2015 Health Disparities Legislation

6/26/2017

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.

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State Bill/ Summary/ Status
Arizona
  • SB 1194 Adds pharmacists, advance practice providers (i.e., physician assistants and registered nurse practitioners) and behavioral health providers to the types of medical professions that can participate in the Primary Care Provider Loan Repayment Program and the Rural Private Primary Care Provider Loan Repayment Program, which provide loan repayment for practice in underserved areas. Makes changes to criteria and eligibility for the programs. Enacted, Chapter 3.
  • HB 2495 Adds pharmacists, advance practice providers (i.e., physician assistants and registered nurse practitioners) and behavioral health providers to the types of medical professions that can participate in the Primary Care Provider Loan Repayment Program and the Rural Private Primary Care Provider Loan Repayment Program, which provide loan repayment for practice in underserved areas. Changes other criteria and eligibility for the programs. Failed – Adjourned.  
California 
  • AB 80 Establishes the Interagency Task Force on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, a multiagency advisory body that would support departments and agencies in coordinating actions to improve outcomes for boys and men of color. Outlines responsibilities of the task force and establishes the Boys and Men of Color Task Force Fund for use in carrying out the task force's requirements. Vetoed by Governor. 
  • AB 1046 Amends an existing law to replace hospital community benefits plans with community health needs assessment reports. Specifies the elements and processes, including that medically underserved populations must be represented in identifying the health needs, which are required in a community health needs assessment report. Deletes an exemption for small and rural hospitals. Requires a hospital to adopt the report. Failed. 
  • SJR 7 Urges the Congress and the President of the United States to renew funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration's Teaching Health Center and Primary Care Residency Expansion Graduate Medical Education Programs, and to lift the freeze on residency positions funded by Medicare to expand physician supply and improve access to health care. Adopted, Chapter 90.
  • AB 174 Appropriates funds to support expansion of the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education, which is a medical education program focused on meeting the needs of California's underserved populations in both rural communities and urban areas. Also makes legislative findings and declarations relative to health care needs in the San Joaquin Valley. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • SB 131 Appropriates funds to support expansion of the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education, which is a medical education program focused on meeting the needs of California's underserved populations in both rural communities and urban areas. Also makes legislative findings and declarations relative to health care needs in the San Joaquin Valley. Failed. 
  • SB 291 Includes persons who have experienced trauma related to genocide in the definition of vulnerable communities. Requires representatives from vulnerable communities to be represented in the public stakeholder process for developing the Office of Health Equity's plan to eliminate health and mental health disparities. Provides the type of vulnerable communities to be considered as stakeholders. Vetoed
  • SB 346 Requires a private nonprofit hospital and nonprofit multispecialty clinic to provide community benefits to the public by allocating a specified percentage of the economic value of community benefits to charity health care and community building activities. Requires a private nonprofit hospital or nonprofit multispecialty clinic to develop a community health needs assessment that evaluates the health needs and resources of the community. Includes specifications that vulnerable populations are included in the health needs assessment and that particular attention will be given to racial and ethnic health disparities. Failed.  
Connecticut
  • HB 6295 Requires the Department of Public Health to establish a health zone pilot program to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations and geographic areas; improve health care access and health outcomes in underserved communities; improve access to support and mental health for people in areas affected by violence; and strengthen resilience and support opportunities in communities. Failed
  • HB 5435 Allows the Commission on Health Equity to appoint an executive director. Also places the commission within the Insurance Department for administrative purposes. Failed - Adjourned  
D.C.
  • B 416 Establishes a health impact assessment program within the Department of Health to evaluate the potential health effects of construction and development projects on individuals and communities. Specifies program requirements, including an advisory committee, procedures for taking public comment, establishment of health risk standards, establishment of a community health index, and procedures for notifying the public. Requires that the health impact assessment and statement for each project to be evaluated is completed within 60 days. Failed- Adjourned.  
Florida
  • SB 94 / HB 3 Amends existing law related to the Closing the Gap Grant Program. Requires a project proposal under the grant program to address racial and ethnic disparities in morbidity and mortality rates relating to sickle cell disease, in addition to other priority areas. Senate version - Enacted, Chapter 2015-10.
