2020 REGULAR SESSION

HEALTH CARE

TRACKING SHEET

UPDATED WITH APRIL 15, 2020 ACTIONS 

(You can access a summary & text of the bill by clicking on the Bill Number)

 

Bill Number

Bill Sponsor

Summary

Last Action

SENATE BILLS

SB20

D. Carroll

Originally dealing with assisted living communities amended to include provisions for ophthalmic dispensing regulations, massage therapists regulations, and additional criteria for centralized credentialing for Medicaid

04/14/20 - received in Senate

SB23

P. Wheeler

Establish the insulin assistance program

02/26/20 - reassigned to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB29

S. Meredith

Require Medicaid MCOs to provide all payment schedules utilized to reimburse health care providers to the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee and require that services provided in rural counties be reimbursed at least at the median amount paid to an urban health care provider within the nearest metropolitan statistical area

01/16/20 - to Health & Welfare (S)

SB30

S. Meredith

Limit the number of managed care organization (MCO) contracts to operate the Medicaid program to three.

03/19/20 - returned to Health and Family Services (H)

SB33

R. Thomas

Require health insurance policies to apply the fair market value of covered health care services received by a covered person at a no-cost or reduced-cost health facility to any deductible or out-of-pocket maximum owed by the covered person under the policy

01/13/20 - reassigned to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB34

S. Meredith

Prohibit the cabinet or a MCO from instituting copayments, cost sharing, or similar charges to be paid by any medical assistance recipients and prohibit copayments to be charged in the Kentucky Children`s Health Insurance Program.

01/08/20 - to Health & Welfare (S)

SB41

R. Alvarado

Prohibit non-compete agreements for certain health-care providers.

01/15/20 - to Judiciary (S)

SB50

M. Wise

Medicaid Pharmacy Carve Out bill

03/27/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 70)

SB54

A. Kerr

Mandated coverage for medically necessary fertility preservation services.

01/08/20 - to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB56

R. Alvarado

Regulating the sale of tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products.

03/26/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 35)

SB61

J. Higdon

Require health benefit plan coverage of long-term antibiotic therapy for covered persons with Lyme disease

01/08/20 - to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB69

P. Wheeler

Cap the cost-sharing requirements for prescription insulin at $100 per 30-day supply

01/08/20 - to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB70

W. Westerfield

Prohibit certain practices by insurers in the negotiation and offer of provider contracts for health plans and MCOs

01/08/20 - to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB90

S. Meredith

Prohibit discrimination against medical care providers who decline to perform procedures that violate their conscience

03/17/20 - recommitted to Judiciary (S)

SB100

S. Meredith

Limit the amounts recoverable for medical costs in tort actions

01/31/20 - reassigned to Judiciary (S)

SB102

R. Mills

Omnibus changes to operations at CHFS

03/27/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 36)

SB105

P. Clark

Relating to the regulation of cannabis

01/24/20 - to Appropriations & Revenue (S)

SB108

S. Humphries

Relating to jail health care operations, to remove the prohibition that an entity that provides medical, dental, psychological, or pharmacy services to the Department of Corrections and local jails cannot also provide claims management or plan evaluation services.

01/29/20 - to Judiciary (S)

SB118

R. Thomas

Cap the cost-sharing requirements for prescription insulin at $100 per 30-day supply

02/19/20 - floor amendment (1) filed

SB125

T. Buford

Athletic trainer scope of practice and licensure

03/27/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 61)

SB123

A. Kerr

CHFS reorganization

03/11/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 9)

SB136

R. Mills

Originally dealt with home health care aides and was amended in the process to add language for taxation of disaster relief workers and to address COVID matters including getting advice from health care workers, impact state government contracting, and to extend various administrative actions during state of emergency

04/15/20 - to Rules (S)

SB150

R. Alvarado

Originally relating to out-of-network billing, House added COVID-19 Relief provisions

03/30/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 73)

SB181

R. Thomas

Adopts federal health care reform provisions on pre existing conditions

02/20/20 - to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB194

R. Girdler

Requires health insurers to pay for surprise medical bills, prohibits balanced bills

02/24/20 - to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB236

P. Hornback

Enact and enter into the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact

03/04/20 - to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S)

SB240

R. Girdler

Enact and enter into the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact

03/04/20 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

SB248

R. Alvarado

Shell bill related to health services

03/05/20 - to Health & Welfare (S)

SB265

W. Schroder

Surprise billing proposal requires providers give a good faith estimate

03/06/20 - to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB274

M. McGarvey

Mandated health insurance coverage for air ambulance services

03/06/20 - to Banking & Insurance (S)

SB284

M. McGarvey

Mandated health insurance benefit for breast cancer treatment

03/06/20 - to Banking & Insurance (S)

SENATE RESOLUTIONS

SJr5

T. Buford

Direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to create a task force to study prescription drug transparency and affordability.

