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News Release: 1/15/2021

 
VACCINE UPDATE VIA NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT
 
"All COVID-19 vaccine appointments for Shelby, Spencer, Henry and Trimble for this week are booked. We will post additional appointments once we receive more vaccine. Check back on Tuesday January 19, 2021."
 
 
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I think we are all getting the hang of virtual board meetings!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
January 19th - Shelby County Public School returns to in person instruction
 
January 20th - Presidential Inauguration
 
 
***PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ALL EVENTS GUIDELINES WILL BE FOLLOWED TO ALLOW GATHERINGS, MASKS TO BE WORN WHEN UNABLE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE, TEMPERATURE CHECKS WHEN ENTERING FACILITIES AND CONTACT LOG MAY BE KEPT AT HOSTS DISCRETION. ***
 
 
 
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SHELBY COUNTY UPDATES
Current Case Information
 
Henry - 814 Cases Total (59 active)
Shelby - 3368 Cases Total (179 active)
Spencer - 1130 Cases Total (87 active)
Trimble - 456 Cases Total (42 active)
 
 
TOTAL CASES RECOVERED: 5330
 
 
BUSINESS HELP
 
PPP Updates
 
SBA
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) re-opened this week for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers to promote access to capital. The PPP will open to all borrowers soon CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Treasury Department 
Office of Public Affairs
 
Press Release:          January 13, 2021  
Contact:                    Treasury Public Affairs, (202) 622-2960  
 
SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Small Lenders on Friday, January 15 and All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19
 
Lenders with $1 Billion or Less in Assets Will be Able to Submit First and Second Draw PPP Applications on Friday – Continuing Dedicated Access for Community-Based Lenders
 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am ET. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.
 
Earlier in the week, SBA granted dedicated PPP access to Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to reach underserved and minority small businesses.
 
On Friday, SBA will continue its emphasis on reaching smaller lenders and businesses by opening to approximately 5,000 more lenders, including community banks, credit unions, and farm credit institutions. Moreover, the agency also plans to have dedicated service hours for these smaller lenders after the portal fully re-opens next week.
 
“A second round of PPP could not have come at a better time, and the SBA is making every effort to ensure small businesses have the emergency financial support they need to continuing weathering this time of uncertainty,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “SBA has worked expeditiously to ensure our policies and systems are re-launched so that this vital small business aid helps communities hardest hit by the pandemic. I strongly encourage America’s entrepreneurs needing financial assistance to apply for a First or Second Draw PPP loan.”
 
“We are pleased to have opened PPP loans to CDFIs, MDIs, CDCs, and Microloan Intermediaries. The PPP is already providing America’s small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic with vital economic relief,” said Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin. “As the Program re-opens for all First and Second Draw borrowers next week, the PPP will allow small businesses to keep workers on payroll and connected to their health insurance.” 
 
First Draw PPP Loans are for those borrowers who have not received a PPP loan before August 8, 2020. The first round of the PPP, which ran from March to August 2020, was a historic success helping 5.2 million small businesses keep 51 million American workers employed.
 
Second Draw PPP Loans are for eligible small businesses with 300 employees or less, that previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will use or have used the full amount only for
authorized uses, and that can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. The maximum amount of a Second Draw PPP loan is $2 million.  
 
Updated PPP Lender forms, guidance, and resources are available at www.sba.gov/ppp and www.treasury.gov/cares
 
Governor Update
JANUARY 14TH, 2021
 
Case Details
317,345 total cases
64,651 probable
252,694 confirmed
4084 new cases
962 probable
3122 confirmed
3042 total deaths
229 probable deaths
2813 confirmed
51 new deaths
5 probable
46 confirmed
21 duplication
3,709,482 have been tested
237,582 positive tests total
39,998 at least recovered cases
12.34% positive rate
1661 hospitalized
409 in ICU
196 on ventilators
 
 
 
 
Top counties with positive cases and new cases
  • Jefferson 642
  • Kenton 235
  • Boone 176
  • Oldham 176
  • Fayette 172
 
 
 
