Vaccination discrimination ban is one of several senate bills pre-filed

In an effort to prevent individuals from being discriminated against based on their immunization status, Sen. Joe Gruters introduced SB 364. The bill would prohibit businesses and government entities from requiring individuals to present proof of immunity from any virus. It would prohibit public facilities from discriminating against individuals on the basis of vaccine or immunity status.


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This is one of several health care bills senators have so far filed for consideration in the next legislative session, which resumes on March 2.

The SJR 340 bill, introduced by Sen. Jose Felix Diaz, would require a supermajority vote to enact a single-payer health care system. It proposes the creation of Section 22 of Article III of the state constitution to not allow a single-payer health care system to be enacted by the legislature except through legislation approved by two-thirds of the membership of each house and presented to the governor for approval.

A senate bill that authorizes certain hospitals to allow providers to dispense prescription drugs to emergency department patients has been referred to the Health Policy, Military and Veterans Affairs, Space and Domestic Security and Appropriations Committee. The bill, SB 262, allows for a greater “specified” supply of medicinal drugs to be prescribed and dispensed in areas where a state of emergency has been enacted, allowing for providers to write prescriptions for medicinal drugs beyond the initial prescription period.

Senate Bill 727 was filed to create the Rare Disease Advisory Council, which would fall under the Department of Health. Its primary sponsor is Sen. Dennis Baxley.

A bill, SB 238, that looks at revising the period of eligibility for Medicaid for postpartum women and others, was referred to the Health Policy, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and Appropriations committees. Its primary sponsor is Sen. Lauren Book.

Another bill, SB 348, was filed on Dec. 21 and addresses the types of emergency transportation vehicle services that are provided to Medicare-eligible persons for which Medicaid will pay deductibles and co-insurance. It is sponsored by Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez.

Senate Bill 362, sponsored by Sen. Gayle Harrell, would revise requirements for members of the pediatric cardiac technical advisory panel and extend sovereign immunity to all members of a site visit review team. It would require pediatric cardiac programs to include certain cases in its required surgical volume and would require all cardiac surgical centers to come into compliance within a specified timeframe.