02RS SB108

SB108

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SB 108/FN (BR 1178) - D. Mongiardo, G. Neal, D. Adams, W. Blevins, D. Boswell, P. Herron Jr, B. Jackson, R. Jones II, D. Karem, M. Long, E. Miller, R. Palmer II, J. Pendleton, L. Saunders, E. Scorsone, T. Shaughnessy, Jo. Turner, E. Worley

     AN ACT relating to an electronic health network and declaring an emergency.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 11 to declare findings of the General Assembly related to electronic health information; and define terms; amend KRS 11.550 to reorganize the Telehealth Board as the Kentucky e-Health and Telehealth Board; attach the board to the Governor's Office of Technology, the Office of the New Economy, and the Cabinet for Health Services; establish the membership of the board, establish the responsibilities of the board; require the board to establish certain committees and an advisory group to ensure input into the evaluation and choice of any model selected for implementation; require the board to conduct a feasibility study, including a business plan of various models; authorize the board to implement a model if deemed feasible; require any model selected to comply with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; require the board to submit the results of the feasibility study and a description of the model selected to the Legislative Research Commission prior to November 1, 2002; require the board to seek any necessary state funding to implement the selected model through the state appropriations process; require the board to oversee the implementation of any feasible model selected by the board; require the board to oversee the development of the network of providers and payors and adopt standards for computer systems communicating with the central part of the network; authorize the board to promulgate administrative regulations; require the board to assume the responsibilities of the Telehealth Board under KRS 11.550; require an annual report to the Legislative Research Commission, Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and the Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance; and authorize the board to seek revenue bonds through the Economic Development Cabinet; establish a "Ke-HN and Telehealth Fund"; create a new section of KRS 154 to authorize the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to give high priority to projects related to the Kentucky e-Health Network in its approval of funding of projects; and permit companies that develop or manufacture software related to the Kentucky e-Health Network to receive incentives under subchapters 22, 23, 24, 26, and 28 of KRS Chapter 154 if the company meets all the eligibility criteria; amend KRS 164.6015, 164.6021, 164.6029, 164.6037, 154.12-270, and 154.12-274 to encourage the research, development, and funding of an electronic health network; amend KRS 154.12-788 to expand the duties of the Office of the Commissioner for the New Economy to include promoting the development and securing funds for the Kentucky e-Health Network; create a new section of KRS 205.510 to 205.630 to require the Department for Medicaid Services to apply for federal funding to develop the infrastructure that integrate existing Medicaid administrative transactions with the Kentucky e-Health Network; and authorizes the cabinet to collaborate with the Cabinet for Families and Children to include eligibility for other public assistance programs and food stamps into the network; retain current members of the Telehealth Board as members of the Kentucky e-Health and Telehealth Board; transfer telehealth funds to the new board; EMERGENCY.

SB 108 - AMENDMENTS


     SCS/FN - Delete original provisions except retain the preamble and definitions for terms; delete the definition of "board"; create a new section of KRS 164 to require the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville to establish a joint committee to study the feasibility of implementing an electronic health network in the Commonwealth; establish membership and responsibilities of the committee; authorize the committee to seek and distribute funds for the purpose of completing the study; authorize the committee to contract with an independent third party for any service necessary to complete the study; require the committee to submit the results of the feasibility study to the Governor, various executive branch agencies, the Legislative Research Commission, the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare, and the Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance; and require the committee to report its recommendations to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare.

     SCA (1/Title, D. Mongiardo) - Make title amendment.

     SFA (2, D. Mongiardo) - Make technical corrections.

     SFA (3, V. McGaha) - Delete provision indicating that savings from electronic health network should be used to provide care to citizens who are not receiving the health care they need or expand care to the underinsured and uninsured.

     SFA (4, R. Leeper) - Amend the definition of "health care provider."

     Jan 16-introduced in Senate
     Jan 18-to Appropriations and Revenue (S)
     Mar 14-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
     Mar 15-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 18-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 20, 2002; floor amendment (3) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 20-passed over and retained in the Orders of the Day; floor amendment (4) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 21-recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue (S)


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