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Bill Status Report
04-17-2023 - 16:58:04

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HB 1014    Watson, Danny (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Expands the approved number of medicolegal death investigation courses that meet training requirements for deputy coroners, allows online training courses, disqualifies those with felonies from employment as deputy coroner.
Bill History: 02-01-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 4)
02-03-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-03-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 33 )


HB 1042    Allen, Fred (D)
Wallace, Dave (R)
Authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to adopt updated guidelines requiring coverage for more than one prostate cancer screening per year, if additional clinical recommendations are published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Bill History: 02-08-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-08-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 66 )


HB 1102    Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Penzo, Clint (R)
Requires newborns to be tested for medical conditions listed by the Secretary of the Department of Health.
Bill History: 04-05-23 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-05-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 490 )


HB 1103    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires the Department of Health to establish voluntary, evidence-based home visitation services for newborns and their parents; requires health benefit plans in Arkansas to provide coverage for the established home visitation services.
Bill History: 02-28-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-27-23 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-30-23 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1121    Allen, Fred (D)
Wallace, Dave (R)
Requires a health benefit plan offered in Arkansas to provide coverage for biomarker testing for the diagnosis, treatment, management, or ongoing monitoring of a subscriber's condition when supported by medical and scientific evidence.
Bill History: 03-29-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 2)
03-30-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-04-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 429 )


HB 1126    Johnson, Lee (R) Expands list of medications that don't count toward the monthly Medicaid prescription benefit cap to include anti-seizure and psychotropic medications.
Bill History: 01-12-23 H Filed
01-12-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1127    Johnson, Lee (R) Creates the Rural Emergency Hospital Act, establishes eligibility criteria for obtaining a rural emergency hospital license.
Bill History: 02-09-23 S Emergency clause adopted
02-09-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 59 )


HB 1128    Johnson, Lee (R) Requires the Department of Health to establish a voluntary licensure program for emergency medical responders, provides that emergency medical responders may be reimbursed by AR Medicaid and an insurance company.
Bill History: 03-09-23 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-09-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 258 )


HB 1129    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires behavioral health services to be reimbursed by Arkansas Medicaid and health benefit plans in certain settings.
Bill History: 04-04-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-05-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 494 )


HB 1130    Johnson, Lee (R) Clarifies that a covenant not to compete agreement is unenforceable for medical professionals holding a license under Arkansas Code Title 17, Subtitle 3.
Bill History: 04-04-23 H Passed over on calendar
04-06-23 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-23 H Passed over on calendar


HB 1174    Womack, Richard (R) Provides that all provisions of the Arkansas Criminal Code apply to a prosecution for the death of an unborn child that would apply to a prosecution for the death of any other person; amends definitions related to an unborn child.
Bill History: 01-23-23 H Moved to deferred list H-Judiciary
03-09-23 H Amendment(s) Filed
03-13-23 H Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1178    Johnson, Lee (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Reduces the minimum number of training hours required for licensure as a community paramedic from 300 to 160 hours, replaces emergency department services with social determinants of health as a required area of clinical experience.
Bill History: 02-08-23 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
02-08-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 54 )


HB 1250    Johnson, Lee (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Requires the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Committee to have one obstetrician and gynecologist and one member of the Opioid Recovery Partnership; provides State Medical Examiner access to controlled substances database.
Bill History: 02-09-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-09-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 67 )


HB 1251    Johnson, Lee (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Clarifies that criminal background checks apply to all emergency medical services personnel, includes offenses prosecuted in other states or federal court in background checks.
Bill History: 02-09-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-09-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 51 )


HB 1252    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Expands the list of items a health benefit plan must cover to include a prosthetic device for athletics or recreation and a prosthetic device for showering or bathing.
Bill History: 04-06-23 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 805 )


HB 1259    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires a healthcare insurer to pay a healthcare provider any cost sharing, prohibits withholding any amount for cost sharing or requiring a healthcare provider to offer additional discounts outside the terms of the contract.
Bill History: 01-25-23 H Filed
01-26-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-15-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1261    Johnson, Lee (R) Requires a health benefit plan to cover ambulance services under certain conditions, establishes reimbursement rates.
Bill History: 04-03-23 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-04-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-06-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 480 )


