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Most tracked bills in Rhode Island, 2024 Regular Session
HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE ABILITY OF THE RHODE ISLAND EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM TO OFFER DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS WITHIN THE STATE TO PROVIDE A SUPPLY AND A PIPELINE OF PLANNERS, PLANNING TECHNICIANS, AND PLANNING STAFF (Creates an 11 member commission to study the ability of the RI educational system to offer degrees or certificates to provide a supply/pipeline of planners, planning technicians and staff, and report back by January 1, 2025, and expire on June 30, 2025.)
Last Action
04/11/2024 House passed Sub A
House • Apr 11, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Prohibits insurance companies from paying a rate that is less than the approved Medicaid rate set by the executive office of health and human services.)
Last Action
04/11/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Apr 11, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE AND DISCIPLINE -- PROMPT PROCESSING OF INSURANCE CLAIMS (Prohibits a health insurer from denying a claim for any medical bill based on sole reasoning that the bill may arise from a motor vehicle accident or other third-party claim and prohibits a medical provider from refusing to submit medical for same reason.)
Last Action
04/04/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Apr 04, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE HEALTHCARE SERVICES FUNDING PLAN ACT (Amends RI's existing Healthcare Services Funding Plan Act by adding an account relating to a new Psychiatry Resource Network to fund RI's present PediPRN and MomsPRN, as well as similar programs which may be added by regulation in the future.)
Last Action
03/29/2024 Referred to House Finance
House • Mar 29, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS (Includes any costs paid by an enrollee or on behalf of the enrollee by a third party when calculating an enrollee's overall contribution to any out-of-pocket maximum or cost sharing requirement under a health plan as of January 1, 2025.)
Last Action
03/29/2024 Referred to House Corporations
House • Mar 29, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- SUBDIVISION OF LAND (Requires that municipalities implement electronic permitting for all development applications pursuant to zoning and the subdivision of land.)
Last Action
03/28/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 28, 2024
Latest Version
JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY (Creates a 5 member commission to recommend legislative proposals for blockchain and cryptocurrency, and submit an interim progress report by January 5, 2025, and a final report by January 5, 2026, and expire on February 5, 2026.)
Last Action
03/26/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 26, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Prohibits healthcare entities from interfering with a patient's right to choose to obtain a clinician-administered drug from their provider or pharmacy of choice.)
Last Action
03/19/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 19, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Prohibits an insurance company from imposing any cost-sharing requirements for any diagnostic or supplemental breast examinations.)
Last Action
03/19/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 19, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- BENEFIT DETERMINATION AND UTILIZATION REVIEW ACT (Limits the use by insurers of step therapy, a protocol that establishes a specific sequence in which prescription drugs for a specified medical condition are covered by an insurer, by allowing medical providers to request step therapy exceptions.)
Last Action
03/19/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 19, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Mandates insurance policies, provides coverage to diagnose & treat infertility for women between 25 & 42 years, including pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF).)
Last Action
03/19/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 19, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- DEFENDING AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS ACT (Prohibits any health insurer, pharmacy benefit manager, or other third-party payor from discriminating against any 340B entity participating in a drug discount program.)
Last Action
03/19/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 19, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Mandates all insurance contracts, plans or policies provide insurance coverage for the expense of testing and treating infertility, including preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF).)
Last Action
03/19/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 19, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- DEFENDING AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS ACT (Prohibits any health insurer, pharmacy benefit manager, or other third-party payor from discriminating against any 340B entity participating in a drug discount program.)
Last Action
03/19/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 19, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT OF 2004 -- HEALTH INSURANCE OVERSIGHT (Protects the solvency of health systems, physicians, and advance practice providers and insurers, encourage fair treatment of hospitals and ensure adequate clinical workforce while advancing health equity.)
Last Action
03/19/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 19, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT OF 2004 -- HEALTH INSURANCE OVERSIGHT (Includes the definition of "primary care services" and requires that all biennial reports shall include a review and recommendation of rates for primary care services on and after September 1, 2025.)
