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2014 Health Disparities Legislation

2014 Health Disparities Legislation

7/11/2014

Life expectancy and overall health have improved in recent years for most Americans, thanks in part to a better focus on preventive medicine and advances in medical technology. While Americans as a group are healthier and living longer, disparities persist. For a number of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, good health is more difficult to attain because appropriate care is often associated with an individual's economic status, race and gender.

Policymakers are responding to these issues by introducing legislation aimed at eliminating health disparities. The bills listed below have been introduced to address the social determinants of health and are aimed at eliminating health disparities for underserved populations. 

Note: As bills that relate to health disparities are introduced, this page will be updated.

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Bill Bill/ Summary/ Status
California 
  • AB 496 Amends existing law that creates the task force on Culturally and Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists. Requires task force members to provide health services to, or advocate on behalf of, members of language and ethnic minority groups and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups. Requires the physician linguistic competency program to address those groups. Requires program training to be formulated with medical societies of those groups. In Senate. Read second time. To third reading.
  • AB 1182 Declares the intent of the legislature to enact legislation that would help increase the number of physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other health care professionals in medically underserved areas. Introduced.
  • AB 2340 Authorizes the deputy director of the Office of Health Equity to include on the advisory committee—whose purpose is to advance the goals of the office and to actively participate in decision making—representatives from women's health organizations that focus on health disparities and inequalities related to gender. Re-referred to Senate Committee on Health.  
  • AB 2514 Amends the Personal Income Tax Law to allow a credit to a qualified taxpayer who is a health care professional who resides and practices in a rural health care professional shortage area pursuant to an agreement with the State Department of Health Care Services in a specified amount of the taxpayer's student loans. In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: Held in committee.
  • AB 2659 Requires the director of Statewide Health Planning and Development to adopt regulations relating to the designation of health access zones and for the purpose of targeting state resources to reduce health disparities and increase access to primary care for the state's growing Medi Cal population. Allows a credit against the personal tax income for each net increase in qualified full time health access zone employees. In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Rereferred to Committee on Health.   

  • AJR 5 Designates the week of April 20-26, 2014, as National Cancer Awareness Week in effort to bring attention to the disparities of cancer among medically underserved populations, among other things. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Resolution Chapter No. 51.   

