ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Bill Status Report
06-10-2021 - 18:04:18

     - Indicates action since the request date.


Track: Legislative Update Tracking   Request Date: 0- 0-0000 thru 99-99-9999

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 two or three years. Authorizes one-time payments of $30,000 for two-year graduates and $15,000 for three-year graduates.
Bill History: 03-16-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-16-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education


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    Dotson, Jim (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Authorizes audio-only consultations to qualify as covered services under the Telemedicine Act.
Bill History: 04-19-21 H House concurred in Senate amendments 1, 2, 3, and 4
04-20-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 829 )


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: 04-14-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 767 )


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: 03-17-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 2)
03-18-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 408 )


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: 03-17-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 2)
03-18-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 406 )


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: 03-10-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-11-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 345 )


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: 04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 960 )


HB 1198    Penzo, Clint (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Amends supervision requirements for certified registered nurse anesthetists.
Bill History: 03-17-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 18/N: 12)
03-18-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 449 )


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: 03-31-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-01-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-07-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 607 )


HB 1233    Penzo, Clint (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Requires the State Medical Board to create a naturopathic physicians licensure process.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-27-21 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
06-04-21 H Assigned study proposal number - see ISP 15


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)
  4-13-21 S Moved to deferred list S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 2)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 503 )


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: 04-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-06-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 583 )


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: 03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 6)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 562 )


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: 04-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-21-21 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...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: 04-22-21 H House concurred in Senate amendments 1 and 2
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 968 )


HB 1450    Magie, Steve (D)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for early refills of prescription eye drops.
Bill History: 03-11-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-12-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 357 )


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: 03-31-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-01-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 559 )


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: 03-11-21 S Emergency clause adopted
03-12-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 353 )


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: 04-06-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-07-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-13-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 697 )


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: 03-29-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 510 )


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: 04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (13:55:15)
04-14-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 27/Y: 61)
04-14-21 H Clincher motion failed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 52)


HB 1548    Penzo, Clint (R)
Hammer, Kim (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: 03-30-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 571 )


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: 03-11-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Rules
03-11-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 03-30-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 6)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 560 )


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: 04-01-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...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: 04-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 803 )


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: 04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 761 )


HB 1659    Perry, Mark (D)
Wallace, David (R)
Changes the conditions under which a waiver may be granted regarding the requirement to complete death certificate registration and medical certification of death using an electronic process or system.
Bill History: 04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-06-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 674 )


HB 1683    Johnson, Lee (R) Makes various changes to the registration, bonding and certification of tobacco wholesalers and manufacturers. Allows manufacturers to permanently assign to the state their interests in escrow funds for credit against agreed settlements.
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 929 )


HB 1685    Gray, Michelle (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Allows a designated surrogate to make healthcare decisions for an adult or emancipated minor only in the absence of an agent or guardian with authority to make such decisions and when consistent with any advance directive that may exist.
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (13:27:18)
04-14-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 55/Y: 31)


HB 1686    Gray, Michelle (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Provides for the responsibilities of a supervising healthcare professional or physician extender when a patient has executed an advance directive and immunizes him or her from liability or discipline when acting in good faith.
Bill History: 04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (13:43:11)
04-14-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 48/Y: 38)


HB 1707    Boyd, Justin (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Repeals the requirement that enrollment positions at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine be based on apportionment by congressional district and Arkansas residency.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Education
06-04-21 H Assigned study proposal number - see ISP 50


HB 1722    Johnson, Lee (R) Authorizes coroners to issue subpoenas to secure antemortem blood, urine or other biological fluids or toxicological samples relevant to the determination of the cause of death; permits healthcare providers to make samples available to coroners; more.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 708 )


HB 1723    Johnson, Lee (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Requires the Department of Health to develop a data collection and evaluation process to review nonhospital emergency medical care and time-critical diagnoses and procedures; requires that data be collected in a confidential manner.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 707 )


HB 1757    Penzo, Clint (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Requires a health care provider to explain verbally to the patient the possible effects of an oral contraceptive before dispensing or administering the drug.
Bill History: 03-16-21 H Filed
03-16-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1759    Johnson, Lee (R) Requires the Department of Human services to amend Medicaid to provide additional eligibility, including presumptive eligibility for pregnant women and children, and one-year postpartum coverage for mothers and babies, etc.
Bill History: 03-16-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Moved to deferred list H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1762    Ferguson, Kenneth (D) Calls on the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Institute at UAMS to establish a comprehensive cancer patient navigation program for persons at risk within a health disparity population.
Bill History: 03-16-21 H Filed
03-16-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1774    Penzo, Clint (R) Requires a physician who writes certifications for medical marijuana to provide and display information about an available pharmacist consultant on staff through signage, website information, and by providing a card to patients.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 1)
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 666 )


