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2019 Testimony

Last updated April 2, 2019

Letter To The Honorable Shane Pendergrass on continuing medical education (CME) requests made by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2018 Session - January 24, 2019

MedChi Statement Supporting the Community Health Resources Commission - February 7, 2019

MedChi Request to Support restoration of Medicare parity for Evaluation and Management (E&M) codes to House Appropriations Committee - February 20, 2019

Down payment plan good for MD - Op-ed on House Bill 814 by Gene Ransom - February 21, 2019

MedChi Request to Support restoration of Medicare parity for Evaluation and Management (E&M) codes to Senate Budget and Taxation Committee - February 28, 2019

HOUSE BILLS

House Bill 17 - Medical Cannabis Commission - Food Containing Medical Cannabis - LETTER OF INFORMATION

House Bill 18 - Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission - Certifying Providers - SUPPORT

House Bill 25 - Public Health - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Revisions - SUPPORT ONLY IF AMENDED

House Bill 49 - Recoupment of the Health Insurance Provider Fee - Calculation - SUPPORT

House Bill 86 - Health Insurance - Continuation Coverage - Change in Employment Status - SUPPORT

House Bill 110 - Public School Students - Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act) - SUPPORT

House Bill 116 - WRITTEN TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF HB 116

House Bill 124 - Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - SUPPORT

House Bill 127 - Health Insurance - Health Benefit Plans - Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy - SUPPORT

House Bill 139 - Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Program - SUPPORT

House Bill 142 - Family Law - Opioid-Exposed Newborns and Parents Addicted to Opioids - Mobile Application (I'm Alive Today App) - OPPOSE

House Bill 247 - Maryland Health Care Commission - Surgical Birth Rate - Study - OPPOSE

House Bill 258 - Health Insurance - Individual Market Stabilization - Provider Fee - SUPPORT

House Bill 275 - Prohibiting Chlorpyrifos - POSITION STATEMENT IN SUPPORT

House Bill 296 - Health Occupations - Pharmacists - Disclosure of Price and Cost Share for Prescription Drugs - SUPPORT

House Bill 315 - Insurance Law - Application to Direct Primary Care Agreements - Exclusion - SUPPORT

House Bill 316 - Public Health - Vaccination Reporting Requirements - ImmuNet - SUPPORT

House Bill 364 - Health Care Practitioners - Medical Examinations on Anesthetized or Unconscious Patients - LETTER OF INFORMATION

House Bill 409 - Drugs and Devices - Electronic Prescriptions - Requirements - OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED

House Bill 427 - Behavioral Health Administration - Outpatient Civil Commitment - Statewide Expansion - SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 466 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Program Evaluation - SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 471 - Health Occupations - Requirements for the Practice of Optometry - Miscellaneous Revisions - OPPOSE

House Bill 506 - Maryland Department of Health - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children - Reports - SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

House Bill 570 - Behavioral Health - Programs - Medical Directors - Telehealth - SUPPORT

House Bill 583 - Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Reporting Requirement - SUPPORT

House Bill 599 - Health Insurance - Coverage for Mental Health Benefits and Substance Use Disorder Benefits - Requirements and ReportsSUPPORT

House Bill 697 - Health Insurance - Consumer Protections - SUPPORT

House Bill 751 - Health Insurance - Prior Authorization - Requirements - SUPPORT

House Bill 768 - Health - Drug Cost Review Commission - LETTER STATING SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 787 - Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report - OPPOSE

House Bill 795 - Workers' Compensation - Provision of Medical Services and Treatment - Notification to Seek Treatment - OPPOSE

House Bill 796 - Public Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Establishment of Local Teams - OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED

House Bill 814 - Maryland Health Insurance Option (Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019) - SUPPORT

House Bill 829 - Health Insurance - Provider Panels - Graduate Providers - SUPPORT

House Bill 835 - Health Occupations - Practice of Optometry - Therapeutically Certified Optometrists - SUPPORT WITH SPONSOR AMENDMENT

House Bill 837 - Health Insurance - Payments to Noncontracting Specialists and Noncontracting Nonphysician Specialists - SUPPORT

House Bill 847 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Disclosure of Data - Managed Care Organizations - OPPOSE

House Bill 892 - Health Information - Commercial Sale - SUPPORT

House Bill 894 - Criminal Law - Felony Second Degree Assault - Emergency Medical Care Workers - SUPPORT

House Bill 911 - Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter - Consent to Shelter and Supportive Services - SUPPORT

House Bill 920 - Health Insurance - Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers - Transparency and Reporting - LETTER STATING SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

House Bill 969 - Medical Laboratories - Advertising or Solicitation of Business - Repeal of Prohibition - OPPOSE

