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Legislative Report

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3/24/2017
Bill Summary Latest Action

Sampson (R)

Budgeting for Medicaid Expenditures

Joint Committee on Appropriations


Concerns budgeting for medicaid expenditures; reflects Medicaid expenditures in the state budget accurately.

01/04/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

Ziobron (R)

Drug Assets Forfeiture Revolving Account

Joint Committee on Appropriations


Concerns the use of funds from the drug assets forfeiture revolving account for drug treatment beds; provides funding from the drug assets forfeiture revolving account for drug treatment beds.

01/04/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

Sampson (R)

Long Term Care Insurance Premium Payments Tax Credit

Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding


Establishes a tax credit against the personal income tax for long-term care insurance premium payments; encourages individuals to purchase long-term care insurance.

01/04/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING.

Belsito (R)

Department of Aging

Joint Committee on Government Administration and Elections


Eliminates the Department on Aging; eliminates overlapping state services and promote efficiency in government by undoing the prior transfer of functions from the Department of Social Services to the Department on Aging and by eliminating the Department on Aging.

01/04/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS.

Sampson (R)

Limits on Nutritional Assistance for Able Bodied Adults

Joint Committee on Human Services


Sets limits on nutritional assistance for certain able-bodied adults; ensures persons capable of working or volunteering do not indefinitely receive supplemental nutrition assistance.

01/04/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES.

Camillo (R)

Task Force To Address Barriers Faced By Senior Citizens

Joint Committee on Human Services


Establishes a task force to address barriers faced by senior citizens; improves the lives of state residents who are senior citizens by reducing or eliminating administrative and financial burdens on their ability to afford to live in the state.

01/04/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES.

Perillo (R)

Reimbursements To Health Care Providers

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Concerns reimbursements to health care providers for covered services provided for the treatment of a substance use disorder; requires insurance companies, health care companies, fraternal benefit societies and other entities that provide coverage for the treatment of a substance use disorder to reimburse health care providers directly, rather than insureds, for services provided by such provider for the treatment of the substance use disorder.

03/23/2017 :

  • Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis.

Sampson (R)

Free Market Health Care System

Joint Committee on Public Health


Establishes a task force to research and review the benefit of establishing a free market health care system; researches and reviews the viability of creating a free market health care system.

01/04/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH.

McCarty (R)

Nursing Home Residents

Died


Concerns transportation for nursing home residents; allows more non-ambulatory nursing home residents to visit the homes of their families.

03/07/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Ferraro (R)

Nursing Home Medicaid Reimbursement System

Joint Committee on Human Services


Concerns an acuity-based medicaid reimbursement system for nursing home services; provides nursing home Medicaid reimbursement commensurate with the cost of caring for residents with a variety of health conditions and diagnoses.

01/24/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES.

Joint Committee on Aging

Medicaid Eligibility for Home Care Services

Joint Committee on Appropriations


Concerns retroactive Medicaid eligibility for home-care services; provides Medicaid coverage retroactively for eligible individuals.

03/07/2017 :

  • To JOINT Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

Joint Committee on Aging

State Ombudsman

Joint Committee on Appropriations


Requires the state ombudsman to investigate complaints concerning recipients of home and community based services; expands the oversight of the State Ombudsman to home and community based services; defines home and community-based services.

03/07/2017 :

  • To JOINT Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

Joint Committee on Aging

Tax Deduction for Long Term Care Insurance Premiums

Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding


Concerns an income tax deduction for long-term care insurance premiums; relates to the amount of any premium paid in the taxable year for a long-term care insurance policy.

03/07/2017 :

  • To JOINT Committee on FINANCE, REVENUE AND BONDING.

Joint Committee on Aging

Long Term Care Needs

HOUSE


Concerns long-term care needs; ensures that long-term care programs are accessible and sufficient to meet the needs of Connecticut residents; relates to The Money Follows the Person demonstration projects.

03/09/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • HOUSE Calendar No. 53.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 25.

Joint Committee on Aging

Long Term Care

HOUSE


Implements recommendations of the Program Review and Investigations Committee concerning long-term care; provides for a data collection system to guide the development of the strategic plan for long-term care; provides that the Money Follows the Person demonstration project participants are counted only once for reporting purposes regardless of how many times they have been referred; reduces the post-transition outcome of death for participants with chronic diseases, health condition or diabetes.