01/08/20 - to Health & Welfare (S)

SJr35

J. Adams

Direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish the Task Force on Services for Persons with Brain Injuries; establish duties of the task force; establish members of the task force; require a report to the Legislative Research Commission by December 1, 2020; cease the task force by December 31, 2020, unless otherwise authorized by the General Assembly.

03/17/20 - posted in committee

SJr173

J. Adams

Direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to create the Task Force on Exceptional Support Waiver Services; require a report to the Governor, General Assembly, and the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare, and Family Services by August 1, 2021.

03/17/20 - posted in committee

SJr246

M. McGarvey

Direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to assess Kentucky’s preparedness to address the corona virus and report to the General Assembly.

03/06/20 - to Health & Welfare (S)

HOUSE BILLS

HB1

D. Meade

Omnibus public assistance reform impacting Medicaid and SNAP

03/18/20 - returned to Health & Welfare (S)

HB3

C. McCoy

Related to comparative fault actions

03/19/20 - to Judiciary (S)

HB5

D. Meade

Enact and enter into the Solemn Covenant of the States to Award Prizes for Curing Diseases Interstate Compact

03/11/20 - recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

HB8

R. Rothenburger

Establish the Medicaid ground ambulance service provider assessment; require ground ambulance service providers to pay a Medicaid ambulance service provider assessment quarterly

04/14/20 - delivered to Governor

HB11

D. Bentley

Establish a voluntary non-opioid directive form and require a practitioner to determine if a patient has filed a voluntary non-opioid directive through KASPER

01/07/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB12

D. Bentley

Amend KRS 304-17A.148 to cap the cost sharing requirements for prescription insulin at $100 per 30 day supply; EFFECTIVE January 1, 2021.

04/15/20 - recommitted to Banking & Insurance (S)

HB21

P. Minter

Related to preexisting conditions and amends various health insurance statutory provisions

02/28/20 - floor amendment (2) filed

HB32

J. Miller

Impose an excise tax on vapor products and amended to create a Small Business COVID Recovery Rask Force

04/15/20 - posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute (2) and committee amendment (2-title)

HB42

G. Brown Jr

Establish the rural hospital organization donation tax credit

01/07/20 - to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

HB71

D. Bentley

Require a practitioner to offer a prescription for naloxone or similar for the reversal of opioid depression when prescribing an opioid and delete reference to Schedule III controlled substances containing hydrocodone and to add issues that a practitioner is required to discuss with a patient prior to prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance to a patient

01/07/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB74

R. Wiederstein

Require Kentucky hospitals to annually survey employees regarding patient safety culture and practices with the results to be publicly reported on a Web site maintained by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

01/07/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB75

R. Wiederstein

Relating to community healthcare foundations by providing for the approval and oversight of not-for-profit hospital, health maintenance organization, and healthcare insurer conversions, and declaring an emergency.

01/07/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB83

R. Wiederstein

Omnibus changes to Certificate of Need laws

01/07/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB94

C. Massey

Changes to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure administrative hearings process and require random selection for teacher tribunals

02/21/20 - to Judiciary (S)

HB99

D. Osborne

$50 million loan for UofL to purchase Jewish Hospital

03/25/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 33)

HB100

R. Rothenburger

Allow a fiscal court to levy a fee on certain units for the provision of emergency medical services; define units subject to fee; require fee to be placed on tax bill;

01/15/20 - posted in committee

HB110

W. Thomas

Enact and enter into the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact with all other jurisdictions that legally join the compact

01/07/20 - to Licensing, Occupations, & Admin Regs (H)

HB117

N. Kulkarni

Require that dental and optometric services provided to Medicaid recipients ages 21 and over be the same as those provided to eligible children ages 21 and under

01/07/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB118

D. Bentley

Amend KRS 202A.011 to expand the definition of qualified mental health professional to include a licensed pharmacist who is board certified as a psychiatric pharmacist.

01/07/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB129

K. Moser

Establish the amount of funds to be allocated to and used by local health departments for employment, services, and programs and establish new requirements of allowable fees

03/17/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 21)

HB135

S. Sheldon

Require the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to promulgate administrative regulations relating the prescribing of controlled substances by physician assistants

03/27/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 39)

HB136

J. Nemes

Permit and regulate medicinal marijuana

03/02/20 - to Judiciary (S)

HB144

R. Wiederstein

Establish a low-volume surgery requirement and registry for hospitals and surgeons in the Commonwealth.

