a standard Pennsylvania orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) form for health care practitioners to issue a POLST with the voluntary consent of the patient or an authorized surrogate decision maker. POLST registry study and POLST Advisory Committee effective immediately. Remainder of the act effective in 90 days.
Companions: HB 987 (Related)
SCO 28 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P0117 
Bill History: 01-31-19 S Filed
01-31-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services

SB 274   Ward, Judy (F)
Amend the Pharmacy Act further providing for authority to administer injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 225) Amends the Pharmacy Act further providing for authority to administer injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations by requiring the board to establish standards for pharmacists to administer injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations to persons who are more than nine years of age (decreased from 18) by injectable or needle-free delivery methods. The board also shall accept as proof of education and training standards the immunization credentials or a license of an individual who, at the time of filing an application is licensed as a pharmacist and has immunization credentials or a license, if applicable, in another state or territory of the United States. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: HB 1089 (Refiled from 17R Session)
SB 626 (Refiled from 17R Session)
SCO 427 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P0225 
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Filed
02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure

SB 325   Gordner, John
Amends the Professional Nursing Law, providing for the definition of "certified registered nurse anesthetist"; further providing for registered nurse, clinical nurse specialist, use of titles and abbreviations and credentials and fraud.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 307) Amends the Professional Nursing Law providing for the definition of "certified registered nurse anesthetist"; further providing for registered nurse, clinical nurse specialist, use of title and abbreviation "R.N." or "C.N.S." and credentials and fraud; and providing for certified registered nurse anesthetist and qualifications. The bill establishes that an individual who holds a license to practice professional nursing in this Commonwealth who meets the requirements to be a certified registered nurse anesthetist shall have the right to use the title "certified registered nurse anesthetist" and the abbreviation "C.R.N.A." The board may certify a licensed registered nurse as a certified registered nurse anesthetist if the nurse satisfies the requirements. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: SCO 548 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P0307 
Bill History: 02-26-19 S Filed
02-26-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure
06-12-19 S Meeting set for 10:45 a.m., Rules Committee...Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure
06-12-19 S Reported as committed from Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure
06-12-19 S First consideration
06-17-19 S Set on the Senate Calendar
06-17-19 S Second consideration
06-17-19 S Rereferred to Senate Appropriations
06-18-19 S Meeting set for Off the Floor, Rules Commit...Senate Appropriations
06-18-19 S Reported as committed from Senate Appropriations
06-24-19 S Set on the Senate Calendar
06-24-19 S 0Z4fS0QInlA (00:02:26)
06-24-19 S Third consideration
06-24-19 S Final Passage (Vote: Y: 49/N: 0)
06-25-19 H Received in the House and referred to House Professional Licensure

SB 351   Ward, Judy (F)
Amends Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses), in assault, further providing for the offense of aggravated assault.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 341) Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in assault, further providing for the offense of aggravated assault by adding all health care practitioners as a protected class. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: HB 1301 (Related)
SB 632 (Related)
SB 685 (Related)
SB 686 (Related)
SCO 578 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P0341 
Bill History: 03-04-19 S Filed
03-04-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Judiciary
06-05-19 S Meeting set for Off the floor, Rules Commit...Senate Judiciary
06-05-19 S Reported as committed from Senate Judiciary
06-05-19 S First consideration
06-27-19 S Set on the Senate Calendar
06-27-19 S Laid on the table
06-27-19 S Removed from the table
09-23-19 S Set on the Senate Calendar

SB 391   Gordner, John
Amends the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act, further providing for defs., for approval of drugs, for exemptions and exceptions and for violations and penalties; and providing for insurance billing codes.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 374) Amends the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act further providing for definitions, for approval of drugs, for exemptions and exceptions and for violations and penalties; and providing for insurance billing codes. The board may approve drugs for use in the practice of optometry after the drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, as published in the Code of Federal Regulations. The board shall permit externs, who are optometric students (fourth year students requirement is removed), to perform procedures and tests for the sole purpose of instruction and experience under the direct supervision and control of an optometrist. It is unlawful for an optometrist to advertise a prohibited service. An insurance billing code may not be used to define or interpret a procedure performed by an optometrist as surgery. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: SCO 408 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P0374 
Bill History: 03-05-19 S Filed
03-05-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure

SB 566   Yaw, Gene
Amends the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device & Cosmetic Act further providing for PA Safe & Effective Opioid Prescribing Advisory Council and further providing for promulgation of regulations.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 628) Amends the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act further providing for definitions; providing for Pennsylvania Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing Advisory Council; and further providing for promulgation of regulations. The bill establishes the Pennsylvania Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing Advisory Council within the Department of Health. The advisory council shall examine and make recommendations regarding opioid prescribing and dispensing practices and related policies implemented by the department and shall annually issue a report of its activities and recommendations. The department shall promulgate regulations relating to the prescription of opioids consistent with the prescribing guidelines issued by the Advisory Council. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: SCO 172 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P0628 
Bill History: 04-18-19 S Filed
04-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services

