Florida - 2020 Legislation

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Convenes: January 14, 2020
Adjourns: March 13, 2020

HB 39

SYNOPSIS: Establishes Independent Living Task Force within Florida Housing Finance Corporation; provides for duties, membership, & meetings of task force; requires task force to submit report to Governor & Legislature by specified date; provides for expiration.

STATUS: Filed 11/6, Referred to Children, Families & Seniors 11/7, Referred to State Affairs Committee 11/7, Children, Families & Seniors 11/7, Favorable with CS by Children, Families & Seniors 12/12, Reported out of Children, Families & Seniors 12/16, Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 12/16, CS Filed 12/16, Referred to State Affairs Committee 12/18, 1st Reading 1/14, Favorable with CS by State Affairs Committee 1/16, Reported out of State Affairs Committee 1/16, Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 1/16, CS Filed 1/16, 1st Reading 1/16, Referred to House Calendar 1/20, 2nd Reading 1/20. Amendment filed 2/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study Committee.

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HB 97

SYNOPSIS: Requires that all electricity used in state be generated by renewable energy by specified date; directs Office of Energy within DACS to develop unified statewide plan; requires state & public entities to cooperate as requested; provides plan requirements; requires office to submit plan & updates to Governor & Legislature.

STATUS: Filed 8/27, Referred to Energy Committee 9/23, Referred to Agriculture 9/23, Referred to Commerce Committee 9/23, Now in Energy Committee 9/23, 1st Reading 1/14.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study Committee.

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HB 253

SYNOPSIS: Authorizes establishment of elder abuse fatality review teams in each judicial circuit to review deaths of elderly persons; provides for membership, operations, meetings, & duties of review teams; provides reporting requirements; provides immunity from monetary liability under certain conditions.

STATUS: Filed 9/30, Referred Children and Families and Seniors Subcommittee 10/10, Referred to Oversight, Transparency subcommittee 10/10, Health and Human Services Subcommittee10/10, Favorable 11/7, Reported out of Health and Human Services 11/8, Laid on Table 11/8, Filed 11/8, 1st Reading 1/14, Health & Human Services Committee 1/22. Favorable and reported out Health & Human Services Committee 2/20,  Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a), Filed 2/20, 1st reading, Added to 2nd reading calendar 2/21.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 317

SYNOPSIS: Provides requirements for unlicensed vendors who perform or promise to perform certain residential work; provides exceptions, rebuttable presumption, & penalties; removes exemption from permitting requirements for certain solicitors, salespersons, & agents.

STATUS: Filed 10/8, Referred Business and Professions subcommittee 10/16, Referred Criminal Justice subcommittee 10/16, Referred to Commerce Committee 10/16, Referred to Business and Professions subcommittee 10/16, 1st Reading 1/14.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 559

SYNOPSIS: Authorizes nursing home facility to establish & implement institutional formulary; requires such facility to maintain written policies & procedures for institutional formulary & make available to AHCA, upon request; provides requirements relating to prescribers; prohibits facility from taking adverse action against prescriber under certain circumstances; authorizes pharmacist to substitute medicinal drugs under institutional formulary established by nursing home facility under certain circumstances.

STATUS: Filed 11/6,Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Health and Human Services Committee 11/15,  Favorable by Health Market Reform Subcommittee; YEAS 13 NAYS 1 12/11, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommitte 12/16, Introduced 1/14, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/4, Now in Health & Human Services Committee 2/4, Favorable with CS by Health & Human Services Committee, Reported out of Health & Human Services Committee, Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a 2/13, Filed 2/13, Bill referred to House Calendar 2/14, Bill added to 2nd reading calendar 2/14.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 767

SYNOPSIS: Revises requirements & standards relating to ALF licensure, inspections, resident criteria & rights, & staff training & continuing education.

