Legislation and Position Papers

 

 

Current State Bills of Interest:

 

 

2016-2017 Session:

S291    Authorizes health care practitioners to provide health care services through telemedicine. Referred to SHH Committee.  (Asm Bill A1464, Asm Pension and Health Benefit Committee recommended not to enact.

A320    Establishes minimum Medicaid reimbursement rate for personal care services. (S1018);  AHU 5/19/2016 - r/Aca - Yes {4} No {0} Not Voting {0} Abstains {2}; passed AAP 6/20/16, 8-1.  S1018 passed  SHH 1/30/17, 7 yes, 0 no; referred to Senate Appropriations Committee.  Passed full Assembly 5/22/17  by vote of 64-10-2. Passed full Senate 6/19/17, 39-0.  Passed both houses and goes to Governor for signature. Governor's conditional veto accepted by Assembly 69-0 7/31/17.

S842    Requires Medicaid managed care organizations to meet certain conditions prior to reducing reimbursement rates for personal care assistant services and home-based supportive care services.  Withdrawn 2/8/16.  Intent now incorporated in new State/MCO contract language .

A911 Establishes Medicaid demonstration project to cover room and board services for certain terminally ill patients in the home or other non-institutional setting. Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.  No Companion Bill.
 

S914  Establishes New Jersey Advisory Council on Home and Community-Based Settings to implement DHS Statewide Transition Plan. 2/4/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. No Movement. No Companion Bill.

A1491 Provides $3,000 gross income tax deduction for certain taxpayers providing home care for an elderly relative. 1/27/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee. No movement. No Companion Bill.

S1607      Excludes certain health care service firms from certain requirements. 2/16/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee (SHH); 6/1/16 removed from SHH Committee agenda for 6/13/16. No movement. No companion Bill.

A1870   Requires Division of Purchase and Property to provide additional notification of contracting opportunities to vendors or potential vendors providing or interested in providing home health care services to State agencies.  1/27/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee. (S830).  No movement.
 

S2036    Requires issuance of conditional certifications for homemaker-home health aides within seven days and issuance of final certification within 120 days. (A3329) 4/18/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee; 5/2/2016 Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading; 5/2/2016 Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee; Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee 5/2/2016 - r/Sca - Yes {8} No {0} Not Voting {1} Abstains {0}.  A3329 passed through AHE 12-0-1 and referred to Assm Appropriations Comm.
 

S2037  Conditions appropriation for State professional boards on expenditure of budget allocation to Board of Nursing to process and eliminate home health aide application backlog. 4/18/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee (A3328 passed Assembly 66-10)
 

A3304    Establishes three-year Medicaid home visitation demonstration project. 2/22/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee. Passed AWC 9/19/16, 6-0; and passed AAP 1/30/17, 10-0  (Companion Bill S1475 passed SHH 05/17/16, 9-0; passed full Senate 40-0 on 6/30/16; substituted S1475 and passed Assembly 68-1, 2/15/17) Signed into law by Governor 5/1/17, P.L.2017,C.50

A3661  Establishes pilot program for incentive-based value payment system for home health agencies and health care service firms. 4/14/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.  No movement. No companion Bill.

A4069  Establishes payment incentive program for home health agencies and health care service firms. 9/15/2016 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee. No companion Bill.
 

A4394  Establishes NJ Commission on Health Insurance Network Adequacy.  Introduced 12/12/16


2014-2015 session:

A204    Establishes "Naturally Occurring Retirement Community" pilot program; appropriates $250,000 (for pilot in Mercer County).  [companion Bill S548] passed AHO 5-1 2/6/14; AAP 10/2/14 6-3

S666 Requires Division of Purchase and Property to provide additional notification of contracting opportunities to vendors or potential vendors providing or interested in providing home health care services to State agencies. [A4174] HCCNJ will monitor

S667 1/14/2014 Introduced in the Senate by Sen. Nellie Pou, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee; 6/5/2014 Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/5/2014 Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee; 6/23/2014 Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading; 6/26/2014 Passed by the Senate (35-1)
6/26/2014 Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading; 6/26/2014 Substituted for A2207 (2R); 6/26/2014 Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (59-17-2)
8/1/2014 Approved P.L.2014, c.29.
 