03/09/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • HOUSE Calendar No. 56.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 28.

Aresimowicz (D)

Deficiency Appropriations

Joint Committee on Appropriations


Makes deficiency appropriations for the fiscal year; implements the Governor’s budget recommendations.

02/09/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

Aresimowicz (D)

Biennium State Budget

Joint Committee on Appropriations


Concerns the state budget for the biennium, and making appropriations therefor; implements the Governor’s budget recommendations.

02/14/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0214.
  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0215.
  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0216.
  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0217.
  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0221.
  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0222.
  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0223.
  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0224.

Joint Committee on Public Health

Public Health

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Concerns the legislative commissioners’ recommendations for technical changes to the public health statutes; makes technical corrections to certain public health statutes.

03/23/2017 :

  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

Joint Committee on Public Health

Protection of Residents in Nursing Homes

Joint Committee on Public Health


Concerns the department of public health’s recommendations regarding the protection of residents in nursing homes; implements the recommendations of the Department of Public Health regarding the protection of residents in nursing homes.

03/08/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0313.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Fair Rent for Nursing Homes

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Concerns fair rent for nursing homes; prevents cuts in state reimbursement to a nursing home based on the component of the home’s Medicaid rate related to facility property costs.

03/16/2017 :

  • From JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES: Reported with substitute.
  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Study of Medicaid Funded Programs

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Concerns a study of medicaid-funded programs; ensures that Medicaid-funded programs are effective and accessible.

03/16/2017 :

  • From JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES: Reported favorably.
  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Department of Social Services Study Programs

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Concerns a study of programs administered by the Department of Social Services; ensures the efficiency and responsiveness of programs administered by the Department of Social Services.

03/16/2017 :

  • From JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES: Reported favorably.
  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Federal Medicaid Waivers and State Plan Amendments

Joint Committee on Human Services


Concerns federal medicaid waivers and state plan amendments; determines the need for additional federal Medicaid waivers or Medicaid state plan amendments.

03/16/2017 :

  • From JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES: Reported favorably.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Long Term Care

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Concerns long-term care; ensures that long-term care programs are accessible and sufficient to meet the needs of state residents.

03/16/2017 :

  • From JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES: Reported favorably.
  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Nursing Homes

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Concerns nursing homes; ensures that nursing home services adequately meet the needs of persons requiring institutional care.

03/16/2017 :

  • From JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES: Reported favorably.
  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

Looney (D)

Advance Notice of Guidelines and Bulletins

Joint Committee on Human Services


Concerns advance notice of guidelines and bulletins issued by the Department of Social Services; improves government transparency.

01/09/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES.

Looney (D)

Site Neutral Payments for Health Care Services

Died


Requires setting-neutral reimbursement policies to be included in contracts between health insurers and other entities that contract with health care providers for the provision of health care services.

03/16/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Looney (D)

Urgent Care Adverse Determination Review Requests

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Reduces the time frames for urgent care adverse determination review requests; improves access to care.

03/20/2017 :

  • Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis.

Witkos (R)

Registered Nurses to Practice Independently

Joint Committee on Public Health


Allows advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently under the supervision of an experienced advanced practice registered nurse; allows new advanced practice registered nurses to collaborate with experienced advanced practice registered nurses.

01/09/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH.

Looney (D)

Staff Membership or Privileges of Physicians

Joint Committee on Public Health


Concerns staff membership or privileges of physicians; prevents patients from receiving unexpected bills.

01/09/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH.

Miner (R)

Legislative Approval Of All Medicaid Waiver Renewals

Joint Committee on Human Services


Requires legislative approval of all medicaid waiver renewals and extensions; reins in costs by requiring legislative review of all Medicaid waiver renewals and extensions.

01/17/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES.

Kelly (R)

Patient Bill of Rights for Long Term Care Residents

Died


Expands the patient bill of rights for long-term care residents; expands patient rights regarding transfers within a long-term care facility.

03/07/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Kelly (R)

Medicaid Eligibility

Joint Committee on Human Services


Requires fairness for families in Medicaid eligibility and reimbursement determinations.

01/18/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES.

Kelly (R)

Medicaid Penalties for After Discovered Assets

Joint Committee on Human Services


Concerns Medicaid penalties for after-discovered assets; makes state Medicaid law regarding after-discovered assets consistent with Social Security eligibility standards.