STATUS: Filed 11/25, Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee, Health Care Appropriations, Health and Human Services Committee 12/16, 2nd Reading 1/14, Reported out Health Market Reform Committee 1/20, Laid on the table 1/21, Filed 1/21, 1st Reading 1/2`, Referred Health Human Services 1/22, Health Care Appropriations 1/22. Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/4, Now in Health & Human Services Committee. Favorable with CS by Health & Human Services Committee 2/12, Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 2/14, Filed 2/14, 1st reading 2/14, Bill referred to House Calendar 2/17, Added to Second Reading Calendar 2/17, Added to Second Reading Calendar.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 813

SYNOPSIS: Requires securities dealers, investment advisers, & associated persons to immediately report knowledge or suspicion of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults to DCF' central abuse hotline; authorizes dealers & investment advisers to delay certain disbursements or transactions based on reasonable belief of financial exploitation of specified adult; requires dealer or investment adviser to notify certain persons & OFR of such delays; provides immunity from administrative & civil liability for dealers, investment advisers, & associated persons who in good faith & exercising reasonable care comply with specified provisions; requires dealers & investment advisers to develop certain training policies or programs.

STATUS: Filed 1/16/20, 1st Reading 1/16,Referred to Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee 1/20, Referred to Commerce Committee,1/20, Now in Children, Families & Seniors Subcommittee 1/20, Now in Commerce Committee 1/29, Favorable with CS by Commerce Committee 2/6. Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 2/10, Filed 2/10, 1st reading 2/10,  Bill referred to House Calendar 2/11, Read 2nd time 2/19, Placed on 3rd reading 2/19, Read 3rd time 2/20, CS passed; YEAS 118, NAYS 0 2, Referred to Banking and Insurance; Judiciary; Rules 2/27.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 833

SYNOPSIS: Authorizes AHCA, in consultation with DOEA, to approve entities applying to deliver PACE services in state; provides specified requirements for prospective & existing PACE organizations; requires AHCA to oversee & monitor PACE program & organizations. Effective Date: July 1, 2020.

STATUS: Filed 12/2, 1st Reading 1/14, Favorable by Health Market Reform Subcommittee 1/15, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 1/15, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 2/4, Now in Health & Human Services Committee 2/4. Favorable by Health & Human Services Committee 2/12, Added to Second Reading Calendar.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 835

SYNOPSIS: Requires state agencies to provide assistance to Alzheimer's Disease Advisory Committee; creates position of Dementia Director within DOEA; requires Secretary of Elderly Affairs to appoint director; authorizes director to call upon certain agencies for assistance; provides duties & responsibilities of director; revises name of memory disorder clinic in Orange County.

STATUS: Filed 2/5, 1st Reading 2/6, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee 2/6. Favorable by Health & Human Services Committee 2/18, Added to Second Reading Calendar 2/19.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 959

SYNOPSIS: Provides personal property exemptions from legal process for medical debts; requires licensed facility to provide cost estimate to patient or prospective patient under certain conditions; prohibits facility from charging amount exceeding cost estimate by set threshold; requires facility to provide patient written explanation of excess charges; requires facility to establish internal grievance process to allow patients to dispute charges; prohibits facility from engaging in certain collection activities.

STATUS: Filed 12/16, Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee 1/13, Now in Health Market Reform Subcommittee, 1st Reading 1/14, Favorable by Health Market Reform Subcommittee 1/21, Now in Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 1/21, Reported out of Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 1/28, Favorable by Health & Human Services Committee 2/6, Bill released to House Calendar 2/6, Added t 2nd Reading Calendar 2/6. Read 2nd time 2/19, Read 3rd time, Passed; YEAS 116, NAYS 1 2/20, Referred to Health Policy; Judiciary; Rules.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 963

SYNOPSIS: Prohibits use of personal data contained in public records for certain marketing, soliciting, & contact without person's consent; requires operator of certain website or online service to establish designated request address & provide specified notice regarding collection & sale of consumer information; prohibits sale of consumer information upon request of consumer; requires DLA to adopt rules; provides for injunctions & civil penalties.

STATUS: Filed 12/16, Referred to Oversight, Transparency & Public Management 1/3, Civil Justice Subcommittee 1/3 State Affairs Committee 1/3, 1st reading 1/14.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 1065

SYNOPSIS: Revises requirements relating to admission to ALFs & examination of residents; provides minimum training requirements for medication technicians; requires AHCA to establish & evaluate pilot projects to test consultative health quality initiatives.

STATUS: Filed 1/3, Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee 1/13, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 1/13, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee 1/13, 1st Reading 1/14.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 1137

SYNOPSIS: Prohibits certain charges for removal of security freeze; prohibits unlicensed activity by adjusting firms & bail bond agents; provides administrative & criminal penalties; revises status, notice, & payment requirements for claims; revises classes of insurance subject to disclosure requirement before eligible for export under Surplus Lines Law; prohibits certain writing of industrial life insurance policies; revises Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights; removes certain deductible obligation of Florida Insurance Guaranty Association.