VACCINE UPDATE
  • Kentucky has 287 Long Term Care Facilities
  • 28,977 allotted to long term care facilities
  • January 4 - January 11 administered to 72 long term care facilities
  • 3512 residents
  • 2059 staff
  • January 11 - January 15 administered to 75 long term care facilities
  • 2973 residents
  • 2432 staff
  • Many are splitting staff taking vaccine in half to ensure not short handed to work if staffers have side effects not allowing them to work
 
VACCINE PHASES
The planned vaccination phases are:
  • Phase 1a: Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, health care personnel
  • Phase 1b: First responders, Kentuckians age >= 70, K-12 school personnel
  • Phase 1c: Kentuckians age >= 60, anyone older than 16 with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highest-risk conditions for COVID-19, all essential workers
  • Phase 2: Age >= 40
  • Phase 3: Age >= 16
  • Phase 4: Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group (estimated to comprise 18% of Kentucky’s population)
 
 
 
 
324,650 vaccine doses sent to Kentucky
172,537 administered
152,113 available
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unemployment One Time Relief Payment Program
  • $400 to claimants under any OUI program who: (a) would otherwise have qualified for 2020 FEMA Lost Wages Assistance but their weekly benefit amount was below $100, and (b) who had an approved claim in November and December 2020 but a weekly benefit amount of less than $176. Approximately 25,000 Kentuckians are eligible for this payment; and
  • $1,000 to claimants under any OUI program between March 4 and Oct. 31, 2020, with verified identities and no indication of fraud, but whose claims were not yet adjudicated and paid. Approximately 16,500 Kentuckians are eligible for this payment.
  • Additional $300 per week in PUA/PEUC set to begin next week, will not have to file new claim
  • Unemployment numbers
  • Total Claims 1,539,784
  • Total Paid 547,836
  • Total Denied 27,552
  • Fraud/Identification Issues 90,144
  • Pending claims 23,236
  • Total amount Paid Out $5,450,709,280
 
 
ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION NOTES
  • Submitted House Bill 191 to state legislature to provide $220 million in aid to Small Businesses and non-profits for immediate relief
  • Authorizing $48 million in CARES Funding to 24,000 workers that have been waiting too long for unemployment benefits and to the 600,000 who missed out on the Lost Wages Assistance Program because it stated they made too little to qualify
  • Allocating $47.5 million to update the Unemployment Insurance Software
  • Additional stimulus payments will be $1000 to those while filed unemployment from March 4, 2020 - October 31, 2020 and claims have been unresolved also an additional $400 if they qualify for FEMA supplemental payments
  • Asking General Assembly to allow them to waive repayment over over payment in unemployment claims
  • Kentucky National Guard set to seed 270 troops to Washington DC Capitol for Presidential Inauguration, historically National Guard has always been sent to aid in this
 
 
Welcome to the Shelby County
Chamber of Commerce
 
BUSINESS HELP
 
 
As a member of the chamber I can secure a better rate for your credit card processing than what you have now, guaranteed!
 
FOUNT OUT HOW!
 
8-Sessions QuickBooks Online Workshops Series
Tuesdays & Thursdays in January, Starting January 5th @ 10AM
Instructor: Lisa Brann, KSBDC Business Coach
 
Join Lisa as she demonstrates the benefits of QBO and how to incorporate into your existing business systems. These one-hour virtual sessions happen every Tuesday and Thursday throughout January.
 
 
Wednesday Webinar Series: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Your SEO in 2021
Wednesday, January 6th @ 12PM
Guest Speaker: Jenna Ahern, Founder, and CEO of Guardian Owl Digital
 
SEO tactics should be your first step in getting noticed and driving traffic to your website. Learn techniques to boost your ranking and make it easy for your customers to choose you!
 
Understanding Certification: Kentucky Minority and Women Business Enterprise
Thursday, January 12th @ 9AM
Guest Speaker: Nancy Brown, Deputy Director at Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center
 
This one-hour webinar covers:
Eligibility
Program Benefits
How to Apply
What you need to Apply
Guide to Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, January 13th @ 8AM
Instructor: Toni Sears, KSBDC Business Coach
 
Interested in starting a business? The Guide to Entrepreneurship is the best game in town for helping you to understand key pre-business concepts
Free and confidential these coaching sessions are ideal for individuals who have never been in business and want to fully understand what is involved to start a business.
 
