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Legislative Report

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6/23/2017
Bill Summary Latest Action

Sampson (R)

Budgeting for Medicaid Expenditures

Died


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

04/27/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Ziobron (R)

Drug Assets Forfeiture Revolving Account

Died


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.

04/27/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Sampson (R)

Long Term Care Insurance Premium Payments Tax Credit

Died


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

04/28/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Belsito (R)

Department of Aging

Died


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.

03/29/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Sampson (R)

Limits on Nutritional Assistance for Able Bodied Adults

Died


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

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Camillo (R)

Task Force To Address Barriers Faced By Senior Citizens

Died


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.

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Perillo (R)

Reimbursements To Health Care Providers

To Governor


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.

06/22/2017 :

  • *****To GOVERNOR.

Sampson (R)

Free Market Health Care System

Died


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.

03/29/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

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

Died


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.

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Joint Committee on Aging

Medicaid Eligibility for Home Care Services

Died


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

04/27/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Joint Committee on Aging

State Ombudsman

Died


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.

04/27/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Joint Committee on Aging

Tax Deduction for Long Term Care Insurance Premiums

Died


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.

04/28/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

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; relates to The Money Follows the Person demonstration projects.

03/31/2017 :

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

Joint Committee on Aging

Long Term Care

To Governor


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.

06/21/2017 :

  • *****To GOVERNOR.

Aresimowicz (D)

Deficiency Appropriations

Died


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

04/27/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Aresimowicz (D)

Biennium State Budget

Died


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

04/27/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Joint Committee on Public Health

Public Health

Eligible for Governor


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

06/20/2017 :

  • Enrolled PUBLIC ACT No. 17-188.

Joint Committee on Public Health

Protection of Residents in Nursing Homes

Died


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.

03/29/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Fair Rent for Nursing Homes

Joint Committee on Appropriations


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.

05/10/2017 :

  • To JOINT Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Study of Medicaid Funded Programs

HOUSE


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

03/30/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • HOUSE Calendar No. 246.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 346.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Medicaid Provider Audits

To Governor


Concerns medicaid provider audits and electronic visit verification; provides the commissioner shall not apply an agency policy, guideline, bulletin or manual provision or other criteria to make determinations in an audit unless the policy, guideline, bulletin or manual provision or other criteria, together with the effective date, was promulgated and distributed to a provider prior to provision of a service included in a claim being audited.

06/20/2017 :

  • *****To GOVERNOR.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Federal Medicaid Waivers and State Plan Amendments

HOUSE


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

03/30/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • HOUSE Calendar No. 248.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 332.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Protection and Advocacy System

To Governor


Concerns a protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities.

06/19/2017 :

  • *****To GOVERNOR.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Nursing Homes

HOUSE


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

03/30/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • HOUSE Calendar No. 250.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 334.

Joint Committee on Aging

State and Local Revenue

Died


Concerns state and local revenue; increases the rate of the sales and use taxes and repeal certain exemptions; imposes a rate of fifty-five per cent for state-owned real property and college and hospital property for the purposes of grants in lieu of taxes payments; requires regional councils of governments to submit collaboration plans and establish a regional collaboration account to fund such plans; makes various revisions to methods of funding municipalities and municipal projects.

04/28/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Looney (D)

Advance Notice of Guidelines and Bulletins

Died


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

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

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

HOUSE


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

05/19/2017 :

  • HOUSE Calendar No. 515.

Witkos (R)

Registered Nurses to Practice Independently

Died


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.

03/29/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Looney (D)

Staff Membership or Privileges of Physicians

Died


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

03/29/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Miner (R)

Legislative Approval Of All Medicaid Waiver Renewals

Died


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

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

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

Died


Requires fairness for families in Medicaid eligibility and reimbursement determinations.

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Kelly (R)

Medicaid Penalties for After Discovered Assets

Died


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

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Kelly (R)

Conveyance of Property

Died


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.

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Kelly (R)

Medicaid Eligibility Determinations

Died


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

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Kelly (R)

Nursing Facilities Hospice Care Study

Died


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.

03/29/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

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

Legislative Commissioner’s Office


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

04/11/2017 :

  • Reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.

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

Joint Committee on Appropriations


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

05/17/2017 :

  • To JOINT Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

Joint Committee on Aging

State Home Care Program for the Elderly

Joint Committee on Appropriations


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

05/17/2017 :

  • To JOINT Committee on APPROPRIATIONS.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Medicaid Eligibility and Reimbursement Determinations

Died


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.

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Looney (D)

Revenue Items

SENATE


Concerns revenue of the state; implements various provisions related to revenue; relates to a taxpayer that failed to file a tax return, or failed to report the full amount of tax properly due on a previously filed tax return and voluntarily comes forward prior to receiving a billing notice or a notice from the Department of Revenue Services that an audit is being conducted in relation to the tax type and taxable period or periods for which the taxpayer is seeking a fresh start agreement.

05/15/2017 :

  • Committee Substitute reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • Senate Calendar No. 462.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 761.

Looney (D)

Certificate of Need Program Improvements

SENATE


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

04/13/2017 :

  • Committee Substitute reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office.
  • Senate Calendar No. 333.
  • Reissued by Legislative Commissioner’s Office with File No. 574.

Looney (D)

Governors Public Health Programs Budget Recommendations

Died


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

03/29/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Joint Committee on Public Health

Chronic and Convalescent Nursing Homes

Died


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.

03/29/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

Joint Committee on Human Services

Nursing Facilities

Died


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.

03/23/2017 :

  • Failed Joint Favorable deadline.

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

To Governor


Concerns the Department of Public Health’s recommendation regarding adoption of a model food code; amends and repeals specified sections concerning the adoption of a model food code.

06/19/2017 :

  • *****To GOVERNOR.

Joint Committee on Public Health

Malpractice Cost Reduction

Joint Committee on Judiciary


Establishes a program to reduce malpractice costs and requiring a cool-down period prior to commencing a malpractice action; reduces malpractice costs in the state.

05/03/2017 :

  • To JOINT Committee on JUDICIARY.


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