STATUS: Filed 1/7, Referred to Insurance & Banking Subcommittee 1/13, 1st Reading 1/14, Reported out of Insurance & Banking Subcommittee 1/29, Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 1/29, Filed 1/29, 1st Reading 1/30, Added to Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee agenda 1/31, Favorable by Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee 2/4, Now in Commerce Committee, Reported out of Commerce Committee 2/17, Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 2/18, Filed 2/18, 1st reading 2/18, Added to Second Reading Calendar.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 1147

SYNOPSIS: Requires certain licensed facilities, providers, & health care practitioners to furnish & provide access to records & reports within specified time frames after receiving request for such records.

STATUS: Filed 1/7, Referred to Health Quality Subcommittee, Referred to Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee 1/13,1st Reading 1/14, Favorable by Health Quality Subcommittee 1/21, Favorable by Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee 1/28, Now in Health & Human Services Committee 1/28. Reported out of Health & Human Services Committee  2/12, Read 2nd time, Read 3rd time 2/26, Passed; YEAS 106, NAYS 8 2/26.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 1189

SYNOPSIS: Prohibits life insurers & long-term care insurers from canceling, limiting, or denying coverage, or establishing differentials in premium rates based on genetic information; prohibits such insurers from taking certain actions relating to genetic information for any insurance purpose.

STATUS: Filed 1/9, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee, Referred to Commerce Committee, Now in Health & Human Services Committee 1/13, 1st Reading 1/14, Favorable by Health & Human Services Committee 1/16, Favorable by Commerce Committee 1/23, Bill released to House Calendar 1/23, Read 2nd time, Read 3rd time 1/29, Passed; YEAS 117, NAYS 1 1/29, Message sent to senate 1/14. Referred to Rules -SJ 278 2/12, 1st reading 2/14. 2nd reading 2/26, 3rd reading 2/26.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 1205

SYNOPSIS: Prohibits limitations on price transparency with patients in contracts between health insurers & health care providers; prohibits health insurer from requiring insured to make payment in certain amount for covered service.

STATUS: Filed 1/9, Health Market Reform Subcommittee, Referred to Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee 1/13, , 1st Reading, Favorable by Health Market Reform Subcommittee 1/21, Favorable by Insurance & Banking Subcommittee 2/4, Now in Health & Human Services Committee. Reported out of Health & Human Services Committee 2/13,  Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a) 2/13, Filed 2/13, CS passed; YEAS 115, NAYS 0 2/26.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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HB 1373

SYNOPSIS: Revises provisions relating to rescreening of certain individuals by aging resource centers; requires DOEA to maintain contact information for certain individuals & inform them of community resources; authorizes community-care-for-the-elderly service providers to dispute certain referrals.

STATUS: Filed 1/13, 1st Reading 1/14, Referred to Health Market Reform Subcommittee, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee, Favorable with CS by Health Market Reform Subcommittee, Laid on Table under Rule 7.18(a), Filed 1/29, 1st Reading 1/29, Referred to Health & Human Services Committee 1/30. Reported out of Health & Human Services Committee 2/26, Added to Second Reading Calendar 2/26.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 1542

SYNOPSIS: Requiring state agencies to provide assistance to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee, upon request; creating the position of Dementia Director within the Department of Elderly Affairs; revising incentive funding criteria for memory disorder clinics; revising the information the department must consider when developing the allocation formula for respite care, etc.

STATUS: Filed 1/8, Referred to Children and Elder Affairs 1/13, Favorable 6-0 out of Children and Elder Affairs Committee 1/21, Appropriations subcommittee 1/21, On Committee agenda-- Criminal Justice, 02/11/20, 10:00 am, 37 Senate Building 2/6.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 1544

SYNOPSIS: Prohibiting the Department of Children and Families, in determining Medicaid eligibility, from considering the cash surrender value of certain life insurance policies as assets if certain conditions are met; specifying requirements for a collateral assignment by a Medicaid applicant; requiring the Agency for Health Care Administration to file a claim for the death benefit upon the recipient’s death; revising the individuals who must be re-screened annually by aging resource centers under the Medicaid long-term care managed care program; requiring the Department of Elderly Affairs to develop, and adopt by rule, a tool for comprehensive assessment of long-term-care supports and services needed by family and friend caregivers for elderly and disabled adults, etc.

