|Bill expands Medicaid postpartum care
HB 4416, which originated in the Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse, extends to one year postpartum care covered by Medicaid. Coverage now ends after 60 days. The bill next goes to the Committee on Finance .
Bill allows licensing boards to promulgate drug continuing education requirements
HB 4417 allows licensing boards to promulgate continuing education requirements dealing with drug diversion and prescribing. The current statute is prescriptive. It requires “completion of drug diversion training, best-practice prescribing of controlled substances training, and training of prescribing and administration of an opioid antagonist.”
Health care professionals complain privately they often take the same continuing education course each year to meet the necessary qualifications. This legislation allows licensing boards to promulgate “other relevant trainings.”
Affected West Virginia licensing boards include:
Licensed Practical Nurses
Registered Professional Nurses
The bill is on first reading Monday.
Bill says find money for NAS; orders AG to deposit settlements in Ryan White Fund
HB 4418 requires the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources to “identify and allocate funds to health care facilities or offer health services for children under one year of age suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.”
The bill requires the attorney general to “deposit any monetary settlement or judgment received from a drug manufacturer, drug distributor or pharmacy to settle a claim instigated by his or her office, after costs of any settlement or judgment have been provided to the effected state agencies, into the Ryan Brown Fund.”
The bill should be on first reading Monday.
Bill removes CON exemption fee, review
Committee Substitute for HB 4108, which removes the $1,000 fee and the HCA’s authority to review exemption requests, moved to amendment stage in the House of Delegates Friday. It weakens the state’s certificate of need program. The statute currently contains 27 services that are exempt from certificate of need. Health care entities must file an exemption application and pay a $1,000 fee. The Health Care Authority had 45 days to review the exemption. If the exemption is not reviewed or denied within 45 days, it is considered immediately approved.