01/07/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB153

K. Moser

Establish the Kentucky Mental Health First Aid Training Program to be administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

03/27/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 69)

HB158

B. Wheatley

Ban the sale, purchase, and distribution of flavored vapor products in the Commonwealth including online transactions

01/07/20 - to Judiciary (H)

HB179

C. Stevenson

Surprise billing proposal that requires payment at lesser of UCR or billed charges

01/07/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB198

C. Stevenson

Mandated benefit for health insurance and Medicaid for coverage for chronic pain treatments

01/09/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB202

D. Lewis

Require the pain management facility to report on pill counts to the electronic system for monitoring controlled substances

01/10/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB205

K. Moser

Establish an individual income tax credit for Kentucky-licensed physicians who, as voluntary preceptors, administer at least three core clinical rotations for certain medical students

01/10/20 - to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

HB206

K. Moser

Require vision testing for operator`s license renewal;

01/10/20 - to Transportation (H)

HB217

W. Thomas

Include selling or fitting of hearing instruments in the definition of the practice of audiology

01/10/20 - to Licensing, Occupations, & Admin Regs (H)

HB218

W. Thomas

Enact and enter into the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact

01/10/20 - to Licensing, Occupations, & Admin Regs (H)

HB248

D. Bentley

Prohibit manufacturers and wholesalers of off-patent or generic prescription drugs from engaging in unrestricted price increases

01/15/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB249

D. Bentley

Related to diabetes drugs: restricting cost sharing by insurers, requiring transparency by PBMs and manufacturers

01/21/20 - posted in committee

HB282

N. Tate

Require that a parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor be informed of an intent to withhold life-prolonging treatment before an order is instituted

01/21/20 - to Judiciary (H)

HB286

R. Webber

Relating to the prescriptive authority of advanced practice registered nurses.

03/17/20 - recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

HB310

R. Wiederstein

Make non-compete provisions in advance practice nurse practitioner, physician, and osteopath employment contracts void and unenforceable

01/27/20 - to Judiciary (H)

HB338

K. Hinkle

Establish the Kentucky addiction prevention, recovery, and enforcement fund

01/30/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB344

K. Moser

Adds permissions for licensure boards to KASPER

03/17/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 20)

HB351

S. Rudy

Biennial Revenue bill

04/15/20 - delivered to Secretary of State

HB352

S. Rudy

Biennial Executive Branch Budget

04/15/20 - delivered to Secretary of State

HB357

D. Frazier

Require reciprocity of certification or licensure for anyEMS who is a member of the United States military

03/17/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 15)

HB372

D. Bentley

Exempt prescription incontinence products from sales tax

02/05/20 - to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

HB373

R. Wiederstein

Provide for an all-payer claims database

02/06/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB386

S. Lewis

Increase the time limit from 1 year to 4 years that local governments may contract for ambulance services with private entities

02/27/20 - to State & Local Government (S)

HB387

D. Bentley

Establish the rural hospital operations and facilities revolving loan fund amended to allow budget flexibility for the Governor to acquire PPE

04/15/20 - delivered to Governor

HB389

K. Moser

Prohibition of UR on medication for drug and alcohol�treatment.

03/17/20 - recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

HB398

S. Sheldon

Omnibus regulation of PBM`s and pharmacy benefits offered by a health plan or MCO

02/10/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB399

S. Sheldon

Regulation of pharmacy audits conducted by health plans or MCOs

02/10/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB400

S. Sheldon

Regulation of pharmacy affiliates of PBMs, MCOs, or health plans

02/10/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB421

K. Moser

Amend membership of Advisory Council for Medical Assistance.

04/01/20 - returned to Health & Welfare (S)

HB423

S. Sheldon

Prohibit certain conduct of health plans and pharmacy benefit managers related to the coverage of certified insulin

02/14/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB435

S. Sheldon

Mandated benefit for lyme disease treatment coverage and physician immunity

03/17/20 - recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

HB439

R. Rothenburger

Establishing standards for a certificate of need for ambulance service providers

03/03/20 - posted in committee

HB445

T. Burch

Puts restrictions on medicare supplement policies including medicare supplement

02/21/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB462

D. Bentley

Establish certain insurance practices relating to the reimbursement of pharmacists

02/24/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB474

K. Moser

Changes to nursing professions

03/17/20 - recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

HB477

B. Rowland

Requires MCOs to participate in individual health insurance market

02/26/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB481

K. Moser

Regulate advertising for legal services

02/26/20 - to Judiciary (H)

