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4/24/2023 Media Advisory: Senate Health and Human Services Committee to vote on several measures
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee meets this week for votes on several bills, as well as hearings on many more.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25, at the rise of the Senate (sometime after 4:30 p.m.) in the Senate lounge on the second floor of the State House, the committee is scheduled to vote on:
  • 2023-S 0290 — Sponsored by Sen. Alana M. DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown, New Shoreham), this bill establishes a workgroup of health care providers and health insurers convened by the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner to make recommendations regarding prior authorization policies.
  • 2023-S 0277 — Sponsored by Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), this bill would establish the Rhode Island Pathways Project, which would require the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to conduct a study to assess the impact of using Medicaid funds to provide coverage for the treatment of the chronically homeless.
  • 2023-S 0289 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Bridget Valverde (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, South Kingstown) would repeal the sunset provision of the Interstate Medical Licensure Act.
Among the bills scheduled for hearings Tuesday are:
  • 2023-S 0108— Sponsored by Chairman Miller, this bill requires EOHHS to work with the auditor general to develop a plan within two years to transition to a fee-for-service state-run Medicaid program.
  • 2023-S 0109 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Linda L. Ujifusa (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol) requires the auditor general to oversee an audit of Medicaid programs administered by managed care organizations and submit findings within six months to the General Assembly and EOHHS.
  • 2023-S 0873 — Sponsored by Sen. Valarie J. Lawson (D-Dist. 14, East Providence), this bill would require that Medicaid enrollment be maintained or provided to all inmates in the first 30 days of incarceration at the Adult Correctional Institutions and the last 30 days of incarceration when possible.
The committee is also scheduled to meet Thursday, April 27, at the rise of the Senate in the Senate lounge.

Scheduled for votes on Thursday are:
  • 2023-S 0023 — Sponsored by Chairman Miller, this bill would guarantee availability of insurance coverage to eligible residents of state and does not limit or exclude coverage by imposing a preexisting condition exclusion.
  • 2023-S 0024 — This bill sponsored by Senator Lawson repeals the sunset provision of all statutory law requiring coverage for the treatment of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.
  • 2023-S 0025 — This bill sponsored by Chairman Miller would require the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to coordinate with the Department of Health to propose revisions to sections of the general laws relating to alcoholism and emergency commitment for drug intoxication, including updates and revisions of statutory language and evidence-based best practices.
Among the bills scheduled for hearings Thursday are:
  • 2023-S 0027 — This bill sponsored by Chairman Miller would require coverage for residential or inpatient mental health services for detox, stabilization or substance abuse disorders without preauthorization or subject to concurrent review during the first 28 days.
  • 2023-S 0722 — Sponsored by Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket), this bill replaces terms such as “mentally retarded,” “alcoholic” and “drug abuser” used in general laws with phrases such as “person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability” or “person with substance use disorder.”
  • 2023-S 0869 — Sponsored by Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket), this bill requires that services provided by school social workers and certified school psychologists be included as health care-related services eligible for federal Medicaid reimbursement.
Both meetings will be livestreamed at and televised by Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Communications on channels 15 and 61 for high definition; i3Broadband (Formerly Full Channel) on channel 15; and on Verizon on channel 34.
Written testimony must be submitted to by 3 p.m. the day of each meeting.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923