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2016 House Bills

Below is a list of bills considered by MedChi's Legislative Committee during the 2016 legislative session (January 13 - April 11, 2016).  Full text and status of each bill is available by clicking on the bill number listed in the following chart. (You will need to be able to view RTF documents.) 

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Last Updated:  Final

Bill#
Title MedChi Position
Outcome
HB 11 Health Insurance - In Vitro Fertilization - Use of Spouse's Sperm - Exception, HB 11 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 15 Harford County - Suspected Overdoses - Reporting Requirement, HB 15 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 24 Public Health - Overdose Response Program - Educational Training Program Requirement, HB 24 No position Health and Government Operations - Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 29 Education - Participants in Youth Sports Programs - Concussions - Penalties for Coaches, HB 29 Support Ways and Means - Hearing 1/28 at 2:00 p.m.
HB 34 Criminal Law - Illegal Distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substance Near Methadone Clinic - Penalties, HB 34 FYI Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 39 Education - Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours - Establishment, HB 39 Support Ways and Means - First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
HB 52 Health Insurance - In Vitro Fertilization, Pregnancy, and Childbirth Services - Surrogate Benefits, HB 52 FYI Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 56 Investigational Drugs, Biological Products, and Devices - Right to Try Act, HB 56 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 104 Medical Cannabis - Written Certifications - Certifying Providers, HB 104 No position Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/23 at 1:00 p.m. (Judicial Proceedings)
HB 113 Health Insurance - Coverage for Lymphedema Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment, HB 113 FYI Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 119 State Board of Physicians - Licensing Exemption - Physicians With Traveling Athletic and Sports Teams, HB 119 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 124 Health Insurance - Large Employers - Disclosure of Aggregate Incurred Claims, HB 124 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 139 Tobacco Tax - Premium Cigars - Rate, HB 139 Oppose Ways and Means - Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 171 Judgments - Appeals - Supersedeas Bond, HB 171 FYI Judiciary - First Reading Judicial Proceedings
HB 180 Public Health - HIV Testing During Pregnancy, HB 180 No position Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 185 State Board of Physicians - Licensed Physicians - Continuing Education Requirements, HB 185 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 216 Public Health - Preventive Medical Care - Consent by Minors, HB 216 Support Health and Government Operations - Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 232 Athletic Trainers - Evaluation and Treatment Protocols - Approval, HB 232 No position Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 245 Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report, HB 245 Oppose Judiciary - Returned Passed
HB 265 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Health Care Facilities - Abuser Registry, HB 265 FYI Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations
HB 280 Birth Certificates - Homeless Individuals - Prohibition on Collection of Fee, HB 280 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 289 Medical Schools - Use of Animals in Medical Training - Prohibited, HB 289 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 309 Prince George's County Regional Medical Center Act of 2016, HB 309 FYI Appropriations - Hearing cancelled
HB 356 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits - Grant Application, HB 356 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 363 Public Health - Smart Meters - Report on Public Health Impact, HB 363 FYI Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
HB 377 Maryland No-Fault Birth Injury Fund, HB 377 Support Health and Government Operations Judiciary- Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m. (Health and Government Operations and Judiciary)
HB 394 Public Health - Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - Information and Fund, HB 394 Support Environment and Transportation - Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 399 Lyme Disease - Laboratory Test - Required Notice, HB 399 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Hearing 4/08 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 404 Richard E. Israel and Roger 'Pip' Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, HB 404 Position consistent with AMA policy Health and Government Operations Judiciary- Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. (Health and Government Operations)
HB 411 General Assembly - Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness - Membership, HB 411 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 416 Health Care Decisions Act - End-of-Life Decision-Making Informational Booklet, HB 416 Position consistent with AMA policy Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 423 Maryland Commission on Health in All Policies, HB 423 No position Health and Government Operations - Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 437 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Modifications, HB 437 Oppose unless amended Health and Government Operations - Favorable with Amendments Report by Finance
HB 441 Public Health - Assisted Outpatient Treatment and Mobile Crisis Teams, HB 441 FYI Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 456 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Revisions, HB 456 Oppose unless amended Health and Government Operations - Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 468 Public Health - Opioid-Associated Disease Prevention and Outreach Programs, HB 468 Support Health and Government Operations - Favorable with Amendments Report by Health and Government Operations
HB 474 Elementary School Students - Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act), HB 474 Support Ways and Means - Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 489 Termination of Maryland Health Insurance Plan, Transfer of Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program, and Funding for State Reinsurance Program, HB 489 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 539 Health Insurance - Habilitative Services - Period of Time for Coverage, HB 539 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 559 Vehicle Laws - Protective Headgear Requirement for Motorcycle Riders - Exception, HB 559 Oppose Environment and Transportation - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation
HB 564 Public Health - Restaurants - Meals for Children, HB 564 FYI Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