SB 639   Phillips-Hill, Kristin (F)
Act providing for consumer prescription drug pricing disclosure, for pharmacy freedom to communicate and for enforcement by the Insurance Department.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 782) The Consumer Prescription Drug Pricing and Freedom Disclosure Act provides for consumer prescription drug pricing disclosure, for pharmacy freedom to communicate and for enforcement by the Insurance Department. The bill states a pharmacy or pharmacist shall have the right to provide a covered individual with information concerning the cost of a prescription drug, including the individual's cost share, nor shall they be penalized for disclosing the availability of therapeutically equivalent alternative medications or selling to the covered individual a more affordable alternative. Effective in 60 days.
Companions: SCO 832 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P0782 
Bill History: 05-13-19 S Filed
05-13-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Banking and Insurance

SB 697   Killion, Thomas
Amends the Medical Practice Act, providing for provision and supervision of anesthesia care.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 834) Amends the Medical Practice Act requiring a physician to supervise the administration of anesthesia. Effective immediately.
Companions: HB 1476 (Identical)
SCO 581 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P0834 
Bill History: 05-31-19 S Filed
05-31-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Consumer Protection & Prof. Licensure

SB 720   Scarnati, Joseph
Amends the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act, in insurance, further providing for joint underwriting association.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 865) Amends the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act adding language requiring the joint underwriting association to submit written estimates to the secretary of the budget as specified under section 615 of the Administrative Code of 1929 and, within 30 days of submission of that report, for an agent from the association to appear at a public hearing of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and the House Insurance Committee. Also requires the association to annually appear before the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to testify as to the fiscal status of the association and make any requests for appropriations. Requires the board of directors to conduct quarterly public meetings to discuss the actuarial and fiscal status of the association. Provides for publicly-accessible information and procurement. Requires the association to comply with the Commonwealth Attorneys Act and to conduct its operations in state-owned facilities. Further provides the association shall be funded through appropriations determined by the General Assembly. Effective in 60 days.
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P0865 
Bill History: 06-04-19 S Filed
06-04-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Banking and Insurance

SB 761   Gordner, John
Amends the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act, in medical professional liability, further providing for informed consent.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 960) Amends the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act, in medical professional liability, establishing requirements to obtain informed consent. The legislation provides that a physician may delegate the task of obtaining informed consent to a qualified practitioner or rely on information provided by another qualified practitioner to obtain the informed consent of the patient or the patient's authorized representative. The legislation also provides a human research exception to the liability of obtaining informed consent. Effective immediately.
Companions: HB 1580 (Related)
SCO 988 (M)
Position: Support
Printer Number(s): P0960 
Bill History: 06-12-19 S Filed
06-12-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Banking and Insurance

SB 822   Schwank, Judy
Act providing for the protection of consumers of health care coverage against surprise balance bills for emergency services and certain covered health care services.
 
PLS Summary: (PN 1128) The Health Insurance Surprise Balance Billing Protection Act establishes protections for when insurers receive a bill from covered emergency service provided by an out-of-network provider; a covered service provided to an insured by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility; when the insured did not know the provider was an out-of-network provider or did not choose to receive the service from the out-of-network provider, and having requested to receive the service from an in-network provider; and a covered service provided to an insured by an out-of-network provider, in conjunction with a health care service for which the insured presented for care to an in-network provider, when the insured did not know the provider was an out-of-network provider or did not choose to receive the service from the out-of-network provider, and requested to receive the service from an in-network provider. The legislation establishes In-network facility notice, and provides exceptions to the act, including when an emergency medical service for which an emergency medical services agency may register with the Department of Health for direct reimbursement. The legislation provides that an out-of-network provider that renders a health care service covered by this act to an insured may not surprise bill the insured for any amount in excess of the cost-sharing amounts that would have been imposed if the health care service had been rendered by an in-network provider; the insurer shall furnish to the out-of-network provider upon request a statement of the applicable in- network provider cost-sharing amounts owed by the insured to the provider; and that the insured shall be responsible for no more than the cost-sharing amounts that would have been due if the health care service had been rendered by an in-network provider. An out-of-network provider may not advance a surprise bill to collection. The legislation establishes an independent dispute resolution process for the purpose of arbitrating disputes between an insurer and a provider for payment for an out-of-network service covered by this act. The legislation provides provisions regarding the assignment of benefits, the surprise bill form, enforcement, penalties, communication to consumers, providers and insurers, and confidentially requirements. The Insurance Department, the Department of Health and the Department of State may each promulgate regulations as may be necessary and appropriate to implement this act. Effective in six months.
Companions: SCO 572 (M)
Position: Opposed
Printer Number(s): P1128 
Bill History: 08-07-19 S Filed
08-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Banking and Insurance


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