HB 1266    Evans, Brian (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Allows a minor 16 years of age or older to consent to outpatient mental health services for suicide prevention, addiction, or abuse and allows a mental health professional to treat such a minor without parental consent.
Bill History: 02-13-23 H Placed on the House calendar
02-13-23 H Re-referred to committee H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-16-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1271    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Exempts certain healthcare providers and services from prior authorization requirements.
Companions:
SB 143 Irvin, Missy (Same As)
  3-30-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171, S-Insurance and Commerce
Bill History: 04-06-23 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 575 )


HB 1272    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Prohibits a healthcare insurer from leasing, renting or selling a healthcare contract or provider network to another healthcare insurer or third-party administrator, a violation is an unfair trade practice.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-06-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 576 )


HB 1273    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Amends the definition of healthcare sharing ministry to require the provision of an identification card to participants, defines short-term limited duration insurance.
Bill History: 04-04-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-05-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 500 )


HB 1274    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Makes various changes regarding a utilization review entity used under the Prior Authorization Transparency Act.
Bill History: 04-04-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-05-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 501 )


HB 1275    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Allows a healthcare provider to grant electronic access to the healthcare provider's medical records system to a healthcare payor or the healthcare payor's authorized designee.
Bill History: 04-04-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-05-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 502 )


HB 1276    Johnson, Lee (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Exempts antipsychotic prescription drugs from regulation under step therapy protocols.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-06-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 577 )


HB 1277    Johnson, Lee (R) Prohibits an insurer, HMO, hospital medical service corporation, or health benefit plan from using a person who has a medical license to review the decision of a prudent lay person to seek emergency medical care.
Bill History: 01-26-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
02-01-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce
02-01-23 H Moved to deferred list H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1300    Johnson, Lee (R) Allows a healthcare organization licensed as a hospital to hold one retail pharmacy permit at each location licensed as a hospital, describes eligibility and responsibilities of pharmacy permit holders.
Bill History: 01-26-23 H Filed
01-26-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1301    Clowney, Nicole (D) Expands the exceptions from the prohibitions against providing an abortion to include a fetal abnormality incompatible with life.
Bill History: 03-07-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-07-23 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
03-08-23 H Moved to deferred list H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1304    Ennett, Denise (D) Requires a health benefit plan to provide coverage for prescribed prenatal vitamins on or after January 1, 2024, may be subject to deductibles or copays, does not diminish or limit benefits otherwise allowable under a health benefit plan.
Bill History: 01-26-23 H Filed
01-26-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-08-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1314    Eubanks, Jon (R) Requires Arkansas Medicaid to classify doctors of optometry as physicians with respect to all services that doctors of optometry are authorized to perform under state law and to classify optometric physicians under the physician fee schedule.
Bill History: 03-30-23 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-04-23 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-04-23 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1315    Ennett, Denise (D)
Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Requires public and private schools to have at least two employees who have met the training requirements to administer or assist with seizure medication and recognize the signs and symptoms of seizures.
Bill History: 03-13-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 25/N: 1)
03-14-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-16-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 286 )


HB 1323    Vaught, DeAnn (R) Requires a public school, open enrollment charter school, private school, or childcare facility to implement a mental health screening for participating students using an evidence-based screening program.
Bill History: 02-02-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-21-23 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-21-23 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1356    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires the Insurance Commissioner to consider a health insurer's surplus levels in determining whether a proposed rate is excessive.
Bill History: 02-06-23 H Filed
02-06-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
02-08-23 H Committee hearing set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1385    Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Requires Arkansas Medicaid to reimburse a healthcare provider for providing long-acting reversible contraception immediately and during postpartum in addition to the regular payments for services to pregnant women.
Bill History: 04-05-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 0)
04-06-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 581 )


HB 1418    Richmond, Marcus (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Provides that the recovery of damages for necessary medical care includes only those costs actually paid by or on behalf of the plaintiff or that remain unpaid and for which the plaintiff or any third party is legally responsible.
Bill History: 02-13-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
02-23-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
02-21-23 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1421    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Creates a tax credit for donations to rural hospitals by individuals of up to $5,000, by partnerships and shareholders up to $10,000, and by corporations up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability, with a maximum of $2M per hospital.
Bill History: 02-14-23 H Filed
02-14-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1422    Johnson, Lee (R) Creates a $1,000 nonrefundable income tax credit for certain wages paid to an uncompensated faculty preceptor and a $6,000 nonrefundable income tax credit for payments received by a compensated faculty preceptor for preceptor training.
Bill History: 03-09-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
03-09-23 H Amendment(s) Filed
03-13-23 H Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1446    Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Requires the Department of Human Services to set minimum standards governing the quality of care provided by a regulated facility to a child, prohibits a psychiatric residential treatment facility from admitting a child unless certain conditions are met.
Bill History: 04-07-23 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 806 )


