04/14/2017 April 17, 2017 Weekly Legislative Update
“This is like dead week in college.”Sen. Brian Boquist, chair of the Senate Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee sums up the atmosphere in the Capitol Building.
The Big Deal this Week
Deadline for Committees to Hold Work Sessions on First Chamber Measures
April 18 – This is the last day for policy committees to move measures introduced in their chamber (i.e. Senate bills in the Senate, House bills in the House) out of committee. The deadline does not apply to Ways & Means, Revenue, Rules, and other joint committees.
HB 2339, which bans balance billing by tying out-of-network provider reimbursement to medicare for non-emergency care and to a federal CMS formula for emergency care, passed the House on a 35-22 vote. This bill was strongly opposed by OMA, OR-ACEP and other professional associations for physicians. The bill now heads to the Senate.
HB 2122 CCO Reform, passes House Health Care Committee on a partisan vote. The amended bill requires new CCOs to be 501c, grandfathers existing ones, requires all governance meetings under public meeting laws except for exec session, requires CCOs to spend reserves on behalf of community health improvement plans and social determinants of health. The bill will go into effect in 2019.
HB 3555, psychologist prescribing, passed the House Health Care Committee on unanimous vote. The committee adopted amendments which would increase clinical training from 2 months to 12 and increase membership on the oversight committee from 7-9 members, including an increase by one (to four) physicians and decrease by one the number of psychologists (to three), with one pharmacologist and one consumer. The bill now heads to Ways and Means. This bill is strongly opposed by OMA, Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association and other professional associations for physicians.
SB 934, investments in primary care, is up for a work session on Tuesday, April 18. Amendments to refine the proposal are still in Legislative Counsel.
News of the Week
Oregon budget hangs on May Revenue Forecast
Rep. Buehler contests ethics charge
Congressional members receive an earful at town halls
Health-Related Bill hearings and other activities
PH (Public Hearing) WS (Work Session and committee vote)
Status Report: Bills still in play
HB 2306, HB 2308, OHA Aid and Assist Bills (WS)
SB 2387 Price thresholds on Rx(WS)
HB 2524 OHA Loans to hospitals for primary care residencies WS (Revenue)
HB 3262 Psychotropic medications WS
SB 2 Distracted driving WS
HB 2597 Distracted driving WS
HB 2644 Vitamin K PH/WS
SB 860 DCBS investigations for mental health parity WS
HB 2300 Cost of mental health drugs for OHP patients WS
HB 2302 CCO reports on total medical costs allowed to primary care WS
HB 2408 SBHC investments/access to trauma-informed approaches WS
HB 2897 Prohibits denial of reimbursement for covered services b/c provided by OON provider WS
HB 3085 Health Care WorkForce Fund WS
SB 215 Rare disease registry and orders WS
HB 2836 Study of integrated and coordinated health care for OHP PH/WS
HB 3261 Provider incentives/uniform application for programs WS
HB 3355 Psychologist prescribing WS
HB 3391 Reproductive health equity WS
HB 3080 Health Care Workforce WS (sent to Revenue)
HB 2122 CCO Reform WS
HB 3352 Evaluation of behavioral health services for children WS (sent to Ways and Means)
Note: Bills in revenue, rules and ways and means committee remain in play until sine die.
Scheduled for a public hearing/work session
Monday, April 17
HB 3135 OHP coverage of long-acting, reversible contraceptives post-labor/delivery
HB 3090 ED release guidelines WS
HB 3091 Continuity of care for patients in behavioral health crisis WS
HB 2518 PDMP/Naloxone reporting WS
HB 3440 Opioid Task Force/OHA Guidelines for PDMP to monitor prescribing practices WS
SB 868 Extreme risk protection orders PH/WS
SB 48 Continuing education for suicide risk WS
SB 49 Aid and Assist WS
SB 833 Referral to peer-support services WS *amendments forthcoming
SB 944 Behavioral Health Advisory Council WS
HB 3418 Ties provider reimbursement for PEBB members to Medicare WS
Tuesday, April 18
HB 3063 Housing for people with mental illness WS
HB 2129 Wrongful death PH/WS
SB 934 Investments in Primary Care WS
SB 1054 Certificate of Need for psychiatric hospitals PH/WS
SB 793 RX price reporting WS
SB 233 CCO reform WS
SB 235 Retail tobacco licensure WS
SB 808 Newborn Screening WS
Thursday, April 20
SB 1046 Health Care for All Oregon Board PH
HB 270 Opioid RX Limits WS (This was being held as a placeholder/no longer needed.)
SB 914 Prohibits mandating immunizations as condition of employment WS
HB 2620 Assault on hospital workers WS (Bill held by order of the Speaker.)
Thing to Know: Firearms in the Capitol
On Monday, April 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold public hearings and work sessions on several gun-related bills. Some members of the public will be openly carrying and per standard procedure, there will be an increased presence of uniformed police. Per ORS 166.370(3)(d), it is legal to carry firearms (both concealed and open carry) in the Capitol building and on the grounds, provided the carrier has an Oregon concealed handgun license (CHL).
For more information about the legislative process, please contact Katy King.