Updated Bill Tracker 2.6.15

Bill # Description Passed House Passed Senate Current Status
HB 1004 DoH Budget – includes funding for public health, etc House Appropriations-HR Division 1/26 at 0900 & 1400
HB 1035 Legislative management study of the state’s health care delivery system Y

85-1

HB 1036 Study health professional assistance programs, focus on loan repayment Y

74-9

HB 1038 Telemedicine – for public employee coverage House Government and Veterans Affairs committee 1/22 at 8:00
HB 1039 Health insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment, including residential treatment
HB 1040 Involuntary commitment proceedings – adding APRN language
HB 1049 Loans/grants for behavioral health professionals
HB 1079 Study of health care delivery system N

1-81

   
HB 1173 $550,000 for home health and hospice in oil counties House Human Services 1/27 at 0900
HB 1186 Sale of e-cigarettes to minors House Judiciary 2/2 @ 0900
HB 1241 Relating to medical workers and firearms (restrict the ability to ask a patient if they have firearms?)
HB 1265 Minors: sale and use of e-cigarettes House Judiciary 2/2 @ 1010
HB 1272 Medical Psychologists – gives prescriptive authority House Human Services 1/28 at 1100
HB 1279 Caregiver discharge plan – requires a caregiver to be identified within 24 hours of admission to the hospital, that they caregiver is part of the DC plan, and that any cares be demonstrated by caregiver prior to discharge
HB 1282 Commerce Dept appropriation of $1M for the purpose of providing matching funds to an organization assisting in the recruitment, distribution, supply, quality, and efficiency of personnel providing health services in rural areas of the state
HB 1378 Legislative study regarding Affordable Care Act, state health benefits package for 2017 and beyond (includes something referred to as an “Innovation Waiver” states receive federal $$ for being innovative – large price tag) Y

76-16

House Human Services 2/2 @ 0900
HB 1396 Student loan repayment grants for health professionals House Human Services 2/3 @ 1415
HB 1421 Tobacco Tax increase to $1.54 House Finance & Taxation 2/3 @ 0930
HB 1430 Medical marijuana House Human Services 2/4 @ 0900
HB 1455 Nurse staffing agencies (oversight/registration) House Appropriations Human Services 1/27 at 1100
SB 2043 Community Paramedic reimbursement Y

45-0

Human Services Committee 1/13, passed with amendments, sent to House
SB 2044 Establishment of a TBI program
SB 2046 MA coverage for behavioral health services $3M
SB 2047 Define qualified mental health professional Y

46-0

SB 2048 $6M+ to improve behavioral health services
SB 2104 Immunity from liability related to opioid antagonists and Narcan rescue kits Y

46-0

SB 2121 Medical peer review records – amend current to include pharmacy/pharmacists Y

46-0

Senate Human Services Committee 1/28 at 1100
SB 2163 Regulation of health benefit exchange assisters – require those offering services (for a fee) to be “certified” by state   N

3-43

 
SB 2173 Pharmacist Collaborative Agreement – language is not provider neutral Senate Human Services Committee 1/28 at 1030
SB 2193 Making the assault of a healthcare worker a felony (section 1 expands all healthcare workers to current definition of assault, section 2 expands on blood/body fluids)   N

15-31

Senate Judiciary 1/26 at 1000
SB 2236 Licensure of Radiology Techs – includes exemption for nurses Senate Human Services 2/11 @ 1030
SB 2253 $2.25M expanding the healthy families home visitation program to all human service regions Senate Appropriations 2/10 @ 1400
SB 2284 Hospital treatment of victims of sexual assault Senate Judiciary 2/4 @ 1000
SB 2320 Medication therapy program for Medicaid-eligible individuals Senate Appropriations 2/4 @ 1000
SB 2321 Certification of community health worker representatives Senate Human Services 1/27 at 0900
SB 2322 Tobacco Tax increase to $2.00 Senate Finance & Taxation 2/4 @ 1030
HCR 3005 Study of individuals with TBI Y Human Services Committee, passed with amendments
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North Dakota Legislature Bill Tracker 1.25.15

Bill # Description Passed House Passed Senate Current Status
HB 1004 DoH Budget – includes funding for public health, etc House Appropriations-HR Division 1/26 at 0900 & 1400
HB 1035 Legislative management study of the state’s health care delivery system Y

85-1

HB 1036 Study health professional assistance programs, focus on loan repayment Y

74-9

HB 1038 Telemedicine – for public employee coverage House Government and Veterans Affairs committee 1/22 at 8:00
HB 1039 Health insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment, including residential treatment
HB 1040 Involuntary commitment proceedings – adding APRN language
HB 1049 Loans/grants for behavioral health professionals
HB 1079 Study of health care delivery system N