HB 1452    Gonzales, Justin (R) Requires a hospital to comply with federal hospital transparency pricing regulation 45 C.F.R. Part 180, requires the Department of Health to fine hospitals $250 per day for noncompliance.
Bill History: 04-03-23 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-04-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-06-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 482 )


HB 1456    Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Creates new death by delivery criminal offenses for when a person knowingly delivers a controlled/counterfeit substance to another person and the controlled/counterfeit substance causes the death of that person.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Emergency clause adopted
04-06-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 584 )


HB 1458    Cavenaugh, Frances (R)
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Requires a physical fitness instructor to obtain/maintain certification on the recognition and management of certain health conditions that can occur during physical activity.
Bill History: 03-02-23 S Emergency clause adopted
03-02-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-06-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 199 )


HB 1481    Achor, Brandon (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Requires an enrollee’s defined cost sharing for a prescription drug to be calculated at the point-of-sale based on a price that is reduced by at least 100% of all rebates received in connection with the dispensing/administration of the prescription drug.
Bill History: 03-15-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-16-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-21-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 333 )


HB 1500    Achor, Brandon (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Amends the duties of the Insurance Commissioner regarding pharmacy benefit managers, including permitting the examination of their books to determine the aggregate amount of rebates received, distributed, and passed on to enrollees.
Companions:
SB 94 Hammer, Kim (Same As)
  3-16-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 302)
Bill History: 02-24-23 H Filed
02-27-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-08-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1509    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Adds outpatient facility to the definition of healthcare facility within the No Patient Left Alone Act, makes changes to certain visitation policies for healthcare facilities, adds fines of at least $500/day for visitation policy violations.
Bill History: 03-13-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 3)
03-13-23 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-23 S Meeting set for 10 Minutes Upon Adjournment - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1514    Shephard, Tara (D) Requires the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to collaborate with the Department of Health to ensure public high schools/state-supported higher education institutions have an overdose rescue kit on each campus.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 811 )


HB 1542    Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Makes various changes regarding the reporting of child abuse and the failure to report child abuse by mandated reporters, amends certain procedures regarding the investigation of alleged child maltreatment.
Bill History: 03-14-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary
03-14-23 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Judiciary
03-14-23 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1544    Johnson, Lee (R) Removes requirement that the community served by the Osteopathic Rural Medical Practice Student Loan and Scholarship Program be less than 20,000 population and at least 20 miles from a city or town with a population over 20,000.
Bill History: 04-07-23 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 725 )


HB 1545    Johnson, Lee (R) Removes requirement that the community served by the Rural Medical Practice Student Loan and Scholarship Program be less than 20,000 population and at least 20 miles from a city or town with a population over 20,000.
Bill History: 03-13-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 2)
03-13-23 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
04-05-23 S Meeting set for Upon Adjournment of Joint Budget - Room 207 ...S-Education


HB 1553    Johnson, Lee (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Requires the Department of Human Services to implement an abbreviated independent assessment process for beneficiaries who have chronic conditions and who receive home- and community-based services through a risk-based provider organization.
Bill History: 03-06-23 H Filed
03-06-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-09-23 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1554    Johnson, Lee (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Allows a certified Medicaid provider to challenge an enforcement action by filing a reconsideration request setting forth the reasons the violation is incorrect.
Bill History: 03-30-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-23 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-04-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1558    Pilkington, Aaron (R) Expands the exemption from prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction to include treatment for alcohol addiction.
Bill History: 03-29-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-30-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-04-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 451 )


HB 1562    Schulz, Bart (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Expands the list of people to which a healthcare professional acting in good faith can prescribe, dispense, and supply an opioid antagonist.
Bill History: 04-05-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-06-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 586 )


HB 1574    Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Requires Arkansas Medicaid to provide a supplemental reimbursement rate for physician practices enrolled in the patient-centered medical home program that actively participate in a team- and evidence-based pediatric practice transformation care model.
Bill History: 04-05-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-05-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-10-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 513 )