STATUS: Filed 1/8, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 1/13, Introduced 1/14, Health Policy Agenda 1/30, CS by Health Policy; YEAS 10 NAYS 0 2/4, Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute) 2/6, CS by Health Policy read 1st time. Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services 2/10, Subcommittee Recommendation: Favorable by Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; YEAS 10 NAYS 0 -SJ 346, Now in Appropriations.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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HB 1672

SYNOPSIS: Requiring securities dealers, investment advisers, and associated persons to immediately report knowledge or suspicion of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults to the Department of Children and Families’ central abuse hotline; authorizing dealers and investment advisers to delay disbursements or transactions of funds or securities from certain accounts associated with specified adults if certain conditions are met; providing for administrative and civil immunity for dealers, investment advisers, and associated persons, etc.

STATUS: Filed 1/10, Referred Banking and Insurance 1/17, Introduced 1/22, On Committee Agenda 1/28 4:00 pm, 412 Knott Bldg, Favorable by Banking and Insurance; YEAS 6 NAYS 0 -SJ 214, On Committee agenda-- Judiciary, 02/11/20, 2:00 pm, 110 Senate Building. CS by Judiciary; YEAS 6 NAYS 0 -SJ 307, Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute), CS by Judiciary read 1st time -SJ 310 2/13,  On Committee agenda-- Rules, 03/02/20, 12:00 pm, 110 Senate Building.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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SB 52

SYNOPSIS: Medicaid Services; Deleting the expiration of a requirement for the Agency for Health Care Administration to make payments for Medicaid-covered services for certain persons based on specified retroactive eligibility time frames, etc.

STATUS: Filed 12/5, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services 12/13, Introduced 1/14, Favorable 6-4 by Health Policy 1/21, Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services 1/22, On Committee agenda for Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, 1/28 11:00 am, 412 Knott Building. Temporarily Postponed.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 144

SYNOPSIS: Energy 2040 Task Force; Creating the Energy 2040 Task Force within the Public Service Commission; requiring the task force to make recommendations, giving consideration to certain topics; requiring that state agencies assist and cooperate with the task force and any advisory committees; requiring the task force to submit recommendations to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Governor by a specified date.

STATUS: Filed 8/16, Referred to Innovation, Industry, and Technology; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations 9/3, Introduced 1/14.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 340

SYNOPSIS: Independent Living Task Force; Establishing the Independent Living Task Force within the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for certain purposes; requiring the corporation to use existing and available resources to administer and support the activities of the task force; requiring the task force to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature by a specified date.

STATUS: Filed 9/18, Withdrawn prior to introduction.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 364

SYNOPSIS: Independent Living Task Force; Establishing the Independent Living Task Force within the Florida Housing Finance Corporation; defining the term “disability”; requiring the task force to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature by a specified date.

STATUS: Fied 9/24, Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Community Affairs; Rules 10/15, Favorable by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; YEAS 7 NAYS 0 -SJ 132, Approved n Community Affairs YEAS 5 NAYS 0 12/9, Rules Committee 12/13, Introduced 1/14, Community Affairs-read 1st time, CS/CS by- Rules; YEAS 16 NAYS 0 -SJ 326, Pending reference review -under Rule 4.7(2)  (Committee Sub), Rules read 1st time 2/19, Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading 2/21.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 400

SYNOPSIS: Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams; Authorizing the establishment of elder abuse fatality review teams in each judicial circuit, to be housed, for administrative purposes only, in the Department of Elderly Affairs; authorizing elder abuse fatality review teams in existence on a certain date to continue to exist; requiring each review team to annually submit to the department by a certain date a summary report containing specified information; providing immunity from monetary liability for review team members under certain conditions.