 
Jan 2021 Hot Topics
  1. Don’t fall for a secret shopper scam! A local consumer reported to BBB Scam Tracker that she received a check to be a Secret Shopper. She was told to deposit the $2000 check, keep $500 for payment, then use the rest to purchase gift cards and send the gift card information. The check was fake, and the victim is out the money!
  2. A local consumer fell for a car wrap scam. Scammers used the address of a local business. The victim was sent a check, was told to cash it at the bank, keep part of it for payment, then take the rest of the money and deposit it to an account for the decal people to put the decal on his car. Supposedly, every two weeks, he would continue to be paid while the decal was on his car.
  3. Don’t fall for an employment scam! Several victims have reached out to BBB Scam Tracker saying they were contacted by “shipping companies” out of the local area, offering jobs as “Quality Control Inspectors.” Victims are told they will make a large sum of money to pick up packages, inspect them, and reship them. In order to get the job, the scammers ask for your personal information.
  4. A new phishing scam involves calls offering assistance with claiming unemployment benefits. The scammers usually claim to be from a federal or state labor department and ask for personal and confidential information. Just hang up.
  5. Scammers are using the confusion surrounding the second round of stimulus checks to take your money. Don’t provide personal information, upfront fees, or click on any links to fill out an “application” for the payment.
  6. Scammers are still cashing in on COVID scams. Be wary of anyone who reaches out to you in regards to getting the vaccine via a phone call, text, or email. Scammers impersonate the CDC, in an attempt to steal your personal information.
  7. fake notice from Amazon says that someone spent thousands of dollars using your account. In some cases, people receive what seems to be an invoice from Amazon requesting payment. The message contains a supposed fraud-hotline number. Victims are told they must send money to correct the "mistake."
  8. The New Year is a good time to check your free credit report, with one of the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228.
  9. Make a NY resolution to be a smart consumer in 2021. Update anti-virus software on your computer; change passwords; read the fine print; get everything in writing; and don’t forget to visit bbb.org to research businesses and charities.
  10. Tax season is right around the corner! Do your research before you hire a tax preparer. Find out what their service fees are upfront, avoid those who base their fee on a percentage of your refund, and never sign a blank tax form. Check out companies at bbb.org.
 
PUBLIC ANNOUCNEMENTS
SHELBY TRAILS PARK ANNUAL TRAIL PASSES
 
Register online!
 
SILVER SNEAKERS FITNESS CLASSES ARE BACK
 
Beginning Wednesday, January 20th, Silver Sneakers will resume at the Family Activity Center. The class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9am. Call the FAC to reserve your spot for the class - 502-633-5059.
 
C3 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM IS BACK!
 
C3 After School Program will resume Tuesday, January 19th.
 
 

 
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NEWS
  • Beshear says he will veto any bills passed by legislature that limits ability to fight virus or they find unconstitutional. Click to read more.
  • House begins budget process with continuation of budgets passed last year. Click to read more.
  • Lawmakers send bills addressing unemployment insurance, executive branch authority, and more to Gov. Andy Beshear. Click to read more.
  • Beshear presents one-year budget proposal with increase in many areas and calls on Kentucky to be courageous. Click to read more.
  • House sends top five priority bills to the Senate in first week of 2021 session. Click to read more.
  • Bill to bring liability protections to businesses and schools heard in Senate committee. Click to read more.
  • Top priority House bill to allow businesses and schools to remain open, help businesses with increased unemployment costs, and more clears committee. Click to read more.
  • House committee passes bills dealing with powers of Attorney General and how civil actions against the state are heard on first day of 2021 session. Click to read more.
  • Executive order powers, constitutional changes, liability protections and other priority bills filed as General Assembly kicks off first day of 2021 session. Click to read more.
FROM THE CAPITOL
The legislature adjourned Wednesday after a longer-than-average start to a 30-day session with the passage of many bills.
 
A top priority of the Kentucky Chamber passed last week and has been sent to the governor. Assistance for businesses who will face increased unemployment insurance costs in 2021 following record high unemployment in recent months was included in House Bill 1. The bill would waive the penalties and interest on these unemployment insurance tax bills, and giving businesses flexibility as to when and how they pay those rates, which are expected to increase by around $100 per employee for Kentucky companies according to a study commissioned by the Kentucky Chamber.
 