  • HB 285 / SB 482 (similar) Relates to community health worker certification. Requires the Department of Health to approve qualified third-party credentialing entities to develop and administer voluntary community health worker certification programs. Establishes criteria for approval of third-party credentialing entities and grandfathering. Failed. 
  • HB 567 / SB 808 Requires Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability to conduct a study of challenges in achieving adequate Medicaid provider networks. Requires the office, in consultation with Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Health, to recommend strategies for reduction of racial and ethnic health disparities. Also requires a report on findings and recommendations. Failed.  
Georgia
  • HR 746 Expresses the sense of the General Assembly regarding public policies that will help Georgia families thrive. Declares that the General Assembly should enact legislation related to improving maternal and infant health; minimizing racial health disparities; and encouraging employment policies. Failed- Adjourned.  
Hawaii
  • HR 127 / HCR 192 Requests the creation of a task force to address the physician shortage in Hawaii. Includes recruitment and retention of physicians in rural and medically underserved areas in the considerations and recommendations of the task force. Adopted.
  • SR 57 Urges the reestablishment of the working group to examine social determinants of health and risk adjustment for Medicaid, gap-group, and uninsured individuals. Adopted.
  • HB 696 Establishes the Hawaii healthcare workforce advisory board to advise the department of labor and industrial relations to fulfill specified healthcare-related objectives. Objectives include prioritizing programs, services and activities that address social determinants of health and reduce health disparities. Enacted, Chapter 2015-166.
  • SCR 103 Urges the reestablishment of the working group to examine social determinants of health and risk adjustment for Medicaid, gap-group, and uninsured individuals. Failed – Adjourned. 
  • SB 117 Appropriates funds for the direct health care, including primary medical, dental, and behavioral services, for uninsured and underinsured patients at community health centers. Failed. 
Indiana
  • HB 1329 Relates to the sickle cell program of the state department of health. Requires the department to establish sickle cell disease centers in various regions of Indiana, with priority for grants given to underserved areas with higher populations of sickle cell disease patient. Provides for input from the minority health coalition in determining the focus in underserved areas and assistance from the coalition in conducting a biannual study. Failed – Adjourned
  • SB 47 Requires an individual seeking licensure in a health care profession to complete cultural competency training. Failed – Adjourned.  
Louisiana
  • HCR 129 Creates a task force to study health care delivery and financing in the Baton Rouge region, including, among others, barriers to access for low- and moderate-income people and policies that could expand clinics’ capacity to serve medically underserved populations. Requires the task force to report findings and recommendations. Adopted.
  • HCR 170 Creates a study committee to evaluate and make recommendations concerning Louisiana’s system of healthcare delivery, including, among others, access to care by people of different incomes, demographics and geographies. Requires a report and recommendations. Adopted.
  • HCR 186 Requests the Department of Health and Hospitals to study and evaluate the statewide system of healthcare delivery, the current level of health and well-being of the residents of Louisiana, and the available and emerging models of healthcare delivery to develop a Louisiana Health and Wellness Innovation Plan. Includes healthy families and social determinants of health among the guiding principles of the plan. Adopted.
Maryland
  • HB 580 / SB 198 Requires the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to provide specified health occupations boards with a list of recommended courses in cultural and linguistic competency, health disparities and health literacy. Requires each board to post the recommended courses on the board’s website; provide information about the courses to health care professionals at the time of licensure renewal; and advertise the availability of the recommended courses in specified board publications. House version - Enacted, Chapter 437; Senate version – Vetoed.

Massachusetts
  • HB 2047 Relates to eye and vision care access in rural and underserved communities. Establishes an eye and vision care center for rural and underserved communities as well as an eye and vision care advisory council. Establishes duties for the center and council. Creates an eye and vision care loan repayment and tuition relief program for recipients who serve in rural or underserved areas. Failed- Adjourned.
  • HB 2046 / SB 1164 Creates a special commission related to eye care and vision health needs. Establishes duties of the commission, including identifying strategies to address unmet needs and making recommendations for additional legislation. Failed- Adjourned.
  • SB 608 /HB 2048 Creates an office of health equity to coordinate activities to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Establishes duties of the office, including collaborating with other agencies, preparing disparities impact statements for major initiatives and creating an annual health disparities report card. Failed- Adjourned.