  • SB 20 Amends existing law to require all funds in the Managed Care Administrative Fines and Penalties Fund (rather than the first $1 million) be transferred each year to the Medically Underserved Account for Physicians in the Health Professions Education Fund for purposes of the Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter No. 24.
  • SB 508 Requires the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to develop a health disparity report based upon inpatient hospital discharge data. Requires the report to focus on areas such as cardiovascular disease and breast cancer, and report to the legislature by Jan. 1, 2016. In Assembly Committee on Appropriations: To Suspense File.      
Connecticut
  • HB 5457  Requires the department of public health or any other state office or agency that provides services related to health or human services to collect primary data, including a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, primary language and disability status. Failed.
  • HB 5537 Renames the Office of Multicultural Health the Office of Health Equity. Revises responsibilities. Public Act No. 14-231.   
Florida
  • HB 211 / SB 306 Defines community health worker. Requires the department of health to establish the Community Health Worker Task Force within a Florida college system institution or state university. Requires the task force develop recommendations for including community health workers in the development of proposals for health care or Medicaid reform, among other things. House Version: In Senate. Died in Committee; Senate Version: In Senate. Died in Committee.
  • HB 339 / SB 1412 Adds a requirement for project proposals under the Closing the Gap grant program to address racial and ethnic disparities in morbidity and mortality rates relating to sickle cell disease. Requires each proposal identify the particular racial or ethnic disparity it will address. House Version: Died; Senate Version: To Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
  • HB 1119 / SB 1324 Relates to Medical Education Reimbursement and Loan Repayment Program; requires the department of health to conduct a pilot project for implementation of program in specified counties; provides purpose of pilot project; provides applicability of Medical Education Reimbursement & Loan Repayment Program to pilot project; requires the department to submit a report to the governor and legislature; requires the department to request sufficient funding for pilot project. House Version: Died; Senate Version: In Senate. Died in Committee.
  • HB 1203 / SB 1428 Relates to reducing racial, ethnic, and economic health disparities; requires the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability to conduct a study related to achieving an adequate health care provider network for Medicaid; requires the office consult with the Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Health to recommend strategies to reduce racial, ethnic and economic health disparities in the state; requires report to governor and legislature. House Version: Died; Senate Version: In Senate. Died in Committee. 
  • HB 7071 / SB 1352  Relates to health care practitioners; expands who may prescribe brand drugs under the prescription drug program when medically necessary; excepts controlled substances prescribed by an advanced practice registered nurse from the disqualifications for continued certification or licensure as a deputy or state pilot; authorizes an advanced practice registered nurse to prescribe, dispense, administer, or order drugs in accordance with a specified formulary, if such formulary is established. House Version: Died; Senate Version: In Senate. Died in Committee.
Georgia
  • HR 1600 Creates the Georgia Asian American Pacific Islander’s Task Force to develop policies to improve the economic, social, health and educational needs important to the Asian American Pacific Islander community in Georgia, among other things. In House: Read 2nd time.
Hawaii
  • HB 264 Requires continuing education for nurse aides to include multicultural health awareness and education. Failed.
  • HB 1383 / SB 665 Appropriates funds to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the state through a comprehensive primary care workforce development plan that addresses the areas of loan repayment, diversity programs, and primary care workforce expansion. Failed.
  • HB 1616 / SB 2103 Updates the Hawaii State Planning Act objectives for health to include a commitment to eliminating health disparities by explicitly identifying and addressing social determinants of health. Outlines state policy to prioritize programs, services, interventions and activities that address social determinants of health to reduce health disparities of Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders and Filipinos. House Version: Act No. 2014-155; Senate Version: To House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs. Additionally referred to House Committee on Health. 
  • HB 1748 Appropriates funds for financial assistance for Hawaii interpreters for training and certification in medical or healthcare interpretation and for the development of medical glossaries in the primary foreign languages spoken in Hawaii.To Senate Committee on Health.   
  • HB 2320 / SB 2870 Establishes health equity as a goal for the department of health. Requires the department consider social determinants of health in the assessment of state needs for health. House Version: To Governor; Senate Version: Failed. 
  • HCR 141 Urges the development of an action plan to mitigate immediate and future critical shortages of physicians in the State of Hawaii. In Committee: Measure Deferred. 

  • HCR 244 / HR 193 Requests the Executive Office on Aging to inventory the elderly services and family and elderly demographics of the islands of Molokai and Lanai and the east Maui area, given that many elderly individuals on these islands are subject to multiple risks—including homelessness, language barriers, abuse, unemployment, poverty and lack of transportation—and social determinants of health complicate their ability to address health concerns. HCR 244: Failed; HR 193: To House Committee on Finance.

  • SB 1140 Establishes the infant mortality reduction advisory board; requires the department of health to develop and publish a statewide, comprehensive infant mortality reduction strategic plan, including strategies to address social determinants of health as they relate to infant mortality. Died.  
  • SB 2068 Establishes a task force to improve the health of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific peoples by proposing cost-effective improvements and legislation to address social determinants of health in Hawaii; makes an appropriation of $100,000 to support the activities of the task force. Died. 
  • SB 2103 Updates the Hawaiii State Planning Act objectives for health to include a commitment to eliminating health disparities by explicitly identifying and addressing social determinants of health. Outlines state policy to prioritize programs, services, interventions and activities that address social determinants of health to reduce health disparities of Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders and Filipinos. To House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs. Additionally referred to House Committee on Health.
  • SCR 114 / SR 60  Requests the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine to establish a native Hawaiian health task force to create data sharing policies, propose cost-effective improvements to where Native Hawaiians and others live, learn, work and play; propose legislation to address social determinants of health in Hawaii, raise awareness and propose programs to advance health equity, propose programs and legislative action that will address barriers and access to health care and more. SCR 114: To House Committee on Higher Education; SR 60: Adopted.  

