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5/6/2019 Media Advisory: Committee to vote on bill enacting parts of ACA at state level
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold hearings this week on several bills, and is scheduled to vote on legislation to enact much of the federal Affordable Care Act at the state level.

The committee meets tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7, at the rise of the Senate session (around 4:45 p.m.) in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House. The bills on its agenda include:
  • 2019-S 0774 — Sponsored by Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston), this bill would allow physical therapists to order diagnostic images and studies provided they are performed and interpreted by a licensed health care professional.
  • 2019-S 0826 — Sponsored by Sen. Valarie J. Lawson (D-Dist. 14, East Providence), this bill would allow pharmacists under certain conditions to prescribe drugs and devices for minor health conditions.
  • 2019-S 0827 — Sponsored by Sen. Bridget G. Valverde (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, Narragansett, South Kingstown), this bill would require public places with a capacity of 100 or more people to keep the overdose-reversing drug naloxone on the premises and train employees to administer it.
On Thursday, May 9, the committee will meet at the rise of the Senate session in the Senate Lounge to vote on:
  • 2019-S 0738  — This bill sponsored by Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) would enact many provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act at the state level to protect Rhode Islanders’ health care if the federal act is eliminated or scaled back.
The committee is also scheduled to hear:
  • 2019-S 0260 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence) would exempt natural hair braiders from the requirement to be licensed hair dressers or cosmeticians.
  • 2019-S 0676 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) on behalf of the Department of Health would expand the provisions requiring the reporting of immunization status and any other relevant information to adults, not just children, and would require the Department of Health to include routine adult immunization in its immunization program.

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