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03-04-2021 - 19:51:03

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HB 1021    Cloud, Joe (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Creates the First-Year Medical Student Scholarship Program for students who earned a bachelor's degree in three years. Authorizes one-time payments of $20,000 or tuition credits of $30,000, including for osteopathic medicine.
Bill History: 03-03-21 S Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-04-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1060    Mayberry, Julie (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Allows a tax exemption and/or deduction for eligible expenses related to any portion of a small business loan that is forgiven as part of the Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act as they existed on January 1, 2021.
Bill History: 01-29-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-01-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-01-21 H Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1063    Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Authorizes audio-only consultations to qualify as covered services under the Telemedicine Act.
Bill History: 02-22-21 H [H] 20210222/-1/21165 (13:09:21)
02-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
02-22-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1068    Pilkington, Aaron (R) Authorizes healthcare professionals to use telemedicine to perform group meetings for services, including group therapy. Clarifies that the home of a patient is included as an originating site with regard to coverage for telemedicine services.
Bill History: 02-03-21 H [H] 20210203/-1/21077 (13:33:52)
02-03-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
02-03-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1069    Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Authorizes pharmacists to initiate therapy and administer/dispense oral contraceptives to an adult patient for up to six months without the patient being seen by a primary care provider or women's healthcare provider.
Bill History: 02-22-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1107    Boyd, Justin (R)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Requires prescribers and dispensers to provide physical copies of written or electronic prescriptions upon request to validate data submitted under the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Bill History: 02-02-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-02-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
02-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 62 )


HB 1108    Boyd, Justin (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Requires a Hepatitis C screening during pregnancy or at the time of delivery if the healthcare provider did not attend the pregnant woman prenatally.
Bill History: 01-11-21 H Filed
01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-12-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1134    Boyd, Justin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Authorizes pharmacists to prescribe vaccines and immunizations, and to more broadly administer and dispense vaccines and medications to treat adverse reactions to vaccines, including to children under seven.
Bill History: 03-04-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 2 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed


HB 1154    Ladyman, Jack (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Makes various changes to the public health provisions that regulate ionizing radiation, to comply with federal laws and regulations.
Bill History: 03-02-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-02-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-04-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 268 )


HB 1155    Ladyman, Jack (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Removes the requirement that the State Board of Health approve research projects in order for those projects to receive statistical information maintained by the Central Cancer Registry.
Bill History: 02-22-21 S On floor for consideration
02-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
02-22-21 H Received from Senate as amended - referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1180    Gonzales, Justin (R) Requires professional licensing entities to file any scope of practice rule with the House and Senate Public Health committees for mandatory review.
Bill History: 02-02-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-01-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-01-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1198    Penzo, Clint (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Amends supervision requirements for certified registered nurse anesthetists.
Bill History: 03-03-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-04-21 H Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1215    Bentley, Mary (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Repeals the requirement that a certified nurse midwife have an agreement with a consulting physician. States legislative intent to grant certified nurse midwives full practice authority.
Bill History: 03-02-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-03-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-03-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1233    Penzo, Clint (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Requires the State Medical Board to create a naturopathic physicians licensure process.
Bill History: 01-21-21 H Filed
01-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1246    Johnson, Lee (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Allows pharmacists to treat certain health conditions and modifies physician dispensing; requires the State Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board to adopt rules for dispensing and oversight for pharmacists and physicians.
Companions:
SB 176 Wallace, David (Same As)
  1-21-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
Bill History: 03-03-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-04-21 H Amendment 2 adopted


HB 1316    Fite, Lanny (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Phases out the Soft Drink Tax Act by 2025.
Bill History: 02-02-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-24-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1357    Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Requires healthcare insurers to provide coverage for positron emission tomography to screen for or to diagnose cancer in a patient upon the recommendation of the patient's physician when the patient has a prior history of cancer.
Bill History: 02-01-21 H Filed
02-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1402    Barker, Sonia (R)
Johnson, Blake (R)
Revises the required physician procedures for the administration of abortion-inducing drugs; prohibits a manufacturer, supplier, physician or other person providing an abortion-inducing drug via courier, delivery, or mail service.
Bill History: 02-03-21 H Filed
02-03-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed


