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Bills of Interest 2018 – In the House

Bills of Interest 2018

In the House

H.640 An act relating to the right to a hospice consultation

Introduced by Representatives Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Clement Bissonnette, William Botzow, Susan Buckholz, Stephen Carr, Annmarie Christensen, Kevin “Coach” Christie, Daniel Connor, David L. Deen, Johannah Donovan, Marcia Gardner, Diana Gonzalez, Helen Head, Lori Houghton, Mary E. Howard, Kimberly Jessup, Ben W. Joseph, Kathleen C. Keenan, Diane Lanpher, James Masland, Barbara Murphy, Daniel Noyes, Jean O’Sullivan, Carol Ode, Paul N. Poirier, Laura Sibilia, Trevor Squirrell, Valerie A. Stuart, Linda Joy Sullivan, Mary Sullivan, Tristan Toleno, Maida Townsend, Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Tommy Walz, Theresa Wood, David Yacovone, Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to specify that the right of a patient with a terminal illness to be informed of all available options related to terminal care includes the right to a consultation regarding hospice services. It would also specify that a physician’s failure to comply with the Patient’s Bill of Rights for Palliative Care and Pain Management constitutes unprofessional conduct.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0640/H-0640%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.641 An act relating to co-payments for nonpharmacological approaches to treating pain

Introduced by Representatives Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Susan Buckholz, Kevin “Coach” Christie, Johannah Donovan, Marcia Gardner, Diana Gonzalez, Lori Houghton, Mary E. Howard, Benjamin Jickling, Barbara Murphy, Carol Ode, Amy Sheldon, Laura Sibilia, Trevor Squirrell, Valerie A. Stuart, Linda Joy Sullivan, Mary Sullivan, Joseph “Chip” Troiano, Theresa Wood, David Yacovone, Michael Yantachka

Statement of purpose as introduced: This bill proposes to limit the co-payment amount for physical therapy and chiropractic services under a health insurance plan to the amount of the co-payment for primary care services. It also expresses legislative intent to require the same co-payments for visits to additional providers as part of new requirements for insurance coverage of nonpharmacological approaches to treating pain to be enacted as soon as federal law allows the addition of new benefit mandates without the State being liable for the increased premium amounts.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0641/H-0641%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

 

H.523 An act relating to fair and impartial policing

Introduced by House Committee on Judiciary

Statement of purpose of bill as passed by House: This bill proposes to require law enforcement to adopt the Criminal Justice Training Council’s model fair and impartial policing policy.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0523/H-0523%20As%20Passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

 

H.550 An act relating to childhood trauma and the best interests of the child

Introduced by Representatives Janssen Willhoit and Catherine Toll

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to 1) require the court to integrate trauma-informed analysis in making a best-interests determination in a CHINS proceeding; and 2) require trainings for attorneys and judges practicing in the CHINS docket.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0550/H-0550%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.578 An act relating to establishing the Coordinator of Trauma-Informed Systems and the Childhood Trauma Tri-Branch Commission

Introduced by Representatives Michael Mrowicki, Anne B. Donahue, and Kathryn Webb

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to improve systems that support persons who have experienced childhood trauma and toxic stress by establishing the Coordinator of Trauma-Informed Systems in the Agency of Human Services and the Childhood Trauma Tri-Branch Commission.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0578/H-0578%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.579 An act relating to trauma-informed care in health care settings

Introduced by Representatives Anne B. Donahue, Michael Mrowicki, and Kathryn Webb

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to integrate trauma-informed care into health care settings by requiring Blueprint for Health providers to assess trauma and seek opportunities for resilience building and by requiring accountable care organizations to provide incentives for addressing adverse childhood experiences and other types of trauma.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0579/H-0579%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.580 An act relating to trauma-informed policies in educational settings

Introduced by Representatives Kathryn Webb, Anne B. Donahue, and Michael Mrowicki

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to incorporate various trauma-informed initiatives in school settings, including expanding the youth risk behavior survey to pose questions about adverse childhood experiences, developing a curriculum for students that addresses child brain development, and requiring that a student who is placed outside a traditional school setting be given priority for reintegration into a traditional school setting.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0580/H-0580%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.584 An act relating to the disproportionate share hospital payment formula

Introduced by Representative Benjamin Jickling

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the State’s formula for allocation of disproportionate share payments to hospitals from providing for an additional allotment to academic medical centers.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0584/H-0584%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.586 An act relating to the exemption for nonprofit organizations from the meals tax

Introduced by Representatives Barbara Murphy, Robert Bancroft, Thomas Bock, Mollie S. Burke, Elizabeth “Betsy” Dunn, Robert Frenier, John Gannon, James Harrison, Kathleen C. Keenan, Patricia McCoy, David Potter, Brian K. Savage, Charles “Butch” Shaw, Valerie A. Stuart, Donald Turner, and Kurt Wright

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to remove the requirement that nonprofits must serve meals on their premises in order to qualify for the nonprofit exemption to the meals tax.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0586/H-0586%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.589 An act relating to the reasonable and prudent parent standard

Introduced by Representatives Maxine Grad, Ann Pugh, and Janssen Willhoit

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish a reasonable and prudent parent standard that limits foster parents’ liability for decisions made in compliance with the standard.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0589/H-0589%20As%20Introduced.pdf

 

H.608 An act relating to creating an Older Vermonters Act working group

Introduced by Representatives Ann Pugh, Theresa Wood, and Carl Rosenquist

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to establish an Older Vermonters Act working group that would develop recommendations for an Older Vermonters Act aligned with the federal Older Americans Act, the Vermont State Plan on Aging, and the Choices for Care program.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2018/Docs/BILLS/H-0608/H-0608%20As%20Introduced.pdf