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SB 3 (HB 123) - Preserve Telehealth Access Act of 2021 Altering the health care services the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, subject to a certain limitation, is required to provide through telehealth; requiring that certain services provided under the Program include certain counseling and treatment; prohibiting the Program from excluding from coverage a behavioral health care service provided to a recipient in person solely because the service may be provided through telehealth; requiring the Maryland Health Care Commission to submit a certain report on telehealth; etc. SB 3

HB 123

Maryland Hospital Association- SB 3- Preserve Telehealth Access- Support.pdf (2-10)

HB 123-PreserveTelehealthAccess- Support.pdf (2-11)

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 71 (4/13)

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 70 (4/13)
SB 5 (HB 28) - Public Health - Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Altering the information to be included in the Health Care Disparities Policy Report Card to include disparities in morbidity and mortality rates for dementia; requiring the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to publish health data that includes race and ethnicity information and to update the data biannually; requiring the Governor, beginning in fiscal year 2023, to include at least $1,788,314 in the annual budget bill for the Office; requiring a certain program to identify and approve implicit bias training programs; etc. SB 5

HB 28

SB 5- Public Health Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities- Support.pdf (2-10)

HB 28- Public Health Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities- Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 745 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 744 (5/30)
SB 52 (HB 78) - Public Health - Maryland Commission on Health Equity (The Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021) Requiring the State designated exchange to participate in a certain advisory committee, maintain a certain data set, and provide data under certain circumstances; authorizing the State designated exchange to use certain data to improve outcomes for patients; establishing the Maryland Commission on Health Equity to employ a health equity framework by taking a collaborative approach to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities in the State and incorporating health considerations into broad-based decision making; etc. SB 52

HB 78

SB 52- Maryland Commission on Health Equity- Support.pdf (2-10)

HB 78- Maryland Commission on Health Equity- Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 750 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 749 (5/30)
SB 62 (HB 542) - Emergency Management - Chief Resilience Officer - Appointment and Duties Requiring the Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to appoint a Chief Resilience Officer to be responsible for coordinating State and local efforts to build resilience to risks identified in the Maryland Hazard Mitigation Plan; providing that the Chief Resilience Officer serves at the pleasure of the Director; establishing the duties of the Chief Resilience Officer, including identifying funding streams and technical assistance and working with leaders of vulnerable industries; requiring a certain annual report; etc. SB 62

HB 542

Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. (1/6)

Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. (1/22)
SB 67 (HB 1313) - Emergency Medical Services - Paramedics - Vaccination Administration Authorizing a paramedic to administer certain immunizations and skin testing to certain ambulance service personnel under certain circumstances; authorizing a paramedic to administer influenza and 2019CoV immunizations if the immunizations are under the direction of a certain physician and authorized by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, part of a certain outreach effort, and provided in accordance with a certain written agreement; etc. SB 67

HB 1313

HB 1313- Emergency Medical Services- Paramedics- Vaccination Administration- Support with Amendments.pdf (3-2)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 799 (5/30)

Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. (2/11)
SB 105 (HB 289) - Peace Orders - Workplace Violence Specifying that certain provisions of law relating to peace orders may not be interpreted to create or impose a duty on a certain employer to file a petition on behalf of a certain employee; making certain provisions of law relating to the filing, issuance, and modification of certain peace orders and to the shielding of certain court records of certain peace order proceedings apply to certain peace orders filed by certain employers on the basis of certain acts committed against certain employees under certain circumstances; etc. SB 105

HB 289

HB 289- Peace Order- Workplace Violence- Support.pdf (2-10)

SB 105- Peace Order- Workplace Violence- Support as adopted by the House X Judiciary Hearing.pdf (4-7)

Maryland Hospital Association- HB 289- Peace Order- Support.pdf (1-17)

House Conference Committee Appointed (Delegates Atterbeary, Shetty and Williams) (4/10)

