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HB348SicklesRequires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance provision for the payment of medical assistance on behalf of individuals described in 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) who are under 65 years of age and not otherwise eligible for medical assistance and whose household income does not exceed 133 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of that size. The bill provides that such provision shall expire on December 31 of any year in which the federal medical assistance percentage for such individuals falls below the percentages set forth in 42 C.F.R. § 433.10(c)(6).02/13/18 H Left in RulesNNYN
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HB368RushDirects the Commissioner of Insurance to apply to the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a waiver of the requirement that individual health benefit plans cover all of the essential health benefits required by § 1302(a) of the Affordable Care Act.02/13/18 H Left in RulesNNYN
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HB385HabeebProvides that, in any case, a health care provider may only charge a patient or the patient's attorney, executor or administrator, or authorized insurer a reasonable fee on an hourly basis for such health care provider's actual time spent at or preparing for (i) a meeting related to pending or probable litigation, (ii) a trial, or (iii) a deposition. The bill further specifies that such fee shall not be more than the amount of actual lost revenue incurred due to such time spent at or preparing for such meeting, trial, or deposition.02/15/18 H Left in Courts of JusticeNNYN
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HB452YanceyProvides that a prescriber initiating a new course of treatment to a human patient that includes the prescribing of opioids, anticipated at the onset of treatment to last more than seven consecutive days, shall not be required to request information about the patient from the Prescription Monitoring Program if the purpose of the prescription is the management of pain associated with fibromyalgia, provided that management of the patient's pain through means other than the prescription of opioids has been unsuccessful.02/13/18 H Left in Health, Welfare and InstitutionsNNYN
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HB456SUPPORTFiller-CornRepeals provisions authorizing an obligee to petition for and a circuit court to order the suspension of any state-issued license to engage in a health care profession or occupation when an obligor is delinquent or in default in the payment of a federally guaranteed or state-guaranteed educational loan or work-conditional scholarship.02/13/18 H Left in Health, Welfare and InstitutionsNNYN
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HB499Monitor
Bell, Robert B.
Requires the Board of Nursing to adopt regulations governing identification badges of health professionals licensed, registered, or certified by the Board who practice in hospital emergency departments, psychiatric and mental health units and programs, or health care facility units offering treatment of patients in custody of state or local law-enforcement agencies that provide for display of only the first name and first letter of the last name, as well as the title, of such health professional.02/06/18 H Stricken from docket by Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N)NNYN
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HB503MullinAdds the following individuals to the list of individuals to whom the Director of the Department of Health Professions (the Director) may disclose information about a specific recipient contained in the Prescription Monitoring Program: (i) a physician licensed in the Commonwealth or another state who is performing an evaluation of the recipient's fitness for work or to return to work in a safety-sensitive position, as defined by the recipient's employer, at the request of the recipient's employer and (ii) a physician licensed in the Commonwealth or another state who is performing an evaluation of the recipient's fitness for work at a place of employment with a written drug-free workplace policy following an offer of employment but prior to hiring the recipient, upon request of the employer and when the request is consistent with the employer's written drug-free workplace policy. In both cases, the bill requires that the information be requested and released only for the purpose of establishing the recipient's treatment history and that notice be made, in a manner specified by the Director in regulation, to the recipient that information from the Prescription Monitoring Program may be requested and received by the physician performing the fitness for work or return to work evaluation.02/13/18 H Left in Health, Welfare and InstitutionsNNYN
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HB578BloxomReduces the amount of the tax credit from 65 percent of the value of donations to neighborhood organizations for taxable years 2012 through 2017 to (i) 60 percent of such donations for taxable year 2018, (ii) 55 percent of such donations for taxable year 2019, and (iii) 50 percent of such donations for taxable years 2020 and thereafter.02/13/18 H Left in FinanceNNYN
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HB659SUPPORTMurphyProhibits an out-of-state degree-granting postsecondary school from providing distance learning from a location outside of the Commonwealth to Virginia students unless such postsecondary school participates in an interstate distance learning reciprocity agreement entered into by the Council.02/05/18 H Continued to 2019 in EducationNNNN
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HB673DavisEstablishes the Transitional Medical Assistance Services Program (the Program) to provide medical assistance services to individuals transitioning from the Commonwealth's program for medical assistance services pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act to self-sufficiency. The bill sets out eligibility criteria for participation in the Program, including annual premium payments, and requires the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to develop a plan for implementation of the Program by December 1, 2018. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2019.02/13/18 H Left in RulesNNYN
