RESOLUTIONS: FINAL ACTIONS 2017 WSMA HOD
KCMS Sponsored Resolutions:
C-2 – Homelessness (ADOPTED AS AMENDED)
C-3 – Covered Services and No Prior Authorization Needed (REFERRED)
C-4 – Insurance Companies Take Backs (ADOPTED AS AMENDED)
C-5 – Prescription Prior Authorization (REFERRED)
C-15 – Useful Medical Student Documentation (ADOPTED)
B-4 – Safe-injection Facilities as Harm Reduction to Address Opiod Crisis (ADOPTED AS AMENDED)
2017-18 Legislative Updates
This is what we are watching now! We will continue to keep you posted as the session progresses.
- HB 1002 Concerning public funds being used for elective abortions: Restricts public funding of abortion unless the abortion is determined to be medically necessary.
- HB 1043/SB 5124 Addressing nonpublic personal health information: Prohibits the insurance commissioner from disclosing nonpublic personal health information except in the furtherance of regulatory or legal action brought as a part of the insurance commissioner’s official duties.
- HB 1054 /SB 5025 Tobacco Products Age: Raises the legal age to twenty-one years in order for the sale or distribution of tobacco and vapor products to be made.
- HB 1117 Addressing health care services balance billing: Establishes the balance billing protection act to provide for the protection of consumers against balance billing for emergency and other health care services when: (1) Emergency health care services are provided to a covered person; or(2) Health care services are provided to a covered person at an in-network facility, but are provided by an out-of-network provider when no in-network provider is available to provide the health care services.
- HB 1211/SB 5160 Addressing prescription drug insurance continuity of care: Prohibits an issuer from denying continued coverage or increasing the copayment or coinsurance amount for a prescription drug to a medically stable enrollee under certain circumstances.
- HB 1234 Addressing private health plan coverage of contraceptives: Requires a health benefit plan that includes coverage for contraceptive drugs to provide reimbursement for a twelve-month refill of contraceptive drugs obtained at one time by the enrollee.
- HB 1243 Prohibiting the sale, donation, or use of aborted fetal body parts: Prohibits the sale, donation, or transfer of the body of a fetus whose death is the result of the application of an abortion procedure or technique.
- HB 1244 Preventing purveyors of public water systems from intentional fluoridation in excess of concentrations that are currently recommended by the department of health: Prohibits a purveyor from intentionally fluoridating water supplied by a public water system to a level that exceeds 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water.
- HB 1276 Creating a pilot project to test a three-part aim solution that improves health and health care in a manner that lowers overall health care costs in a normally distributed population: Requires the state health care authority to: (1) Conduct a pilot project for enrollees in the uniform medical plan to test a three-part aim solution that improves health and health care in a manner that lowers overall health care costs in a normally distributed population; (2) Conduct a matched cohort study to determine the cost containment capabilities of the three-part aim solution; and (3) Contract, directly or through an insuring or plan administration entity, with a vendor that offers a three-part aim solution.
- HB 1277/SB 5185 Providing immunity from liability for professional or trade associations providing emergency response volunteers: Prohibits an act or omission, by a covered volunteer emergency worker while engaged in a covered activity, from imposing any liability for civil damages resulting from the act or omission upon a professional or trade association.
- HB 1312 Requiring the department of social and health services to collect and publicly report information on the safe surrender of newborn children: Requires the department of social and health services to collect and compile information concerning: (1) The number and medical condition of newborns transferred by the parent to a qualified person; (2) The number and medical condition of newborns abandoned within the state who were not transferred; and (3) Report its findings annually, to the public, which may be on its website.
- HB 1338/SB 5253 WA State High Risk Insurance Pool Removes certain December 2017 dates with regard to eligibility for, and cancellation and discontinuing of, Washington state health insurance pool coverage. Allows some of Washington’s most vulnerable citizens to have health insurance.
- HB 1426 / SB 5248 Prescription Monitoring Program: Allows local health officers as well as certain facilities, entities and provider groups to gain PMP information.
- HB 1427 Opioid Treatment Programs: Addresses opioid treatment programs.
- HB 1432 / SB 5353 Foundational Public Health Services: Addresses the protection of the public’s health in the state, core public health services and essential capabilities that comprise foundational public health services, and development of a governmental public health improvement plan. Creates the core public health services account.
