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Healthcare and Health Insurance
05-05-2021 - 16:18:31

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Track: Healthcare & Health Insurance   Request Date: 0- 0-0000 thru 99-99-9999

HB 1063   
Dotson, Jim (R)
Hester, Bart (R)
Authorizes audio-only consultations to qualify as covered services under the Telemedicine Act.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 12-31-20 H Filed
01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-21-21 H Amendment(s) Filed
01-25-21 H Placed on the House calendar
01-25-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-04-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-04-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-09-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-08-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
02-09-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-09-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 3 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-10-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-10-21 H Amendment 3 adopted
02-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-22-21 H [H] 20210222/-1/21165 (13:09:21)
02-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
02-22-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-08-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-09-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-09-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-10-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-17-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
03-18-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-18-21 S On floor for consideration
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 19/N: 11)
03-18-21 S Emergency clause failed
03-18-21 S Motion to expunge vote emergency clause failed, carried
03-18-21 S Emergency clause failed (Vote: Y: 18/N: 12)
03-18-21 S Motion to expunge vote failed
03-18-21 H Received from Senate as amended - referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 S Motion to recall from House carried
04-01-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Returned to the Senate
04-01-21 S Recalled from the House
04-01-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
04-01-21 S Re-referred to committee S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-06-21 S Motion to suspend rules carried
04-06-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-07-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 3 Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-12-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-12-21 S Amendment 4 adopted
04-13-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-13-21 S On floor for consideration
04-13-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 25/N: 10)
04-13-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-13-21 H Received from Senate as amended - referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-19-21 H House concurred in Senate amendments 1, 2, 3, and 4
04-20-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-21-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 829 )


HB 1068   
Pilkington, Aaron (R) Authorizes healthcare professionals to use telemedicine to perform group meetings for services, including group therapy. Clarifies that the home of a patient is included as an originating site with regard to coverage for telemedicine services.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 12-31-20 H Filed
01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-02-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-02-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-03-21 H [H] 20210203/-1/21077 (13:33:52)
02-03-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
02-03-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-31-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-31-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-01-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 2)
04-01-21 H Received from Senate as amended - referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 767 )


HB 1118   
Dotson, Jim (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Authorizes cottage food operations to sell food through the internet directly to end consumers.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-11-21 H Filed
01-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-04-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-04-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-08-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-09-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-09-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-10-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-10-21 H [H] 20210210/-1/21137 (13:53:21)
02-10-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
02-10-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-22-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-23-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-23-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
02-24-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-24-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-25-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-25-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-25-21 S Re-referred to committee H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-03-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-03-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-03-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-09-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 306 )


HB 1134   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Authorizes pharmacists to prescribe vaccines and immunizations, and to more broadly administer and dispense vaccines and medications to treat adverse reactions to vaccines, including to children under seven.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-11-21 H Filed
01-12-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-24-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-25-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-25-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 2 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-09-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-09-21 H [H] 20210309/-1/21304 (13:34:30)
03-09-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
03-09-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-21 S On floor for consideration
03-17-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 2)
03-18-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 406 )


HB 1135   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Authorizes pharmacy technicians to administer vaccines and immunizations, if delegated to do so by a supervising pharmacist.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-11-21 H Filed
01-12-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-14-21 H Amendment(s) Filed
01-19-21 H Placed on the House calendar
01-19-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-04-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 2 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-09-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-09-21 H [H] 20210309/-1/21304 (13:37:15)
03-09-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 1)
03-09-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-21 S On floor for consideration
03-17-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 23/N: 6)
03-18-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 407 )


HB 1138   
Vaught, DeAnn (R) Requires health insurance providers to cover positron emission tomography imaging tests for patients who have a prior history of cancer.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-11-21 H Filed
01-12-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-13-21 H Placed on the House calendar
01-13-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1180   
Gonzales, Justin (R) Requires professional licensing entities to file any scope of practice rule with the House and Senate Public Health committees for mandatory review.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-14-21 H Filed
01-14-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-28-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-28-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-02-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-02-21 H [H] 20210202/-1/21067 (13:08:28)
02-02-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 88/N: 3)
02-02-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-01-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-01-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-22-21 S On floor for consideration
04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 960 )


HB 1218   
Lowery, Mark (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Prohibits schools and institutions of higher education from including programs of instruction that present issues of race, gender, political affiliation and classes of people in the provided manners.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-19-21 H Filed
01-21-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
01-26-21 H Amendment(s) Filed
01-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
01-27-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-15-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Education
03-15-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration