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HB791SUPPORTPoggeExcludes school nurse positions from requirements for student support positions and instead requires each local school board to employ at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position in each elementary school, middle school, and high school in the local school division or at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position per 550 students in grades kindergarten through 12.02/13/18 H Left in AppropriationsNNYN
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HB793SUPPORTRobinson Eliminates the requirement for a practice agreement with a patient care team physician for nurse practitioners who have been licensed as a nurse practitioner by the Boards of Medicine and Nursing, graduated from a nurse practitioner educational program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, completed at least five years of full-time clinical experience as a licensed, certified nurse practitioner, and submitted an attestation from his patient care team physician stating that the patient care team physician routinely practices in the same specialty practice category as the nurse practitioner and that the nurse practitioner meets the requirements for practice without a practice agreement. The bill establishes title protection for advanced practice registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives. The bill contains technical amendments.03/01/18 H EnrolledYYNN
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HB954Adams, D.M.Establishes the Commission for a Healthy Virginia to (i) support the mission and vision of a healthy Virginia, (ii) define measurable outcomes that build community competence around health and well-being, and (iii) make policy recommendations for improving the health and well-being of the people of the Commonwealth.02/13/18 H Left in RulesNNYN
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HB1046SUPPORT HB791TorianExcludes school nurse positions from requirements for student support positions and instead requires each local school board to employ at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position in each elementary school, middle school, and high school in the local school division and at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position per 550 students in grades kindergarten through 12.02/13/18 H Left in EducationNNYN
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HB1088Boysko Requires the Board of Health to include in its regulations governing licensed hospitals a requirement that every hospital with an emergency department establish protocols to ensure that security personnel of the emergency department, if any, receive training appropriate to the populations served by the emergency department, which may include training in identifying and safely addressing situations involving patients and others who pose a risk of harm to themselves or others due to mental illness or who are experiencing a mental health crisis.03/02/18 H EnrolledYYNN
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HB1107YanceyCreates the Medicaid Legacy Fund (the Fund), to consist of all federal and state Medicaid funds, including any funds made available as enhanced match under 42 U.S.C. § 1396d(y). Moneys in the Fund shall be used for paying the cost of medical assistance services. Moneys remaining in the Fund at the end of the fiscal year shall be deposited in the Medicaid Legacy Investment Fund and invested, and proceeds shall be disbursed to and deposited in the Fund at the beginning of the next fiscal year to be used to pay a portion of the cost of medical assistance services. The amount of revenue appropriated by the General Assembly in any year in which funds are disbursed from the Medicaid Legacy Investment Fund to the Fund shall be reduced by the amount transferred from the Medicaid Legacy Investment Fund to the Fund. The bill directs the Board of the Virginia Retirement System to manage the Medicaid Legacy Investment Fund. The bill also provides that upon adoption of any measure expanding eligibility for medical assistance services to include individuals described in 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII), the Secretary of Health and Human Resources shall apply for a waiver to allow the Commonwealth to receive federal funds for medical assistance services as an annual payment at the beginning of each fiscal year.02/13/18 H Left in RulesNNYN
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HB1108YanceyDirects the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to apply for a waiver pursuant to § 1115 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1315, to allow the Commonwealth to receive the federal medical assistance percentage for the provision of medical assistance pursuant to the state plan for medical assistance, any Medicaid waiver, or 42 U.S.C. § 1396d(y) as an annual payment at the beginning of each fiscal year upon adoption of any measure expanding eligibility for medical assistance services to individuals described in 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII).02/13/18 H Left in RulesNNYN
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HB1114SUPPORT
VanValkenburg
Provides that the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, the Department of Health Professions, the Board of Accountancy, and the Board of Education shall not be authorized to suspend or revoke the license, certificate, registration, permit, or authority it has issued any person who is in default or delinquent in the payment of a federal-guaranteed or state-guaranteed educational loan or work-conditional scholarship solely on the basis of such default or delinquency.02/26/18 G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 5, 2018YYNN
