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SECOND DEADLINE ENDS WORK ON HUNDREDS OF BILLS

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It was the end of the line for hundreds of bills last week, as the second "funnel" deadline closed in on bills that had not yet made it far enough in the legislative process.  If a bill had not been passed out of both House and Senate committee by March 31, it is no longer eligible for debate. Tax, spending, and government oversight bills are exempt from deadlines.

The following bills died during this second (and final) deadline:

  • Health Coverage for Dependents (HF 466): Allows dependents to continue to be covered by their parent's health insurance until they turn 26. This is a current requirement of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).
  • MH/DS/SA Planning (HF 546): Convenes a statewide stakeholder workgroup (which includes law enforcement, MH/DS regions, DHS, community mental health centers, and others) to make recommendations on the delivery of, access to, and coordination and continuity of mental health and disability services for individuals with complex mental health, disability, and substance use disorder needs. These recommendations are due by December 1, 2017.  Directs each region to develop a local plan to address this population's service needs as well, with a report due to DHS by October 1, 2017.   Requires the state Mental Health Institutes and hospitals with psychiatric inpatient beds to participate in the psychiatric bed tracking system.
  • Mental Health Information Disclosure (SF 453):  Allows a mental health professional to disclose mental health information (without written or oral consent of the person) to a police officer, parole/probation officer, county attorney, or jailer if it is in line with ethical standards, and the person is a danger to themself or others.  Gives a provider immunity for failing to disclose the information.  
  • Psychiatric Practitioner Loan Repayment Program (SF 458):  Creates a psychiatric practitioner loan repayment program in community mental health centers or non-profit health care providers located outside of federally designated shortage areas and serving a patient population mix that is at least 40% Medicaid.  Psychiatric practitioners are eligible for up to 4 years of loan repayments.
  • Medicaid MCO Interest Penalty (SF 477): Requires Medicaid managed care organizations to pay an interest penalty of 1.5% for any clean claim not paid within 90 days. Requires MCOs to allow Medicaid providers 365 days from the date of service to submit a claim.
  • Supported Community Living Services (SF 478): Directs DHS to make Medicaid waiver-funded supported community living services available at a daily rate to persons living in the home of a family member, effective March 1, 2017.   Family member includes siblings and parents, and requires Medicaid MCO contracts to be amended to include this requirement.

You can see  a list of bills that are still eligible for debate in the infoNET Bill Tracker.