Illinois

  • HB 5412 Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code; sets forth core competencies for effective community health workers as members of health teams; provides that such competencies include skills that are essential to bringing about expanded health and wellness in diverse communities and to reduce health disparities; requires a specified board to develop a plan for the certification process of community health workers. To Governor.
Indiana
  • SB 194 Requires an individual seeking licensure in a health care profession to complete cultural competency training. Outlines training requirements. To Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services. 
  • SR 34 Urges the Legislative Council to study complete cultural competency training as a requirement for licensure in a health care profession. From Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services: Do pass.
Iowa
  • SB 2238 Creates the Health Enterprise Zone Act; provides that the purpose of Health Enterprise Zones is to encourage public and private partners on the state and local level to collaborate in targeting resources to reduce health disparities, address social determinants of health, improve individual health outcomes and population health, and reduce health care costs throughout the state; provides definition of health enterprise zone. In Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
Louisiana
  • HB 441 Abolishes the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs and creates and provides for the Commission on Indian Affairs as its successor. To Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs.  
  • HR 199 Creates a working group to study the impact of nurse practitioners on enhancement of access to health care in medically underserved areas. Requires a report to the legislature at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the 2015 legislative session. Adopted.

  • SR 62 Recognizes April 13-19, 2014 as National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. Adopted.
Maryland
  • HB 459 Relates to Maryland loan assistance repayment program for physicians and physician assistants. Enacted. Chapter No. 99.   

  • HB 668 Requires the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in consultation with the Community Health Resources Commission to give special consideration to applicants that are community-based and serve the overall goals of the health enterprise zone when certifying applications for income tax credits for each health enterprise zone employer. Chapter No. 417

  • HB 856 / SB 1065 Creates a task force on community health workers. House Version: Signed by Governor. Chapter No. 259; Senate Version: To Senate Committee on Rules.
  • HB 1404 Requires certain health care professionals complete continuing education, including on health care disparities, cultural and linguistic competency, and health literacy. To House Committee on Rules and Executive Nominations. 
Massachusetts
  • HB 1055 Establishes a health care workforce center to improve access to health care services. Requires the center, in consultation with the health care workforce advisory council, to monitor and review workforce issues, study capacity, and establish criteria to identify underserved areas for administering the loan repayment program, among other provisions. From Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. Accompanied Study Order HB 4243.
  • HB 1916 / SB 1022 Establishes a State Health Service Corps to provide comprehensive team-based health care at community health centers that bridges geographic, financial, cultural and language barriers for the medically underserved. House Version: In Joint Committee on Public Health: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session; Senate Version: From Joint Committee on Public Health: Accompanied Study Order S 2114.
  • HB 1957 Requires the Department of Public Health implement a program for health literacy in healthcare facilities, pharmacies and health centers. Maintains that cultural competency enables organizations to work effectively in cross-cultural situations and developing and implementing a framework of cultural competence in health systems is an extended process that ultimately serves to reduce health disparities and improve access to high-quality health care. From Joint Committee on Public Health: Accompanied Study Order HB 4147.
  • HB 2072 Establishes an eye and vision care center within the department of public health for rural and underserved communities to improve access to eye and vision services; requires the center to coordinate the department’s eye and vision care workforce activities, monitor trends, review and collect data. Creates an eye and vision advisory council within the center. Creates an eye and vision care loan repayment and tuition relief program. From Joint Committee on Health Care Financing: Accompanied Study Order HB 4234.
  • HB 3702 / SB 985 Creates the office of health equity within the executive office of health and human services; provides the office will be served by a director who reports directly to the secretary of health and human services. Outlines duties, including coordinating commonwealth activities to eliminate racial and ethnic health and health care disparities, establishing goals to reduce health disparities in racial, ethnic and disabled communities, making recommendations, preparing an annual report card, reporting to the governor, legislature and health disparities council. House Version: Recommended New Draft for HB 2071; Senate Version: From Joint Committee on Public Health.
  • HB 3888 Creates an office health equity within the executive office of health and human services to coordinate all activities related to eliminating racial and ethnic health and health care disparities. Requires the office prepare a disparities impact statement evaluating the impact of each initiative on eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities; requires the office prepare an annual health disparities report card. To Senate Committee on Ways and Means. 
  • SB 349 Establishes the Community Environmental Health and Economic Disparities program within the Department of Health. The purpose of the program is to establish a communities health index and require certain proposed projects to complete a health and economic impact assessment to help protect the health and economic vitality of community residents. From Joint Committee on Health Care Financing: Accompanied Study Order S 2148.
  • SB 993 Establishes a health care workforce center within the department of public health to improve access to health care services; requires the center to monitor trends in access to primary care and oral health care providers, review and collect data on workforce and regional disparities. Requires the center to coordinate with the health disparities council and submit a report to the governor, legislature and health disparities council. Creates a health care workforce loan repayment program, administered by the center. To Senate Committee on Ways and Means.
  • SB 2126 Establishes a health care workforce center within the department of public health to coordinate the department’s health care workforce activities with other state agencies, public and private entities. Requires the center monitor trends in access to primary other health care, including reviewing data collection as well as existing laws, regulations, policies, and practices and other factors that influence recruitment; projecting the ability of the workforce to meet patient needs over time; identifying strategies used to address workforce needs; studying the capacity of public and private medical, nursing, and other provider schools, and the capacity of community health worker training education programs. Requires the center establish criteria to identify underserved areas in the commonwealth for administering the loan repayment program and to address workforce shortages through various activities. Creates a healthcare workforce advisory council within, but not subject to the control of, the center. Creates a health care workforce loan repayment program, to be administered by the health care workforce center. Requires the center file an annual report to the governor and legislature. Recommended New Draft for SB 993. 

