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2010 Disability and Agency Bills of Note
Health insurance; autism
Permitting local health departments to provide primary care services.
Limiting pharmacy copayments. Prohibiting pharmacies from charging prescription drug copayments that exceed the cash value of the prescription medication.
Health promotion; Medicaid and Insure Oklahoma
Poor persons; providing for weight loss and management services under Medicaid and Insure Oklahoma. Effective date.
Health insurance; autism
Requiring the Oklahoma High Risk Health Insurance Pool to provide services for autism.
Requiring school district professional development programs to offer training to related services providers in the field of special education, to enable them to maintain licensure in their fields.
Health promotion; Medicaid
Directs OHCA to implement an obesity treatment program for Medicaid recipients.
COPD (chronic lung disease); health
Creating the Oklahoma Plan for COPD Act.
Prosthetics; health insurance
Requiring health insurance plans to cover prosthetic devices at least to the level provided under Medicare.
Creating the Oklahoma Central Stroke Registry.
2-1-1 human services information
Renaming the Oklahoma 2-1-1 Collaborative the 2-1-1 Coordinating Council; providing duties.
Newborn eye care
Modifying provisions relating to newborn eye care.
Requiring health benefit plans to use a certain design for treatment of diabetes.
Directing the Health Department to establish a registry for home care agency workers.
Health insurance; pre-existing conditions
Reducing the amount of time from issuance of a policy that an insurer can deny a claim or drop coverage based on a person’s pre-existing condition. .
Creating Rights of People and Elderly with Disabilities Act. A shell bill as introduced.
Exempting sales of hearing aids from state sales tax.
Requiring municipalities to adopt disability parking ordinances. Adding stickers issues by the Department of Veterans Affairs and disability placards issued by other states to those items recognized for disability parking privileges. Providing a $500 fine for falsifying information an an application for a disability parking document, illegally parking in designated disability spaces, or allowing a non-eligible person to use the permit issued to an eligible person. Authorizing municipalities to enforce disability parking ordinances on both public and private property.
Prohibiting denial of insurance coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
Specifying content of the cash and counseling program to be developed by the Health Care Authority as a means of giving a recipient more control over the long-term care services he or she needs and the choice of service providers.. The bill specifies that other benefits a person receives shall not be reduced as a result of the person participating in a cash and counseling program.
Redesigning the workers compensation system.
Modifying licensing procedures under the Orthotics and Prosthetics Practice Act.
Establishing crime of mistreatment of a vulnerable adult.
Providing an income tax refund check-off for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Providing for licensing of sheltered workshops; requiring background checks at sheltered workshops.
Requiring establishment of a procedure for verifying the income of a person applying for Medicaid, using information from the Tax Commission, employment records, child support records and other sources.
Deaf and hard of hearing
Relating to the telephone access line surcharge for hearing-impaired services. Providing that telephone customers need not pay the surcharge if they are otherwise exempt from taxation.
2-1-1 human services information
Providing for the 2-1-1 Oklahoma Coordinating Council.
Community based services; DHS
Stating that DHS shall select the training programs it uses for direct support staff, providing that it shall use training that is cost-effective and provides the needed results. Directing DHS to keep a record of the efficacy of the training methods it uses.
Amends existing law related to regional transportation authorities. Under current law as amended by HB-2846, any group of cities, counties, or agencies of such subdivisions could band together to form a regional transportation authority with the ability to develop, construct, maintain and operate transportation systems. The subdivisions which are part of such a transportation authority could hold elections to vote on adding a sales tax in the area to fund transportation.
Providing for health insurance coverage of developmentally disabled dependents to age twenty five.
Creating the Vulnerable Adult Intervention Team Pilot Program; addressing placement of certain individuals due to incompetence.
Making it illegal for a public transit driver to use a cell phone or other electronic communication device while driving a transit vehicle.
Creating the Transportation Modernization Act.
Creating the Oklahoma Transportation Act.
Transportation Development Act.
In-home assistance; companions
Establishing a registry for persons providing companion and sitter services.
Requiring the Health Care Authority to establish certain reimbursement rates for prosthetic devices under Medicaid.
State Use Act
Stating that the Department of Central Services shall not impose any fee for the management of a contract for the sale of state use items. Any fee in existence prior to the effective date of this act which is inconsistent with the requirements of this section shall be void and shall not be imposed with respect to any contract. Effective July 1, 2010. Emergency.
OSB and OSD
Providing for residency for school purposes of a child enrolled in the Oklahoma School for the Blind or Oklahoma School for the Deaf. In a section of law pertaining to residency of students with disabilities who are wards of the state or enrolled in certain institutions, clarifying that students at OSB and OSD are, for school purposes, considered residents of their home school districts.
Establishing a website for information on prescription drug pricing.
Relating to federal funds for special education. Limiting funds for out-of-state placements for special education.