HB 1233   
Penzo, Clint (R)
Ballinger, Bob (R)
Requires the State Medical Board to create a naturopathic physicians licensure process.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-21-21 H Filed
01-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-27-21 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1242   
Lowery, Mark (R)
Pitsch, Mathew (R)
Requires certain long-term care insurers to file, for each line of business written in the state, a market conduct annual statement in the time frame required by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-25-21 H Filed
01-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
02-03-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
02-03-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
02-04-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-04-21 H [H] 20210204/-1/21086 (13:14:39)
02-04-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 1)
02-04-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-02-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-03-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-03-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-09-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-09-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-10-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-10-21 S On floor for consideration
03-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-11-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-12-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 371 )


HB 1246   
Johnson, Lee (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Allows pharmacists to treat certain health conditions and modifies physician dispensing; requires the State Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board to adopt rules for dispensing and oversight for pharmacists and physicians.
Companions:
SB 176 Wallace, David (Same As)
  4-13-21 S Moved to deferred list S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-25-21 H Filed
01-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-23-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-24-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-03-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-04-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-16-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-16-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-21 H [H] 20210317/-1/21373 (15:39:37)
03-17-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
03-17-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-29-21 S On floor for consideration
03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 2)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 503 )


HB 1247   
Gonzales, Justin (R) Exempts acute care medication and initial treatment for maintenance medication from the requirements for physicians dispensing legend drugs.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-25-21 H Filed
01-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-23-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-24-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-24-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1258   
Johnson, Lee (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Creates the Full Independent Practice Committee which may grant a certificate of full independent practice authority to a certified nurse practitioner who has completed 6,240 hours of practice under a collaborative practice agreement.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-25-21 H Filed
01-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-24-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-25-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-25-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-02-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 2 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-03-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-04-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-21 H [H] 20210308/-1/21289 (14:06:46)
03-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 87/N: 5)
03-08-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-21 S On floor for consideration
03-17-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 4)
03-18-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-22-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 412 )


HB 1263   
Pilkington, Aaron (R) Creates the Anesthesiaologist Assistant Act to require the State Medical Board to license and register qualified applicants.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-25-21 H Filed
01-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1353   
Haak, Delia (R)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Further restricts advertising related to medical marijuana facilities and dispensaries by prohibiting the use of a cross of any color, a caduceus or any other symbol commonly associated with the practice of medicine, pharmacy, etc.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-01-21 H Filed
02-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Rules
02-10-21 H Meeting set for 12:00 p.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules
02-10-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-10-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ...H-Rules
02-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-22-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
02-23-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-23-21 H [H] 20210223/-1/21171 (13:05:37)
02-23-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 78/N: 9)
02-23-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Agriculture and Economic Development
03-09-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 130 nt ...S-Agriculture and Economic Development
03-09-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Agriculture and Economic Development
03-10-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-10-21 S On floor for consideration
03-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
03-11-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 342 )


HB 1357   
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Requires healthcare insurers to provide coverage for positron emission tomography to screen for or to diagnose cancer in a patient upon the recommendation of the patient's physician when the patient has a prior history of cancer.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-01-21 H Filed
02-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-15-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-16-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-16-21 H [H] 20210316/-1/21346 (13:36:47)
03-16-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
03-16-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-30-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-30-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
04-01-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-01-21 S On floor for consideration
04-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-05-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-06-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 583 )


HB 1366   
Penzo, Clint (R) Creates a Rapback Program to identify service provider employees who have committed disqualifying offenses after satisfying background check requirements.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-01-21 H Filed
02-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-08-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-22-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1404   
Bentley, Mary (R)
Stubblefield, Gary (R)
Exempts noninsurance healthcare benefits provided by not-for-profit membership organizations from insurance regulation, declaring those benefits not to be insurance. Authorizes the risk under that coverage to be reinsured.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-03-21 H Filed
02-03-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
02-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-08-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-08-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-03-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-03-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed (Vote: Y: 9/N: 8)
03-17-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-16-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Insurance and Commerce
04-14-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1428   
Miller, Josh (R)
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Repeals the Arkansas Works Act of 2016 and moves enrollees to the fee-for-service Medicaid Program on and after January 1, 2022.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-04-21 H Filed
02-04-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-21-21 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1450   
Magie, Steve (D)
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Requires health benefit plans to provide coverage for early refills of prescription eye drops.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-08-21 H Filed
02-08-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-09-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-09-21 H [H] 20210309/-1/21304 (13:31:27)
03-09-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
03-09-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 S On floor for consideration
03-11-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-12-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
03-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 357 )


HB 1521   
McCollum, Austin (R)
Gilmore, Ben (R)
Codifies Executive Orders 20-18 and 20-34 related to the COVID-19 pandemic, holding healthcare providers immune from liability and exempt from specific licensing requirements for services provided during the emergency.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-22-21 H Filed
02-22-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-25-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-25-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-01-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-01-21 H [H] 20210301/-1/21233 (13:37:48)
03-01-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 80/N: 12)
03-01-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-01-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-02-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-03-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-10-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 S On floor for consideration
03-11-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-11-21 S Emergency clause adopted
03-12-21 S Re-referred to committee H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-23-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-23-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-29-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 510 )