HB 1611    Miller, Josh (R)
Payton, John (R)
Repeals the prohibition against the Worker's Compensation Commission approving attorney's fees in respect of a claim on medical benefits or services awarded.
Bill History: 03-13-23 H Filed
03-13-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-04-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1612    Miller, Josh (R)
Payton, John (R)
Repeals the limitations on the total disability rate regarding compensation payable to an injured employee for disability and compensation payable to surviving dependents of a deceased employee.
Bill History: 03-13-23 H Filed
03-13-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-04-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1628    Meeks, Stephen (R)
Johnson, Mark (R)
Prohibits covenant not to compete agreements in Arkansas.
Bill History: 03-14-23 H Filed
03-14-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-05-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1643    Johnson, Lee (R) Requires an automated external defibrillator to be placed at each school-sponsored sporting event for grades 7-12 and at appropriate locations across each institution of higher education campus.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 737 )


HB 1684    Garner, Denise (D) Amends the definition of medical emergency within the Arkansas Human Life Protection Act to include a condition in which an abortion is necessary to preserve the health of a pregnant woman whose life or health is endangered.
Bill History: 03-22-23 H Filed
03-27-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
04-04-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


HB 1686    Long, Wayne (R) To create the Arkansas Chemical Abortions Ban Act and to prohibit chemical abortions. (Shell Bill)
Bill History: 04-03-23 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-03-23 H Reported from committee - w/o recommendation H-Journal Committee
04-03-23 H Read second time - Referred to H-Judiciary


HB 1705    Brown, Karilyn (R) Clarifies that a professional relationship for physical therapy services under the Telemedicine Act shall only be established if the healthcare professional conducts an in-person examination of the patient.
Bill History: 03-30-23 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-23 S Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


HB 1717    Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Crowell, Steve (R)
Exempts from sales tax the sale of over-the-counter drugs prescribed by licensed healthcare professionals.
Bill History: 03-27-23 H Filed
03-27-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1719    Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Crowell, Steve (R)
Exempts from sales tax the sale of a service providing for the electronic transmission of a drug prescription directly to a pharmacy.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 827 )


HB 1725    Johnson, Lee (R)
Petty, Jim (R)
Requires Arkansas Tobacco Control to create and maintain a certification directory for manufacturers of vapor products, alternative nicotine products, and e-liquid containers.
Bill History: 04-04-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 5)
04-05-23 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-City, County and Local Affairs
04-06-23 S Meeting set for 8:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-City, County and Local Affairs


HB 1734    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Makes changes regarding prohibited conduct and injunctive relief under the Patient Right-to-Know Act.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-06-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 830 )


HB 1741    Ferguson, Deborah (D)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Requires a dental plan enrollee to provide annual consent of an assignment of benefits to a healthcare provider and a healthcare insurer or payor, requires a healthcare provider to provide notice informing the enrollee of certain information.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 831 )


HB 1747    McAlindon, Mindy (R) Expands rural medical practice loan program to include medically underserved communities, includes education programs in human nutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics, and food systems management as eligible for expanded loan program.
Bill History: 04-03-23 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-04-23 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
04-04-23 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1778    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Changes the authority to appoint members of the Graduate Medical Education Residency Expansion Board, shifting appointments by the Ark. Hospital Association and the State Medical Board to the governor and legislative leadership.
Companions:
SB 520 Irvin, Missy (Same As)
  4-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 663)
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 844 )


HB 1785    Pilkington, Aaron (R) Requires a healthcare provider to obtain written informed consent from the patient or the patient's representative before surgical mesh is implanted or inserted into a patient.
Bill History: 04-04-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
04-04-23 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1786    Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Penzo, Clint (R)
Provides that an abortion to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency is prohibited from being performed or attempted unless the abortion takes place in a hospital or an emergency room.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 4)
04-07-23 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 848 )


HB 1787    Pilkington, Aaron (R) Includes aggravated assault on a family or household member as an underlying offense for domestic battery charges of varying degrees.
Bill History: 03-29-23 H Filed
03-29-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-04-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1803    Mayberry, Julie (R) Creates a School Nurse Salary Trust Fund to contribute to the salaries of public school nurses, requires $5 million in revenues from the soft drink tax to be deposited in the trust fund annually.
Bill History: 04-04-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
04-04-23 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed
04-04-23 H Moved to deferred list H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1822    Burkes, Rebecca (R) Requires a court to reduce damages by the amount the plaintiff has or will receive in compensation from third parties when a verdict has been issued in an action to recover damages for a tort resulting in death/injury to a person or damage to property.
Bill History: 03-30-23 H Filed
03-30-23 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
04-04-23 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 149 ...H-Judiciary