  • SB 1114 Creates an office of health equity to coordinate activities to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Establishes duties of the office, including collaborating with other agencies and creating an annual health disparities report card. Failed- Adjourned.
  • HB 1029 Amends existing law. Relates to increasing the membership of the Health Care Workforce Advisory Council. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • HB 1948 Provides that the Department of Public Health implement a program for health literacy in healthcare facilities, pharmacies, and health centers. Provides that health literacy should also be incorporated into training for community health workers and home care organizations. Failed- Adjourned.  
Michigan
  • SR 71 Memorializes Congress to pass H.R. 1807 of 2015, the Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention and Treatment Act of 2015. Recognizes racial and ethnic disparities related to sickle cell disease. Failed- Adjourned.  
Minnesota
  • SF 5 Establishes a budget for higher education. Among other appropriations, allocates funds to support specific family practice residency programs to prepare doctors to practice in rural and underserved areas. Requests the Board of Regents to, among other things, invest in physician training programs in rural and underserved communities. Enacted, Chapter 69.
  • HF 1208 / SF 501 Provides funding to the commissioner of health to develop a quality incentive payment system and a risk adjustment system based on race, ethnicity, preferred language, country of origin, and other sociodemographic factors. Also provides funding to the commissioner of human services and requires the commissioner to develop a legislative proposal for a methodology to pay a higher payment rate for providers and services that takes into consideration patients and populations experiencing health disparities. Failed- Adjourned
  • HF 2198 / SF 2054 Upon request, requires the commissioner of management and budget to develop a disparities impact note, in coordination with relevant agencies, for any proposed legislation if it appears enactment could have a significant impact on increasing or decreasing disparities. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • HF 2216 / SF 2068 Appropriates money for a grant to North East Neighborhoods Block Nurse Program to address health disparities among seniors in diverse communities. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • HF 892 / SF 1204 Relates to the use of current science on childhood brain development, adverse childhood experiences, and toxic stress to prevent child abuse and neglect. Calls on the Governor to create a task force to focus on prevention and identify opportunities for engaging education, public health, juvenile justice, human services, and criminal justice systems in the creation of trauma-informed policy and practices to prevent adverse childhood experiences and support the health and well-being of all families, and engage diverse communities in the development of trauma-informed policy and practices with the goal of addressing social determinants of health and well-being and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in Minnesota. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • HF 979 / SF 1202 Requires the commissioner of human services to establish a task force on the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and preventive and trauma-informed policy and practices. Identifies members and duties of the task force, including identifying social determinants of health and well-being and recommending solutions. Failed- Adjourned
  • HF 1287 /SF 1710 Requires a report on the treatment of pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Provides that, among other things, the report shall include a health equity impact assessment of the use of medications among populations that experience health disparities. Failed- Adjourned
  • HF 2184 / SF 1871 Appropriates money for grants to support healthy children, families, and communities. Requires the commissioner to provide or coordinate content or training on strategies in multiple areas, including the social determinants of health and health equity. Failed- Adjourned
  • SF 1458 Establishes the health and human services budget. Among numerous appropriations and provisions, appropriates Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality rates. Also requires the commissioner to submit an annual report on grants made to decrease racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality rates. Amends existing law related to health care quality measures to require the commissioner of health to stratify data based on race, ethnicity and other sociodemographic factors that are correlated with health disparities. Also requires the commissioner to ensure that categories and data collection methods are developed in consultation with those communities impacted by health disparities using culturally appropriate community engagement principles and methods. Amends existing laws related to standards for measuring health outcomes and a system for risk adjusting quality measures to include patient characteristics, which are correlated with health disparities and have an impact on performance on cost and quality measures, in the risk adjustment system. Establishes a task force on health care financing to advise the governor and legislature on strategies that will increase access to and improve the quality of health care for Minnesotans. Enumerates duties of the task force related to Medicaid, which include assessing the impact of options for innovation on their potential to reduce health disparities. Requires the commissioner to develop a methodology to pay a higher payment rate for providers and services that takes into consideration patients and populations experiencing health disparities.  Enacted, Chapter 71.