01/18/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES.

Kelly (R)

Conveyance of Property

Joint Committee on Human Services


Permits certain persons and beneficiaries to dispose of property without first seeking the consent of the Commissioner of Social Services; allows conveyances of property of a recipient of public assistance to be recorded in a timely fashion.

01/18/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES.

Kelly (R)

Medicaid Eligibility Determinations

Joint Committee on Human Services


Concerns inaccessible assets in medicaid eligibility determinations; defines inaccessible assets for Medicaid eligibility purposes.

01/18/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on HUMAN SERVICES.

Kelly (R)

Nursing Facilities Hospice Care Study

Joint Committee on Public Health


Requires a study concerning the provision of hospice care in skilled nursing facilities; identifies means to provide hospice care in skilled nursing facilities that is similar to the hospice care provided in hospice facilities.

01/19/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH.

Doyle (D)

Charges for Vacant Nursing Home Beds

Died


Concerns charges for vacant nursing home beds; eliminates double billing for patients who pay for both a vacant nursing home bed and a hospital stay.

03/16/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Joint Committee on Aging

Nursing Home Services

SENATE


Concerns nursing home services; ensures that nursing home services adequately meet the needs of persons requiring institutional care.

03/09/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • Senate Calendar No. 68.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 33.

Joint Committee on Aging

Medicaid Funded Programs Study

SENATE


Concerns a study of medicaid funded programs; ensures that Medicaid-funded programs are effective and accessible.

03/09/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • Senate Calendar No. 70.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 35.

Joint Committee on Aging

Needs Allowance for Long Term Care Facility Residents

SENATE


Increases the personal needs allowance for long-term care facility residents; provides sufficient funds for the personal needs of long-term care facility residents.

03/09/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • Senate Calendar No. 72.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 37.

Joint Committee on Aging

State Home Care Program for the Elderly

SENATE


Reduces participant costs and expanding eligibility for the State Home Care Program for the Elderly.

03/09/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • Senate Calendar No. 73.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 38.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Medicaid Eligibility and Reimbursement Determinations

Joint Committee on Human Services


Requires fairness for families in Medicaid eligibility and reimbursement determinations; equalizes compensation rates between family and non family professional caregivers in programs administered by the Department of Social Services, use the same Medicaid reimbursement criteria for home care clients as is used for institutional clients and prohibit determinations of ineligibility for Medicaid based on an inaccessible asset or an asset discovered after a person applies for Medicaid.

02/03/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0207.

Looney (D)

Governors Budget Revenue Items

Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding


Concerns revenue items to implement the governor’s budget; implements the Governor’s budget recommendations.

03/03/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0309.

Looney (D)

Certificate of Need Program Improvements

Joint Committee on Public Health


Establishes the office of health strategy and improving the certificate of need program; implements the Governor’s budget recommendations.

03/13/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0320.

Looney (D)

Governors Public Health Programs Budget Recommendations

Joint Committee on Public Health


Implements the governor’s budget recommendations for public health programs; implements the Governor’s budget recommendations.

03/13/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0320.

Joint Committee on Public Health

Chronic and Convalescent Nursing Homes

Joint Committee on Public Health


Concerns the department of public health’s recommendations regarding revisions to the process for citations of chronic and convalescent nursing homes; implements the recommendations of the Department of Public Health concerning revisions to the process for citations of chronic and convalescent nursing homes.

03/08/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0313.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Nursing Facilities

Joint Committee on Human Services


Concerns right-sizing, rebalancing and repurposing nursing facilities for the twenty-first century; implements a reimbursement methodology for nursing homes based on the level of care provided to residents and to reduce regulatory burdens to allow greater utilization of nursing homes in the state’s efforts to meet emerging care.

02/24/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0302.

Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate

Accelerated Benefits of Life Insurance Policies

Died


Concerns accelerated benefits of life insurance policies; redefines qualifying event for purposes of accelerated benefits of a life insurance policy.

03/16/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Joint Committee on Public Health

Model Food Code

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Concerns the Department of Public Health’s recommendation regarding adoption of a model food code; implements the recommendations of the Department of Public Health concerning the adoption of a model food code.

03/23/2017 :

  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.


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