HB 1547   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Prohibits schools, licensing entities, and employers (who are granted immunity from civil liability for injuries resulting from exposure) from mandating COVID-19 vaccinations through discrimination or coercion.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-23-21 H Filed
02-23-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-16-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-16-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-17-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-23-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-23-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-30-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 H Amendment 3 adopted
03-29-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-12-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-12-21 H Amendment 4 adopted
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (15:06:20)
04-14-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 78/N: 1)
04-14-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-14-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-21-21 S On floor for consideration
04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 21/N: 8)
04-21-21 S Emergency clause failed
04-21-21 S Motion to expunge emergency clause vote carried
04-21-21 S Emergency clause adopted (Vote: Y: 28/N: 1)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-28-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 977 )


HB 1548   
Penzo, Clint (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Requires the Arkansas Medicaid Program to conduct a review of personal care reimbursement rates within 90 days of a change in the state or federal minimum wage and to obtain a waiver or authorization to modify the reimbursement rate.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-23-21 H Filed
02-23-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-09-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-09-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended No. 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-09-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-11-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-15-21 H [H] 20210315/-1/21342 (13:24:07)
03-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
03-15-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-16-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-16-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-22-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-29-21 S On floor for consideration
03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
03-29-21 H Received from Senate as amended - Calendar
03-30-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 571 )


HB 1569   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Teague, Larry (D)
Prescribes methods for calculating the contributions to cost-sharing requirements for enrollees in health benefit plans, including the Affordable Care Act, by insurers and pharmacy benefits managers.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-25-21 H Filed
02-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-03-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-04-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-10-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-11-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-15-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-15-21 H Removed from committee agenda H-Insurance and Commerce
03-17-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-17-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-18-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-18-21 H [H] 20210318/-1/21374 (13:59:17)
03-18-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
03-18-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-01-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-01-21 S Meeting cancelled for 04/01/21 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-08-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-08-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ommerce ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-08-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-13-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-13-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-14-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-14-21 S On floor for consideration
04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-21-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-21-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
04-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-22-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-23-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 965 )


HB 1570   
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Clark, Alan (R)
Prohibits providing any of a list of gender transition procedures to persons who are gender nonconforming or experiencing gender dysphoria and who are under 18; prohibits public funding and health insurance for such procedures.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-25-21 H Filed
02-25-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-01-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-02-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-07-21 H Amendment(s) Filed
03-08-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
03-09-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-09-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Carried (Vote: Y: 13/N: 4)
03-09-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-10-21 H [H] 20210310/-1/21305 (14:06:49)
03-10-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 70/N: 22)
03-10-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-29-21 S On floor for consideration
03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 7)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Vetoed by the Governor
04-05-21 H Received in the House - Referred to calendar
04-06-21 H [H] 20210406/-1/21479 (13:13:45)
04-06-21 H House voted to override veto (Vote: Y: 72/N: 25)
04-06-21 S Senate voted to override veto (Vote: Y: 25/N: 8)


HB 1582   
Hodges, Monte (D) Authorizes the Arkansas State Medical Board to offer a multiyear license or registration for a two-year period after the person requesting the option provides required information and pays fees for two years.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-01-21 H Filed
03-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-22-21 H [H] 20210322/-1/21386 (13:49:42)
03-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 97/N: 0)
03-22-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S On floor for consideration
04-15-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-16-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 803 )


HB 1619   
Boyd, Justin (R) Excludes prescription drugs from Schedule VI if they are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the federal code for new drugs, unless the secretary of health objects.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-03-21 H Filed
03-03-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
03-16-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary
03-16-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
03-17-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-17-21 H [H] 20210317/-1/21373 (15:26:21)
03-17-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
03-17-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Judiciary
03-22-21 S Meeting set for 10:30 a.m. - Room 171 ...S-Judiciary
03-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Judiciary
03-29-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-30-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 514 )


HB 1707   
Boyd, Justin (R)
Davis, Breanne (R)
Repeals the requirement that enrollment positions at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine be based on apportionment by congressional district and Arkansas residency.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-11-21 H Filed
03-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Education
03-23-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 151 ...H-Education
03-23-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Education
03-29-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-29-21 H [H] 20210329/-1/21419 (13:57:53)
03-29-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 45/Y: 47)
03-29-21 H Motion to reconsider carried
03-29-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 59/N: 31)
03-29-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Education
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room A ...S-Education
04-21-21 H Motion to recall from Senate carried
04-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Education