HB 1428    Miller, Josh (R)
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Repeals the Arkansas Works Act of 2016 and moves enrollees to the fee-for-service Medicaid Program on and after January 1, 2022.
Bill History: 02-04-21 H Filed
02-04-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1439    Pilkington, Aaron (R) Adds therapists, addiction specialists and counselors to the Volunteer Health Care Act; increases the number of hours of credit that may be obtained through the Act in a licensing period from eight to 32 hours.
Bill History: 02-08-21 H Filed
02-08-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1450    Eubanks, Jon (R)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for early refills of prescription eye drops.
Bill History: 03-04-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1487    Gonzales, Justin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Creates civil immunity for damages or injuries caused by or resulting from exposure to COVID-19 on business premises.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Filed
02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary


HB 1488    Gonzales, Justin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Authorizes the establishment of COVID-19 as an occupational disease with regard to workers' compensation benefit eligibility.
Bill History: 03-01-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 74/N: 9)
03-01-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-01-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1502    Fite, Charlene (R) Requires that clear face mask coverings be worn by those rendering professional services when encountering and interacting with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing and that reasonable accommodation be made.
Bill History: 02-22-21 H Filed
02-22-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1521    McCollum, Austin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Codifies Executive Orders 20-18 and 20-34 related to the COVID-19 pandemic, holding healthcare providers immune from liability and exempt from specific licensing requirements for services provided during the emergency.
Bill History: 03-01-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-03-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


HB 1546    Fite, Lanny (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Sunsets the Soft Drink Tax Act by 2025 and distributes additional funds to offset the effect of phasing out the tax on the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund.
Bill History: 02-23-21 H Filed
02-23-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
03-02-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1548    Penzo, Clint (R) Requires the Arkansas Medicaid Program to conduct a review of personal care reimbursement rates within 90 days of a change in the state or federal minimum wage and to obtain a waiver or authorization to modify the reimbursement rate.
Bill History: 02-23-21 H Filed
02-23-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1566    Haak, Delia (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Prohibits a physician who is not a board-certified psychiatrist or neurologist from issuing a written certification for medical marijuana to a patient for a qualifying condition that is a mental illness, including PTSD and Alzheimer's disease.
Bill History: 02-25-21 H Filed
02-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules


HB 1572    Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Flippo, Scott (R)
Creates the Informed Consent for Chemical Abortion Act, requiring a 72-hour waiting period following a checklist of informational materials provided to the woman.
Bill History: 02-25-21 H Filed
02-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1580    Scott, Jamie (D)
Elliott, Joyce (D)
Creates the Commission on Racial Inequities in Maternal Mortality and sets forth its composition and duties.
Bill History: 03-01-21 H Filed
03-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1582    Hodges, Monte (D) Authorizes the Arkansas State Medical Board to offer a multiyear license or registration for a two-year period after the person requesting the option provides required information and pays fees for two years.
Bill History: 03-01-21 H Filed
03-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1585    Penzo, Clint (R) Expands the list of employees of healthcare providers who must undergo a criminal background check to include employees of personal care service providers, long -term care facilities and entities providing housing for teens and youths.
Bill History: 03-01-21 H Filed
03-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HCR1002    Boyd, Justin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Encourages continued collaboration among healthcare providers, law enforcement, and others in addressing precription drug abuse.
Bill History: 03-03-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-03-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor


HCR1003    Gonzales, Justin (R)
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Terminates the disaster emergency declaration under Executive Order 20-37 and renewed by Executive Order 20-51, which includes all executive orders issued in response to the emergency that were renewed under 20-51.
Bill History: 12-16-20 H Filed
01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HJR1014    Johnson, Lee (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
A Constitutional Amendment authorizing the General Assembly to enact laws limiting the amount of punitive and noneconomic damages that may be awarded for each claimant in actions for injuries to persons or property.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Filed
02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HJR1015    Dotson, Jim (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
A Constitutional Amendment authorizing the General Assembly, by three-fifths vote, to prescribe rules of pleading, practice, procedure, and evidence for all courts.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-08-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies


HJR1016    Dotson, Jim (R) A Constitutional Amendment relating to courts including rules of pleading, practice, procedure and evidence. (shell resolution)
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Filed
02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


HJR1020    Miller, Josh (R) A Constitutional Amendment relating to fines and restrictions for frivolous lawsuits. (Shell resolution)
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Filed
02-10-21 H Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies


