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5/22/2017 Media Advisory: Opioid warning bill up for committee vote
STATE HOUSE – Legislation intended to prompt discussions between doctors and patients about the risks of prescription opioids is scheduled for a vote by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee tomorrow.

The committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Tuesday, May 23, at the rise of the Senate session (around 4:30 p.m.) in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State house. Among the bills scheduled for consideration are:
  • 2017-S 0493 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston) would require health care professionals, upon issuance of initial opioid prescription, to discuss with patients the risks of such drugs, including developing dependence or addiction, potential for overdose or death, and the risks of concurrent use of alcohol or other psychoactive drugs.
  • 2017-S 0146 — Sponsored by HHS Committee Chairman Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), this bill adds two requirements to cost information that hospitals must provide to a prospective patient: that the requested cost estimate of their requested anticipated hospital services must be provided within two business days of the request, and the cost of any facility fee.
  • 2017-S 0490 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Jeanine Calkin (D-Dist.30, Warwick) would require that health insurers cover infertility regardless of marital status and also increases the maximum treatment age from 40 years to 42 years. It also redefines the term “infertility” to mean a woman who is unable to sustain a pregnancy during a period of one year.
  • 2017-S 0578 — This bill sponsored by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) prohibits health insurers from varying the premium rates charged for a health coverage plan based on the gender.
The committee will also meet Thursday, May 25 at the rise of the Senate in the Senate Lounge. Among the bills scheduled for votes at that hearing are:
  • 2017-S 0266 — Sponsored by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Newport, Little Compton, Tiverton), this bill would require the participation and input of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals in medical assistance and public assistance caseload estimating conferences and the generation of monthly data to the members of the caseload estimating conference.
  • 2017-S 0446 — This bill sponsored by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) change the definition of “smoking” and “retail tobacco store” to include electronic smoking and devices.


For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558