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 341 (5/18)
SB 172 (HB 463) - Maryland Health Equity Resource Act Establishing a Pathways to Health Equity Program in the Community Health Resources Commission to provide the foundation and guidance for a permanent Health Equity Resource Community program; requiring the Program to provide grant funding to reduce health disparities, improve health outcomes, improve access to primary care, promote primary and secondary prevention services, and reduce health care costs; requiring the Commission to establish Health Equity Resource Communities to target State resources to certain areas for certain purposes; etc. SB 172

HB 463

SB 172- Maryland Health Equity Resource Communities- Support.pdf (3-2)

1- HB 463- Maryland Health Equity Resource Communities- Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 741 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 742 (5/30)
SB 311 (HB 25) - Catastrophic Health Emergencies - Health Care Providers - Definition and Immunity (Maryland Health Care Heroes Protection Act) Altering the definition of "health care provider" for purposes of certain provisions of law governing catastrophic health emergencies to include an employee, an agent, or a contractor of a health care facility who provides or assists in the provision of health care services; specifying the acts and omissions for which and altering the circumstances under which a health care provider has civil and criminal immunity related to a catastrophic health emergency; applying the Act retroactively; etc. SB 311

HB 25

1- SB 311- Health Care Heroes Act- Written Testimony_FINAL.pdf (2-10)

Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m. (12/28)

Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m. (Judiciary) and Hearing canceled (Health and Government Operations) (1/15)
SB 492 (HB 590) - Creation of a State Debt - Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2021, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Authorizing the creation of a State Debt in the amount of $1,107,427,000, the proceeds to be used for certain necessary building, construction, demolition, planning, renovation, conversion, replacement, and capital equipment purchases of the State, for acquiring certain real estate in connection therewith, and for grants to certain subdivisions and other organizations for certain development and improvement purposes; etc. SB 492

HB 590

SB 492-HB 590- Capital Budget- Maryland Hospital Association Private Hospital Grant Program- Final Testimony.pdf (3-2)

SB 492-HB 590- Capital Budget- Maryland Hospital Association Private Hospital Grant Program- Final Testimony.pdf (3-2)

First Reading Budget and Taxation (1/20)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 63 (4/11)
SB 565 (HB 309) - Public Health - Data - Race and Ethnicity Information Altering a certain provision of law requiring the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to collaborate with the Maryland Health Care Commission to publish and provide a certain report card to require the Office to also collaborate with certain health occupations boards and to include certain information in the report card; requiring the Office, as permitted by certain privacy laws, to respond to requests for health data that includes race and ethnicity information within 30 days of receipt of the request; etc. SB 565

HB 309

SB 565- Public Health- Data- Race and Ethnicity Information- Support.pdf (3-2)

Maryland Hospital Association- HB 309- Public Health- Data- Race and Ethnicity Information- Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 762 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 761 (5/30)
SB 741 (HB 836) - COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, and Vaccination Act of 2021 Requiring, on or before June 1, 2021, the Maryland Department of Health, in collaboration with local health departments of the State and the Maryland State Department of Education, to adopt and implement a 2-year plan to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19; requiring the plan to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on underserved and minority communities in the State; establishing the Maryland Public Health Modernization Workgroup to assess the current public health infrastructure and resources in the State; etc. SB 741

HB 836

SB 741 - COVID-19 Testing Contact Tracing and Vaccination Act of 2021- Support.pdf (3-2)

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)
HB 1374 - Prior Authorizations of State Debt - Alterations Amending certain prior authorizations of State Debt to alter the requirement that certain grantees provide certain matching funds; extending the termination date of certain grants; changing the locations of certain capital projects; altering the purposes of certain grants; changing the names of certain grantees; altering the authorized uses of certain grants; altering certain matching fund and expenditure requirements; repealing certain provisions that require grantees to provide and expend a certain matching fund; etc. HB 1374

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 576 (5/30)