Ky. Gov. Beshear signs, vetoes multiple bills
KENTUCKY (KFVS) - Governor Andy Beshear signed and vetoed multiple bills on Monday, March 22.
He signed House Bill 95, protecting the health and lives of Kentuckians with diabetes by capping the cost of insulin.
The price will now be capped at $30 per 30-day supply for those with state-regulated health care plans or plans purchased on the marketplace exchange, state employees and people under group plans.
While companies pay $2 to $7 to manufacture a single vial, some Kentuckians were having to pay more than $1,000 a month for their lifesaving supply.
“Health care is a human right,” said Gov. Beshear. “Capping the cost of insulin was the right thing to do to support every Kentuckian who has had to risk their own life or be afraid of permanently damaging their health just because they could not afford insulin. Today, they no longer have to live in fear – now this lifesaving medicine is affordable.”
In addition to capping the price of insulin, HB 95 also requires health care benefit plans to provide the needed equipment, supplies and outpatient training and education to help diabetics stay healthy, and forbids any reductions from this coverage by others involved in coverage.
The governor also signed 12 other bills that support and expand quality health care for Kentucky families.
House Bill 50 - Provides the Department of Insurance with a necessary tool to review the processes of insurers and remove any barriers to providing coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services in the same manner that coverage for medical and surgical services is provided.
House Bill 75 -The bill prevents insurance companies from discriminating against a live organ donor by raising their rate, canceling coverage or denying coverage. This bill impacts three types of insurance: live, long-term care and disability coverage.
House Bill 108 -Supports coverage for colorectal cancer examinations and laboratory tests as well as coverage for medically necessary genetic cancer testing to give Kentuckians the best chance possible for long, healthy lives.
House Bill 140 - This new law will also support the telehealth delivery of care and services for the long term in accordance with HIPAA, clinical and technological/IT security standards.
House Bill 183 -This measure will help ensure ongoing viability of hospitals across the state, so every Kentuckian can receive care close to where they live.
House Bill 219 - This bill will would increase accessibly of syringes and advance the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Harm Reduction Strategy by making syringes and naloxone easier to purchase, empowering all Kentuckians to help save lives as the commonwealth battles the opioid epidemic.
House Bill 276- This bill will accelerate the path for personal care aides to become nurse aides, helping grow the commonwealth’s long-term care workforce and further increasing Kentuckians’ quality of care.
House Bill 448- This bill will increase Kentuckians’ access to behavioral health services from qualified mental health professionals.
Senate Bill 55- This bill will eliminate charges to Medicaid beneficiaries that include copayments and co-insurance and might discourage individuals from seeking medical help.
Senate Bill 74- This bill will rename the Office of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Its new name, the Office of Dementia Services, will better reflect the office’s focus and scope.
Senate Bill 154- This measure will expand the class of providers who supervise home health services and expanding health care services will better meet the needs of Kentuckians.
Senate Bill 163- This bill will recognize the contributions of charitable health care providers and their impact improving the lives of Kentucky families.
The governor vetoed the following bills:
“These bills violate our Constitution, chip away at our strong separation of powers and unlawfully attempt to restrict the Governor’s executive powers,” said Governor Beshear.
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