LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

New/Active Legislation

The Rhode Island General Assembly session runs from January to June. During that time, legislation is introduced, discussed, amended and passed/defeated. During the session, you will find information here on select active legislation that impacts business and health care, including the bill name, a bill summary, bill sponsor, a link to the complete text of the bill and its current status.

        

 

 

     

                    2019 Legislative Tracker

 

 

 

Bill

Bill Name

Legislative Category

Purpose

Consumer Cost/Premium

Economic Impact

Sponsoring Legislators

       

 

 

 

H 5067

Relating to Businesses and Professions - Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters

Health & Safety, Businesses & Professions

Prohibits sale and/or delivery of hearing aids directly to consumers through the Internet or direct mail w/o a certificate of need.

Yes

No

Lombardi

Hull

H 5121

Relating to Insurance - Hearing Aids

Health & Safety, HealthCare Plans/Services

Increases Coverage from $1500 per hearing aid per ear to $2000 per hearing aid per ear every three years.

 

 

 

 

Yes

No

Vella-Wilkinson

Morin

Solomon

Bennett

Millea

H 5120

Relating to Insurance - Accident and Sickness Insurance Policies

HealthCare Plans/Services, Health Insurance

Requires insurers to provide coverage to include physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and oriental medicine for "evidence-based" non-opioid treatments for pain.

 

 

 

 

Yes

No

Morin

Phillips

Casey

Vella-Wilkinson

Millea

S 26

Relating to Insurance - Mental illness & Substance Abuse

Health Insurance

Requires insurance coverage for at least ninety (90) days of residential or inpatient services for mental health and/or substance-use disorders for American Society of Addiction Medicine levels of care 3.1 and 3.3.

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

No

Crowley

Quezada

Goldin

Nesselbush

Metts

S 66

Relating to Insurance - Coordination of benefits

HealthCare Plans/Services, Health Insurance

Authorizes the department of business regulation to determine the status of insurers for coordination of benefits purposes when there are two or more insurers.

 

 

 

 

No

No

Nesselbush

Quezada

Crowley

Picard

Bell

S 68

Relating to Insurance - Accident and Sickness Insurance Policies

HealthCare Plans/Services, Health Insurance

Requires health insurance contract plans or policies to provide coverage for certain licensed practices.

Yes

No

Picard

S 136

Relating to Businesses and Professions - Prescription Drug Sales

Businesses & Professions

Requires prescription drug manufacturers to file a detailed, updated list of each pharmaceutical sales representative and to pay an annual fee for each name listed with the department of business regulation.

No

No

Miller

Satchell

Sosnowski

Goldin

Valverde

S 137

Relating to Insurance - Prescription Drug Benefits

Insurance

Regulates prescription drug marketing by manufacturers using strategies offering various discounts to disguise costs of high priced drugs versus lower costs alternatives and makes discounts available to individuals without health insurance. Eff. 1/1/20.

No

No

Miller

Satchell

Sosnowski

Goldin

Valverde

S 141

Relating to Insurance - Community Access Services

Insurance

Requires health insurance to provide coverage for communication access between deaf patients and their physicians.

Yes

No

Archambault

Crowley

Sosnowski

Miller

Cano

S 142

Relating to Insurance - Hearing Aids

Insurance

Increases insurance coverage for hearing aids from $1,500 to $2,000, per ear, every three years. In addition, the amount of insurance coverage would no longer be based on the age of the recipient.

Yes

No

Archambault

Crowley

Sosnowski

Cano

Satchell

S 143

Relating to Food and Drugs - Opioids

Food & Drugs

Provides for physician/patient discussion regarding addiction and alternate treatment prior to initial and third opioid prescription.

No

No

Archambault

Sheehan

DiPalma

Paolino

Raptakis

S 144

Relating to Human Services - Long Term Care

Human Services

Requires managed care organizations to consult with the executive office of health and human services to develop incentives for nursing facilities that demonstrate lower direct care staff turnover.

Undecided

No

Goldin

Miller

S 145

Relating to Insurance - Dental Coverage

Insurance

Requires nonprofit dental service plan providers to provide notice of any changes relating to coverage to all plan purchasers purchasing dental services for employees under a group or individual policy.

