In addition to the uncertainties of mental health legislation, SB 517 – Freedom to Negotiate Health Care Rates, was temporarily revived by the House Judiciary Committee this week. After two meetings to discuss the use of Most Favored Nation clauses by payors, it appears that this legislation will not move forward this session.
Finally, HB 244 – State Health Plan/Add Schools; Whistleblowers is a bill that would protect anyone who reports illegal activity, fraud, gross mismanagement or abuse of authority in the State Health Plan from retaliation for making such reports. Changes were made to this bill in both chambers and agreements will be negotiated in conference committee. A final vote is expected next week.