HB489

N. Kulkarni

Civil immunity for optometrists

02/27/20 - to Judiciary (H)

HB496

C. McCoy

Relating to genetic and genetic-related medical testing

03/19/20 - to Health & Welfare (S)

HB501

M. Prunty

Prohibit discrimination against medical care providers who decline to perform procedures that violate their conscience

02/28/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB502

K. Moser

Establish the Controlled Substance Prescribing Review and Enforcement Advisory Council to advise state licensing boards charged with enforcing prescribing practices

03/03/20 - posted in committee

HB519

M. Sorolis

Require health benefits plans to cover epinephrine auto-injectors for persons 18 years of age and under; cap cost-sharing at $50 and adjust every 5 years for inflation

03/02/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB532

A. Gentry

Require health benefit plans to provide coverage for prosthetic and orthotic devices and require health insurers to have providers in the network

03/02/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB534

M. Cantrell

Establish limitations on commissions, benefits, bonuses, rebates, kickbacks and bribes relating to health care services by any person including any provider or health care facility

03/02/20 - to Judiciary (H)

HB543

K. Moser

Remove mental health parity exclusion and require mental health parity coverage for nonquantitative treatment limitations that is in compliance with federal law

03/02/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB549

C. Massey

Change the definition of "limited X-ray machine operator" and "medical imaging technologist."

03/04/20 - to Licensing, Occupations, & Admin Regs (H)

HB564

D. Frazier

Require the cabinet consolidate all home and community-based waiver application processes under the Department for Medicaid Services and require certain benefits be provided

04/15/20 - delivered to Governor

HB571

C. Freeland

Allow for Medicaid recipients to be able to have a direct primary care membership agreement

03/04/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB573

S. Lee

Require a health care facility to annually perform workplace safety and workplace violence assessments and have a workplace safety and workplace violence education program

03/09/20 - posted in committee

HB588

P. Minter

Establish premium rate requirements for health benefit plans originally issued on or after January 1, 2014 and require health benefit plans to continue to make coverage available for adult children until the age of 26 and to cover preventive services

03/04/20 - to Banking & Insurance (H)

HB590

J. Graviss

Mental health carve out for Medicaid

03/04/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB608

S. Sheldon

Require the Department for Medicaid Services to set or create pharmacy benefit reimbursement rates

03/04/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB609

S. Sheldon

Permit the Department for Medicaid Services to deny a contract between a pharmacy benefit manager and a pharmacy or an entity which contracts on behalf of a pharmacy.

03/04/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HB620

K. Moser

Establish the Controlled Substance Prescribing Review and Enforcement Advisory Council to provide advice, guidance, and recommendations to state licensing boards charged with enforcing and reviewing prescribing practices

03/04/20 - to Licensing, Occupations, & Admin Regs (H)

HOUSE RESOLUTIONS

HCr4

R. Wiederstein

Urge the United States Congress to enact the Lower Health Care Costs Act.

01/07/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HCr5

D. Bentley

Urge federal policymakers to expedite research regarding the safety and efficacy of the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

03/09/20 - signed by Governor (Acts ch. 6)

HJr108

K. Moser

Direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to create the Task Force on Exceptional Support Waiver Services; require a report to the Governor, General Assembly, and the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare, and Family Services by August 1, 2021.

02/27/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HCr111

R. Wiederstein

Create the Task Force on Alternative Reimbursement Payment Models for Rural Hospitals to consider alternative methods of helping rural hospitals in Kentucky address the challenges they face in continuing to provide access to health care services to their communities, improving health care outcomes, and increasing financial sustainability; establish membership and duties of the task force; submit any findings by December 1, 2020.

02/28/20 - to Health and Family Services (H)

HJr123

K. Moser

Direct the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to gather data from all licensed healthcare facilities, healthcare workers and healthcare professional associations to assess the status of health workplace safety in the Commonwealth and policies and programs currently in place to create and maintain safe and nonviolent health workplace settings; require reports to the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare, and Family Services.

03/17/20 - recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)

HR126

K. Moser

Encourage Kentucky institutions such as colleges, universities, and hospitals to create tuition benefit, loan forgiveness, or other incentivizing programs in order to improve health care in critical care access and health professional shortage areas.

03/12/20 - to Education (H)

HR135

K. Moser

Encourage the Legislative Research Commission to establish the Kentucky Emergency Preparedness Task Force; establish membership and duties of the task force; require findings to be submitted by Dec. 1, 2020.

04/15/20 - adopted by voice vote