Legislative Updates week of February 18 2018
The big news of the week was the unveiling of SB 313, the reauthorization bill for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. There was a well-attended public hearing in front of the Senate Finance and Health and Human Services Committees in Representatives Hall at the State House on Tuesday. Jen Thompson submitted testimony in support of the bill, and we have asked to be included in any amendments which are being discussed. Specifically, we are suggesting that an APRN be added to the commission which is being contemplated in the legislation, and also that an APRN be added to a portion of the bill that refers to visits to physicians. The bill will probably be voted on by the full Senate during the first part of March.
On Wednesday, the House HHS Committee unfortunately voted to pass HB 1506, a bill that we opposed (along with the New Hampshire Medical Society) to allow “assistant physicians” to work in New Hampshire (these would be people who have graduated from medical school but who have not yet done a residency). The bill now goes over to the Senate, and we will continue to work in opposition to the bill. Information will be sent this week about contacting your representative.
Finally, the House yesterday killed HB 1547, the bill that would have included illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia within the list of items that would be able to be disposed of as part of the New Hampshire Drug Take Back Program.