Undecided

No

Archambault

Nesselbush

Satchell

Raptakis

S 146

Relating to Insurance - Surprise Bills

Insurance

Protects people with health insurance from surprise medical bills for emergency and other services by requiring a non-participating health care provider to bill an insured party only for a co-payment, or deductible.

Yes

No

Archambault

Nesselbush

Miller

Euer

Satchell

H 5094

Relating to Businesses and Professions - Prescription Drugs

Businesses & Professions

Requires the identification of prescription drugs on which the state spends significant health care dollars due to increase in costs and requires the drug's manufacturers to provide relevant information and documentation to justify costs increases.

No

No

Lombardi

Hull

Walsh

H 5095

Relating to Commercial Law - Prescription Drugs

Commercial Law

Prohibits price-gouging of prescribed drugs or pharmaceuticals in times of market emergency or market shortages and makes violators guilty of a felony and subject to injunctive relief.

No

No

Lombardi

Cassar

Hull

Quattrocchi

Walsh

H 5142

Relating to Businesses and Professions - Diagnostic Testing

HealthCare Plans/Services, Businesses & Professions

Includes in the practice of physical therapy ordering diagnostic images and studies provided they are performed and interpreted by other licensed health care professionals.

Yes

No

Bennett

Edwards

McNamara

McEntee

Jacquard

H 5190

Relating to Insurance - Dental Coverage

insurance

Redefines the term "covered services" as used to describe applicable subscriber agreements between a health care entity and a dentist, to exclude waiting period provisions.

No

No

Bennett

Corvese

Lima

Canario

Walsh

H 5194

Relating to Taxation - Tax Credits

Taxation

Repeals the sunset provision of chapter 33.6 of title 44 which grants tax credits to individuals or companies redeveloping historic structures.

No

No

Marshall

O'Brien

Morin

Vella-Wilkinson

Millea

H 5204

Relating to State Affairs and Government - Prescription Drugs

State Affairs & Government

Requires that enrollees in the Rhode Island best RX Prescription drug discount program for the uninsured are not charged a copay for their prescriptions.

Yes

No

Bennett

Forgarty

Diaz

Edwards

Solomon

S 217

Relating to Insurance - Prompt processing of claims

Insurance

Provides greater details to be considered when deciding if there has been substantial compliance with the statuses requiring the prompt processing and payment of health insurance claims.

No

No

DiPalma

Miller

Goldin

Archambault

Picard

S 242

Relating to Labor Relations - Uninsured protection

Labor Relations

Provides that the provisions of the RI Uninsured Protection Fund, which addresses payments from the uninsured protection fund to employees of uninsured employers, would apply to injuries that occur on or after September 1, 2019.

No

No

Ciccone

Lombardi

Lombardo

McCaffrey

Goodwin

H 5146

Relating to Insurance - Pediatric mental health coverage

Insurance

Requires health insurance coverage for annual pediatric mental health examinations when ordered by a physician.

Yes

No

Bennett

Edwards

McNamara

McEntee

Jacquard

H 5184

Relating to Businesses - Pharmacies

Insurance

Requires pharmacies display warning notice regarding use of opioids/schedule II controlled substances compiled by DOH relating to overuse/misuse/mixing with other drugs/alcohol effective 9/1/19. 

No

No

Caldwell

Craven

McNamara

Bennett

Chippendale

H 5218

Relating to Insurance - Compliance

Insurance

Substitutes the office of health insurance commissioner for the director of business regulation as the overseer of health insurance claims and sets forth guidelines to use to determine whether substantial compliance has been met.

No

No

Craven

McEntee

Edwards

Bennett

H 5229

Relating to Insurance - Copays, coinsurance, and deductibles

Insurance

Limits copays, coinsurance or office deductible for services of a physical therapist to the amount authorized for medical osteopathic physician office visits.

Yes

No

Kazarian

Solomon

Blazejewski

Edwards

H 5232

Relating to Insurance - Emergency OOP costs

Insurance

Requires that a participant or beneficiary incur no greater out-of-pocket costs for emergency services than with an in-network provider.

Yes

No

Edwards

Newberry

Azzinaro

Kennedy

Casey

S 211

Relating to Behavioral Healthcare - Funding recovery centers

Health & Safety

Establishes a mental health consumer advocate and wellness recovery center to provide support for those suffering from mental health issues and would appropriate two-hundred ninety five thousand dollars ($295,000) to operate the program.