HB 1781    Johnson, Lee (R) Limits participants in the Arkansas Medicaid Program to six prescriptions per month, exempting certain medications for long-term treatments; instructs the Department of Human Services to apply for a federal waiver to implement the section.
Bill History: 04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 758 )


HB 1799    Gray, Michelle (R)
Irvin, Missy (R)
Requires the Arkansas Medicaid Program to allow automatic claim crossover for all third parties who are primary payers for Medicaid beneficiaries.
Bill History: 03-18-21 H Filed
03-18-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1804    Evans, Brian (R)
Caldwell, Ronald (R)
Makes changes to the Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act and requires rules that place pharmacy network locations within two to fifteen miles of the majority of populations in areas, depending on the area's urban/rural status.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 665 )


HB 1810    Beaty, Howard (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Requires the Department of Human Services to establish separate Medicaid reimbursement rates for vagus nerve stimulation therapy at 100 percent of the cost of acquiring the therapy system device in addition to the surgery fees already listed.
Bill History: 04-19-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 0)
04-20-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 830 )


HB 1840    Johnson, Lee (R) Creates a tax incentive for donations to the Graduate Medical Education Fund. Requires the credit cap of five million dollars to be increased by 25 percent after a year in which 90 percent or more of the maximum amount is claimed.
Bill History: 03-29-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
04-15-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed


HB 1848    Bentley, Mary (R) Requires the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidance for schools on addressing priorities related to student exercise, physical activities, nutritional standards, and access to healthy foods.
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 0)
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-30-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1074 )


HB 1857    Gonzales, Justin (R) Authorizes the State Occupational Therapy Board to administer provisions governing occupation therapy previously under the sole administration of the State Medical Board, including licensure, and requiring it to keep proceedings records.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
06-04-21 H Assigned study proposal number - see ISP 23


HB 1862    Johnson, Lee (R) Prohibits the Arkansas Medicaid Program from requiring a beneficiary to first obtain a referral from a primary care provider for their first ten mental health counseling visits.
Bill History: 04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-21-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 886 )


HB 1886    Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Makes changes to laws governing access to medical records for a legal proceeding. Removes the process for doctors to withhold access to a patient's medical records. Provides for access to medical records in an electronic format.
Bill History: 04-19-21 H On floor for consideration
04-19-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 26/Y: 46)
04-19-21 H Motion to expunge vote failed


HB 1907    Lowery, Mark (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Authorizes healthcare providers to make a determination in the best interest of the enrollee to bill the healthcare payor or pharmacy benefits carrier; prohibits payors and pharmacy benefits carriers from placing certain requirements on enrollees.
Bill History: 04-27-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
05-03-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1105 )


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: 03-30-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 6/N: 9)
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...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 Introduced and referred to H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...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: 03-15-21 H On agenda for committee discussion ...H-State Agencies
03-15-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-State Agencies
03-17-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...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: 04-05-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-05-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


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: 03-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
03-09-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 320 )


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 Amendment 1 adopted
03-03-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
06-08-21 S Assigned study proposal number - see ISP 63


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)
  4- 1-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 503)
Bill History: 01-21-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 S Moved to deferred list 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: 04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
04-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 632 )


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: 03-10-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-11-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Law without signature (Act: 401 )


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: 03-18-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 25/N: 6)
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 462 )


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: 04-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 779 )


SB 322    Joint Budget Appropriates supplemental funds to Arkansas State University- Newport for 2020-2021 operations.
Bill History: 03-03-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-04-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-08-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 297 )


SB 332    Irvin, Missy (R)
Dotson, Jim (R)
Requires the original equipment manufacturer of digital medical equipment to make available any documentation, parts, service tools, etc. to an independent repair provider for a hospital facility or to a digital electronic equipment owner.
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-21-21 S Referred to interim committee or ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
06-08-21 S Assigned study proposal number - see ISP 67


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: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 637 )


SB 388    Beckham, Charles (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.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 76/N: 15)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 949 )


SB 395    Irvin, Missy (R)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Requires the Arkansas Medicaid Program to set separate annual caps for diagnostic laboratory services and for radiology services, at $500 each.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 891 )


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: 03-30-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 64/N: 34)
03-31-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 530 )