1-81

   
HB 1173 $550,000 for home health and hospice in oil counties House Human Services 1/27 at 0900
HB 1272 Medical Psychologists – gives prescriptive authority House Human Services 1/28 at 1100
HB 1279 Caregiver discharge plan – requires a caregiver to be identified within 24 hours of admission to the hospital, that they caregiver is part of the DC plan, and that any cares be demonstrated by caregiver prior to discharge
HB 1282 Commerce Dept appropriation of $1M for the purpose of providing matching funds to an organization assisting in the recruitment, distribution, supply, quality, and efficiency of personnel providing health services in rural areas of the state
HB 1396 Student loan repayment grants for health professionals House Education 1/28 at 1400
HB 1421 Tobacco Tax increase to $1.54
HB 1455 Nurse staffing agencies (oversight/registration) House Appropriations Human Services 1/27 at 1100
SB 2043 Community Paramedic reimbursement Human Services Committee 1/13, passed with amendments
SB 2044 Establishment of a TBI program
SB 2046 MA coverage for behavioral health services $3M
SB 2047 Define qualified mental health professional
SB 2048 $6M+ to improve behavioral health services
SB 2104 Immunity from liability related to opioid antagonists and Narcan rescue kits Y

46-0

SB 2121 Medical peer review records – amend current to include pharmacy/pharmacists Senate Human Services Committee 1/28 at 1100
SB 2163 Regulation of health benefit exchange assisters – require those offering services (for a fee) to be “certified” by state
SB 2173 Pharmacist Collaborative Agreement – language is not provider neutral Senate Human Services Committee 1/28 at 1030
SB 2193 Making the assault of a healthcare worker a felony (section 1 expands all healthcare workers to current definition of assault, section 2 expands on blood/body fluids) Senate Judiciary 1/26 at 1000
SB 2253 $2.25M expanding the healthy families home visitation program to all human service regions Senate Human Services 1/26 at 0900
SB 2284 Hospital treatment of victims of sexual assault
SB 2320 Medication therapy program for Medicaid-eligible individuals Senate Human Services 1/28 at 1000
SB 2321 Certification of community health worker representatives Senate Human Services 1/27 at 0900
SB 2322 Tobacco Tax increase to $2.00
HCR 3005 Study of individuals with TBI Human Services Committee, passed with amendments

2014 NDNA Advocacy Platform

NDNA 2014/2015 Advocacy Platform

  • Promote access to safe, competent and affordable care.
    • Support new and evolving roles as long as there is role clarity, appropriate education and training, appropriate oversight and that nurses are recognized for their role as care coordinators, which may necessitate removal of the delegation rules in the Nurse Practice Act that limit nurses ability to exercise their judgment.[1]
  • Collaborating in the study of the Community paramedic pilot to ensure safe, gap free care.
    • Continue monitoring of  pilot sites for measurable health outcomes
  • Through legislation during the 2015 session, develop a scope of prac­tice to better define the community paramedic role and skill set and to include a provision for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to also supervise community paramedics. [2]
  • Require uniform education and training program including core compo­nents. 2
  • Through legislation during the 2015 session, provide clear definition and reporting lines for accountability and mechanism for documentation of care including provider orders. 2
  • Advocating for increased access to behavioral health care
    • Will monitor bill development on funding for increased access of metal and behavioral health
    • Monitor for increased funding for APRN education to provide Behavioral Health Care
  • Advocating for increased access to School Nursing
    • Students’ health and health needs must be addressed in schools to achieve optimum learning.[3]
    • Supports the assignment and daily availability of a registered school nurse for the central management and implementation of school health services at the recommended ratio of one nurse for every 750 students, with an ultimate goal of at least one nurse in every school.3
    • On any given weekday, as much as 20% of the combined US population of children and adults can be found in schools (AHA, 2004). To best serve the health needs of students and staff in educational settings, ANA supports a collaborative school health model which requires the cooperation and participation of the school nurse, students, families, teachers, school administrators and staff, other health care professionals, and the community.3
  • Collaborating with agencies such as American Cancer Society for decreased tobacco use
    • Tobacco is a worldwide epidemic that requires the leadership and active involvement of nurses[4]
    • All nurses and nursing organizations are actively involved in developing and supporting local, state, and national legislative and regulatory efforts that:
      • Restrict the direct and indirect marketing of tobacco products, including those products that might be launched in the future, and those making unproven health claims.4
      • Increase the price of tobacco products through taxation and allocate part of the revenue to tobacco-control programs and tobacco-related research.4
    • North Dakota has the 46th lowest cigarette tax of all 50 states and the District of Columbia[5]
State Tax per Pack Ranking
New York $4.35 1st
Minnesota $2.83 7th
South Dakota $1.53 24th
Average $1.54  
Montana $1.70 19th
Wyoming $0.60 40th
North Dakota $0.44 46th
Missouri $0.17 51st
  • Continue to advocate for increase access to professional nursing education and Nurses working in the full authority of their practice
  • Support higher education for nurses. We need fundamental wide-range planning for changes in the education and deployment of the nursing workforce.[6]
  • Reduce regulatory barriers, enabling Registered Nurses (RNs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training. 6
  • Revise scope-of-practice laws that discourage full use of advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals (collaborative practice agreements, supervisory requirements, prescribing limitations). 6

[1] Janet Haebler, Associate Director, ANA State Government Affairs 10/30/14

[2] North Dakota Center for Nursing Policy Brief, Community Paramedic Pilot Study Recommendations, September 3, 2014

[3] Assuring Safe, High Quality Health Care in Pre-K Through 12 Educational Settings, American Nurses Association Position Statement, 03/2007

[4] Nursing Leadership in Global and Domestic Tobacco Control, Oncology Nursing Society Position, 01/2013

[5] Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, June 20, 2014

[6] Looking for Solutions to Improving Health Care in Your State?, IOM Recommendations, America Nurses Association, 07/2012