Updates from the 2021 Legislative Committee
The 2021 legislative session started on January 11. During the session, the AAPPN Legislative Committee meets every Thursday evening to review and discussion upcoming bills. We are currently tracking 37 bills.
AAPPN Legislative Priorities
SB 5222 Requiring health carriers to reimburse advanced registered nurse practitioners at the same rate as physicians for the same services. AAPPN and ARNPs United continue to work together to advocate for ARNPs on this important issue.
- Prior to the start of the session, members of AAPPN’s Legislative Committee met with key legislators.
- On February 1, 2021. Dana Dean Doering, former AAPPN president, joined a panel of ARNPs and other stakeholders to provide testimony at the public hearing. Watch the TVW.org recording of the hearing.
- While SB 5222 did not pass out of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee on February 15, AAPPN will use the momentum and exposure from the February 1st hearing to strengthen agency relationships and to broaden our stakeholder base throughout the rest of this legislative session and the interim.
SB 5068 Improving maternal health outcomes by extending coverage during the postpartum period. Legislative Committee Member Patricia Morgan provided written testimony. The bill passed out of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee on January 27, and is currently in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.
HB 1141 Increasing access to the death with dignity act. The bill expands the definition of ‘attending’ to include other qualified medical providers, including ARNPs, to make the decision to give a terminal patient access to the Death with Dignity Act. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are added to the list of qualified medical providers who can provide consultation to a referring provider as to the patient’s competence to make such a decision.
- The bill passed out of the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee on January 27, and is currently in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.
- Read AAPPN’s letter of support.
Other bills AAPPN supports
HB 1086 Creating the state office of behavioral health consumer advocacy.
HB 1182 Enhancing and expanding behavioral health and suicide prevention crisis response services. This bill includes new sections related to the statewide behavioral health and suicide prevention crisis response services.
HB 1196 Concerning audio-only telemedicine. This bill requires health plans to reimburse a provider for a health care service provided to a covered through audio-only telemedicine under certain circumstances.
HB 1325 – Implementing policies related to children and youth behavioral health. This bill implements partnership access lines, including PAL for Moms. Legislative Committee Member Leslie Hite provided written testimony.
HB 1444 Providing trauma-informed counseling and supports to students who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill expands access to care.
HB 1468 Increasing student access to mental health counseling and services at community and technical colleges. This bill expands access to care.
HB 1477 Implementing the national 988 system to enhance and expand behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention services. This bill expands access to care.
SB 5074 Establishing safe station pilot programs.
SB 5169 Concerning provider reimbursement for personal protective equipment during the state of emergency related to COVID-19.