STATUS: Filed 9/30, Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Appropriations 10/15, Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Approved YEAS 7 NAYS 0 11/5, Referred to Judiciary, Approved in Judiciary; YEAS 5 NAYS 0 12/10, Introduced 1/14, Appropriations; Approved YEAS 18 NAYS 0 1/23, Placed on calendar 2nd reading, Read 3rd time, Passed 37 Yeas 1 Nay, Immediately Certified 2/4.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 402

SYNOPSIS: Assisted Living Facilities; Clarifying that an assisted living facility licensed to provide extended congregate care services or limited nursing services must maintain a written progress report on each person receiving services from the facility’s staff; prohibiting a county or municipality from issuing a business tax receipt, rather than an occupational license, to a facility under certain circumstances; removing restrictions on the method by which a facility may send a report to the Agency for Health Care Administration; clarifying that the absence of an order not to resuscitate does not preclude a physician from withholding or withdrawing cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use of an automated external defibrillator.

STATUS: Filed 9/30, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations, Approved in Health Policy Committee; YEAS 9 NAYS 0 11/5, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services 11/7, Introduced, CS by Health Policy read 1st time 11/14. Subcommittee Recommendation: CS/CS by Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; YEAS 10 NAYS 0 -SJ 347 2/18, Now in Appropriations, On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 03/03/20, 1:00 pm, 412 Knott Building.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 498

SYNOPSIS: Assisted Living Facilities; Clarifying that an assisted living facility licensed to provide extended congregate care services or limited nursing services must maintain a written progress report on each person receiving services from the facility’s staff; prohibiting a county or municipality from issuing a business tax receipt, rather than an occupational license, to a facility under certain circumstances; removing restrictions on the method by which a facility may send a report to the Agency for Health Care Administration; clarifying that the absence of an order not to resuscitate does not preclude a physician from withholding or withdrawing cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use of an automated external defibrillator.

STATUS: Read for the 1st time and referred to committee.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.


SB 784

SYNOPSIS: Assisted Living Facilities; Defining the terms “medication technician” and “point-of-care devices”; providing that the owner or administrator of a facility is responsible for arranging medical evaluations and reevaluations of individuals admitted to or residing in the facility to assess the appropriateness of admission or continued residence; making the results of certain agency surveys inadmissible in certain civil proceedings, with exceptions; providing for minimum requirements and specifications for training of medication technicians.

STATUS: Filed 11/6, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 11/21, Introduced 1/14.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 1020

SYNOPSIS: Authorizing a nursing home facility to establish and implement an institutional formulary; requiring a nursing home facility to maintain written policies and procedures for the institutional formulary; authorizing a pharmacist to therapeutically substitute medicinal drugs under an institutional formulary established by a nursing home facility, under certain circumstances.

STATUS: Filed 11/21, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 12/13, Introduce 1/14, Favorable by Health Policy; YEAS 10 NAYS 0, On Committee agenda-- Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Service 1/28, Favorable by- Appropriations; YEAS 19 NAYS 0 -SJ 346, Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading 2/21.

AmSA POSITION: Support.

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SB 1492

SYNOPSIS: Prohibiting consumer reporting agencies from charging to reissue or provide a new unique personal identifier to a consumer for the removal of a security freeze; authorizing the Department of Financial Services to disapprove the use of insurance agency names containing the words “Medicare” or “Medicaid”; prohibiting life insurers from writing new policies of industrial life insurance beginning on a certain date; providing that communication made to or by an insurer’s representative, rather than to or by an insurer’s agent, constitutes communication to or by the insurer.

STATUS: Filed 1/7, Referred to Commerce and Tourism 1/13, Introduced 1/14, on Committee Agenda 1/28, Favorable Yeas 3 Nays 0, Referred to Banking, Favorable by Banking and Insurance 8-0 with 1 amendment 2/4, Pending reference review under Rule 4.7 2/5. Now in Rules 2/10, CS by- Rules; YEAS 15 NAYS 0 -SJ 357  2/28, Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 1542

SYNOPSIS:Alzheimer’s Disease; Requiring state agencies to provide assistance to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee, upon request; creating the position of Dementia Director within the Department of Elderly Affairs; revising incentive funding criteria for memory disorder clinics; revising the information the department must consider when developing the allocation formula for respite care.