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: 04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 645 )


SB 495    Irvin, Missy (R) Repeals the grandfather clause for tobacco possession and for providing tobacco to persons under 21 who turned 19 as of December 31, 2019.
Bill History: 04-14-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S Amendment 1 adopted


SB 505    Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Requires a healthcare provider to coprescribe naloxone or another opioid antagonist when prescribing or dispensing an opioid of 50 MME or more per day, or when certain past prescriptions or patient histories are present.
Bill History: 04-07-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
04-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 651 )


SB 527    Gilmore, Ben (R)
Bentley, Mary (R)
Requires abortion providers to enter a written agreement with a hospital and an ambulance service. Requires human trafficking literature to be posted at the clinic and given to patients.
Bill History: 04-12-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 74/N: 15)
04-13-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 740 )


SB 530    Wallace, David (R)
Ladyman, Jack (R)
Decreases the amount of a workers' compensation third-party liability that an employer, carrier, or (newly added) self-insured carrier is entitled to, from two-thirds to one-half of the proceeds that remain after payment of costs.
Bill History: 04-07-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-07-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 570    Sullivan, Dan (R) Removes current appointees of the State Medical Board on December 31, 2021. Revises the membership structure and provides for appointment of some members by legislative leadership.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S On floor for consideration
04-12-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 19/Y: 13)
04-12-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried


SB 572    Sullivan, Dan (R) Authorizes persons without medical licenses to be officers, directors, or shareholders in a medical corporation. Prohibits those persons from having part in treatment, consultation or advice being given by licensed employees.
Bill History: 04-12-21 S On floor for consideration
04-12-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 16/Y: 13)
06-04-21 S Assigned study proposal number - see ISP 37


SB 590    Garner, Trent (R) Ends the face covering requirement that was issued through executive order and extended until March 31, 2021. Prohibits state agencies, local governements and local officials from mandating the use of a face covering.
Bill History: 04-22-21 S Emergency clause failed
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1002 )


SB 598    Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Allows audio-only communication to qualify as telemedicine if it is real-time, interactive, and substantially meets the requirements for a healthcare service that would otherwise be covered by the health benefit plan; prohibits certain incentives.
Bill History: 04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 603    Irvin, Missy (R) Clarifies contractual requirements of health insurers in cooperating with an ambulatory surgery center that has converted to a temporary hospital facility under programs put in place for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bill History: 04-13-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
04-14-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 723 )


SB 615    Garner, Trent (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Prohibits state and local authorities from using a vaccine passport (meaning documentation that an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or has tested negative for or recovered from the virus) as a condition of entry, travel, employment, etc.
Bill History: 04-26-21 H Passed
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1030 )


SB 617    Rapert, Jason (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Places various restrictions and disclosure requirements on certain pharmacies, physicians or other licensed prescribers who utilize out-of-state pharmacies and common carriers for deliveries; prohibits data mining, requires ownership disclosure; more.
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1053 )


SB 621    Hester, Bart (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Requires the Medicaid Program and the Department of Human Services to reconsider a number of consent decrees resulting from court decisions in light of an intervening Supreme Court decision; requires quarterly reports to the Legislative Council.
Bill History: 04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 77/N: 11)
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 899 )


SB 654    Leding, Greg (D) Extends the period of a visiting qualifying medical marijuana patient card to 90 days.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 58/N: 11)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1028 )


SB 663    Irvin, Missy (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Clarifies the Dept. of Health's authority necessary to continue the regulatory flexibilities for the duration of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospitals Without Walls program and others designed to meet the COVID-19 needs.
Bill History: 04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-27-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1055 )


SB 664    Leding, Greg (D) Exempts health savings account-qualified health insurance policies from prohibitions on cost-sharing requirements with certain exceptions for preventative care; clarifies covered breast cancer screenings to include biological and laboratory testing.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
04-23-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 939 )


SB 666    Ballinger, Bob (R)
Wardlaw, Jeff (R)
Gives the insurer a right of subrogation if a recipient of benefits does not pursue recovery against a liable third party allowing the insurer to pursue reimbursement; provisions do not apply to Worker's Compensation obligations; more.
Bill History: 04-22-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-26-21 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-26-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed


SB 672    Irvin, Missy (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Prohibits an insurer from using CPT codes to set a rate less than 90 percent of an average rate of payment or reimbursement for procedures billed as a hospital outpatient service for the county where the outpatient surgery center is licensed; more.
Bill History: 04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Insurance and Commerce
04-15-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


- End of Report -