Last Action
03/19/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 19, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT OF 2004 -- HEALTH INSURANCE OVERSIGHT (Protects the solvency of health systems, physicians, and advance practice providers and insurers, encourage fair treatment of hospitals and ensure adequate clinical workforce while advancing health equity.)
Last Action
03/15/2024 Introduced, referred to House Health & Human Services
House • Mar 15, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE POLICIES (Provides a special enrollment period for applicants for Medicare Part B. Also prohibits state insurance carriers from denying/imposing conditions on new enrollees or discriminate on price based upon health status/claims experience/preexisting conditions.)
Last Action
03/12/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 12, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE -- PROCEDURE GENERALLY -- THIRD-PARTY LITIGATION FINANCING CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT (Comprehensively regulates the practices of third-party litigation financers in Rhode Island.)
Last Action
03/12/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 12, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- ZONING ORDINANCES (Amends provisions relative to the application of zoning ordinances pertaining to wetland buffers to projects for development, redevelopment, construction or rehabilitation.)
Last Action
03/12/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 12, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Prohibits healthcare entities from interfering with a patient's right to choose to obtain a clinician-administered drug from their provider or pharmacy of choice.)
Last Action
03/08/2024 Referred to House Health & Human Services
House • Mar 08, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- THE RHODE ISLAND CANNABIS ACT (Permits hybrid cannabis cultivators to advertise regarding cannabis products during the transitional period.)
Last Action
03/07/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 07, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST PROTECTION (Prohibits the state, participating ERISA or any health plan from purchasing referenced drugs for a cost higher than the referenced rate.)
Last Action
03/05/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 05, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- MEDICAL ASSISTANCE -- PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (Prohibits prior authorization or a step therapy protocol for the prescription of a nonpreferred medication on their drug formulary used to assess or treat an enrollee's bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizotypal.)
Last Action
03/05/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 05, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- PHARMACY FREEDOM OF CHOICE -- FAIR COMPETITION AND PRACTICES (Ensures that independent pharmacies are protected from pharmacy benefit discrimination toward non-affiliated pharmacies and helps protect consumers' ability to choose local, independent pharmacies.)
Last Action
03/05/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 05, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- THIRD-PARTY HEALTH INSURANCE ADMINISTRATORS -- PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST CONTROL AND TRANSPARENCY (Regulates pharmacy benefit managers' policies and practices through rules and regulations promulgated by the office of health insurance commissioner, relating to accurate costs and pricing reporting, restricting discriminatory practices.)
Last Action
03/05/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 05, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- MEDICAL ASSISTANCE -- PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (Defines step therapy and prohibits certain groups and agreements from requiring prior authorization or a step therapy protocol when prescribing certain medications.)
Last Action
03/04/2024 Introduced, referred to House Finance
House • Mar 04, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- ZONING ORDINANCES (Amends several sections of law relating to zoning ordinances to provide uniform zoning standards for accessory dwelling units.)
Last Action
03/01/2024 Referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
Senate • Mar 01, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT OF 2004 -- HEALTH INSURANCE OVERSIGHT (Requires a report to be produced that focuses on prescription drug prior authorizations by January 1, 2025.)
Last Action
03/01/2024 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Mar 01, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDER COMPENSATION ACT (Expands health insurance commissioner's authority to set reimbursement rates for mental health services.)
Last Action
03/01/2024 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Mar 01, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- BENEFIT DETERMINATION AND UTILIZATION REVIEW ACT (Limits the use by insurers of step therapy, a protocol that establishes a specific sequence in which prescription drugs for a specified medical condition are covered by an insurer, by allowing medical providers to request step therapy exceptions.)
Last Action
03/01/2024 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Mar 01, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHARMACIES (Adds a new section which sets forth conditions for pharmacists to prescribe tobacco cessation/drug therapies, programs approved by the state board of pharmacy. The cessation therapies would be covered by all health insurance carriers on or after 1/1/25.)