Michigan
  • SB 649 Requires report to legislature on adequacy of maximum award for loan repayment grant program for health professionals and students; provides for the inclusion of dental professionals and dental schools; requires assessment of whether the amount of debt or expense repayment an individual may receive is sufficient to facilitate the placement and retention of designated professionals in health resource shortages, or whether that maximum amount should be adjusted to reflect changes in tuition costs. Public Act No. 173.       
Minnesota
  • HF 1047  / SF 582 Requires the commissioners of health and human services to review the materials and information related to postpartum depression to determine their effectiveness in transmitting the information in a way that reduces racial health disparities as reported in surveys of maternal attitudes and experiences before, during and after pregnancy, to the extent authorized by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. House Version: Re-referred to House Committee on Health and Human Services Finance; Senate Version: Re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance.
  • HF 1064 / SF 741 Appropriates $170,000 in FY 2014 from the general fund to the commissioner of health for a grant to a Somali-based organization to develop a reproductive health strategic plan to eliminate reproductive health disparities for Somali women. Requires the commissioner submit a report to the legislature on the strategic plan by February 15, 2014. House Version: Re-referred to House Committee on Health and Human Services Finance; Senate Version: Re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance.
  • HF 1345 / SF 1099 Modifies provisions related to health care and health disparities. Requires collecting and reporting of data useful in identifying and eliminating health disparities, such as race, ethnicity, language and other patient characteristics known to be correlated with poorer health, access and quality of care. Requires the commissioners of health and human services to report to the legislature. House Version: Referred to House Committee on Health and Human Services Finance; Senate Version: Referred to Senate Committee on Finance.
  • HF 1499 / SF 1300 Creates culturally targeted tobacco prevention grants. Requires the commissioner and community organizations that reflect communities disproportionately impacted by tobacco in Minnesota to develop and implement a coordinated plan to reduce health disparities in tobacco-related illnesses. House Version: To House Committee on Health and Human Services Policy; Senate Version: To Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing.
  • HF 1904 Defines spoken language healthcare interpreter services. Provides minimum qualifications for healthcare interpreters to be included in the database of individual spoken language healthcare interpreters; provides continuing education requirements. Prefiled. To House Committee on Health and Human Services Policy.
  • HF 2131 Requires MNsure to establish a minority ombudsperson to work with minority communities to assist in navigating MNsure and to collaborate with the councils of color. Requires the health commissioner award grants to minority-run health care professional associations to provide collaborative mental, holistic and culturally competent health care services to minority residents and collaborate on recruitment, training and placement of minority health care providers. Establishes a health care disparities task force to research ways to eradicate health care disparities. Sets task force priorities. To House Committee on Health and Human Services Policy.
  • HF 2361 Requires MNsure to establish a minority ombudsperson to work with minority communities to assist in navigating MNsure and to collaborate with the councils of color. Requires the health commissioner award grants to minority-run health care professional associations to provide collaborative mental, holistic and culturally competent health care services to minority residents and collaborate on recruitment, training and placement of minority health care providers. Establishes a health care disparities task force to research ways to eradicate health care disparities. Sets task force priorities. Rereferred to House Committee on Health and Human Services Finance. 
  • HF 2382 / SF 1798 Appropriates $250,000 from the general fund for FY 2015 to a Somali woman-led prevention health care agency in Minnesota. Requires the agency use community-based participatory research to address women’s health inequities experienced by first generation Somali women, and provide services through culturally specific, Somali woman-centered programs in order to improve and increase women’s access to maternal health programs, access to preventive care, reduce infant mortality, and increase health literacy. House Version: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Finance. To Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing; Senate Version: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Finance. 
  • HF 2402 / SB 2087 Amends existing law to require the commissioner to award grants to minority run health care professional associations to provide the following: collaborative mental health services to minority residents; collaborative, holistic, and culturally competent health care services in communities with high concentrations of minority residents; and to collaborate on recruitment, training, and placement of minorities with health care providers. House Version: Signed by Governor. Chapter No. 291; Senate Version:  In Senate. Second Reading.

