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This Week in Health Care
SM,  February 3, 2016

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

To provide feedback, or for more information about these issues or Stateside Associates’ Health Care Practice, please contact Robert Holden at (703) 525-7466 or rah@stateside.com.

There are no Groups events to report.

ARIZONA

The Insurance Committee will meet February 3 to discuss H.B. 2306, which establishes that all contacts issued, delivered or renewed by a corporation in the state must provide coverage for health care services that are provided by a health care provider to a subscriber, regardless of the familial relationship of the health care provider to the subscriber, if the health care service would be covered were it provided to a subscriber who was not a relative to the health care provider. Briana Bair at bbr@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Hallandale Beach City Council will meet February 3 to consider a resolution supporting S.B. 1554 and H.B. 4063, which repeal the State’s preemption of local government regulation of smoking. Peter Finn at pf@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists will hold a public hearing February 5 on proposed amendments to rules concerning associate professional counselors and professional counselors. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

HAWAII

The House Committee on Health will meet February 3 to discuss H.B. 1672, which authorizes a beneficiary of a prescription drug benefit plan to obtain a prescription without penalty from a non-network retail community pharmacy located within ten miles of the beneficiary’s residence, if the nearest network retail community pharmacy is located over ten miles away. Allison Rollins at sar@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

The Office of Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing February 5 to discuss proposed amendments to rates for certain substance-related abuse disorders programs. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The Health and Human Services Committee will meet February 5 to discuss L.B. 979, which allows for the selection of interchangeable biological products by pharmacists. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

OREGON

The Senate Committee on Health Care will meet February 4 to discuss S.B. 1514, which permits drug outlets participating in the Charitable Prescription Drug Program to repackage certain donated prescription drugs for distribution. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Health Care will meet February 4 to discuss S.B. 1531, which modifies requirements regarding coordinated care organization contracts for establishing global budgets. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Judiciary will meet February 8 to discuss S.B. 1576, which prohibits a person that manufactures or distributes prescription contact lenses from preventing a retailer from advertising or selling prescription contact lenses at a specified price. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

WISCONSIN

The Controlled Substances Board will hold a public hearing February 5 on proposed amendments to rules concerning the prescription drug monitoring program. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com