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Legislative Report

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2/24/2017
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

Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate


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.

02/02/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0207.

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

Joint Committee on Aging


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

02/02/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0207.

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

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


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

02/15/2017 :

  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

Joint Committee on Aging

State Ombudsman

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


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.

02/15/2017 :

  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

Joint Committee on Aging

Tax Deduction for Long Term Care Insurance Premiums

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Concerns an income tax deduction for long-term care insurance premiums; provides a tax incentive for persons to purchase long-term care insurance.

02/15/2017 :

  • Filed with Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

Joint Committee on Aging

Long Term Care Needs

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


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

02/21/2017 :

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

Joint Committee on Aging

Budget Savings

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Requires the implementation of the recommendations of the Program Review and Investigations Committee concerning long-term care; produces budget savings by implementing the recommendations of the Program Review and Investigations Committee’s December 2016 Report on Long-Term Care.

02/21/2017 :

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

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

Joint Committee on Public Health


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

02/09/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH.

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.

02/16/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Fair Rent for Nursing Homes

Joint Committee on Human Services


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.

02/24/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0302.

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

Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate


Requires site-neutral payments for health care services; improves the health care market.

02/02/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0207.

Looney (D)

Urgent Care Adverse Determination Review Requests

Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate


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

02/02/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0207.

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

Joint Committee on Aging


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

01/18/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on AGING.

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

Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate


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.

02/07/2017 :

  • To JOINT Committee on INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE.

Joint Committee on Aging

Nursing Home Services

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


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

02/21/2017 :

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

Joint Committee on Aging

Medicaid Funded Programs Study

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


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

02/21/2017 :

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

Joint Committee on Aging

Needs Allowance for Long Term Care Facility Residents

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


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

02/21/2017 :

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

Joint Committee on Aging

State Home Care Program for the Elderly

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


Reduces participant costs and expanding eligibility for the State Home Care Program for the Elderly; reduces participant costs and expand eligibility for home-care services for persons sixty five or older.

02/21/2017 :

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

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.

02/09/2017 :

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

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.

02/09/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH.

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.

02/09/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH.

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.

02/16/2017 :

  • INTRODUCED.
  • To JOINT Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH.

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

Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate


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

02/24/2017 :

  • Public Hearing Scheduled 0302.


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