- HB 1515 Disability Parking Permits: Requires a licensed physician, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant who is authorizing a parking permit to provide a signed written authorization on a prescription pad or paper or office letterhead or by electronic means.
- HB 1810 Obligations of mental health professionals: Requires a mental health professional or an individual health care provider providing mental health services to a patient to warn or to take reasonable precautions to provide protection from a patient’s violent behavior only if the patient has communicated to the mental health professional or individual health care provider an actual threat of physical violence against a reasonably identifiable victim or victims.
- HB 1926 Capital Gains Tax; Enacting an excise tax on capital gains to improve the fairness of Washington’s tax system and provide funding for the education legacy trust account: Imposes a tax on individuals for the privilege of: (1) Selling or exchanging long-term capital assets; or(2) Receiving Washington capital gains. Allows a business and occupation tax deduction against a person’s gross income of the business to the extent necessary to avoid taxing the same amounts under chapter 82.04 RCW and this act. Provides funding for the education legacy trust account.
- HB 1967 Noncompetition agreements: Requires an employer, in order for a noncompetition agreement to be enforceable, to: (1) Disclose the terms of the agreement in writing to the prospective employee no later than the time of the offer of employment; or (2) If the agreement is entered into after the commencement of employment, provide independent consideration for the agreement.
- SB 5035 /HB 1242 Concerning patients’ access to investigational medical products for terminally ill: Authorizes an eligible patient and his or her treating physician to request that a manufacturer make an investigational product available for treatment of the patient.
- SB 5124 Nonpublic Personal Health Information: Prohibits the insurance commissioner from disclosing nonpublic personal health information except in the furtherance of regulatory or legal action brought as a part of the insurance commissioner’s official duties.
- SB 5197 Requiring Additional Security for the All Payer Claims database: Changes certain reporting requirements of the office of the chief information officer with regard to the statewide all-payer health care claims database.
- SB 5223 Concerning safe injection sites in Washington state: Declares that the state fully occupies and preempts the entire field of safe injection site regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, use, authorization, or any other element relating to safe injection sites. Provides for submission of this act to a vote of the people.
- SB 5248 Concerning persons to whom the department of health may provide prescription monitoring program data: Expands the list of persons to whom the department of health may provide prescription monitoring program data.
- SB 5289/1371 Distracted Driving; Modifying the infraction of and penalties for distracted driving: Revises distracted driving provisions with regard to portable electronic devices which are defined as a device that is capable of wireless communication or electronic data retrieval and is not manufactured primarily for hands-free use in a motor vehicle.
- SB 5435 Expanding patient access to health services through telemedicine by further defining where a patient may receive the service.
- SB 5478 / HB 1640 Advance Directives:Requires a directive to withhold or withdraw from life-sustaining treatment in a terminal condition or permanent unconscious condition to be: (1) Signed by the declarer, who has provided proof of identity; and (2) Acknowledged before a notary public or other individual authorized by law to take acknowledgments.
- SB 5756 Addressing noncompetition agreements: States that a noncompetition agreement between an employer and an employee is void and unenforceable if the employee’s compensation, excluding benefits, is less than: (1) Fifty-five thousand dollars per year in 2017; and(2) Beginning January 1, 2018, and each January 1st thereafter, the amount provided in (1) above adjusted for inflation. (Same as 1976 but adds different provisions).
BILLS THAT ARE DEAD
- HB 1003, 1775, 1776, and SB 5320 Concerning abortion
- HB 1047 Protecting the public’s health by creating a system for safe and secure collection and disposal of unwanted medications
- HB 1337 Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
- HB 1339 Opioid pill count limits
- HB 1637 / SB 5471 Medicaid primary care reimbursement rate
- HB 1640 Allowing notaries and proof of identity for advance directives
- HB 1811 Operations & governance structure of a health care provider/provider org
- HB 1967 Noncompete agreements
- HB 2090 Prohibiting administration of vaccines without reviewing patient’s health history
- HB 2092 Regulating content of immunization exemption form
- HB 2114 Balance billing
- SB 5084 Mandatory breast density reporting
- SB 5369 Practice of naturopathy
- SB 5457 Telemedicine; Expanding patient access to health services through telemedicine by further defining where a patient may receive the service
- SB 5574 Health care declarations / POLST
- SB 56726 Prohibiting step therapy in treatments for stage-four cancer
- SB 5782 Step therapy for metal health
- SB 5800 Concerning obligations of mental health professionals, duty to warn
Follow bills at: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/