Six additional bills also saw final passage and have been sent to the governor for his consideration. On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear indicated many of the bills on his desk will likely be vetoed as he feels they limit his ability to combat COVID-19 effectively and he believes some to be unconstitutional.
 
The House and Senate also began the budget process by passing continuations of the operating budgets for the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, along with and the transportation budget with minor changes. They have appointed a Budget Conference Committee on the four separate bills to make any additional changes they deem necessary.
 
In addition to the four budget bills, Governor Beshear also proposed a separate appropriations bill for continued COVID-19 pandemic support, but the bill has yet to receive a committee hearing in its chamber of origin.
 
The governor’s budget proposal contains money to begin shoring up the state’s drained Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, a raise for teachers of $1,000, an increase in funding for all levels of education and more. Separate from the budget bill, the governor proposed funding for direct relief payments to certain small businesses. Read more about the governor’s budget proposal on The Bottom Line.
 
A number of other bills have been filed and some have seen action. Senate Bill 5, a priority of the Kentucky Chamber that give liability protections to businesses and schools to protect against frivolous lawsuits, was heard in committee for discussion only during the first week of session. Tell your legislator you support this bill with our advocacy system here.
 
The General Assembly adjourned Wednesday to begin their break for the rest of the month and will reconvene on Tuesday, February 2nd. Conference committee meetings on the budget bills are expected to take place in the coming weeks.
 
