Bills Pending Rhode Island Senate Health and Human Services Committee

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RIS0876Intro

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Creates a developmental disabilities ombudsperson program to be administratively attached to the department of administration.
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2021-05-27
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0498Intro

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Create a prescription drug affordability board composed of representatives of affected stakeholders designated to investigate and comprehensively evaluate drug prices for Rhode Islanders and possible ways to reduce them to make them more affordable.
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2021-05-26
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0880Intro

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Provides for a medical assistance rate review process. Further provides for a twenty-four (24) member advisory committee. Pursuant to the act, each provider rate would be reviewed at least once every five (5) years.
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2021-05-20
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0878Intro

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Raises Rhode Island Medicaid primary care payment rates to not less than federal Medicare rates for the same service.
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2021-05-20
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0589Intro

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Authorizes a licensed pharmacist, who successfully completes a course on tobacco cessation therapy, to prescribe and dispense tobacco cessation drug products to a qualified patient pursuant to rules adopted by the board of pharmacy.
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2021-05-13
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0830Intro

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Prohibits the board of medical licensure and discipline from requiring specialty board certification as a condition of licensure and prohibits the denial of reimbursement for refusal to participate in national board certification program.
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2021-05-13
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0488Intro

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Authorizes a pharmacist to prescribe and dispense hormonal contraceptive patches and self-administered oral hormonal contraceptives, provided that the pharmacist has completed a training program approved by the state board of pharmacy.
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2021-05-13
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0490Intro

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Amends the definition of the practice of pharmacy to include the authority to prescribe drugs and devices. The act also provides the conditions for which a pharmacist may prescribe an indicated drug or device.
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2021-05-13
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0859Intro

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Provides that health insurance contributions made by enrollees for cost sharing requirements include those amounts paid by the enrollee or another person on behalf of the enrollee.
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2021-05-13
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0829Intro

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Limits copays, coinsurance or office deductible for services of a physical therapist to the amount authorized for the services of a primary care physician or osteopath.
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2021-05-03
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0482Intro

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Provides that volunteer health practitioners from other states be permitted to provide medical/veterinary services and have limited immunity and be treated as if state employees for workers' compensation purposes during period of declared emergency.
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2021-05-03
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0493Intro

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Expands health services council to twenty-four (24) members and amends hospital conversion act.
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2021-05-03
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0387Intro

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Increases the state board of pharmacy from nine (9) to eleven (11) members by adding two (2) pharmacy technicians.
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2021-05-03
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0714Intro

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Requires retail establishments with 3 or more employees on the premises without accessible public restroom to allow customers suffering from eligible conditions access to their employee restrooms.
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2021-05-03
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0767Intro

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Allows the EOHHS to use appropriated funds to support graduate medical education programs and research and directs the secretary of EOHHS to determine the appropriate Medicaid payment mechanism in order to make the payments annually.
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2021-05-03
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0382Intro

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Provides issuance of occupational licenses for military members and spouses stationed in Rhode Island.
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2021-05-03
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0168Intro

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Requires every individual or group health insurance contract effective on or after January 1, 2022, to provide coverage to the insured and the insured's spouse and dependents for all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices and other products.
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2021-04-29
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0644Intro

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Provides medical assistance coverage for medical services provided qualifying eligible recipients for community based care.
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2021-04-29
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0112Intro

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Allows for the use of electronic monitoring of a resident’s room or private living unit within a nursing home or assisted living facility.
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2021-04-29
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0304Intro

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Protects people with health insurance from surprise medical bills for emergency and other services by requiring a non-participating health care provider to bill an insured party only for a co-payment, or deductible.
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2021-04-29
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0709Intro

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Expands dental insurance coverage, prohibits certain deductions and requires coverage where there is a pre-existing conditions or any earlier treatments. Annual reports must be publicized and filed with the department of health.
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2021-04-29
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0710Intro

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Requires all health insurance providers offering prescription drug benefits to limit person’s out-of-pocket costs to$100 for 30 day supply. Commencing 1/1/22.
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2021-04-29
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0793Intro

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Requires nursing facilities per diem rates to be adjusted every 3 years or the rate shall automatically increase by 3%. Requires Medicaid rates paid to nursing facilities be increased by the same percentage of any minimum wage increase.
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2021-04-29
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0768Intro

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Provides that non profit dental service corporations shall have the power to provide for the administering and/or insuring of vision and optometric programs.
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2021-04-28
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0649Intro

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DOH to develop and publish opioid alternative pamphlet.
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2021-04-15
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0590Intro