HB 1709   
Payton, John (R)
Sullivan, Dan (R)
Prohibits a pharmaceutical manufacturer from providing a manufacturer discount of an insulin product unless provided directly to the end user in a coupon card. Requires the discount to be processed prior to submitting a claim to a healthcare payor.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-11-21 H Filed
03-11-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-18-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-22-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-23-21 H Re-referred to committee H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 2 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-12-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-12-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
04-13-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-13-21 H [H] 20210413/-1/21555 (13:24:05)
04-13-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 80/N: 4)
04-13-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-15-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-19-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
04-19-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-21-21 S On floor for consideration
04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 30/N: 0)
04-21-21 H Received from Senate as amended - referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H House concurred in Senate amendments 1 and 2
04-27-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
05-03-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1104 )


HB 1733   
Penzo, Clint (R) Requires the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board to implement a plan design for health savings accounts paired with qualifying high-deductible consumer-driven health insurance plans for public employees; more.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-15-21 H Filed
03-15-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Insurance and Commerce
04-27-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-27-21 H Referred to interim committee ...H-Insurance and Commerce


HB 1760   
Johnson, Lee (R) Establishes the Psychological Interjurisdictional Compact in Arkansas.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-16-21 H Filed
03-16-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-12-21 H [H] 20210412/-1/21539 (14:56:55)
04-12-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
04-12-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-20-21 S On floor for consideration
04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 1)
04-21-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 883 )


HB 1762   
Ferguson, Kenneth (D) Calls on the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Institute at UAMS to establish a comprehensive cancer patient navigation program for persons at risk within a health disparity population.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-16-21 H Filed
03-16-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1776   
Evans, Brian (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Replaces nursing facility staffing ratios with standards based on average direct care hours per resident day, with reporting requirements. Requires facilities to be Medicare and/or Medicaid certified as a condition of state licensure.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-17-21 H Filed
03-17-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-05-21 H [H] 20210405/-1/21471 (14:25:57)
04-05-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 1)
04-05-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-12-21 S On floor for consideration
04-12-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 2)
04-13-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-14-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 715 )


HB 1794   
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Wallace, David (R)
Establishes and implements the Licensed Practical Nurse Pathway Pilot Program whereby public school students in grades 9-12 may enroll in undergraduate courses required to obtain a diploma or certificate of completion as a licensed practical nurse.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-18-21 H Filed
03-18-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-23-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-29-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 H [H] 20210407/-1/21496 (13:58:47)
04-07-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
04-07-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-07-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-14-21 S On floor for consideration
04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-14-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-15-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-19-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 757 )


HB 1804   
Evans, Brian (R)
Caldwell, Ronald (R)
Makes changes to the Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act and requires rules that place pharmacy network locations within two to fifteen miles of the majority of populations in areas, depending on the area's urban/rural status.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-18-21 H Filed
03-18-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-23-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-23-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-23-21 H Re-referred to committee H-Insurance and Commerce
03-29-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-31-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-30-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-31-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
04-01-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-01-21 H [H] 20210401/-1/21460 (13:40:58)
04-01-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
04-01-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-06-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-06-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
04-07-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-07-21 S On floor for consideration
04-07-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-08-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 665 )


HB 1840   
Johnson, Lee (R) Creates a tax incentive for donations to the Graduate Medical Education Fund. Requires the credit cap of five million dollars to be increased by 25 percent after a year in which 90 percent or more of the maximum amount is claimed.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-29-21 H Filed
03-29-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation
04-15-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed


HB 1841   
Johnson, Lee (R) Provides for a funds transfer from the General Revenue Fund Account to the Graduate Medical Education Fund after an initial $18 million deduction for the UAMS National Cancer Institute Designation Trust Fund.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-29-21 H Filed
03-29-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Revenue and Taxation
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 151 ...H-Revenue and Taxation


HB 1847   
Mayberry, Julie (R) To the extent allowed under federal law, excludes any assets accumulated in a person's independence account or any income/assets from retirement benefits earned from employment when determining financial eligibility for long-term care under Medicaid.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-31-21 H Filed
03-31-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (15:02:15)
04-14-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
04-14-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-21-21 S On floor for consideration
04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 923 )


HB 1852   
Gray, Michelle (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Requires the State Board of Pharmacy to promulgate and maintain standards for prescription delivery services; prohibits certain pharmacists/pharmacies from requiring that a patient receive prescriptions through home delivery services; more.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-31-21 H Filed
03-31-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H [H] 20210414/-1/21569 (15:12:51)
04-14-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
04-14-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-21-21 S On floor for consideration
04-21-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-22-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
04-26-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 922 )


HB 1857   
Gonzales, Justin (R) Authorizes the State Occupational Therapy Board to administer provisions governing occupation therapy previously under the sole administration of the State Medical Board, including licensure, and requiring it to keep proceedings records.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-01-21 H Filed
04-01-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-22-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-22-21 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1881   
Gray, Michelle (R)
Rapert, Jason (R)
Prohibits a third-party payor or pharmacy benefits manager from coercing or requiring a patient to use a mail-order pharmacy; requires the third-party to eliminate discrimination with regard to 340B drug pricing under the Veterans Health Care Act; more.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-06-21 H Filed
04-06-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-14-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-14-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-14-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ommerce ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-15-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-19-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-19-21 H Passed over on calendar
04-20-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-20-21 H [H] 20210420/-1/21626 (13:45:43)
04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 65/N: 14)
04-20-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-26-21 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-26-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S On floor for consideration
04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
05-03-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1103 )