S841     The Bill would provide a tax credit of up to $675 to caregivers to offset the costs of care. [companion Bill A1855 AWC 12/11/14, 4-0]  NJ Spotlight Article Senate Health & HS Committee voted 3/17/2014 - r/favorably - Yes {6} No {0} Not Voting {2} Abstains {1}.  M

S970    “Breann’s Law” requires health insurers, the State Health Benefits Program and NJ FamilyCare to provide “out of network” coverage for children with catastrophic illnesses. [A2238]  1/30/2015 Reviewed by the Pension and Health Benefits Commission Recommend to not enact
 

A1067 Increases reimbursement rate for providers of adult medical day care services. [no companion Bill listed]

 

S1094 Clarifies insurance coverage for certain home and health care agency employees under their own private passenger automobile insurance.

S1211    Requires audits of managed care plan provider networks.  [companion Bill A1922 passed AHE 8-2 1/12/15]  M

S1215 Appropriates $1,000,000 for outreach and enrollment activities in Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare programs. [no companion Bill listed]

S1347 Requires Commissioner of Community Affairs to establish the "Senior Citizen Home Repair and Modification Program”; appropriates $10 million. [no companion Bill listed]

A1761    Provides $3,000 gross income tax deduction for certain taxpayers providing home care for an elderly relative.   [no companion Bill listed]      HCCNJ Supports

A1855    Provides gross income tax credit for certain expenses paid or incurred for care and support of qualifying senior family member; designated as Caregiver's Assistance Act [S841]; passed AWC          committee 4-0-2 on 12/11/14.  Click here to see AWC Committee Statement.  M

A2209 Provides for oversight of DHS contracts with providers serving persons with developmental disabilities. [companion bill S2066]

A2354 R2 An Act mandating certain employers provide earned sick leave to employees. (S785)      10/27/2014 Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Budget Committee; voted out of Asm Budget Committee 6-4 on party lines; passed ALA 6-3

S2284      Requires MCO's to talk with certain home care providers before they decrease rates.  Introduced 7/11/14. Passed both houses (S2284) Dec. 18, sent to Governor. Conditional Veto

A2529 Requires criminal history background check for owners and employees of home service enterprises. (May apply to our members?) [no companion Bill listed]

 

A2652 Establishes NJ Task Force on Coordination Among Nonprofit Social Service Organizations. [S1207]

 

A2656 Establishes Medicaid demonstration project to cover room and board services for certain terminally ill patients in the home or other non-institutional setting.[S1845]

 

S2640  Establishes New Jersey Caregiver Task Force to evaluate and provide recommendations on caregiver support services. Passed Senate Health Committee 5/4/15 9-0. On to Senate floor for a full vote.  [companion Bill A4026]

A2665 Restricts gifts to certified homemaker-home health aides from patients. [no companion Bill listed]

S2752 Requires DHS to monitor utilization and billing of services for Medicaid home and community-based long-term care. [companion Bill A4169]

A3321  Establishes Center for the Study of Health Care Billing Data [companion Bill S1191]

A3554      Eliminates income eligibility cap to receive respite care for certain veterans.  7/11/2014 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee passed AMV 5-0, 2/12/15. [ass[companion Bill S2606]  passes AAP 8-0 3/16/15.

A4242      Establishes minimum Medicaid reimbursement rate for Personal Care services. [companion Bill S2894]

A4331   Requires training of homemaker-home health aides in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders. [companion Bill S2960 ] Referred to Asm Health and Human Services Committee

 

Rules and Regulations for comment:
 

Delegation and Certification of  Home Health Aides

 

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Council Testimony and Issue Papers:

Testimony to Senate Health Committee on S667, Expanding the Definition of Health Care Service Firms,  6/5/14

Letter from Senate Health Committee members to BoN,  2/28/14

Letter from HCCNJ to Board of Nursing about certification delays, 1/14/14

Testimony at DHS budget hearing regarding Peer Grouping,  12/6/13

Testimony to  Assembly Health Committee regarding A3409,  11/18/13

Testimony on S2100 (now S667) to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, 6/18/13

Testimony to Senate Health Committee regarding S2241, MCO rate commission,  10/15/12

 


Dennis Marco of Hamilton Public Affairs provides assistance to the Council with government relations.

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