Mississippi
  • HB 215 Provides that physicians who are currently serving on active duty in the armed forces of United States or in the National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States or who are working as physicians for the Department of Veterans Affairs may receive a special volunteer medical license under which they may donate their services for the treatment of people in medically underserved areas. Also authorizes a special volunteer license for physician assistants, who meet the same criteria or are retired from active practice, under which they may donate their expertise for care and treatment of people in medically underserved areas. Enacted, Chapter 366.
  • HB 315 Creates the Health Disparities Council in the Department of Health for the purpose of making recommendations to reduce and eliminate certain disparities in access to health care. Provides for the membership and duties of the council. Failed. 
  • HB 792 Requires the state health officer to develop a program to close the gap in the health status of all gender and racial groups in certain priority areas. Creates certain requirements, including a statewide assessment, establishing measurable outcomes, providing for a grant program and requiring evaluations and reports. Failed. 
  • SB 2324 Provides an expedited license application process for physicians and pharmacists seeking to practice in underserved areas of the state. Failed.  
Missouri
  • HB 155 Establishes the Health Care Professionals Cultural Competency Act, which requires every licensing board to require completion of cultural competency training. Requires all health care professionals to complete cultural competency training in school designed to address race and gender-based disparities in medical treatment decisions. Also requires continuing education in cultural competency training. Provides for reporting. Failed – Adjourned.  

Nevada
  • SB 76 Relates to higher education. Among other things, amends requirements for loan forgiveness for students in certain medical professions for serving certain medically underserved populations, areas or health professional shortage areas after graduation. Enacted, Chapter 298.
New Hampshire
  • HB 508 Relates to establishing a procedure for dissolution of the New Hampshire medical malpractice joint underwriting association. Includes establishment of a fund for the purposes of providing grants in aid to health care providers servicing medically underserved populations. Enacted, Chapter 2015-263.
New Jersey
  • AB 3314 / SB 1232 Establishes Office of State Dental Director and New Jersey Oral Health Commission. Directs the Dental Director to serve as an advocate for the adoption and implementation of effective measures to eliminate disparities among racial and ethnic populations. Assembly Version- Failed; Senate Version- Vetoed. 
  • AB 1092 Requires hepatitis B to be considered a priority under the existing Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative. Failed – Adjourned. 
  • SB 1858 Requires hepatitis B to be considered a priority under Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative. Failed – Adjourned. 
  • AB 385 Establishes the Disparity in Treatment of Persons with Disabilities in Underrepresented Communities Commission. Outlines membership and duties of the commission, including studying and reporting on disparity in the treatment of racial or ethnic minorities and their access to educational opportunities, employment opportunities, health care, and other services. Failed – Adjourned. 
New Mexico
  • SJM 1 Requests the Secretary of Health to convene a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) health disparities task force to analyze health disparities and make recommendations for addressing those disparities. Failed – Adjourned. 
  • HB 419 / SB 385 Makes an appropriation to the Board of Regents of New Mexico Highlands University to fund recruitment and training of undergraduate students in health care careers serving rural and underserved areas. Failed – Adjourned. 
  • HJM 14 / SJM 15 Encourages every state-funded agency and entity to adopt a policy to address institutional racism. Failed – Adjourned
New York
  • AB 7302 Establishes a task force to identify evidence-based and evidence informed solutions to reduce children's exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Outlines duties of the task force, including to identify social determinants of health and well-being and recommend solutions to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in relation to the occurrence of ACEs. Failed- Adjourned
  • AB 5298 Directs the Department of Health to develop, create and implement a residency program initiative to add additional residencies that will benefit New York physicians who are residents. Establishes requirements for physician applicants as well as hospitals who are interested in participating in this program. Requires the physician to practice in an medically underserved area for at least five years and accept Medicaid and Medicare. Appropriates funds for the program. Failed- Adjourned.