No

No

Metts

Miller

Crowley

Coyne

Lawson

S 214

Relating to Health and Safety - Hospital mergers

 Health & Safety

Expands the health services council to twenty-four (24) members and amends disclosure provisions of the hospital conversion act.

No

No

Euer

Murray

Crowley

Pearson

Cano

H 5347

Relating to Insurance - Prompt processing of claims

Health Care Plans/Services

Provides greater details to be considered when deciding if there has been substantial compliance with the statutes requiring the prompt processing and payment of health insurance claims.

Undecided

No

Bennett

Shanley

McEntee

Caldwell

H 5364

Relating to Insurance - Accident and Sickness Insurance Policies

 Health Insurance

Prohibits health insurance companies from changing premiums based on gender.

Undecided

No

Kazarian

Fogarty

Cassar

Bennett

Blazejewski

H 5369

Relating to Insurance - Health insurance determinations

Health Insurance

Provides reviews of health insurance determinations as to insurance coverage would be conducted by a medical specialist.

Undecided

No

Ajello

Casimiro

Kazarian

Shekarchi

Jacquard

S 290

Relating to Health and Safety – Single Payer Health care

Health Care Plans/Services

Establishes a universal, comprehensive, affordable single-payer health care insurance program.

Yes

No

Bell

Nesselbush

Quezada

Seveney

Murray

H 5269

Relating to Labor Relations – Minimum Wages

Health Care Plans/Services

Provides health care employers with at least 18 employees, which receive certain state funding or pay an executive $1,000,000 or more annually, pay a minimum wage of $15.00.

Yes

No

Blazejewski

Shanley

Barros

Cassar

Ranglin-Vassell

S 369

Relating to Labor Relations – Minimum Wages

Health Care Plans/Services

Provides health care employers with at least 18 employees, which receive certain state funding or pay an executive $1,000,000 or more annually, pay a minimum wage of $15.00.

Yes

No

Lawson

Euer

Goodwin

McCaffrey

Ruggerio

H 5421

Relating to Insurance – Surprise Bills

Health Insurance

Protects people with health insurance from surprise medical bills for emergency and other services by requiring a non-participating health care provider to bill an insured party only for a co-payment, or deductible.

Yes

No

Shanley

Casimiro

Mendez

Barros

Blazejewski

H 5420

Relating to Insurance – Blood Test Coverage

Health Insurance

Mandates blood testing services coverage by accident/sickness/nonprofit hospital/nonprofit medical service corporation/HMOs effective 1/1/20.

Yes

No

Diaz

Ackerman

Corvese

Slater

Craven

S 307

Relating to Health and Safety – Discharge Planning

Insurance

Requires all contracts between health insurance carriers and the Rhode Island Medicaid program to cover clinically appropriate services for the treatment of mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.)

N/A

N/A

Miller

Goldin

Satchell

Sheehan

Valverde

H 5462

Relating to Insurance – Accident and Sickness Policies

Insurance

Requires health insurance providers to provide coverage for medical services for injuries received in motor vehicle or other accident regardless of whether the policy holder is seeking or may seek damages from a third party.

N/A

N/A

Jacquard

Ucci

Millea

Lima

McNamara

S 67

Relating to Behavioral Health care – Program Plans

Human Services

Amends the definition of "individualized program plan" to require that evaluations issued thereby be conducted by an independent third party.

N/A

N/A

DiPalma

Conley

Miller

Euer

Cano

H 5434

Relating to Food and Drugs – Controlled Substances

HealthCare Plans/Services, Health Insurance

Excludes chronic intractable pain from the definition of "acute pain management,” for purposes of prescribing, administering and dispensing controlled substances by a practitioner.

No

No

Amore

Serodio

Ruggiero

Kazarian

H 5248 Relating to Businesses and Professions – Medical Licensure Labor Relations Requires the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline to provide for reciprocal licensure of physicians from other jurisdictions under certain conditions, and in connection therewith, requires the board to promulgate applicable rules and regulations. No No

Lima

Bennett

Corvese

Williams

H 5247 Relating to Businesses and Professions – Medical Licensure Health Insurance Authorizes hospital medical staff to elect whether or not to participate in a maintenance of certification program, to elect medical specialty board to implement the program and prohibits insurers from denying reimbursement based solely on this election. No No

Lima

Williams

Bennett

 

 

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