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HB1254SUPPORT HB791ThomasExcludes school nurse positions from requirements for student support positions and instead requires each local school board to employ at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position in each elementary school, middle school, and high school in the local school division and at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position per 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12.02/13/18 H Left in EducationNNYN
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HB1389AirdRequires the Department of Health to approve one or more entities to certify community health workers in the Commonwealth and prohibits a person from using or assuming the title of community health worker unless he is certified by an entity approved by the Department.02/13/18 H Left in Health, Welfare and InstitutionsNNYN
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HB1538StolleDirects the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to apply for a waiver to allow for transformation of the Commonwealth's existing program of medical assistance services through the implementation of a person-centered model of medical assistance services that improves outcomes and reduces costs by (i) integrating medical and behavioral health care, (ii) implementing a value-based payment model, and (iii) promoting personal choice and responsibility, including cost-sharing and incentives that encourage healthy behaviors, prevention, and wellness. Such waiver may include provisions for an aggregate cap on federal funds for a specified period of time with adequate tools to manage state financing of the program. The Secretary of Health and Human Resources shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the status of the waiver by December 1, 2018.02/13/18 H Left in RulesNNYN
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SB158EdwardsRequires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance provision for the payment of medical assistance on behalf of individuals described in 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) who are under 65 years of age and not otherwise eligible for medical assistance and whose household income does not exceed 133 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of that size. The bill provides that such provision shall expire on December 31 of any year in which the federal medical assistance percentage for such individuals falls below the percentages set forth in 42 C.F.R. § 433.10(c)(6).01/25/18 S Incorporated by Education and Health (SB572-Hanger) (15-Y 0-N)NNYN
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SB162EdwardsCreates Marketplace Virginia, which will be established and operated by a new division within the State Corporation Commission (SCC). Marketplace Virginia shall facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans and qualified dental plans to qualified individuals and qualified employers, making qualified plans available to qualified individuals and qualified employers. The bill authorizes the SCC to review and approve accident and sickness insurance premium rates applicable to health benefit plans in the individual and small group markets and health benefit plans providing health insurance coverage in the individual market through certain nonemployer group plans. Marketplace Virginia will be funded by assessments on health insurers offering plans in the Marketplace. A health plan will not be required to cover any state-mandated health benefit if federal law does not require it to be covered as part of the essential benefits package. The SCC may contract with other eligible entities and enter into memoranda of understanding with other agencies of the Commonwealth to carry out any of the functions of Marketplace Virginia, including agreements with other states or federal agencies to perform joint administrative functions. Such contracts are not subject to the Virginia Public Procurement Act (§ 2.2-4300 et seq.).01/15/18 S Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 3-N)NNYN
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SB225StanleyEstablishes the Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Council (Council) as an advisory council in the executive branch. The bill requires the Council to advise and make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the agencies within his secretariat on health care reforms designed to increase access to and improve outcomes of treatment and recovery services for opioid addiction and opioid-related disorders through the use of a patient-centered medical home system.02/27/18 H Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 0-N)NYNN
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SB282BarkerRequires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance provision for the payment of medical assistance on behalf of individuals described in 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) who are under 65 years of age and not otherwise eligible for medical assistance and whose household income does not exceed 133 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of that size. The bill provides that such provision shall expire on December 31 of any year in which the federal medical assistance percentage for such individuals falls below the percentages set forth in 42 C.F.R. § 433.10(c)(6). This bill also repeals provisions of the Code of Virginia establishing the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission.01/25/18 S Incorporated by Education and Health (SB572-Hanger) (15-Y 0-N)NNYN
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SB366SUPPORTStuartExcludes school nurse positions from requirements for student support positions and instead requires each local school board to employ at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position in each elementary school, middle school, and high school in the local school division or at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position per 550 students in grades kindergarten through 12.02/01/18 S Continued to 2019 in Education and Health (14-Y 0-N)NNNN