  • AB 7137 / SB 1165 Authorizes and directs the New York state department of health, to conduct a study on the high incidence of asthma in the borough of the Bronx in the city of New York and to prepare a remedial plan. Requires the study to include an analysis of high risk neighborhoods by 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. Assembly Version- Failed; Senate Version- Vetoed
  • AB 770 / SB 954 Requires cultural awareness and competence training for medical professionals. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • AB 1546 Establishes the Empire State Professional Nursing Scholarship Program to provide financial support to applicants to enter or continue in a registered nurse educational program and who agree to deliver nursing care in a specialty, setting or designated region as having a shortage of nurses, or to teach nursing students. Also establishes grants for nursing education to establish or expand training programs for nurses and to increase the opportunities for nursing education at community based sites. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • AB 2526 Amends existing laws to transfer any unspent funds from the regents health care professional opportunity scholarship program to the regents physician loan forgiveness program and provides direction to distribute these funds to meet the same purposes as originally intended. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • AB 6679 / SB 116 Requires cultural awareness and competence training for all medical professionals. Authorizes the department of education to develop the training in consultation with the department of health and other experts. Authorizes the Commissioner of Health to develop and implement a statewide, community-based public health education program to reduce disparities in minority health care. Failed- Adjourned
  • AB 2922 Establishes a health care disparities data collection system. States legislative intent. Outlines requirements related to data collection and dissemination to the public. Mandates inclusion of data as to the health disparities records of HMOs in the state in the state consumer guides to health insurance that it, using the data collected under the new health care disparities data collection system. Failed- Adjourned
  • AB 7068 / SB 1289 Authorizes real property taxing jurisdictions to grant a partial tax exemption for property purchased by a physician in a physician shortage area, as determined by the commissioner of health, which will be such physician's primary residence and he or she will practice in such shortage area. Provides state aid to taxing jurisdictions which grant the exemption to the extent of the tax savings provided to physicians. Failed. 
  • SB 3246 Establishes a Minority Coordinating Council on Asthmatic Affairs within the department of health. Outlines tasks of the council, including assessing the asthma risk factors for the minority citizens, identifying existing barriers to quality asthma treatment and care among minorities, developing action steps for addressing care issues and launching a state-wide asthma awareness campaign. Also requires an annual report by the council. Failed- Adjourned.  
North Carolina
  • HB 940 Relates to budget appropriations. Among numerous other provisions, specifies that funds for the Community-Focused Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative shall be used to provide a for grants that focus on eliminating or reducing health disparities among minority populations with respect to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, asthma, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and infant mortality. Failed. 
  • SB 713 Relates to budget appropriations. Among numerous other provisions, specifies that funds for the Community-Focused Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative shall be used to provide a for grants that focus on eliminating or reducing health disparities among minority populations with respect to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, asthma, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and infant mortality. Failed.  
North Dakota
  • SB 2321 Directs the department of human services to seek federal medical assistance coverage for tribal community health representative services. Provides for a legislative management study of implementing a community health worker program. Failed.  
Ohio
  • SB 33 Requires certain health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency. Requires the pertinent licensing boards to adopt rules establishing the number of hours of cultural competency instruction. Also requires boards, in developing the rules, to consider race and gender-based disparities in health care treatment decisions and to consult with outside professional organizations. Failed- Adjourned.  
Oregon
  • HB 3100 Changes the framework for conducting public health activities in the state and for providing public health services to residents by the Health Authority, including, among other things, ensuring statewide and local application of specified foundational capabilities. Includes health equity and cultural responsiveness in the foundational capacities. Enacted, Chapter 736.
  • HB 3396 Requires the Health Policy Board to study and evaluate effectiveness of existing financial incentive programs and address new types of programs to recruit and retain health care providers to practice in rural and medically underserved areas. Requires board to report its findings to Legislative Assembly and make recommendations with respect to continuing or restructuring programs or replacing programs with new programs. Modifies criteria related to tax credit for rural medical provider. Enacted, Chapter 829.
  • HB 3245 Amends tax credit for rural health care providers to include health care providers in nonrural medically underserved communities. Authorizes Office of Rural Health to designate medically underserved areas. Failed. 
  • HB 3359 Expands the primary care provider loan repayment program to health care providers of primary care to medically underserved medical assistance recipients in urban areas. Failed. 
  • HB 3513 Creates the Rural Medicaid Access and Development Act to provide financial support to rural hospitals and health care providers and to establish primary care residency programs. Establishes Rural Medicaid Access and Development Fund. Failed. 