HB 1886   
Gazaway, Jimmy (R) Makes changes to laws governing access to medical records for a legal proceeding. Removes the process for doctors to withhold access to a patient's medical records. Provides for access to medical records in an electronic format.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-07-21 H Filed
04-07-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Judiciary
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Judiciary
04-15-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Judiciary
04-15-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-19-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-19-21 H On floor for consideration
04-19-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 26/Y: 46)
04-19-21 H Motion to expunge vote failed


HB 1907   
Lowery, Mark (R)
Hammer, Kim (R)
Authorizes healthcare providers to make a determination in the best interest of the enrollee to bill the healthcare payor or pharmacy benefits carrier; prohibits payors and pharmacy benefits carriers from placing certain requirements on enrollees.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-12-21 H Filed
04-12-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-14-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-14-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
04-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-15-21 H [H] 20210415/-1/21587 (13:37:30)
04-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
04-15-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-20-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-20-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ommerce ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-20-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-22-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-22-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-22-21 S On floor for consideration
04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-23-21 H Received from Senate as amended - referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-26-21 H Meeting set for 10:00 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-26-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H House concurred in Senate amendment 1
04-28-21 H Enrolled in the House - Sent to Governor
05-03-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1105 )


HB 1919   
Christiansen, Craig (R) Requires a nursing home or its ownership group to disclose the nursing home's liability insurance status to prospective residents or their representatives at the time a contract is signed; requires nursing homes to display their insurance status; more.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-13-21 H Filed
04-13-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 H Meeting set for 11:00 a.m. - MAC Room A ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Withdrawn from further consideration
04-26-21 H Referred to interim committee or ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


HB 1945   
Wooten, Jim (R)
Teague, Larry (D)
Requires pharmacies to submit proof to the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy that the applicant is qualified and licensed and in good standing to be issued a pharmacy permit; excludes pharmacies headquartered in state and those in institutions.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-19-21 H Filed
04-19-21 H Introduced and referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 55   
Joint Budget Appropriates funds to DHS, Division of Medical Services, for 2021-2022 operations.
Position: Support
Bill History: 01-06-21 S Filed
01-11-21 S Introduced and referred to Joint Budget
03-18-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-18-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ...Joint Budget
03-22-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-22-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-29-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 28/N: 5)
03-29-21 H Received in the House - Referred to calendar
03-30-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-13-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-13-21 H Motion to place on second reading failed
04-13-21 H [H] 20210413/-1/21555 (14:22:20)
04-13-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 31/Y: 54)
04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H Motion to place on second reading failed
04-14-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 24/Y: 66)
04-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-15-21 H [H] 20210415/-1/21587 (14:24:47)
04-15-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 23/Y: 64)
04-19-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-19-21 H Failed (Vote: N: 19/Y: 72)
04-20-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 78/N: 15)
04-20-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-23-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 843 )


SB 99   
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Requires healthcare insurers to base step therapy protocols on appropriate clinical practice guidelines or published peer-reviewed data developed by independent experts; establishes exceptions from protocols and procedures for requesting them.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 01-12-21 S Filed
01-12-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-13-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
01-20-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-21-21 S Amendment(s) Filed
01-20-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-21-21 S Re-referred to committee S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
01-25-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
01-25-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
01-27-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
01-28-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
01-28-21 S Amendment 3 adopted
02-01-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-01-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-03-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-03-21 S On floor for consideration
02-03-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
02-03-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-04-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-04-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
02-08-21 H On floor for consideration
02-08-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 96/N: 0)
02-10-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 97 )


SB 152   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Springer, Joy (D)
Changes the size and composition of the State Medical Board, providing that one additional member must be a practicing physician assistant; expands the scope of authority and prescriptive authority of physician assistants.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-19-21 S Filed
01-19-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-22-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-23-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-23-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-08-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-08-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-15-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
03-18-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-18-21 S On floor for consideration
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-18-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-01-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-06-21 H [H] 20210406/-1/21479 (14:38:18)
04-06-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 61/N: 15)
04-07-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 634 )


SB 168   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Makes technical changes to provisions modifying the exemptions of certain entities from insurance regulations.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-21-21 S Filed
01-21-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
02-09-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
02-09-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
02-10-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-10-21 S On floor for consideration
02-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
02-10-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-10-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-10-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-11-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-11-21 H [H] 20210311/-1/21327 (14:02:45)
03-11-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 0)
03-15-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
03-17-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 381 )