Below is a list of bills that have been filed that the Chamber will be monitoring throughout the 2021 session. Stay tuned to The Bottom Line and download our app (Bottom Line KY in your app store) for all the latest news and developments.
KEY BILLS
COMPETITIVENESS
  • COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE (HB 1) Waives penalties and interest on unemployment insurance tax bills to give employers flexibility to make payment. Prohibits state and local agencies from enforcing COVID-19 restrictions more stringent than CDC. Delivered to governor.
  • CIVIL ACTIONS (HB 3) Allows for constitutional challenges to statutes, executive orders and regulations to be heard in new venues other than Franklin Circuit Court. Delivered to governor.
  • LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR (HB 4) Eliminates existing dates by which the General Assembly must adjourn in any regular session and gives legislature the authority to extend the length of its legislative sessions by up to 10 days upon the vote of a 3/5 majority. Passed full House. Currently in Senate State & Local Government Committee.
  • RECOVERY READY COMMUNITIES (HB 7) Establishes an advisory council to develop a framework for a Recovery Ready Community certification in response to substance use disorders. Assigned to House Local Government Committee.
  • TEMPORARY REORGANIZATIONS OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS (HB 5) Prohibits any executive officer, including the governor, from temporarily reorganizing any state boards or commissions. Delivered to governor.
  • FELONY THEFT (HB 126) Increases the felony theft / fraud thresholds to $1,000. Assigned to House Judiciary Committee.
  • COVID-19 RELIEF (HB 191) Establishes COVID-19 relief programs. Assigned to House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
  • EXECUTIVE BUDGET (HB 192) Executive branch budget. Free Conference Committee formed.
  • KYTC BUDGET (HB 193) Transportation Cabinet budget. Free Conference Committee formed.
  • LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BUDGET (HB 194) Legislative branch budget. Free conference committee formed.
  • JUDICIAL BRANCH BUDGET (HB 195) Judicial branch budget. Free conference committee formed.
  • ADOPTION LEAVE (HB 210) Requires employers that provide leave for birth parents to provide the same leave for an adoptive parent. Assigned to House Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee.
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REPORTING (HB 211) Requires the Economic Development Cabinet to include information on the size and racial composition of program recipients. Introduced in House.
  • CHILD AND MATERNAL REPORTING (HB 212) Requires the child and maternal fatality annual report to include a demographic analysis by race, income, and geography. Assigned to House Health and Family Services Committee.
  • STATE EMPLOYEE REPORTING (HB 213) Requires the Personnel Cabinet to include state employee demographic information by program cabinet and department in the annual report. Introduced in House.
  • SPORTS WAGERING (HB 241) legalizes fantasy sports contests, sports wagering, and online poker in the Commonwealth. Introduced in House.
  • UNEMPLOYMENT FORGIVENESS (HCR 22) Calls on Congress to forgive Kentucky's Federal UI loan balance and suspend loan repayment penalties in the event of nonpayment. Introduced in House.
  • LIMITS ON EXECUTIVE ORDERS IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY (SB 1) Limits the governor’s executive orders to 30 days during a declared state of emergency unless the governor requests an extension from the General Assembly. Passed both Chambers. Delivered to governor.
  • ADDITIONAL REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS (SB 2) Gives the legislature more authority in finding administrative regulations deficient and in providing for public comment and legislative review of emergency administrative regulations. Delivered to governor.
  • CAPS ON NONECONOMIC DAMAGES (SB 17) Constitutional amendment to allow the GA to set caps on noneconomic damages from lawsuits. Assigned to Senate State and Local Government Committee.
  • JUVINILE JUSTICE (SB 36) Returns discretion to local prosecutors and local judges in local communities, instead of creating automatic transfers of minors in certain cases from District to Circuit Court. Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • RACIAL IMPACT REPORTING (SB 40) Requires racial and ethnic community criminal justice and public safety impact statements for certain legislation and administrative regulations. Introduced in Senate.
  • RECOVERY MEDICAL COSTS IN TORT ACTIONS (SB 54) Limit the amounts that are recoverable for medical costs in tort actions. Introduced in Senate.
  • ALCOHOL TAKEOUT AND DELIVERY (SB 67) Allow alcohol to be purchased to go or for delivery in conjunction with a meal. Assigned to Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee.
  • DISTILLING LICENSING (SB 68) Makes changes to distilling licenses. Assigned to Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee.
  • EMPLOYEE AGE RESTRICTION ON ALCOHOL (SB 69) Makes changes to employee age restrictions for employers that sell alcohol. Assigned to Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee.
EDUCATION
  • KENTUCKY EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP (HB 25) Removes the requirement that an eligible high school student and eligible postsecondary student not be a convicted felon for KEES eligibility purposes. Introduced in House.
  • DUAL CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS (HB 153) Adds two career and technical education courses per year to the Dual Credit Scholarship. Introduced in House.
  • KENTUCKY BOARD OF EDUCATION (HB 178) Requires the same representation of political parties and racial diversity as the state’s university boards on the state board of education and prevents the board from being reorganized every four years after an election. Introduced in House.
  • FAFSA REQUIREMENT (HB 253) Makes completion of the FAFSA a high school graduation requirement. Introduced in House.
HEALTH CARE
  • PROHIBITING REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS (HB 36) Prohibits the required immunization of any person by any state agency or instrumentality. Introduced in House.
  • MENTAL HEALTH PARITY REQUIREMENTS (HB 50) Defines “classification of benefits” and “nonquantitative treatment limitation” and modifies mental health parity requirements by requiring parity coverage for nonquantitative treatment limitations and medical necessity criteria. Introduced in House.
  • EXEMPTIONS FOR DISASTER RESPONSE BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES (HB 84) Provides exemptions for disaster response employees and disaster response entities from income tax beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2025. Introduced in House.
