The core components of NeRHA’s state policy and advocacy program are the following:
- Review bills and proposed regulations
- Take positions on bills and proposed regulations
- Monitor policy trends
- Establish relationships with state and local policymakers
- Communicate policy information to the broadest audience
- Serve as a conduit of information
Current Bills We’re Tracking:
LB 419 Support
Require submission of a Medicaid state plan amendment to extend postpartum coverage.
LB 32 Priority Support
Medigap Insurance Bill to cover individuals under 65 years-old who are eligible for Medicare by reason of disability.
LB 219 Support
Require the Department of Health and Human Services to rebase rates for critical access hospitals.
LB 353 Support
Provide for grants for projects that increase capacity for long-term care facility capacity.
LB 256 Priority Support
Change provisions related to insurance converage of telehealth.
LB 335 Support
Adopt the Health Care Staffing Agency Registration Act
LB 358 Support
State intent to increase dental services reimbursement under the Medical Assistance Act.
LB 61 Priority Support
Dark fiber usage to increase broadband access to rural Nebraska.
LB 586 Priority Support
Provide duties for the Nebraska Center for Nursing regarding clinical training sites.
LB 657 Priority Support
Appropriate funds to the University of Nebraska (NC2).
LB 503 Support
Adopt the Rural Nebraska Nursing Workforce Act.
LB 610 Support
Appropriate funds to the State Department of Education.
LB 778 Support
Change the Pharmacy Benefit Manager Licensure and Regulation Act.
LB 128 Support
State intent regarding appropriations related to increased reimbursement rates for inpatient and outpatient hospital services under Medicaid.
LB 149 Support
State intent regarding appropriations and rebasing rates under the medical assistance program.
LB 383 Support
Change provisions relating to insurance coverage for screenings for colorectal cancer.
LB 779 Support
Limit the amount an insured pays for prescription insulin drugs.
LB 448 Support
Prohibit certain provisions in a health plan in relation to clinician-administered drugs (White Bagging).
LB 85 Support
Provide express lane eligibility under Medical Assistance Program and CHIP.
LB 157 Support
Authorize appointment of temporary guardians for certain purposes - Transitions of Care Bill.
LB 91 Monitor
Authorize appointment of temporary guardians for certain purposes - Transitions of Care Bill
LB 68 Monitor
Limit increase on medical malpractice liability and change provisions of the Nebraska Hospital-Medical Liability Act
LB 626 Monitor
Adopt the Nebraska Heartbeat Act
LB 345 Monitor
Define palliative care under the Health Care Facility Licensure Act
LB 572 Monitor
Provide, change, and eliminate provisions relating to the Medical Nutrition Therapy Practice Act
LB 433 Monitor
Provide requirements for distribution of funding for`behavioral health regions
LB 326 Monitor
Provide for eligibility for certain children under the Medical Assistance Act
LB 227 Monitor
Provide duties for the Department of Health and Human Services relating to reimbursing certain hospitals for providing nursing facility level of care services
LB 680 Monitor
Change provisions of the Parkinson’s Disease Registry Act
LB 463 Monitor
Change provisions relating to application for licensure under the Health Care Facility Licensure
LB 210 Monitor
Adopt the Prior Authorization Reform Act
LB 202 Monitor
Provide for vaccine administration by pharmacy technicians
LB 145 Monitor
Change provisions relating to coverage for screening mammography and breast examinations
Links to information on current state legislation:
The health care system in the United States is undertaking a monumental change and to ensure 62 million Americans living in rural and underserved populations are not left behind, NeRHA coordinates grassroots efforts with the National Rural Health Association. (NRHA) Congress must be reminded that, while coverage is important, access to coverage is the bigger hurdle rural Americans face. It is great to be covered, but without a provider, coverage means nothing.
NeRHA advocates the Association’s federal legislative and regulatory policies and positions before the Congress and federal agencies . The Association serves as one of the primary rural resources to elected officials, policy leaders, and other organizations on issues related to federally sponsored rural health initiatives and programs.
Links to information on current federal legislation:
- Information on individual bills and pending legislation
- Advocacy Information from the National Rural Health Association
- Read the Federal Rural Roundup
- Find out who your elected officials are here
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