Last Action
03/01/2024 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Mar 01, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- THE RHODE ISLAND COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (Establishes a universal, comprehensive, affordable single-payer health care insurance program and helps control health care costs, which would be referred to as, "the Rhode Island Comprehensive Health Insurance Program" (RICHIP).)
Last Action
03/01/2024 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Mar 01, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS (Requires that any insurance contract issued, amended or renewed on or after January 1, 2025, that provides hospital, medical or surgical coverage shall provide coverage for medically necessary treatment of mental health or substance use disorders.)
Last Action
03/01/2024 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Mar 01, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT OF 2004 -- HEALTH INSURANCE OVERSIGHT (Regulates price increases for prescription drugs.)
Last Action
02/29/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 29, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG SALES REPRESENTATIVE DISCLOSURE ACT (Requires prescription drug manufacturers to file a detailed, updated list of each pharmaceutical sales representative engaged by the manufacturer and to pay an annual fee for each name on list.)
Last Action
02/29/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 29, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- WHOLESALE PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPORTATION PROGRAM (Establishes the Wholesale Prescription Drug Importation Program for the importation of wholesale prescription drugs from Canada to provide savings to Rhode Island consumers.)
Last Action
02/29/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 29, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- THE RHODE ISLAND HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT OF 2004 -- HEALTH INSURANCE OVERSIGHT (Requires a report to be produced that focuses on prescription drug prior authorizations by January 1, 2025.)
Last Action
02/29/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 29, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Requires every individual or group health insurance contract effective on or after January 1, 2025, to provide coverage to the insured and the insured's spouse and dependents for all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices and other products.)
Last Action
02/15/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Feb 15, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- INTERSTATE MEDICAL LICENSURE COMPACT (Requires the state to implement the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact no later than July 1, 2024, and restores access to telemedicine for all residents and allows treatment by out-of-state providers.)
Last Action
02/15/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 15, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS (Prohibits health insurance providers from requiring preauthorization for in-network mental health or substance use disorder services.)
Last Action
02/12/2024 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Feb 12, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- WHOLESALE PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPORTATION PROGRAM (Establishes the Wholesale Prescription Drug Importation Program for the importation of wholesale prescription drugs from Canada to provide savings to Rhode Island consumers.)
Last Action
02/12/2024 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Feb 12, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- OUTDOOR DINING ACT (Establishes standards governing the municipal regulation of outdoor dining at food service establishments.)
Last Action
02/09/2024 Signed by Governor
executive • Feb 09, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- UNIFORM TELEHEALTH ACT (Allows an out-of-state health care practitioner to provide telehealth services to a patient located in this state if the services are consistent with the practitioner's scope of practice and state and federal professional standards.)
Last Action
02/08/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 08, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- CONTROL OF HIGH PRESCRIPTION COSTS -- REGULATION OF PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS (Regulates PBMs policies and practices relating to accurate costs and pricing reporting, restricts discriminatory practices and establishes consumer protections and enforcement of penalties for violations by the office of the attorney general.)
Last Action
01/30/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Jan 30, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE AND DISCIPLINE -- PROMPT PROCESSING OF INSURANCE CLAIMS (Prohibits a health insurer from denying a claim for any medical bill based on sole reasoning that the bill may arise from a motor vehicle accident or other third-party claim and prohibits a medical provider from refusing to submit medical for same reason.)
Last Action
01/30/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Jan 30, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (Requires DOA provide inventory of all state agencies using artificial intelligence (AI); establishes a permanent commission to monitor the use of AI in state government and makes recommendations for state government policy and other decisions.)
Last Action
01/25/2024 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Jan 25, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Requires insurance coverage for all services provided by a pharmacist provided coverage of such services would have been covered if provided by a physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant.)
Last Action
01/24/2024 Introduced, referred to House Finance
House • Jan 24, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2025
Last Action
01/18/2024 Introduced, referred to House Finance
House • Jan 18, 2024
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING REVISED APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY 2024
Last Action
01/18/2024 Introduced, referred to House Finance
House • Jan 18, 2024
Latest Version
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