House Bill 989 - Health Insurance - Multi-Carrier Common Online Provider Directory Information Systems - Designation and Acceptance of Information - OPPOSE

House Bill 1169 - Business Regulation - Tobacco Products and Electronic Smoking Devices - Revisions - SUPPORT

House Bill 1183 - Public Health - Treatment for the Prevention of HIV - Consent by Minors - SUPPORT

House Bill 1185 - Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems - Prohibitions and Requirements - SUPPORT

House Bill 1233 - Environment - Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing - Elevated Blood Levels and Environmental Investigations (Maryland Healthy Children Act) - SUPPORT

House Bill 1288 - Physicians - Dispensing Permit Exemption - Prepackaged Topical - LETTER OF SUPPORT TO CHAIR PENDERGRASS

House Bill 1323 - Civil Actions - Health Care Malpractice Claims (Life Care Act 2019) - SUPPORT

House Bill 1407 - Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2019 - LETTER TO CHAIR MCINTOSH FROM MEDCHI

House Bill 1426 - Health Services Cost Review Commission - Duties and Reports - Revisions - SUPPORT

SENATE BILLS

Senate Bill 36 - Health Insurance - Health Benefit Plans - Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 135 - Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Program - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 178 - Behavioral Health Programs - Medical Directors - Telehealth - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 195 - Public Health - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Revisions - SUPPORT ONLY IF AMENDED

Senate Bill 239 - Health Insurance - Individual Market Stabilization - Provider Fee - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 251 - Public Health - Treatment for the Prevention of HIV - Consent by Minors - SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 270 - POSITION STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF SB 270 PROHIBITING CHLORPYRIFOS

Senate Bill 299 - Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 315 - Insurance Law - Application to Direct Primary Care Agreements - Exclusion - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 321 - Civil Actions - Offers of Judgement - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 322 - Medical Malpractice - Notice of Intent to File Claim - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 323 - Medical Malpractice - Discovery - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 342 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Program Evaluation - SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 349 - Workers' Compensation - Provision of Medical Services and Treatment - Notification to Seek Treatment - OPPOSE

Senate Bill 356 - Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Reporting Requirement - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 403 - Behavioral Health Administration - Outpatient Civil Commitment - Statewide Expansion - SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 405 - Health Insurance - Prescription Drugs - Formulary Changes - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 410 - Health Insurance - Coverage for Insulin - Prohibition on Deductible, Copayment and Coinsurance - LETTER OF INFORMATION

Senate Bill 447 - Health Occupations - Requirements for the Practice of Optometry - Miscellaneous Revisions - OPPOSE

Senate Bill 481 - Environment - Drinking Water Outlets in School Buildings - Elevated Level of Lead and Grant Program - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 498 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Disclosure of Data - Managed Care Organizations - OPPOSE

Senate Bill 565 - Health Occupations - Practice of Optometry - Therapeutically Certified Optometrists - SUPPORT WITH SPONSOR AMENDMENT 

Senate Bill 568 - Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report - OPPOSE

Senate Bill 602 - Public Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Establishment of Local Teams - OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED

Senate Bill 708 - Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems - Prohibitions and Requirements - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 759 - Health - Drug Cost Review Commission - LETTER STATING SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

Senate Bill 761 - Health Insurance - Payments to Noncontracting Specialists and Noncontracting to Nonphysician Specialists - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 783 - Public Health - Human Papillomavirus Vaccine - Information and Informed Consent - OPPOSE

Senate Bill 819 - Health Insurance - Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers - Transparency and Reporting - LETTER STATING SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

Senate Bill 831 - STATEMENT OF SUPPORT OF SB831

Senate Bill 846 - WRITTEN TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF SB 846

Senate Bill 857 - Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission - Food Containing Medical Cannabis - LETTER OF INFORMATION

Senate Bill 868 - Health Insurance - Consumer Protections - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 869 - Maryland No-Fault Birth Injury Fund - SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 895 - Business Regulation - Tobacco Products and Electronic Smoking Devices - Revisions - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 903 - Health Information - Commercial Sale - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 909 - Health Care Practitioners - Medical Examinations on Anesthetized or Unconscious Patients - LETTER OF INFORMATION

Senate Bill 916 - Physicians - Dispensing - Permit Exemption - Prepackaged Topical - LETTER OF SUPPORT TO CHAIRMAN PINSKY

Senate Bill 930 - Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter - Consent to Shelter and Supportive Services - SUPPORT

Senate Bill 944 - Behavioral Health Programs - Medical Directors - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners - SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENT

Senate Bill 981 - Vehicle Laws - Protective Headgear Requirement for Motorcycle Riders - Exception - OPPOSE

Senate Bill 1040 - Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2019 - LETTER FROM MEDCHI TO CHAIR KING