SB 48    Johnson, Mark (R)
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Expands definition of a good samaritan to include non-healthcare professionals who render suicide prevention interventions at the scene of a threatened suicide and nonprofits that participate in providing suicide prevention interventions.
Bill History: 02-06-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 98/N: 0)
02-07-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-09-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 47 )


SB 53    Joint Budget Appropriates funds to the Department of Human Services - Division of Medical Services for 2023-2024 operations.
Bill History: 04-06-23 H Emergency clause adopted
04-07-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 865 )


SB 57    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Allows the Arkansas State Medical Board to reduce fees, if in the best interest of the state, through the administrative rule process and by approval of the Governor and either Legislative Council or the Joint Budget Committee.
Bill History: 02-13-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 99/N: 0)
02-14-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-17-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 79 )


SB 79    Hammer, Kim (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Adds a clinical nurse specialist as a person who the Full Independent Practice Credentialing Committee can grant independent practice authority under Arkansas Code § 17-87-314.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Senate concurred in House amendments 1 & 2
04-07-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 872 )


SB 82    Sullivan, Dan (R)
Womack, Richard (R)
Includes the preparation and dispensing of contact lenses in the definition of ophthalmic dispensing.
Bill History: 01-19-23 S Filed
01-23-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 86    Penzo, Clint (R) Requires the Department of Health to conduct a study regarding naturopathic physicians and the practice of naturopathic medicine by no later than June 30, 2024.
Bill History: 04-05-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 1)
04-06-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 670 )


SB 88    Johnson, Mark (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Defines healthcare provider in the context of definitions related to student athlete concussion education.
Bill History: 01-23-23 S Filed
01-23-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-22-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 90    Hill, Ricky (R)
McCollum, Austin (R)
Authorizes occupational licensing entities to provide for automatic and expedited licensure for individuals licensed in another state; outlines requirements of occupational licensing entities.
Bill History: 03-29-23 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
03-30-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-04-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 457 )


SB 91    Hammer, Kim (R)
Fite, Charlene (R)
Establishes an audiology and speech pathology interstate compact in Arkansas, effective when 10th state enacts compact. Establishes a Commission and provides procedures for compliance.
Bill History: 03-14-23 H On floor for consideration
03-14-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
03-16-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 301 )


SB 112    Boyd, Justin (R)
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Requires a physician assistant to be identified as the treating provider in billing/claims processes when he/she delivered medical services, allows physician assistants to bill Medicaid beneficiaries or patients with a health benefit plan.
Bill History: 03-14-23 H On floor for consideration
03-14-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
03-16-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 303 )


SB 113    Davis, Breanne (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Requires Arkansas Medicaid to reimburse healthcare providers for providing long-acting reversible contraception immediately and during postpartum in addition to the regular payments for services to pregnant women provided by a healthcare provider.
Bill History: 01-24-23 S Filed
01-25-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-23 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 119    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Allows an insurer to consider and apply the Patient Protection Act of 1995 when setting a reimbursement rate for a healthcare service provided by an outpatient surgery center, sets minimum reimbursement requirements for outpatient surgery centers.
Bill History: 01-25-23 S Filed
01-25-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-04-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 130    Penzo, Clint (R)
Eubanks, Jon (R)
Requires Arkansas Medicaid to remove the reimbursement cap for pediatric bone marrow transplant services and refrain from placing a cap on reimbursement for pediatric bone marrow transplant services.
Bill History: 01-25-23 S Filed
01-25-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-23 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 137    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Requires a health benefit plan to provide coverage for necessary maxillofacial services, provides that an exclusion for coverage for dental care or orthodontic services does not apply to necessary maxillofacial services.
Bill History: 01-26-23 S Filed
01-26-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-04-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 138    Irvin, Missy (R)
Burkes, Rebecca (R)
Repeals the requirement that a clinic, health center, or other facility in which a pregnancy is willfully terminated or aborted must be licensed by the Department of Health.
Bill History: 02-23-23 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
02-23-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-27-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 162 )


