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2015 Testimony

Updated:  April 1, 2015

DHMH Medical Care Programs Administration Budget Hearing, House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources, February 26, 2015

HOUSE BILLS

House Bill 3 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Prescribers and Dispensers - Required Query OPPOSE

House Bill 5 - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Newborn Screening Program Fund - Establishment SUPPORT

House Bill 9 - Maryland Home Birth Safety Act OPPOSE

Houce Bill 26 - Clean Indoor Air Act - Use of Electronic Smoking Devices - Prohibition SUPPORT

House Bill 56 - Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - Prohibition SUPPORT

House Bill 58 - Health Occupations - Members of Boards and Advisory Committees - Prohibition Against Concurrent Service SUPPORT

House Bill 108 - Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative SUPPORT

House Bill 164 - Judgments - Appeals - Supersedeas Bond SUPPORT ADDITIONAL TESTIMONY

House Bill 181 - State Board of Pharmacy - Sterile Compounding - Compliance by Nonresident Pharmacies and Repeal of Permit Requirements SUPPORT

House Bill 222 - Criminal Law - Distribution of Heroin or Fentanyl Resulting in Death SUPPORT WITH CLARIFYING AMENDMENT

House Bill 228 - Public Health - Expedited Partner Therapy Program - Repeal of Termination Date SUPPORT

House Bill 230 - Health Insurance - Assignment of Benefits and Reimbursement of Nonpreferred Providers - Repeal of Termination Date SUPPORT

House Bill 236 - Criminal Law - Assault - First Responders SUPPORT

House Bill 247 - Elementary School Students - Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act) SUPPORT

House Bill 293 - Guardianship, Advance Directives, and Surrogates - Disabled Persons and Mental Health Services SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 327 - Health - Ambulatory Surgical Facility - Definition SUPPORT Senate Testimony

House Bill 355 - Public Health - Dental Services for Adults - Coverage and Access SUPPORT

House Bill 357 - Vehicle Laws - Prohibition Against Smoking in Vehicle Containing Young Child SUPPORT

House Bill 382 - Sexual Assault Survivors' Right to Know Act SUPPORT ONLY IF AMENDED

House Bill 398 - Civil Actions - Noneconomic Damages - Catastrophic Injury OPPOSE

House Bill 402 - Task Force to Study the Establishment of Health Courts SUPPORT

House Bill 423 - Driving Under the Influence - Ignition Interlock System Program SUPPORT

House Bill 451 - Task Force to Study Regulation of Teletherapy OPPOSE

House Bill 470 - Health Care Malpractice - Certificates and Reports of Qualified Experts OPPOSE

House Bill 489 - Electronic Cigarettes - Sale to Minors - Components, Supplies, and Enforcement SUPPORT

House Bill 547 - Medical Liability Efficiency Act of 2015 SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 553 - Maryland No-Fault Injured Baby Fund SUPPORT

House Bill 574 - State Board of Physicians - Physicians, Physicians Assistant, and Allied Health Practitioners - Licensure Requirements SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 580 - Health Care Disparities, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, and Health Literacy - Continuing Education OPPOSE

House Bill 591 - Health Occupations - Pharmacists - Refills of Prescriptions During State of Emergency SUPPORT

House Bill 658 - Public Health - Emergency Use Auto-Injectable Epinephrine Program SUPPORT

House Bill 662 - Consultation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders - Consent by Minors SUPPORT

House Bill 724 - Health Care Provider Malpractice Insurance - Scope of Coverage - SUPPORT

House Bill 733 - Pharmacists - Substitution and Dispensing - Interchangeable Biological Products SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 739 - Task Force to Study Maternal Mental Health SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 745 - Public Health - Overdose Response Program SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 817 - Health Care Malpractice - Limitation on Noneconomic Damages SUPPORT

House Bill 858 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Former Foster Care Adolescents - Dental Care SUPPORT

House Bill 887 - Health Insurance - Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Analgexic Drug Products - Coverage SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Houce Bill 896 - Maryland Opioid Use Disorder Consortium SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 898 - Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - Emergency Medical Care for Drug Overdose SUPPORT

House Bill 908 - Criminal Law - Professional Counselors and Therapists - Misconduct (Lynette's Law) OPPOSE

House Bill 949 - Task Force to Study the Provision of Health Care Coverage to Uninsured Marylanders SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 952 - Public Health - Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - Information and Fund SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 971 - Public Health - Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes Partnership Fund SUPPORT Senate Testimony

House Bill 978 - HIV Testing - Informed Consent and Pretest Requirements - Modification SUPPORT Senate Testimony

House Bill 984 - Hepatitis C - Opportunity for Testing and Follow-Up Health Care OPPOSE

House Bill 990 - Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - Qualified Health Plans - Standards SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 999 - Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority Act of 2015 OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED

House Bill 1009 - Criminal Procedure - Immunity - Alcohol- or Drug-Related Medical Emergencies SUPPORT