SB 176   
Wallace, David (R)
Bragg, Ken (R)
Allows pharmacists to treat certain, enumerated health conditions; provides that the State Board of Pharmacy, with consultation with the State Medical Board, shall adopt a formulary of drugs that may be prescribed.
Companions:
HB 1246 Johnson, Lee (Same As)
  4- 1-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 503)
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-21-21 S Filed
01-21-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 S Moved to deferred list S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 198   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Creates the Patient Credit Protection Act, prohibiting a healthcare provider from reporting negative financial information to a consumer reporting agency if the patient is a covered person and has paid or is in the process of paying outstanding balances.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 01-25-21 S Filed
01-25-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-02-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-01-21 S Removed from committee agenda S-Insurance and Commerce


SB 289   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Smith, Brandt (R)
Ensures a right of conscience for all healthcare institutions, healthcare payers and medical practitioners, prohibiting discrimination based on medical decisions made due to religious, moral, ethical or philosophical principles with limited exceptions.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 02-04-21 S Filed
02-04-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-08-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-08-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-09-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-09-21 S On floor for consideration
02-09-21 S Passed over on calendar
02-10-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-10-21 S On floor for consideration
02-10-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 27/N: 6)
02-10-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-25-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-25-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed (Vote: Y: 8/N: 10)
03-08-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-09-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-09-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-11-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-11-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-15-21 H [H] 20210315/-1/21342 (14:35:11)
03-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 72/N: 20)
03-15-21 S Received from House as amended - referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-18-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 32/N: 1)
03-18-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 25/N: 6)
03-25-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 462 )


SB 290   
Leding, Greg (D)
Vaught, DeAnn (R)
Requires healthcare insurers to ensure that the cost-sharing requirement under a health benefit plan that is applicable to a diagnostic examination for breast cancer is no less favorable than the requirement applicable to a screening examination.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-04-21 S Filed
02-04-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
02-11-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
02-10-21 S Meeting cancelled for 02/11/21 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
02-23-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
02-23-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
02-25-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
02-24-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-24-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
02-25-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-01-21 S On floor for consideration
03-01-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
03-01-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
03-04-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-08-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-08-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
03-15-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
03-15-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
03-16-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-16-21 H [H] 20210316/-1/21346 (14:08:41)
03-16-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
03-31-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-31-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment 1
03-31-21 S On floor for consideration
03-31-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-01-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-05-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 553 )


SB 295   
Flippo, Scott (R)
Lundstrum, Robin (R)
Revises eligibility verification procedures related to public assistance programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-08-21 S Filed
02-08-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-24-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-24-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
02-25-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
02-25-21 S Passed over on calendar
03-10-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-10-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-11-21 S Re-referred to committee S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-15-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-15-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-15-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-17-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-17-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
03-18-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-18-21 S On floor for consideration
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 24/N: 6)
03-18-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-15-21 H [H] 20210415/-1/21587 (15:39:37)
04-15-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 76/N: 17)
04-19-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-20-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 780 )


SB 332   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Dotson, Jim (R)
Requires the original equipment manufacturer of digital medical equipment to make available any documentation, parts, service tools, etc. to an independent repair provider for a hospital facility or to a digital electronic equipment owner.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-10-21 S Filed
02-10-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-29-21 S On floor for consideration
03-29-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 21/N: 7)
03-29-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Committee Motion for Do Pass Failed
04-13-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-13-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-14-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-14-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-19-21 H Amendment 2 adopted
04-20-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 H Committee motion for D.P. as amended Failed
04-21-21 S Motion to recall from House carried
04-21-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 H Returned to the Senate
04-21-21 S Received in the Senate - Referred to calendar
04-21-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration
04-21-21 S Referred to interim committee or ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 378   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Gazaway, Jimmy (R)
Requires plans for the distribution and use of unanticipated discretionary federal emergency funds to undergo legislative review prior to expenditure.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 02-23-21 S Filed
02-23-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-03-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-03-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-04-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-04-21 S On floor for consideration
03-04-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-04-21 S Emergency clause adopted
03-04-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-22-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-22-21 H [H] 20210322/-1/21386 (14:42:44)
03-22-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 86/N: 0)
03-22-21 H Emergency clause adopted
03-24-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 446 )


SB 410   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Creates the Arkansas Health and Opportunity for Me Act of 2021 (ARHOME), replacing the Arkansas Works Program for expanded Medicaid coverage. Creates incentives for individuals to gain qualified health insurance premium assistance.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-01-21 S Filed
03-01-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-04-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-04-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-04-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ommerce ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-08-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-08-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
03-09-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-09-21 S On floor for consideration
03-09-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 26/N: 3)
03-09-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-23-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-23-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-30-21 H Placed on the House calendar
03-30-21 H [H] 20210330/-1/21426 (13:29:24)
03-30-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 64/N: 34)
03-31-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-01-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 530 )