  • HF 2410 / SF 2283 Relates to human services; makes culturally specific substance use disorder programs eligible for higher chemical dependency treatment payment rates; improves service quality to and outcomes of a specific population by advancing health equity to help eliminate disparities. House Version: To House Committee on Health and Human Services Policy; Senate Version: To Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing.

  • HF 2774 / SF 2414 Relates to health care; requires performance data collected by the department of health to be collected based on race, ethnicity, language, and other patient characteristics; requires the department of health to develop a risk adjustment methodology; appropriates money. House Version: To Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing; Senate Version: To Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Housing.

  • HF 3175 / SF 2775 Requires the commissioner’s annual public reports on health outcomes to stratify information by disability, race, ethnicity, language, and other socio-demographic factors that impact performance in order to advance work aimed at eliminating health disparities.  House Version: To House Committee on Education Policy; Senate Version: Rereferred to Senate Committee on Finance.

Mississippi
  • HB 146 Creates the health disparities council in the state department of health for the purpose of making recommendations to reduce and eliminate certain disparities in access to health care; provides for membership and duties of the council. To House Committee on Public Health and Human Services. Additionally referred to House Committee on Appropriations.
  • HB 287 Requires the state health officer, in partnership with community-based organizations and partners specializing in health disparities, establish a program to close the gap in the health status of all gender and racial groups in specific areas. Requires the state health officer develop measurable outcomes and conduct biennial evaluation of the program, to which it shall report to the legislature. To House Committee on Public Health and Human Services. Additionally referred to House Committee on Appropriations. 
Missouri
  • HB 1842 Establishes licensure and practice requirements for assistant physicians. Requires a licensed assistant physician to enter into an assistant physician collaborative practice arrangement within six months of initial licensure to be able to practice as such. Requires an assistant physician collaborative practice arrangement to limit the assistant physician to providing primary care services in medically underserved rural or urban areas of the state. Requires the department of health and senior services to establish and administer a program to increase the number of medical clinics in medically underserved areas. Authorizes a county or municipality to contribute start-up money toward the establishment of a medical clinic in a medically underserved area, and to apply for grants for matching funds from the department. Creates the “Medical Clinics in Medically Underserved Areas Fund,” in the state treasury. From House Committee on Rules: Reported do pass.

  • HB 1985 Establishes the “Health Care Professionals Cultural Competency Act.” Requires all health care professionals in this state to complete cultural competency training in school and as continuing education for licensure, certification, or registration.  To House Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing.  
New Jersey
  • AB 385 Establishes the Disparities in Treatment of Persons with Disabilities in Underrepresented Communities Commission. Outlines duties, including conducting a study and reporting on the disparate treatment received by persons of a racial or ethnic minority with disabilities. Requires an annual report. To Assembly Committee on Human Services.
  • AB 1092 Requires the New Jersey Office of Minority and Multicultural Health in the Department of Health to include hepatitis B as a priority conduction under the “Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative.” To Assembly Committee on Health and Senior Services. 
  • AB 3314 Establishes the New Jersey Center for Oral Health at Rutgers School of Medicine. To Assembly Committee on Higher Education.
  • SB 662 Relates to Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ)—underserved areas designated by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services. Amends current law to permit the granting of property tax exemption by ordinance to a subset of medical and dental primary care practices in a HEZ, rather than exempting all medical and dental care practices in a HEZ. Allows municipalities to limit the exemption to practices located in specific areas of a zone. To Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens. 
  • SB 1232 Establishes the New Jersey Center for Oral Health at the New Jersey Dental School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in order to address oral health. Provides that the center shall serve as an advocate for the adoption and implementation of effective measures to improve the oral health of state residents and eliminate disparities among racial and ethnic populations related to access to quality oral health care, utilization  and oral health status. To Assembly Committee on Health and Senior Services.
  • SB 1858 Requires hepatitis B to be considered a priority under Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative. To Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens.