House Bill 1010 - Health Insurance - Federal and State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Laws - Report on ComplianceSUPPORT

House Bill 1042 - Environment - Nitrogen Oxide Emissions - Pollution and Combustion Control Technologies SUPPORT

House Bill 1101 - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Health Program Integrity and Recovery Activities OPPOSE

 

SENATE BILLS

Senate Bill 7 - Electronic Cigarettes - Sale to Minors - Componenet, Supplies, and Enforcement SUPPORT

Senate Bill 37 - Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative SUPPORT

Senate Bill 69 - State Board of Pharmacy - Sterile Compounding - Compliance by Nonresident Pharmacies and Repeal of Permit Requirements Support ADDITIONAL TESTIMONY

Senate Bill 74 - Task Force to Study Maternal Mental Health SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 92 - Health Insurance - Assignment of Benefits and Reimbursement of Nonpreferred Providers - Repeal of Termination Date SUPPORT

Senate Bill 105 - Maryland Home Birth Safety Act OPPOSE

Senate Bill 118 - Workers Compensation Commission - Regulation of Fees and Charges OPPOSE

Senate Bill 127 - Health Care Malpractice - Certificate and Report of Qualified Expert - Objection OPPOSE ADDITIONAL TESTIMONY

Senate Bill 141 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Former Foster Care Adolescents - Dental Care SUPPORT

Senate Bill 143 - Health Care Malpractice Claims - Notice of Intent SUPPORT ADDITIONAL TESTIMONY

Senate Bill 152 - Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - Prohibition SUPPORT

Senate Bill 157 - Consultation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders - Consent by Minors SUPPORT

Senate Bill 188 - Task Force to Study the Establishment of Health Courts SUPPORT

Senate Bill 195 - Mental Health-Voluntary and Involuntary Admissions - Assent and Certification by Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners OPPOSE

Senate Bill 212 - Driving Under the Influence - Ignition Interlock System Program SUPPORT

Senate Bill 214 - Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - Emergency Medical Care for Drug Overdose SUPPORT

Senate Bill 303 - Criminal Law - Distribution of Heroin or Fentanyl Resulting in Death SUPPORT WITH CLARIFYING AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 344 - Public Health - Emergency Use Auto-Injectable Epinephrine Program SUPPORT

Senate Bill 449 - State Board of Physicians - Physicians, Physicians Assistant, and Allied Health Practitioners - Licensure Requirements SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

Senate Bill 463 - Agriculture - Cattle, Swine, and Poultry - Use of Antimicrobial Drugs - Letter of Information

Senate Bill 464 - Workers' Compensation Act - Frivolous Proceedings - Required Finding SUPPORT

Senate Bill 467 - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Newborn Screening Program Fund - Establishment SUPPORT

Senate Bill 470 - Agriculture - Antibiotic Drug Usage - Food-Producing Animals - Letter of Information

Senate Bill 471 - Task Force to Study the Provision of Health Care Coverage to Uninsured Marylanders SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 512 - Hepatitis C - Opportunity for Testing and Follow-Up Health Care OPPOSE

Senate Bill 516 - Public Health - Overdose Response Program SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

Senate Bill 525 - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report OPPOSE

Senate Bill 537 - Pharmacists - Substitution and Dispensing - Interchangeable Biological Products SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT 

Senate Bill 546 - Civil Actions - Immunity from Liability - Emergency Medical Care for Drug Overdose SUPPORT

Senate Bill 549 - Criminal Law - Identity Fraud - Name of the Individual SUPPORT

Senate Bill 580 - State Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners and State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners - Dry Needling - Registration Requirements Letter of Information, Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

Senate Bill 585 - Maryland No-Fault Birth Injury Fund SUPPORT

Senate Bill 596 - Health Care Facilities - Surveys, Inspections, and External Reviews SUPPORT

Senate Bill 606 - Health Insurance - Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Analgesic Drug Products - Coverage SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 607 - Maryland Opioid Use Disorder Consortium SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 612 - Vehicle Laws - Protective Headgear Requirement for Motorcycle Riders - Exception OPPOSE

Senate Bill 617 - Criminal Law - Professional Counselors and Therapists - Misconduct (Lynette's Law) OPPOSE

House Bill 641 - Public Health - Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes Partnership Fund SUPPORT

Senate Bill 654 - Criminal Procedure - Immunity - Alcohol- or Drug-Related Medical Emergencies SUPPORT

Senate Bill 705 - Criminal Law - Assault - First Responders SUPPORT

Senate Bill 723 - Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority Act of 2015 OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED

Senate Bill 742 - Public Health Restaurants - Meals for Children SUPPORT

Senate Bill 757 - Public Health - Drug Overdose Prevention SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 792 - Public Health - Nondiscrimination in Access to Anatomical Gifts and Organ Transplantation SUPPORT

Senate Bill 803 - Health Insurance - Nonpreferred Providers - Assignment of Benefits, Reimbursement and Fraudulent Insurance Acts - OPPOSE