Healthcare Bills Discussed in House Committees
Posted on October 24, 2019
The Michigan Legislature once again took up multiple bills that impacted hospitals over the week of Oct. 21. Among those addressed in committee were efforts to create a Michigan telepharmacy statute, ban the practice of nonconsensual pelvic exams, prohibit administrative rules on vaping and allow for the concealed carry of firearms in hospitals.
The House Health Policy Committee heard initial testimony on Senate Bill (SB) 340, which would establish Michigan’s first telepharmacy regulations. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Curt Vanderwall (R-Ludington), chairman of the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, and is supported by the MHA. No committee votes have yet been taken on SB 340, and the MHA will continue to monitor the legislation.
The House Committee on Ways and Means approved House Bill (HB) 4958, which would ban nonconsensual pelvic exams in Michigan. The MHA fully supports the bill, which would require patient consent before the procedure is carried out unless an emergency exists. HB 4958 was introduced by Rep. Pam Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Township) and now awaits a full house vote.
The House Regulatory Reform Committee heard testimony on HB 5019, introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Wayland). HB 4019 would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from promulgating or enforcing any rule regulating the sale, manufacturing or use of a vaping product. The MHA has supported recent efforts to ban flavored vaping products and prevent e-cigarette use among adolescents; accordingly, the association opposes HB 5019. No votes have been taken on the bill to date.
The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee held another hearing on HBs 4770-4774, which would remove Michigan hospitals’ status as a gun-free zone and allow for concealed carry in healthcare settings. The MHA is opposed to this package and strongly believes that introducing weapons to a hospital environment could negatively impact safety and quality of care. The committee voted to approve the bills as introduced, and the package will move to the House Committee on Judiciary for further review.
To learn more about legislative issues affecting healthcare, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.
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