Health & Human Services 2017-2018

The Senate Health & Human Services Committee met on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, and took the following action:

Reported as Committed:

SB 623 (Yaw) – This legislation amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to update and revise Pennsylvania law to include the codification of Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) to be used by medical professionals across all health care settings for patients who voluntarily wish to execute a POLST order.

SB 978 (Baker) – This legislation creates the Hospice and Home Health Prescription Medication Disposal Act. This act permits a home hospice provider to dispose of a patient’s pharmaceutical controlled substances.

Reported as Amended:

SB 938 (Sabatina) – This legislation amends Title 23, Chapter 63, Section 6337, of the Child Protective Services Law, reforming expungement guidelines for the Statewide Database of Protective Services within the Department of Human Services and County Child Protective Services Databases.

 

The Senate Health & Human Services Committee met on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and took the following action:

Reported as Committed:

HB 644 (Baker) – This legislation amends the Community-Based Health Care Act (Act 10 of 2013) to remove the cap on funds which can be obtained by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs)

HB 1234 (Fabrizio) – This legislation amends the Health Care Facilities Act to change the length of stay in a licensed Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) to comport with that of other states and federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines.

Reported as Amended:

HB 478 (Pickett) – This legislation creates the Outpatient Psychiatric Oversight Act. The amendment adopted in committee was technical in nature. The bill was unanimously approved from committee.

 

The Senate Health & Human Services Committee met on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 and took the following action:

Reported As Committed:

SB 674 (Rafferty) – This legislation amends The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act by creating a process for automatic changes to schedules of controlled substance.

Reported As Amended:

SB 179 (Bartolotta) – This legislation amends the Health Care Facilities Act by developing an acute care mental health bed registry and referral system. The amendment adopted in committee adds clarifying language to the bill.

SB 439 (Fontana) – This legislation establishes the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards in Child Care Facilities Act. Additionally, the legislation provides standards for carbon monoxide alarms in child care facilities and imposes penalties for failing to comply with prescribed standards. An amendment was adopted in committee to expand the legislation to apply to for-profit, non-profit, and at home child care providers. Moreover, the amendment eliminates the $50.00 fine and substitutes a loss of license penalty for noncompliance.