  • SB 845 Relates to health care for low-income workers. Among other things, creates the Employer Responsibility for Medical Assistance Trust Fund, which has multiple purposes, including increasing reimbursement to providers in health professional shortage areas or medically underserved areas as designated by the Office of Rural Health and to fun medical residency programs. Failed  
Pennsylvania
  • HB 1576 Establishes the LGBT Senior Community Grant Program to provide grants for community-based services, programs and activities that support LGBT seniors and the LGBT community. Provides that grants may be provided for such purposes as health care services, cultural competency training for medical providers and others, and other services. Failed- Adjourned. 

  • HB 1031 Amends existing law, known as the Children's Health Care Act, related to primary care to medically underserved areas. Provides for and creates requirements for loan forgiveness for part-time primary health care practitioners. Failed- Adjourned.  

     

Rhode Island
  • HB 5993 (Resolution) Celebrates the month of April, 2015, as "Community Health Workers Month." Recognizes community health workers for adding diversity to the workforce in order to provide better access to underserved communities. Adopted, Chapter 2015-172
Texas
  • HR 1444 Recognizes April 2015 as Minority Cancer Awareness Month. Adopted.
  • HB 1 Creates the General Appropriations Bill. States the intent of the Legislature that the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (CEDD) shall advise each agency within Texas Health and Human Services on the implementation of cultural competency training and develop partnerships with community groups and agencies to support the delivery of cultural competency services to children and families. Requires the CEDD and the HHS Statewide Coalition on Addressing Disproportionality and Disparities to develop and recommend to the executive commissioner policies and programs for addressing disproportionality and disparities within Texas Health and Human Services agencies, and support collaborative efforts to implement and evaluate equitable policies and practices statewide. Requires a report. Enacted, Chapter 1281.
  • HB 3781 / SB 1914 Establishes the Texas Health Improvement Network to address urgent health care challenges and improve the health care system. Enumerates the network’s composition, administration and duties, including evaluating and eliminating health disparities. House version - Enacted, Chapter 1123.
Washington
  • HB 1647 / SB 5574 Concerns health plan coverage of reproductive health care. Among other things, requires the governor's interagency coordinating council on health disparities to conduct a literature review on disparities in access to reproductive health care based on socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, geography, and other factors. Requires the council to provide report the results and provide recommendations. Failed- Adjourned
  • HB 1080 / SB 5010 Restores funding to the health professional loan repayment and scholarship program fund. States legislative findings that access to health care services is vital to achieve health equity and an increased quality of life. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • HB 1027 Authorizes federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal organization and urban Indian organizations to rain, employ or contract with dental health aides, including dental health aide therapists. Directs the state health care authority to coordinate with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide that dental health aides are eligible for federal funding of up to 100 percent. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • HB 1441 Authorizes dental health aide therapist services within the practice setting of an Indian health program or an urban Indian health program to promote dental care access. Directs the state health care authority to coordinate with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide that dental health aide therapist services are eligible for federal funding of up to 100 percent. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • SB 5151 Directs regulatory entities to adopt rules requiring cultural competency continuing education training. Provides that the entities may consults with those with expertise in health disparities in development of the rules. Requires the department of health to approve, develop and make available a list of continuing education opportunities related to cultural competency. Outlines requirements for the opportunities. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • SB 5159 Authorizes federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal organization and urban Indian organizations to rain, employ or contract with dental health aide therapists.  Also authorizes those entities to supervise a dental health aide. Directs the state health care authority to coordinate with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide that dental health aides are eligible for federal funding of up to 100 percent. Failed- Adjourned. 
  • SB 5317 / HB 1365 Relates to increasing child health equity by requiring screening for autism and developmental delays for children in medical assistance programs. Senate version – Enacted, Chapter 8
  • SB 5939 Establishes the family medicine residency training program to increase the family medicine physicians working at community health centers and in rural or urban underserved settings. Failed- Adjourned.  
Wisconsin
  • SJR 24 Declares April to be Health and Wellness Month. Recognizes health disparities in certain populations and in the city of Milwaukee. Adopted.

*Budget bills may not be included.


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