SB 139    Bryant, Joshua (R) Requires Arkansas Medicaid to provide coverage for authorized prescription digital therapeutics if an individual is eligible to receive treatment.
Bill History: 01-26-23 S Filed
01-26-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-23 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 140    Bryant, Joshua (R) Adds licensed lay midwives to the definition of 'healthcare provider' under the Patient Protection Act and the any willing provider laws.
Bill History: 01-26-23 S Filed
01-26-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
01-31-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 141    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Amends the definition of healthcare insurer to include an entity that has any subscribers in Arkansas, provides that the Prior Authorization Transparency Act applies to healthcare insurers located in Arkansas.
Bill History: 02-13-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 99/N: 0)
02-14-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-17-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 87 )


SB 143    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Exempts healthcare providers from prior authorization requirements for providing certain healthcare services.
Companions:
HB 1271 Johnson, Lee (Same As)
  4-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 575)
Bill History: 01-26-23 S Filed
01-26-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-30-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 148    Irvin, Missy (R) Amends the law concerning the Prior Authorization Transparency Act. (Shell Bill)
Bill History: 01-26-23 S Filed
01-26-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-28-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 169    Bryant, Joshua (R) Adds licensed lay midwives to the definition of 'healthcare provider' under the Patient Protection Act and the any willing provider laws.
Bill History: 01-26-23 S Filed
01-26-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
01-31-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 178    Hammer, Kim (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Requires insurers that provide benefits for the treatment of mental illness or substance use disorders provide reimbursement for those benefits if they are delivered through a psychiatric collaborative care model.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
04-07-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 615 )


SB 181    Hammer, Kim (R)
Warren, Les (R)
Requires a health benefit plan to provide coverage for the use of intravenous immunoglobulin to treat certain disorders associated with streptococcal infection if the patient's primary doctor agrees its necessary, repeals ACA 23-79-1903.
Bill History: 04-07-23 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
04-07-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 876 )


SB 192    Boyd, Justin (R)
Achor, Brandon (R)
Provides that the application of exceptions of step therapy protocols shall not be construed to prevent a health insurer, benefit plan, or utilization review organization from requiring a patient to try a biosimilar medical product.
Bill History: 02-16-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 2)
02-20-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
02-24-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 136 )


SB 199    Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Bentley, Mary (R)
Provides that a healthcare professional who performs a gender transition procedure on a minor is liable if the minor is physically or psychologically injured; injured minor may bring a civil action.
Bill History: 03-08-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 76/N: 17)
03-08-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 274 )


SB 236    Hester, Bart (R) Requires a license to own or operate a prescribed pediatric extended care center, describes requirements for license, requires AR Medicaid to provide reimbursement for services provided through a prescribed pediatric extended care center.
Bill History: 03-15-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-27-23 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-27-23 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 265    Boyd, Justin (R)
Bentley, Mary (R)
Allows the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy to permit a hospital to sell drugs and medications at retail for emergency room patients or for discharged patients for off premises use in an outpatient setting.
Bill History: 03-01-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 1)
03-01-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-06-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 233 )


SB 274    Petty, Jim (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Prohibits a wholesale distributor from limiting/ending the sale of controlled substances or materially altering the pricing of any items/services limiting/ending their sale unless the distributor suspects aberrant purchasing or dispensing behavior.
Bill History: 02-22-23 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-23-23 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-23-23 S Passed over on calendar


SB 278    King, Bryan (R)
Miller, Josh (R)
Repeals the Arkansas Health and Opportunity for Me Program, transfers all persons enrolled in the Arkansas Health and Opportunity for Me Program to coverage under Medicaid.
Bill History: 02-15-23 S Filed
02-15-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-23 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 272 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 283    Gilmore, Ben (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Creates new death by delivery criminal offenses for when a person knowingly delivers a controlled/counterfeit substance to another person and the controlled/counterfeit substance causes the death of that person.
Bill History: 02-17-23 S Filed
02-20-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
04-05-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 291    Dees, Tyler (R)
Meeks, Stephen (R)
Transfers the duty to establish and maintain a central registry of persons with a disability resulting from a traumatic head injury from the Brain Injury Alliance of Arkansas to the Department of Health.
Bill History: 03-15-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
03-16-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-21-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 355 )


SB 309    Hester, Bart (R)
Fite, Charlene (R)
Clarifies that the Child Welfare Agency Review Board is required to terminate the license of a psychiatric residential treatment facility licensee that has not been in operation for a consecutive twelve-month period.
Bill History: 03-30-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 0)
03-31-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-04-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 464 )