HB 568 Health Occupations - Health Care Practitioners - Exemption From Participation in Aid in Dying, HB 568 Position consistent with AMA policy Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 579 Mental Health - Wraparound Services for Children and Youth, HB 579 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 587 Hospitals - Patient's Bill of Rights, HB 587 FYI Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 593 Human Services - Interagency Council on Homelessness - Membership, HB 593 FYI Appropriations - Returned Passed
HB 595 Behavioral Health Community Providers - Keep the Door Open Act, HB 595 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 603 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, HB 603 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 606 Patient Safety Early Intervention Programs, HB 606 Support Judiciary - Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 610 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act - Reauthorization, HB 610 Support Economic Matters Environment and Transportation- Special Order until 4/8 (Senator Serafini) Adopted
HB 639 Health Insurance - Provider Claims - Payment by Credit Card or Electronic Funds Transfer Payment Method, HB 639 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 644 Public Health - Provision of Life-Preserving Health Care Services (Vulnerable Protection Act), HB 644 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 662 Emergency Vehicles - Blood, Organ, or Tissue Delivery Vehicles, HB 662 FYI Environment and Transportation - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 682 Behavioral Health Advisory Council - Clinical Crisis Walk-In Services and Mobile Crisis Teams - Strategic Plan, HB 682 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 699 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories, HB 699 FYI Health and Government Operations - First Reading Senate Rules
HB 710 Workers' Compensation - Medical Benefits - Payment of Medical Services and Treatment, HB 710 Oppose Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB 715 Early Identification of Autism Act, HB 715 No position Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 724 Public Health - Copies of Medical Records - Fees, HB 724 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Third Reading Passed with Amendments (46-0)
HB 746 Human Services - No Wrong Door Pilot Program, HB 746 FYI Appropriations - Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 749 Alcoholic Beverages - Sale of Powdered Alcohol - Prohibition, HB 749 FYI Economic Matters - Recommitted to Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (Senator Conway)
HB 750 Public Schools - Electronic Smoking Devices - Policy and Disciplinary Standards, HB 750 FYI Ways and Means Economic Matters- Unfavorable Report by Ways and Means; Withdrawn
HB 752 Physicians - Prescriptions Written by Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners - Preparing and Dispensing, HB 752 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 771 Public Schools - Administration of Diabetes Care Services - Guidelines, HB 771 FYI Ways and Means - Rereferred to Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
HB 798 Health Insurance - Reporting Requirements - Repeal, HB 798 No position Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 800 Health Insurance - Payments to Noncontracting Specialists and Noncontracting Nonphysician Specialists, HB 800 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 801 Health Insurance - Required Conformity With Federal Law, HB 801 No position Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 802 Health Insurance - Provider Panel Lists, HB 802 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 814 Task Force to Study the Establishment of Health Courts, HB 814 Support Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn
HB 825 Child Protection - Reporting - Threat of Harm, HB 825 No position Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 827 Newborn Infant Screening - Testing by Nonpublic Laboratories - Notification, HB 827 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 829 Agriculture - Cattle, Swine, and Poultry - Use of Antimicrobial Drugs, HB 829 No position Environment and Transportation - Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 838 Civil Immunity - Emergency Care for Drug Overdose - Protocols, HB 838 No position Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 861 Electronic Smoking Devices - Regulation and Taxation, HB 861 FYI Economic Matters Ways and Means- Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
HB 869 Civil Actions - Noneconomic Damages - Catastrophic Injury, HB 869 Oppose Judiciary - Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 883 Public Schools - Synthetic Turf Fields - Informational Signs, HB 883 No position Ways and Means - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 885 Behavioral Health Administration - Creation and Maintenance of Mental Health Professional Profiles (Patient Protection Provider Information Act), HB 885 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 886 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine - Modifications, HB 886 Support Health and Government Operations - Second Reading Passed
HB 896 Drivers' Licenses and Identification Cards - Notation of Consent to Experimental Emergency Medical Treatment, HB 896 FYI Environment and Transportation - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn
HB 908 Hospitals - Substance Use Treatment Demonstration Program - Requirements, HB 908 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - First Reading Senate Rules
HB 929 Health Occupations - Prohibited Patient Referrals - Exceptions, HB 929 To be determined Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 944 Criminal Law - Professional Counselors and Therapists - Misconduct (Lynette's Law), HB 944 Oppose Judiciary - Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 992 Health Care Malpractice Claims - Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office - Repeal, HB 992 Support Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn
HB 998 State Board of Physicians - Physician Licensing Reciprocity, HB 998 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 1005 Health Insurance - Contraceptive Equity Act, HB 1005 No position Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 1006 Health Insurance - Coverage for Digital Tomosynthesis, HB 1006 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1018 Prince George's County - Closures or Partial Closures of Hospitals - Board of Health Approval PG 406-16, HB 1018 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1103 Health Care Practitioners - Use of Teletherapy, HB 1103 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1114 State Board of Physicians - License Renewal - Grace Periods, HB 1114 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1121 Health Care Facilities - Closures or Partial Closures of Hospitals - County Board of Health Approval, HB 1121 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1150 Health Insurance - Consumer Health Claim Filing Fairness Act, HB 1150 No position Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 1160 State Board of Physicians - Admissibility of Board Records - Workers' Compensation Commission, HB 1160 Oppose Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB 1163 Agriculture - Veterinary Feed Directives - Information Collection, HB 1163 No position Environment and Transportation - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