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SB417BarkerRequires the Department of Health to approve one or more entities to certify community health workers in the Commonwealth and prohibits a person from using or assuming the title of community health worker unless he is certified by an entity approved by the Department.02/27/18 H Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 2-N)NYNN
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SB572HangerDirects the State Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance services pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act a provision for the payment of medical assistance on behalf of individuals described in 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) and directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to prepare and submit an application for a waiver to allow the Commonwealth to (i) institute a work requirement for all able-bodied adult recipients of medical assistance services, (ii) provide for periodic verification of household income of an individual subject to the work requirement and for redetermination of the individual's eligibility for medical assistance eservices, and (iii) impose certain requirements related to cost sharing for recipients of medical assistance services, including requirements for premiums, copayments, and coinsurance. Provisions of the bill providing for the payment of medical assistance on behalf of individuals described in 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(VIII) shall expire on July 1, 2020, unless the waiver has been approved and implemented.01/25/18 S Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 7-N)NNYN
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SB735DunnavantAllows the Director of the Department of Health Professions to disclose information about a specific recipient of covered substances who is a recipient of medical assistance services to a physician or pharmacist licensed in the Commonwealth or his designee who holds a multistate licensure privilege to practice nursing or a license issued by a health regulatory board within the Department of Health Professions and is employed by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, for the purpose of determining eligibility for and managing the care of the recipient in a Patient Utilization Management Safety or similar program.02/26/18 G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 5, 2018YYNN
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SB781DunnavantDirects the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to apply for a waiver to allow for transformation of the Commonwealth's existing program of medical assistance services through the implementation of a person-centered model of medical assistance services that improves outcomes and reduces costs by (i) integrating medical and behavioral health care, (ii) implementing a value-based payment model, and (iii) promoting personal choice and responsibility, including cost-sharing and incentives that encourage healthy behaviors, prevention, and wellness. Such waiver may include provisions for an aggregate cap on federal funds for a specified period of time with adequate tools to manage state financing of the program. The Secretary of Health and Human Resources shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the status of the waiver by December 1, 2018.02/12/18 S Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health with letter (13-Y 0-N)NNYN
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SB882DeStephProvides that a prescriber may authorize a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse to approve additional refills of a prescribed drug for no more than 90 consecutive days, provided that (i) the drug is classified as a Schedule VI drug; (ii) there are no changes in the prescribed drug, strength, or dosage; (iii) the prescriber has a current written protocol, accessible by the nurse, that identifies the conditions under which the nurse may approve additional refills; and (iv) the nurse documents in the patient's chart any refills authorized for a specific patient pursuant to the protocol and the additional refills are transmitted to a pharmacist in accordance with the allowances for an authorized agent to transmit a prescription orally or by facsimile pursuant to current law and regulations of the Board.03/01/18 S EnrolledYYNN
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SB918SUPPORTEbbinProvides that the Board of Education, the Board of Accountancy and regulatory boards within the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and the Department of Health Professions shall not be authorized to suspend or revoke the license, certificate, registration, permit, or authority issued any person who is in default or delinquent in the payment of a federal-guaranteed or state-guaranteed educational loan or work-conditional scholarship solely on the basis of such default or delinquency.03/01/18 S EnrolledYYNN
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SB956BarkerEstablishes the Virginia Health Care Access Program (the Program) to (i) develop and fund programs to improve access to health care services for recipients of medical assistance and other medically needy, low-income underinsured and uninsured residents of the Commonwealth; (ii) support the financial stability of rural hospitals and access to health care in rural areas of the Commonwealth; and (iii) fund programmatic and financial support for health professional education provided by public and private teaching hospitals within the Commonwealth. The bill establishes the Virginia Health Care Access Authority to oversee implementation of the Program, including imposition of an assessment on covered hospitals, as that term is defined in the bill.01/25/18 S Incorporated by Education and Health (SB572-Hanger) (15-Y 0-N)NNYN
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