STATUS: Filed 1/8, Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 1/14, Introduced, Favorable by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; YEAS 6 NAYS 0 1/21, Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Service. Subcommittee Recommendation: Favorable by Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; YEAS 9 NAYS 0 -SJ 307, On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 03/03/20, 1:00 pm, 412 Knott Building.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 1544

SYNOPSIS: Elderly Care; Prohibiting the Department of Children and Families, in determining Medicaid eligibility, from considering the cash surrender value of certain life insurance policies as assets if certain conditions are met; specifying requirements for a collateral assignment by a Medicaid applicant; requiring the Agency for Health Care Administration to file a claim for the death benefit upon the recipient’s death; revising the individuals who must be re-screened annually by aging resource centers under the Medicaid long-term care managed care program; requiring the Department of Elderly Affairs to develop, and adopt by rule, a tool for comprehensive assessment of long-term-care supports and services needed by family and friend caregivers for elderly and disabled adults.

STATUS: Filed 1/8, Referred to Health Policy; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations 1/13, Introduced 1/14, On Committee Agenda , Health Policy 1/30. CS by Health Policy 10 Yeas 0 Nays 2/4, Pending reference review under Rule 4.7 (2) Committee Substitute, CS by Health Policy read 1st time. Substitute, CS by Health Policy read 1st time 2/6, Subcommittee Recommendation: Favorable by Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; YEAS 10 NAYS 0 -SJ 346, On Committee agenda-- Appropriations, 03/03/20, 1:00 pm, 412 Knott Building.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 1664

SYNOPSIS: Medical Billing; Providing additional personal property exemptions from legal process for medical debts resulting from services provided in certain licensed facilities; revising requirements for hospitals and certain other licensed facilities in providing estimates of charges to patients or prospective patients; prohibiting hospitals and certain other licensed facilities from engaging in extraordinary collection actions to obtain payment for services under certain circumstances.

STATUS: Filed 1/10, Referred to Health Policy; Judiciary; Rules -SJ 163 1/17, Introduced 1/22.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 1670

SYNOPSIS: Consumer Data Privacy; Prohibiting the use of personal data contained in public records for certain marketing, soliciting, and contact without the person’s consent; requiring the operator of a website or online service that collects certain information from consumers in this state to establish a designated request address and provide specified notice regarding the collection and sale of such information; prohibiting such operator from making any sale of consumer information upon request of the consumer.

STATUS: Filed 1/10, Referred to Commerce and Tourism; Judiciary; Rules -SJ 163 1/17, Introduced 1/22.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 1672

SYNOPSIS: Protection of Vulnerable Investors; Requiring securities dealers, investment advisers, and associated persons to immediately report knowledge or suspicion of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults to the Department of Children and Families’ central abuse hotline; authorizing dealers and investment advisers to delay disbursements or transactions of funds or securities from certain accounts associated with specified adults if certain conditions are met; providing for administrative and civil immunity for dealers, investment advisers, and associated persons.

STATUS: Filed 1/10, Referred Banking and Insurance, Judiciary, Rues 1/17, Introduced 1/22, Favorable Banking Insurance Yeas 6- Nays 0 1/28, In Judiciary 1/29, Committee Agenda for 2/6, CS by Judiciary; YEAS 6 NAYS 0 -SJ 307 2/11, Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute) 2/13, Now in Rules, On Committee agenda-- Rules, 03/02/20, 12:00 pm, 110 Senate Building.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 1682

SYNOPSIS: Prescription Drug Price Transparency; Citing this act as the “Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act”; authorizing specified pharmacies and pharmacists to contract with pharmacy benefit managers; requiring group health plans, health insurers, and certain pharmacy benefit managers to base plan beneficiaries’ and insureds’ coinsurance obligations for certain prescription drugs on specified drug prices; requiring pharmacy benefit managers to allow insurers, health maintenance organizations, and payors access to specified records, data, and information, etc.

STATUS: Filed 1/10, Referred to Banking and Insurance; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations -SJ 165, Introduced 1/22.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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SB 1836

SYNOPSIS: Health Insurance and Prescription Drug Coverage; Requiring the state group insurance program to allow enrollees to obtain health care services and prescription drugs from out-of-network providers and pharmacies if certain conditions are met; revising provider organizations included in benefit packages for the state group insurance program; requiring the state employees’ prescription drug program to allow members and members’ dependents to obtain prescription drugs from out-of-network pharmacies if certain conditions are met; requiring health insurers to apply certain payments toward deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums within a specified timeframe under certain circumstances.

STATUS: Filed 1/13, Referred to Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government; Appropriations 1/13, Introduced 1/2.

AmSA POSITION: Referred to AmSA study committee.

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