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This Week in Health CareSM, April 22, 2015

Every Wednesday, Stateside Associates selects some health care-related state events to highlight in This Week in Health Care.

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The National Association of State Budget Officers will hold its Spring Meeting 4/23/2015 and 4/24/2015 in Austin, Texas. The meeting will include a session titled “Key Medicaid Issues: Trends & Program Expansion,” which is scheduled for 4/24/2015. Meghan Holihan at


The Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development will hold a hearing 4/27/2015 to discuss S.B. 622, which defines the practice of optometry as the provision of habilitative optometric services, and authorizes the State Board of Optometry to allow optometrists to use nonsurgical technology to treat any authorized condition under the act. Shelby King at


The Board of Respiratory Care will accept comments until 4/23/2015 regarding proposed amendments to a rule concerning continuing education requirements. Becky Lukaesko at


The Division of Health Care Finance will hold a public hearing 4/24/2015 to discuss proposed regulations to implement the KanCare prompt payment act. Amy Goldlust at


The Bureau of Health Services Financing will hold a public hearing 4/29/2015 to discuss proposed amendments to its rules concerning optional coverage under the Provisional Medicaid Program of the Medicaid state plan. Adam Hottell at


The Committee on Health and Human Services will hold a hearing 4/23/2015 to discuss L.D. 813, which establishes penalties for hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and other health care entities that fail to comply with the laws related to disclosure of charges for health care services. Shelby King at


The House Health Insurance Committee meets 4/22/2015 to discuss S.B. 63, which requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish and maintain a program monitoring the dispensing of all Schedule II through IV controlled substances. Patrick Gallaher at


The Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee will hold a hearing 4/24/2015 to discuss A.B. 87, which requires that all self-insured plans, group health plans, service benefit plans, pharmacy benefit managers or any other organization that issues a policy of health insurance be subject to federal requirements relating to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Tyler Norris at


The House Executive Departments and Administration Committee will meet for an executive session 4/28/2015 to discuss S.B. 202, which requires licensure of outsourcing facilities by the Board of Pharmacy. Patrick Gallaher at


The Assembly Codes Committee meets 4/22/2015 to discuss A.B. 145, which requires the Commissioner of Health to establish and publish a list of generic drug products. Meghan Pudeler at


The House Health Committee will hold a hearing 4/27/2015 to discuss H.B. 712, which requires the State Bureau of Investigation to establish and implement a used needle and hypodermic syringe disposal pilot program. Tyler Norris at


The Department of Human Services will accept comments until 4/27/2015 regarding the Department’s intent to transition to a traditional Medicaid expansion, as provided under the ACA. Amy Goldlust at


The Joint Committee on Finance is holding an executive session 4/22/2015 to discuss A.B. 21, which states that pharmacists who completed the specified training will receive Medical Assistance reimbursements for administering vaccines to individuals aged 6 through 18. Patrick Gallaher at