  • SB 1864 Grants prescriptive authority to certain psychologists. To Senate Committee on Commerce.  

New Mexico
  • SB 48 Establishes a health impact assessment program in the Department of Environment to promote healthy communities, eliminate health disparities among communities and protect the environment. Requires the department of health to use its health information system to issue community health indexes for New Mexico counties. To Senate Committees on Committees, Public Affairs, and Judiciary.
  • SB 69 Directs the director of the office of African American affairs to create and implement a one-year pilot program in Bernalillo county to reduce infant mortality and enhance maternal health among African American residents. Requires implementation by July 1, 2014, and a report and recommendations by Nov. 1, 2015. Chaptered.
  • SM 51 Requests that every state-funded entity adopt a policy to increase racial equity and address institutional racism by January 1, 2015. To Senate Committees on Rules and Public Affairs. 
  • HM 12 Requests the chancellor for health services at the university of New Mexico to convene a task force to study the possibilities for creating community health specialist positions in New Mexico. Passed House. 
New York
  • AB 802 Requires insurance policy providers to maintain a database of health care providers that offer foreign language services. To Assembly Committee on Insurance.
  • AB 1186 / SB 2348 Require state agencies, boards and commissions that collect demographic data on ethnic origin to use separate categories for each major Asian and Pacific Islander group. Assembly Version: To Senate Committee on Finance; Senate Version: Amended in Senate Committee on Finance.
  • AB 2471 / SB 793 Requires cultural awareness and competence training for all medical professionals as part of their licensing requirements. Assembly Version: Amended in Assembly Committee on Higher Education; Senate Version: Amended in Senate Committee on Finance.
  • AB 3967 Requires excess funds from the regents health care professional opportunity scholarship to be distributed to physicians who are economically disadvantaged and/or members of an underrepresented minority group. To Assembly Committee on Higher Education.
  • AB 5426 Establishes a uniform health care disparities data collection system to enable health care consumers to be fully informed as to the record of health plans and health care institutions in addressing disparities and for state policymakers to address disparities. Failed.
  • AB 6746 / SB 925 Requires cultural awareness and competence training for medical professionals. Assembly Version: To Assembly Committee on Higher Education; Senate Version: To Senate Committee on Higher Education.
  • AB 7436 / SB 1426 Establishes the Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs within the department of health to assess the asthma risk factors for minority citizens; launches a statewide asthma awareness campaign; requires reports. Assembly Version: To Senate Committee on Health; Senate Version: To Senate Committee on Health.
  • AB 7719 Establishes the division of minority health within the office of mental health; establishes, within the division, a minority mental health council; provides that the division shall be responsible for assuring that mental health programs and services are culturally and linguistically appropriate to meet the needs of racial and ethnic minorities. To Assembly Committee on Mental Health.
  • AB 8689 Requires specific medical professionals complete cultural awareness and cultural competence training on minority health care issues, including ethnic, religious, linguistic, sexual orientation and gender identify and their impact on minority health care. To Assembly Committee on Higher Education. 
  • AB 9152 Establishes the interagency task force on health literacy to study health literacy and develop recommendations for improving health literacy in the state. To Assembly Committee on Higher Education. 
  • AB 9265 Requires the department to develop and implement a residency program initiative for physicians who agree to work in medically underserved areas, which will fund 50 residency positions. Requires participating physicians to agree to work in a New York state medically underserved area for a minimum of five years. Appropriates funds. To Assembly Committee on Health. 
  • AB 10148 Directs the department of health to conduct a study on the high incidence of asthma in the Bronx in the city of New York. The study shall include an analysis of high risk neighborhoods examining disparities in income, race and ethnicity, public and private housing, proximity to major sources of air pollution and an evaluation of the effectiveness of existing medical facilities. To Assembly Committee on Health.