Students with disabilities
Creating the Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program. Amending state law on special education. Allowing schools to meet their obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by providing a scholarship, at a parent’s request, to enable a special education student to attend a private school of the parent’s choice. The maximum scholarship granted for an eligible student with disabilities shall be equivalent to the school district’s average local and county revenue which is chargeable in the State Aid formula, state-dedicated revenue, and state-appropriated funds per average daily membership generated by that student for the applicable school year. If the private school tuition is less, then that will be the amount of the scholarship. A school district shall not be responsible for any additional costs associated with special education and related services for the student including the cost of teachers, equipment, material, and other special needs. No liability shall arise on the part of the state based on the award or use of any scholarship provided by the Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program.
Education; visually impaired
Schools; providing for certain evaluation requirements, teacher training, and testing accommodations for visually impaired and blind students; noncodification; effective date; emergency.
Business Enterprise Program
Business Enterprise Program vendors
Modifying penalty for vendors who fail to honor sales tax exemptions for veteran families.
Business Enterprise Program
Adding to entities exempt from the annual fee on vending machines. Machines owned by and located in schools, churches and government entities are already exempt from the fee. Added would be machines in those locations that are owned by other entities when there is a revenue sharing agreement in place that provides some of the machine income to the school, church or agency.
Vending facilities; BEP
Oklahoma Deposit Beverage Container Recycling Act.
Vending facility operators; BEP
Creating the Oklahoma Beverage Container Recycling Act.
On the long list, bill topics include
Modifying fine for failure to use seat belts.
Adding a fee of three dollars to motorcycle registration, to be used for motorcycle safety and education.
Creating the Motorcycle Mobility and Safety Act.
Increasing penalty for not wearing seat belt.
Limiting use of telecommunications devices while driving.
Limiting use of wireless telecommunications devices while driving.
Limiting use of wireless communications devices while driving.
Prohibiting use of portable electronic devices while driving.
Prohibiting distracted driving.
Prohibiting use of certain electronic devices while driving.
State government – agency-related bills:
State employees; retirement
Modifying calculation of final average compensation for state employee retirement purposes.
State employees health insurance
Increasing maximum state employee health insurance benefit under State Employee Retirement System.
Modifying bid limit on agency construction contracts. Changing from $2,500 to $5,000 the limit under which construction contracts can be negotiated without using the bid process. Making other changes related to public construction contracts.
Modifying normal retirement date. For persons employed with the state after 1992, changes the rule of 90 to make the person eligible for retirement when age and years of service equal 85. The bill also addresses what is countable as compensation for purposes of determining a person’s retirement pay when the employee’s salary has been reduced either by furlough, choice, etc.
Limiting terms of agency Board and Commission members
Providing term limits for state agency board and commission members. The term limits would take effect starting November 1, 2010.
Limiting charges for copies of medical records to $50 for persons requesting medical records for use in SSDI/SSI applications or appeals. Allowing DRS Disability Determination Division to further reduce the charge payable for its requests of medical records from medical providers.
State publications; formats
Providing procedure for state publications published in electronic formats.
State government; purchasing
Giving purchasing preferences to certain products under certain circumstances.
Providing confidentiality of certain information. Adding date of birth to the information on employees or former employees which must be kept confidential by state agencies.
Prohibiting agencies from employing or retaining lobbyists.
Requiring state website disclosing financial information to include information on stimulus funds.
Requiring state government transparency website to include list of agency lobbyists on lobbyist principal request bills.
Deleting authority for emergency rules; requiring certain legislative approval of rules.
State agencies; purchasing; bidding
Providing alternate bidding procedure for bids on construction projects.
State government; administrative rules
Requiring legislative approval of administrative rules.
State government; employees
Creating Oklahoma Employee Classification Act. The bill is intended to address the problem of state agencies misclassifying employees as independent contractors.
State government; Oklahoma Innovation, Efficiency and Accountability Act of 2010; noncodification; effective date; emergency.
State government; Oklahoma State Government Modernization and Technology Act of 2010; noncodification; effective date; emergency.
State government; creating Omnibus Modernization and State Employee Health Insurance Act.
State government; purchasing
Modifying purchasing provisions.
Creating the State Agency Consolidation Act.
Requiring health insurance coverage of bariatric surgery.
Providing for voluntary furloughs.
State agency contracts
Relating to state agency contracts; revenue shortfall; review procedures.
State agencies; administrative rules
Requiring legislative approval of certain state agency administrative rules.
Creating the Oklahoma Government Website Information Act; codification.
Providing a state employee pay raise of $300 per employee starting July 1, 2010. Establishing a system of periodic raises for employees based on experience.
State government; contracts
Requiring state agencies to give contract preference to goods and services produced in Oklahoma, and to give preference to contracts with entities in other states over foreign suppliers.
Executive Branch Agency Budget Reduction Implementation Act of 2010; budget reduction; procedures.
Oklahoma Executive Branch Agency Consolidation Act.
State of Oklahoma
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