SB 324    Dismang, Jonathan (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Exempts a nonprofit agricultural membership organization from the Arkansas Insurance Code and the law concerning hospital and medical service corporations.
Bill History: 04-06-23 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
04-07-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 626 )


SB 344    Hammer, Kim (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Requires healthcare facilities to post notices regarding the felony status of the criminal offense of attacking a healthcare worker, including a nurse. Allows healthcare professionals to list work addresses when filing related police reports.
Bill History: 03-14-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-15-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-16-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 313 )


SB 345    Hill, Ricky (R)
Mayberry, Julie (R)
Requires the Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services of the Department of Human Services to establish a Dementia Services Coordinator as a full-time position.
Bill History: 04-05-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
04-06-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 682 )


SB 348    Johnson, Mark (R) Requires a health insurer to respond to claims inquiries within 60 business days after receipt of written documentation by a Medicaid recipient, applies certain provisions regarding health insurer liability under Medicaid to third-parties.
Bill History: 03-16-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 0)
03-16-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-21-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 369 )


SB 358    Dees, Tyler (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Prohibits a person from selling a hemp-derived product without being permitted by Arkansas Tobacco Control, adds a product converting industrial hemp into delta-8, delta-9, or delta-10 tetrahydrocannabinol to the Schedule VI controlled substance list.
Bill History: 04-07-23 S Senate concurred in House amendments 1 & 2
04-07-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 629 )


SB 359    Chesterfield, Linda (D)
Maddox, John (R)
Amends the law regarding access to medical records for legal proceedings, adding access for interested parties for the adjustment of an insurance claim and for the processing/underwriting of a life insurance policy application.
Bill History: 04-07-23 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
04-07-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 765 )


SB 463    Gilmore, Ben (R)
McAlindon, Mindy (R)
Requires the State Medical Board to revoke the medical license of a physician who is found to have failed to comply with the Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act.
Bill History: 04-05-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 77/N: 13)
04-06-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 702 )


SB 465    Dotson, Jim (R)
Bentley, Mary (R)
Creates the Continuum of Care Program, prohibits the Life Choices Lifeline Program from contracting with an organization that provides or assists in providing abortions or that has personnel/volunteers that have provided/assisted with abortions.
Bill History: 04-05-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
04-06-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 703 )


SB 490    Leding, Greg (D)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Requires a health benefit plan to provide coverage for recommended genetic testing for inherited cancer mutations for an enrollee with a history of breast cancer and evidenced-based screenings for an enrollee with an inherited cancer risk.
Bill History: 04-03-23 S Meeting set for 6:30 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-03-23 S Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed (Vote: Y: 3/N: 2)
04-05-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 515    Irvin, Missy (R) Amends provisions related to Medicaid fraud and investigations, civil remedies and restitution. Amends related criminal law and creates new offenses.
Bill History: 04-03-23 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
04-03-23 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Judiciary
04-03-23 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 517    Penzo, Clint (R) Adds provisions to healthcare facility visitation policies for visits by clergy members under various circumstances.
Bill History: 04-05-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 2)
04-06-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 716 )


SB 518    Irvin, Missy (R) Amends provisions related to Medicaid fraud and investigations, civil remedies and restitution. Amends related criminal law and creates new offenses.
Bill History: 03-28-23 S Filed
03-28-23 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary
04-05-23 S Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary


SB 519    Irvin, Missy (R) Creates a new chapter related to abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons in an inpatient facility receiving 24 hours care.
Bill History: 04-07-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
04-07-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 783 )


SB 520    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Changes the authority to appoint members of the Graduate Medical Education Residency Expansion Board, shifting appointments by the Ark. Hospital Association and the State Medical Board to the governor and legislative leadership.
Companions:
HB 1778 Johnson, Lee (Same As)
  4-13-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 844)
Bill History: 04-05-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
04-06-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 663 )


SB 542    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Requires an abortion provider who knowingly refers a woman for an abortion to comply with the Right-to-Know-and-See Act.
Bill History: 04-05-23 H Passed (Vote: Y: 80/N: 12)
04-06-23 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-11-23 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 559 )


SB 548    Boyd, Justin (R)
Ferguson, Deborah (D)
Requires a dental plan enrollee to provide annual consent of an assignment of benefits to a healthcare provider and a healthcare insurer or payor, requires a healthcare provider to provide notice informing the enrollee of certain information.
Bill History: 04-03-23 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
04-05-23 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-05-23 S Withdrawn from further consideration


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