  • SB 133 Would establish the New York State Community Health Care Investment Fund which would be used for, among other activities, projects that improve cultural competence of the health care workforce, projects that collect data on ethnic and minority representation in the state health care workforce, and other projects related to ethnic and racial minorities in New York. To Senate Committee on Finance.
  • SB 852 Would create the minority mental health act to establish the division of minority mental health within the office of mental health. To Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
  • SB 926 Would authorize a study and remedial plan for the high incidence of asthma in the borough of the Bronx in the city of New York. To Assembly Committee on Health.       
  • SB 1426 Establishes a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs within the department of health. Amended in Senate Committee on Health. 
  • SB 3211 Creates an interagency task force on health literacy to study and improve health care access and outcomes, especially among older adults, minority and/or immigrant populations, lower-income populations and medically underserved populations. Requires the task force to report its findings to the legislature no later than Dec. 15, 2014. Amended in Senate Committee on Higher Education. 
  • SB 5896 Expands the duties of the special advisory review panel on Medicaid managed care to include evaluating data collection and reporting on health care access and quality by race, ethnicity, language, disability and other factors, as well as the availability of services and programs that address disparities in access to care and care outcomes. Amended in the Senate Committee on Health.
North Carolina
  • SB 440 Directs the general administration of the University of North Carolina to study ways to increase primary care residencies in underserved areas of North Carolina. To Senate Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.
Ohio
  • SB 131 Requires certain health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency. Requires state boards adopt rules that establish requirements around cultural competency. To Senate Committee on Medicaid, Health and Human Services. 
Oklahoma
  • SB 1533 Requires the state board to approve one or more continuing education courses addressing cultural competency in health care treatment. Approved courses must include instruction in addressing the problems of race and gender-based disparities in health care treatment and decisions. To Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.  
Pennsylvania
  • HB 2179 Amends loan repayment schedules based on new definitions of full- or part-time work. To House Committee on Health.

  • HR 721 Recognizes April 13 through 19, 2014, as National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. Adopted.

  • HR 722 Recognizes the month of April 2014 as National Minority Health Month. Adopted.

Rhode Island
  • HR 8075 Proclaims the month of April, 2014 to be “Community Health Workers Month” in the state of Rhode Island. Adopted. Chapter No. 2014-208. 
  • SR 3125 Creates a special senate task force to study the evaluation and certification of foreign-trained professionals, including health care professionals. Adopted by Senate.
South Carolina
  • HB 5026 Creates the Health Enterprise Zone Act; authorizes the establishment of health enterprise zones in certain areas of the state based on documented health disparities and poor health outcomes and subject to the approval of the director of the department of health and environmental control; establishes criteria for consideration and award of the designation. To House Committee on Medical, Military, and Public and Municipal Affairs.
Utah
  • SB 66 Directs the Utah Department of Health to certify an individual who meets certain criteria as a certified community health worker; prohibits an individual who the department of health does not designate as a certified community health worker from using the title certified community health worker. Failed.  
  • SB 168 Amends the Health Care Providers Immunity from Liability Act; requires a written waiver from a patient; provides immunity from liability to a health care provider who volunteers services at a federally qualified health center or an Indian health clinic. Chaptered. Chapter No. 400
Washington
  • HB 2466 / SB 6275 Authorizes a federally recognized Indian tribe, tribal organization or urban Indian organization to train, employ or contract with or for the services of a dental health aide, including dental health aide therapists. Requires dental health aides or dental health aide therapists be certified by a federal community health aide program or Indian tribe that has adopted equivalent standards. Requires the health care authority coordinate with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure dental health aide services are eligible for maximum Medicaid federal funding. House Version: To House Committee on Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs; Senate Version: Introduced.
  • SB 6170 Requires health care regulating entities adopt rules requiring health care professionals to receive cultural competency continuing education training. To Senate Committee on Health Care.
Washington, D.C.
  • B 572 Establishes a commission on health disparities to examine health disparities in the District, produce reports on their findings and advise the department of health, the Council of the District of Columbia and the mayor on the best ways to address health disparities that exist in the District of Columbia. To Council Committee on Health. 
West Virginia
  • HB 2250 Creates the Nursing, Social Worker, Dentist and Hygienist Education Student Loan Fund; provides a loan and loan forgiveness program for nurses, social workers, dentists and hygienists; determines eligibility requirements to receive a loan; requires reports. To House Committee on Education.
  • HB 2545 Establishes the nonresident medical student tuition regularization program as a means of recruiting practicing physicians to underserved areas and to primary care practitioner shortage areas in West Virginia. To House Committee on Education. 

 

 


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