  • TAXATION OF TOBACCO VAPOR PRODUCTS (HB 85) Applies the vapor products tax (passed last year) to an open vaping system when the actual price includes both the components and the liquid solution; also applies the tax to the liquid solution when it is sold separately. Introduced in House.
  • CAP ON COST-SHARING REQUIREMENTS FOR PRESCRIPTION INSULIN (HB 95) cap the cost-sharing requirements for prescription insulin at $30 per 30 day supply; amend statutes to require the Kentucky Employee Health Plan to comply. Introduced in House.
  • PROHIBITING VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENTS (HB 101) prohibit a public or private postsecondary educational institution from requiring a student to receive any vaccination for disease unless the student is participating in an educational program that involves the delivery of health care services. Introduced in House.
  • ADDICTION TREATMENT (HB 102/SB 51) prohibit insurers from requiring or using certain utilization reviews for certain prescription drugs used to treat alcohol or opioid use disorder; require insurers to report the number and type of providers prescribing medication for addiction treatment. Introduced in both chambers.
  • MEDICINAL CANNABIS (HB 136/ SB 92) creates a medicinal cannabis program under the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and requires the ABC to implement and regulate the medicinal cannabis program; also establishes process for attaining a medicinal cannabis card and establishes restrictions on possession and use of medicinal cannabis by cardholders. Introduced in House.
  • TELEHEALTH (HB 140) Establishes minimum standards for telehealth under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS); reestablishes requirement of CHFS and MCO’s to study the impact of telehealth on the state’s health care delivery system; prohibits certain practices in telehealth. Introduced in the House.
  • REGULATION OF TOBACCO AND VAPOR PRODUCTS (HB 147/ SB 81) Permits city or county governments to impose restrictions or requirements on the use, display, sale, and distribution of tobacco products or vapor products that are stricter than those imposed under state law. Introduced in both chambers.
  • PHARMACY BENEFITS IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM (HB 177) Requires the Department for Medicaid Services to establish and implement a preferred drug list, reimbursement methodologies, and dispensing fees for Medicaid managed care organizations and the state pharmacy benefit manager within 30 days after the effective date of this Act. Introduced in House.
  • PHARMACY BENEFITS IN THE MEDICAID PROGRAM (HB 222) Requires the Department for Medicaid Services to contract with an independent entity to monitor all Medicaid pharmacy benefit claims; establish eligibility requirements for an entity seeking to contract with the department to monitor pharmacy benefit claims; establish requirements for analyzing and monitoring claims. Introduced in House.
  • LIABILITY PROTECTIONS DURING A DECLARED EMERGENCY (SB 5) Provides liability protection for owners of premises during a declared emergency and provides governmental immunity for those providing essential services during an emergency. Currently in Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee.
  • CHILD VACCINATIONS: (SB 8) Provides exemptions from mandatory vaccines for children based on conscientiously held beliefs. Assigned to Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
  • OUT OF NETWORK BILLING (SB 19) Requires the commissioner of insurance to establish a database of billed health care service charges; require an insurer to reimburse for unanticipated out-of-network care; prohibit balance billing from a provider who has been reimbursed as required; provide for an independent dispute resolution program to review reimbursements provided for unanticipated out-of-network care. Introduced in Senate.
  • PATIENT PROTECTION (SB 20) Takes steps to stop deceptive lawsuit advertising that fails to warn patients it is dangerous to stop taking prescribed medication before consulting with a physician. Assigned to Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee.
  • MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT (SB 21) Permits voluntary transport to a hospital or psychiatric facility with authorization of the originating and receiving hospital or facility and a patient's signed written agreement to be voluntarily transported and to not be physically removed during transport. Passed Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
  • VACCINATION REQUIREMENT (SB 37 / SB 98) Prohibits an employer from requiring vaccination of an employee. Both introduced in Senate.
  • SURGICAL SMOKE (SB 38) Directs the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to promulgate administrative regulations requiring the use of a smoke evacuation system during any surgical procedure that is likely to produce surgical smoke. Passed Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
  • INSURANCE PREMIUMS (SB 44) Requires health benefit plans to accept, and count towards the insured's contributions, premium and cost-sharing payments made on behalf of an insured from state or federal government programs, Indian or tribal organizations, and certain tax-exempt organizations. Introduced in Senate.
  • PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (SB 45) Redefines "cost-sharing" and define "generic alternative," "health plan," "insured," and "person"; prohibit an insurer or pharmacy benefit manager from excluding any cost-sharing amount paid by or on behalf of an insured when calculating the insured's contribution to any applicable cost-sharing requirement. Introduced in Senate.
  • COPAYMENTS BY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS (SB 55) Prohibits the cabinet or a managed care organization contracted to provide services from instituting copayments, cost-sharing, or similar charges to be paid by any medical assistance recipients, their spouses, or parents, for any assistance provided pursuant KRS Chapter 205, federal law, or any federal Medicaid waiver. Assigned to Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
  • MEDICAID MANAGED CARE CONTRACTS (SB 56) Limits the number of state-managed care organization (MCO) contracts to operate the Medicaid program to three. Assigned to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
  • DIRECT CARE STAFF (SB 61) Defines "direct-care staff member," "Facilities or programs," and "recipient;" requires direct-care staff who provide care for a client with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia within the client's home to receive initial and ongoing training that is approved by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Passed Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
 
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