Capitol Report – SHOPP extension to be considered soon in Senate

Posted on: 4/5/19

(HB 1089, McEntire/McCortney), which extends the sunset date of the Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program from Dec. 31, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2025, has passed two Senate committees and will be considered by the full Senate in the next weeks.

The status of bills supported by OHA includes; SB 704, provides protection for living organ donors under the Oklahoma Living Organ Donor Fairness Act by providing fairness in treatment by life insurance carrier, passed Senate and House, sent to governor; HB 2285, updates the duties of the Hospital Advisory Council, passed House, on Senate committee agenda April 8; HB 2334, creates Maternal Mortality Review Committee, passed House, on Senate committee agenda April 8; HB 2351, creates the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which provides a framework and process for multi-state medical licenses of physicians, passed House and Senate committee, on Senate Floor agenda; HB 2631, increases workers’ compensation fee schedule by 3 percent for physicians and hospitals, passed House, assigned to Senate committee; SB 86, expands definitions of medical care providers related to aggravated assault and battery with a firearm beyond emergency care providers, passed Senate, on House floor agenda; SB 575, modifies the statute for parental consent for the treatment of minors to allow for written consent for a telemedicine encounter, thereby removing a barrier for implementation of school-based telemedicine by requiring the parent to be present during the visit, passed Senate, assigned to House committee; and, SB 848, addresses the opioid epidemic while advocating for physicians to determine patient care in post-surgical situations in the prescribing of opioids, passed Senate, assigned to House committee.

Status of bills supported by OHA – did not advance – The following legislation may be considered in the 2020 legislative session: HB 2288, removes loopholes in the Oklahoma Clean Indoor Air Act; and, HB 2460, removes smokers as a protected class in employment law.

Status of bills opposed by OHA: HB 1750/SB 499, creates the Hospital District Act and OHA is working with the bill’s proponents – concerns include conflict with SHOPP, passed House, on Senate committee agenda April 8; HB 2041, creates new licensure of Radiologic Technologists, failed deadline on House floor; HJR 1017, proposes vote of the people to change designation of Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund, passed House, to Senate committee.

The deadline for bills and resolutions to be considered in the opposite house from the house of introduction is April 25. 

For more information about specific legislation, please email Shelly Bush, education & government relations assistant, (Lynne White)

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