HAH engaged in all types of advocacy this year and was very active on the legislative front.
HAH’s priority bills that passed during the 2019 legislative session include:
- Reauthorizing the hospital and nursing facility sustainability bills; and
- Securing amendments to the Prescription Database Monitoring Program (PDMP) query law that passed in 2018, to clarify areas of practice for members.
HAH also supported the passage of other important healthcare legislation:
- Establishing a working group to discuss issues relating to MH1 patients and their transport;
- Creating a provisional license for speech language pathologists;
- Securing funding for home- and community-based services for seniors;
- Establishing a coordinator position at the Department of Health dedicated to telehealth activities and promoting an advisory council to continue our progress on the matter; and
- Providing state dollars to help with loan repayment for healthcare professionals in rural areas.
Measures that HAH opposed on behalf of its members include:
- Onerous notification and disclosure requirements for patients who might be balance billed;
- Duplicating requirements on patient lift policies and training; and
- Language on measures relating to mental health services.