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Requires insurance coverage for at minimum ninety (90) days of residential or inpatient services for mental health and/or substance-use disorders for American Society of Addiction Medicine levels of care 3.1 and 3.3.
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2021-04-15
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIH5431Engross

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Requires retail establishments with 3 or more employees on the premises without accessible public restroom to allow customers suffering from eligible conditions access to their employee restrooms.
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2021-04-08
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIH5241Engross

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Authorizes a pharmacist to prescribe and dispense hormonal contraceptive patches and self-administered oral hormonal contraceptives, provided that the pharmacist has completed a training program approved by the state board of pharmacy.
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2021-04-08
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0171Intro

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Establishes within the executive office of health and human services a program, informed by an advisory council, to assure equitable financing and facilitate access to medication for rare diseases.
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2021-04-01
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0650Intro

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Requires department of health to establish an informal dispute resolution to address any changes to department of health violations.
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2021-04-01
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0379Intro

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Requires auditor general to conduct audit of Medicaid programs administered by MCOs.
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2021-04-01
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0303Intro

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Adopts Interstate Compact to Award Prizes for Curing Diseases with a commission established upon enactment by 6 states to award prizes successful disease cures.
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2021-04-01
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0481Intro

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Requires the secretary of the executive office of HHS to increase income disregards, to determine eligibility for certain Medicare cost-sharing programs, by an amount that equalizes the income levels to 185% of the federal poverty level.
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2021-03-24
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0593Intro

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Prohibits physical sex characteristics surgery for children under 12 years of age, except to address an immediate risk of physical harm. Provides for a private course of action for violations with a 10 year statute of limitations.
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2021-03-24
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0386Intro

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Establishes Children's Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund to provide finance assistance to families for medical expenses not covered by state or federal programs or insurance contract.
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2021-03-24
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0492Intro

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Increases the income eligibility limit for medical assistance coverage for seniors and disabled individuals from one hundred percent (100%) to one hundred thirty-three percent (133%) of federal poverty level.
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2021-03-24
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0588Intro

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Expands the rights of physician assistants with regard to their practice and prohibits non-compete clauses that exceed five years with regard to the purchase and sale of a practice.
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2021-03-22
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0483Intro

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Provides for consumer protection in eye care services by developing standards and enforcement protocols related to the utilization of assessment mechanisms in the provision of eye care services.
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2021-03-22
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0499Intro

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Creates the Wholesale Prescription Drug Importation Program which allows for the wholesale importation of prescription drugs from Canada by or on behalf of the state.
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2021-03-18
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0592Intro

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Updates and revises the current law on pharmacy benefit managers and prescription drug pricing including establishing maximum allowable cost limits and providing for amended administrative appeal procedures.
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2021-03-18
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0167Intro

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Prohibits the state, ERISA or any health plans to purchase referenced drugs for a cost higher than the referenced rate.
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2021-03-18
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0496Intro

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Allows for modification of drug coverage pursuant to a health benefit plan as long as the modification occurs at the time of renewal, is effective among all health benefit plans which are at least substantially identical, and written notice is provid...
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2021-03-18
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0166Intro

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Provides that pharmacists shall disclose lesser price drug substitutions unless directed otherwise by the doctor. Exempts pharmacists automatically charging the lowest available price.
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2021-03-16
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIH5077Engross

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Creates the "Neil Fachon Terminally Ill Patients' Right To Try Act of 2021," which establishes the conditions for the use of experimental treatments for terminally ill patients.
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2021-03-09
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0233Intro

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Establishes a universal, comprehensive, affordable single-payer health care insurance program which shall be referred to as, "the Rhode Island Comprehensive Health Insurance Program" (RICHIP)
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2021-03-04
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0486Intro

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Requires individual health insurers, large group health insurers and small employer health insurers to provide coverage for ten (10) categories of essential health benefits listed in the act.
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2021-03-04
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0230Intro

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Senate Resolution Creating A Special Legislative Commission To Study And Assess The Implementation Of Medicare-for-all Single Payer Program In Rhode Island
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2021-03-04
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0049Intro

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Senate Resolution Respectfully Requesting The Rhode Island State Auditor General To Conduct Or Oversee A Study Or Audit On The Privatization Of Rhode Island's Medicaid Programs
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2021-03-04
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0491Intro

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Allows hospital and nursing home patients and residents of group homes to designate one person to safely visit during any public health emergency or other state of emergency, where visitation rights are suspended.
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2021-03-04
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0111Intro

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Provides a statutory framework for the licensing and regulation of genetic counselors.
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2021-02-11
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
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