SB 478   
Tucker, Clarke (D)
McElroy, Mark (R)
Requires railroad carriers during a national pandemic to comply with the workplace guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; requires the Department of Health to impose administrative penalties for noncompliance.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-04-21 S Filed
03-04-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
04-15-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-20-21 S Meeting set for 10:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs
04-19-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-22-21 S Meeting set for 10:30 a.m. - Old Supreme Court Affairs ...S-Transportation, Technology & Leg. Affairs


SB 492   
English, Jane (R) Repeals the requirement for eligibility to the Arkansas Work Pays Program that applicants seek assistance within six months of leaving a minimum three-month assistance period with the Transitional Employment Assistance Program.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-08-21 S Filed
03-08-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Moved to deferred list S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 505   
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Requires a healthcare provider to coprescribe naloxone or another opioid antagonist when prescribing or dispensing an opioid of 50 MME or more per day, or when certain past prescriptions or patient histories are present.
Position: Support
Bill History: 03-09-21 S Filed
03-09-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-17-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-18-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-18-21 S On floor for consideration
03-18-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
03-18-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-06-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-07-21 H [H] 20210407/-1/21496 (14:27:35)
04-07-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 93/N: 0)
04-08-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-12-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 651 )


SB 568   
Flippo, Scott (R) Amends various provisions for long-term care facility licensure, including requiring approval for changes to ownership groups and management companies, repeal of the annual renewal requirement, and initial application procedures.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-18-21 S Filed
03-18-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-31-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-05-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-05-21 S On floor for consideration
04-05-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-05-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-08-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-12-21 H [H] 20210412/-1/21539 (15:26:14)
04-12-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 89/N: 0)
04-13-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 721 )


SB 570   
Sullivan, Dan (R) Removes current appointees of the State Medical Board on December 31, 2021. Revises the membership structure and provides for appointment of some members by legislative leadership.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-18-21 S Filed
03-18-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
03-29-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-30-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-30-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-07-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-07-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-12-21 S On floor for consideration
04-12-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 19/Y: 13)
04-12-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried


SB 595   
Wallace, David (R)
Ladyman, Jack (R)
Designates the Department of Human Services as the agency that regulates long-term care facilities, removing references to the Office of Long Term Care. Defines DHS duties and authority with regard to facility surveys and audits.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-23-21 S Filed
03-23-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-14-21 S On floor for consideration
04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-14-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-19-21 H Re-referred to committee H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-20-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-21-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-21-21 H [H] 20210421/-1/21637 (16:12:20)
04-21-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 92/N: 0)
04-21-21 S Received from House as amended - referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-26-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment
04-26-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1017 )


SB 598   
Bledsoe, Cecile (R)
Pilkington, Aaron (R)
Allows audio-only communication to qualify as telemedicine if it is real-time, interactive, and substantially meets the requirements for a healthcare service that would otherwise be covered by the health benefit plan; prohibits certain incentives.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-23-21 S Filed
03-29-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 602   
Irvin, Missy (R) Revises the definitions of craniofacial anomaly and associated reconstructive surgery regarding medical care coverage; makes provisions for the review of requests for mandated coverage and prior authorization.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Filed
03-29-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-29-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
03-30-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-30-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-01-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-01-21 S Meeting cancelled for 04/01/21 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-08-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-08-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 2 ommerce ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-08-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-13-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-13-21 S Amendment 2 adopted
04-14-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-14-21 S On floor for consideration
04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 0)
04-14-21 S Emergency clause adopted
04-14-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-19-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-19-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
04-20-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-20-21 H [H] 20210420/-1/21626 (15:16:45)
04-20-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 91/N: 0)
04-20-21 H Emergency clause adopted
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-27-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 955 )


SB 603   
Irvin, Missy (R) Clarifies contractual requirements of health insurers in cooperating with an ambulatory surgery center that has converted to a temporary hospital facility under programs put in place for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Filed
03-29-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
03-30-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
03-30-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
03-31-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
03-31-21 S On floor for consideration
03-31-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 34/N: 1)
03-31-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Insurance and Commerce
04-12-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Insurance and Commerce
04-12-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Insurance and Commerce
04-13-21 H [H] 20210413/-1/21555 (15:00:40)
04-13-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 95/N: 0)
04-14-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-15-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 723 )


SB 611   
Wallace, David (R) Creates the Committee on Acuity-Based Care to make recommendations with regard to nurse staffing within hospitals and rehabilitation and long-term care facilities.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-29-21 S Filed
03-30-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S Committee motion to suspend rules carried
04-21-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-22-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Referred to interim committee or ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor


SB 615   
Garner, Trent (R)
Gonzales, Justin (R)
Prohibits state and local authorities from using a vaccine passport (meaning documentation that an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or has tested negative for or recovered from the virus) as a condition of entry, travel, employment, etc.
Position: Opposed
Bill History: 03-31-21 S Filed
03-31-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-14-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-19-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-20-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-20-21 S On floor for consideration
04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 23/N: 8)
04-20-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Passed
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1030 )


SB 617   
Rapert, Jason (R)
Johnson, Lee (R)
Places various restrictions and disclosure requirements on certain pharmacies, physicians or other licensed prescribers who utilize out-of-state pharmacies and common carriers for deliveries; prohibits data mining, requires ownership disclosure; more.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 03-31-21 S Filed
03-31-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-14-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-19-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-20-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-20-21 S On floor for consideration
04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 1)
04-20-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-26-21 H [H] 20210426/-1/21678 (14:26:28)
04-26-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 90/N: 0)
04-26-21 S Received from House as amended - Calendar
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment
04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1053 )


SB 639   
Hammer, Kim (R)
Cloud, Joe (R)
Requires health benefit plans offered, issued or renewed in Arkansas to provide coverage for off-label use of drug treatments to treat patients who are diagnosed with PANS or PANDAS.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-06-21 S Filed
04-06-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-13-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 171 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-13-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 ommerce ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-13-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-19-21 S On floor for consideration
04-19-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 33/N: 0)
04-19-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-20-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-21-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-20-21 H 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-21-21 H Amendment 1 adopted
04-21-21 H [H] 20210421/-1/21637 (16:13:31)
04-21-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 94/N: 0)
04-21-21 S Received from House as amended - referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-26-21 S Meeting set for 9:00 a.m. - Room 130 ...S-Insurance and Commerce
04-26-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Insurance and Commerce
04-27-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-27-21 S Senate concurred in House amendment
04-27-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 35/N: 0)
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1054 )


SB 640   
Hammer, Kim (R) Increases the statute of limitations for recovery of medical debt from two to five years.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-06-21 S Filed
04-06-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - Room 130 ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-12-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-14-21 S On floor for consideration
04-14-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 0)
04-14-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
04-14-21 S Re-referred to committee S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-14-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-14-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass as amended 1 Welfare and Labor ...S-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-19-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-20-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-20-21 S On floor for consideration
04-20-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 29/N: 3)
04-20-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Meeting set for 2:00 p.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-22-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-26-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-26-21 H Passed
04-26-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
04-29-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1032 )


SB 672   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Boyd, Justin (R)
Prohibits an insurer from using CPT codes to set a rate less than 90 percent of an average rate of payment or reimbursement for procedures billed as a hospital outpatient service for the county where the outpatient surgery center is licensed; more.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-12-21 S Filed
04-12-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Insurance and Commerce
04-12-21 S 1 Amendment(s) Filed
04-13-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-13-21 S Amendment 1 adopted
04-15-21 S Placed on the Senate calendar
04-15-21 S Motion to withdraw from committee carried S-Insurance and Commerce
04-15-21 S Withdrawn from further consideration


SB 703   
Leding, Greg (D) Amends the Telemedicine Act to add a medical marijuana telehealth certification of a patient applying for a registry identification card.
Position: Monitor
Bill History: 04-21-21 S Filed
04-21-21 S Introduced and referred to S-Agriculture and Economic Development
04-22-21 S Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - Room 130 nt ...S-Agriculture and Economic Development
04-22-21 S Reported from committee - Do pass S-Agriculture and Economic Development
04-22-21 S On floor for consideration
04-22-21 S Failed (Vote: N: 13/Y: 13)
04-22-21 S Motion to expunge vote carried
04-22-21 S Passed (Vote: Y: 23/N: 9)
04-23-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Rules
04-26-21 H Meeting set for 11:30 a.m. - MAC Room B ...H-Rules
04-26-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Rules
04-27-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-27-21 H [H] 20210427/-1/21702 (15:23:45)
04-27-21 H Passed (Vote: Y: 58/N: 19)
04-27-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor
05-03-21 G Signed by the Governor (Act: 1112 )


SCR 7   
Irvin, Missy (R)
Gray, Michelle (R)
Encourages the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to pursue a National Cancer Institute designation.
Position: Support
Bill History: 02-25-21 S Filed
02-25-21 S Introduced and referred to calendar
04-07-21 S On floor for consideration
04-07-21 S Adopted
04-07-21 H Received in the House - Referred to H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Meeting set for 9:30 a.m. - MAC Room C ...H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-15-21 H Reported from committee - Do pass H-Public Health, Welfare and Labor
04-19-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-19-21 H Passed over on calendar
04-20-21 H Placed on the House calendar
04-20-21 H [H] 20210420/-1/21626 (13:12:32)
04-20-21 H Adopted
04-21-21 S Enrolled in the Senate - Sent to Governor


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