HB 1946 State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Office of the; amends provisions related to Office.
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Summary as introduced:
Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Amends provisions related to the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (the Office) and its access to and handling of certain information and records to conform to federal requirements and remove ambiguities. The bill also prohibits interference with or retaliation or reprisals against (i) the Office or its representatives or designees for fulfillment of its functions, responsibilities, or duties or (ii) a person who in good faith complains or provides information to, or otherwise cooperates with, the Office or any of its representatives or designees. The bill requires the Commissioner for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to promulgate regulations regarding the investigation of allegations of interference, retaliation, or reprisals and the implementation of sanctions with respect to such interference, retaliation, or reprisals. The bill also requires the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to put in place mechanisms to ensure that the Office may (a) analyze, comment on, and monitor the development and implementation of laws, regulations, and policies related to long-term care services and providers or to the health, safety, welfare, and rights of individuals receiving long-term care services; (b) recommend changes to such laws, regulations, and policies; and (c) provide information, recommendations, and the position of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to public and private agencies, legislators, media, and other persons regarding concerns of individuals receiving long-term care services.

Full text:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101943D  pdf | impact statement
02/23/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1946ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0460)  pdf

Status:
01/10/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101943D
01/10/17  House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/19/17  House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N)
01/20/17  House: Read first time
01/23/17  House: Read second time and engrossed
01/24/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/24/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
01/25/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/25/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/17  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/17/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Read third time
02/20/17  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/23/17  House: Enrolled
02/23/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1946ER)
02/23/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/24/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/28/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/28/17
02/28/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 460 (effective 7/1/17)
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0460)