HB 1175 Fair Scheduling, Wages, and Benefits Act, HB 1175 Oppose Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
HB 1178 Primary and Secondary Education - Immunizations of Children Entering School, HB 1178 No position Ways and Means - Unfavorable Report by Ways and Means; Withdrawn
HB 1194 Food Service Facilities - Automated External Defibrillator Program, HB 1194 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1211 Discount Vision Plans - Provider Contracts, HB 1211 No position Health and Government Operations - Hearing cancelled
HB 1212 Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Safer Drug Use Facility Program, HB 1212 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1217 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Specialty Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services - Parity, HB 1217 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 1220 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Health Program Integrity and Recovery Activities, HB 1220 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 1221 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Presumptive Eligibility - Required Participation by Hospitals, HB 1221 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1224 Organ Donation Driver Education Act of 2016, HB 1224 FYI Environment and Transportation - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn
HB 1243 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Specialty Care - Prohibition on Authorization, HB 1243 Support Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1265 Maryland Health Care Commission - Hospital and Physician Financial Arrangement Disclosure - Requirements, HB 1265 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1267 Poly-Morphone-Assisted Treatment Pilot Program - Harm Reduction Act of 2016, HB 1267 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1272 Health - Collaborations to Promote Provider Alignment, HB 1272 To be determined Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1278 State Board of Physicians - Offices or Facilities for Performing Surgical Procedures, HB 1278 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1282 Health Enterprise Zone Practitioners - Trauma-Informed Care - Training, HB 1282 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1303 Freestanding Birthing Centers - Use of Ultrasound Imaging, HB 1303 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 1304 Criminal Law - Smoking Marijuana in Public - Penalty, HB 1304 FYI Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 1318 Health Benefit Plans - Network Access Standards and Provider Network Directories, HB 1318 Support Health and Government Operations - Third Reading Passed with Amendments (46-0)
HB 1328 Environment - Lead and Mercury Wheel Weights - Prohibited, HB 1328 FYI Environment and Transportation - Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1339 Environment - Radiation Machines - Registration Fees and Inspections, HB 1339 FYI Environment and Transportation - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation
HB 1347 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Managed Care Organizations - Disenrollment, HB 1347 FYI Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1350 Freestanding Medical Facilities - Certificate of Need, Rates, and Definition, HB 1350 FYI Health and Government Operations - First Reading Senate Rules
HB 1357 Public Health - State Funding for Abortions - Prohibition and Exceptions, HB 1357 FYI Appropriations - Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1376 Health Insurance - Coverage of Air Ambulance Transport Services, HB 1376 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations
HB 1383 Health Insurance - Specialty Drugs - Participating Pharmacies, HB 1383 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1392 Medical Laboratories - Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing, HB 1392 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations
HB 1416 Public Health - Opioid Maintenance Programs - Licensing, HB 1416 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1418 Public Health - Emergency Use Auto-Injectable Epinephrine Program for Food Service Facilities, HB 1418 No position Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1422 Integrated Community Oncology Reporting Program, HB 1422 No position Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1467 Department of Human Resources - Housing Counselor and Aftercare Program, HB 1467 Support Appropriations - Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1476 Housing and Community Development - Shelter and Transitional Housing Facilities Grant Program - Mandated Funding, HB 1476 FYI Appropriations - Second Reading Passed
HB 1481 Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - Entering a Property to Provide Emergency Assistance or Medical Care, HB 1481 No position Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 1482 Human Services - Homelessness - Emergency Cold Weather Planning, HB 1482 FYI Appropriations - Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1485 Other Tobacco Products - Local Laws for Sale and Distribution - Intent of the General Assembly, HB 1485 Support Economic Matters - Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1487 Health Care Provider Malpractice Insurance - Scope of Coverage, HB 1487 Support Economic Matters - Returned Passed
HB 1492 Task Force to Study the Nurse Shortage in Maryland, HB 1492 FYI Health and Government Operations Ways and Means- Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (Health and Government Operations)
HB 1494 Income Tax - Credit for Preceptors in Areas With Health Care Workforce Shortages, HB 1494 Support Ways and Means - Second Reading Passed with Amendments
HB 1498 Maryland Healthy Vending Machine Act, HB 1498 Support Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
HB 1504 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Distribution of Tobacco Products to Minors - Prohibition and Enforcement, HB 1504 Support Economic Matters Health and Government Operations- First Reading Senate Rules
HB 1505 Health Insurance - Assignment of Benefits and Reimbursement of Nonpreferred Providers - Modifications, HB 1505 Oppose Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1561 Mental Health - Voluntary and Involuntary Admissions - Certification by Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, HB 1561 FYI Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1618 Cigarette Restitution Fund - Establishment of Behavioral Health Treatment Account and Funding for Substance Use Treatment Services, HB 1618 Defer to Board of Trustees Health and Government Operations - First Reading Senate Rules
HB 1634 Juveniles - Restraint and Searches - Limitations, HB 1634 Support with amendments Judiciary - Hearing 3/24 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1637 Health Insurance - Clinically Integrated Organizations, HB 1637 Support Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/24 at 1:00 p.m.