SB 15    Sullivan, Dan (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Requires the suspension of any rule or regulation by the Governor under an emergency declaration to expire after 30 days, unless it is approved by a concurrent resolution of the General Assembly or a resolution of the Legislative Council.
Bill History: 12-16-20 S Filed
01-11-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 17    Sullivan, Dan (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Provides civil immunity to businesses that remain open during COVID-19 and act in good faith while attempting to comply with health and safety directives issued by the Governor or the Secretary of Health.
Bill History: 12-16-20 S Filed
01-11-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 60    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Removes specific requirements for vision screenings for public school students, authorizing the Div. of Elementary and Secondary Ed., in conjunction with the Commission on Eye and Vision Care of School-Age Children, to adopt test rules.
Bill History: 02-23-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Education
03-04-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education
03-04-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Education


SB 86    Garner, Trent (R) Amends the definition of 'athlete' under the Arkansas Athletic Trainers Act to include a person participating in activities related to law enforcement, military or rescue.
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-24-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-03-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 99    Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Requires healthcare insurers to base step therapy protocols on appropriate clinical practice guidelines or published peer-reviewed data developed by independent experts; establishes exceptions from protocols and procedures for requesting them.
Bill History: 02-08-21 H On floor for consideration
02-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
02-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 97 )


SB 176    Wallace, David (R)
Bragg, Ken (R)
Allows pharmacists to treat certain, enumerated health conditions; provides that the State Board of Pharmacy, with consultation with the State Medical Board, shall adopt a formulary of drugs that may be prescribed.
Companions:
HB 1246 Johnson, Lee (Same As)
  3- 4-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
Bill History: 01-21-21 S Filed
01-21-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 226    Chesterfield, Linda (D) Establishes the Medical Marijuana Oversight Subcommittee of the Legislative Council to oversee all matters pertaining to licensure, registration, compliance, taxation, interfacing with state agencies; Joint Budget to perform these duties during sessions.
Bill History: 03-03-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ...H-Rules
03-04-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-04-21 H Amendment 1 adopted


SB 254    Hammer, Kim (R)
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Provides that a firm, person or corporation is not liable for penalties for Health Dept. violations due to the behavior of a patron or customer during the COVID-19 emergency, nor is there a requirement to regulate the behavior of a patron or customer.
Bill History: 02-09-21 S Emergency clause adopted
02-09-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 255    Irvin, Missy (R) Defines recoverable damages for necessary medical care, treatment or services as 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: 02-02-21 S Filed
02-02-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Judiciary


SB 289    Hammer, Kim (R)
Smith, Brandt (R)
Ensures a right of conscience for all healthcare institutions, healthcare payers and medical practitioners, prohibiting discrimination based on medical decisions made due to religious, moral, ethical or philosophical principles with limited exceptions.
Bill History: 02-10-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-25-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-25-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 8/N: 10)


SB 309    Irvin, Missy (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Redefines 'persons at high risk for colorectal cancer' to include individuals over 45 with any family history of colorectal cancer; states that a covered person shall not be subject to a deductible, coinsurance or cost-sharing requirement for screening.
Bill History: 03-02-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-03-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 322    Joint Budget Appropriates supplemental funds to Arkansas State University- Newport for 2020-2021 operations.
Bill History: 03-03-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 2)
03-03-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-04-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor


SB 332    Irvin, Missy (R)
Dotson, Jim (R)
Requires the original equipment manufacturer of digital medical equipment to make available to an independent repair provider for a medical facility or an owner of digital electronic equipment documentation, parts, service tools, etc.
Bill History: 02-10-21 S Filed
02-10-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 387    Hammer, Kim (R)
Warren, Les (R)
Requires the Arkansas Medicaid Program to provide coverage for off-label use of drug treatments for the pediatric disorders known as PANS and PANDAS.
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Filed
02-24-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-03-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 388    Sullivan, Dan (R)
Cloud, Joe (R)
Prohibits hospitals from performing abortions unless the abortion is to save the life of the mother or the fetus, to remove a dead fetus, or to remove an ectopic pregnancy. Requires a facility that terminates pregnancies to be licensed under 20-9-302.
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-08-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar


SB 395    Irvin, Missy (R) Requires the Arkansas Medicaid Program to set separate annual caps for diagnostic laboratory services and for radiology services, at $500 each.
Bill History: 02-24-21 S Filed


SB 410    Irvin, Missy (R)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Creates the Arkansas Health and Opportunity for Me Act of 2021 (ARHOME), replacing the Arkansas Works Program for expanded Medicaid coverage. Creates incentives for individuals to gain qualified health insurance premium assistance.
Bill History: 03-04-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ommerce ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-08-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar


SB 446    Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Specifies that health insurance plans under 23-61-1001 et seq. are included in Act 97 of 2021 and as used in the regulation of step therapy protocols.
Bill History: 03-01-21 S Filed
03-01-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce


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