Insurance & Health Care
55th Legislature - 2nd Regular Session, 2022 Sunday, Sep 25 2022 1:10 AM
Bill Summaries
H2020: VACCINATION MANDATES; EXEMPTIONS

A person is eligible for an exemption from any vaccination requirement for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19 that is being enforced in the state of Arizona if the person can produce documented test results that demonstrate the person has antibodies to COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19, or a positive T-cell immune response to COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19. Also repeals statute prohibiting vaccine passports or vaccine requirements, which was deemed unconstitutional by the Arizona Supreme Court in Arizona School Boards Association et al v. State of Arizona.

First sponsor: Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2022: HEALTH EMERGENCIES; TREATMENT; VACCINATIONS; REPEAL

During a state of emergency in which there is an occurrence or the imminent threat of a highly contagious and highly fatal disease, the Governor no longer has the authority to mandate treatment or vaccination of persons who are diagnosed with an illness resulting from exposure or who are reasonably believed to have been exposed or who may reasonably be expected to be exposed.

First sponsor: Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11)
Others: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1), Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8), Rep. Diaz (R - Dist 14), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Martinez (R - Dist 11), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2029: VACCINATIONS; EVIDENCE OF IMMUNITY; PROHIBITIONS

The state, its "governmental entities," and its "business affiliations" (both defined) are prohibited from requiring any person to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19 or to possess a COVID-19 immunity passport or other evidence certifying vaccination or immunity status, and are prohibited from discriminating against any person based on not receiving a vaccination for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19 or to possess a COVID-19 immunity passport or other evidence certifying vaccination or immunity status. The state and its governmental entities are prohibited from entering into a contract or giving a loan or grant of taxpayer monies to a business affiliation that requires a person to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19 or to possess a COVID-19 immunity passport or other evidence certifying vaccination or immunity status. A business affiliation that violates these requirements materially breaches its contract with the state or a governmental entity, rendering the contract voidable. Does not apply to health care institutions that are treating patients with COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19 and that determine that a "direct threat" (defined) exists that cannot be eliminated or reduced by reasonable accommodation. Factors that must be considered to determine a direct threat are listed. Requires the provisions of this legislation to be construed liberally. Severability clause. Also repeals statute prohibiting vaccine passports or vaccine requirements, which was deemed unconstitutional by the Arizona Supreme Court in Arizona School Boards Association et al v. State of Arizona.

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

 

H2043: EMPLOYER LIABILITY; COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT

If an employer denies a religious exemption and requires a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as a prerequisite to or requirement for maintaining employment, the employer is liable to the person for damages that result from a significant injury that is caused by receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. A claimant who prevails under this provision must be awarded actual damages, court costs, and reasonable attorney fees or statutory damages of $500,000, whichever is greater, and may also recover exemplary damages. These rights supplement any other rights and remedies provided by law.

First sponsor: Rep. Nguyen (R - Dist 1)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8), Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Diaz (R - Dist 14), Rep. Hoffman (R - Dist 12), Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose 

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

H2043: EMPLOYER LIABILITY; COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT 2/24 retained on House COW calendar.
H2049: FINGERPRINT REQUIREMENTS; CARE FACILITIES

Contracted persons or volunteers of residential care institutions, nursing care institutions, or home health agencies who provide specified health-related services or "direct supportive services" (defined) are required to have valid fingerprint clearance cards or to apply for a card within 20 working days of beginning volunteer work or contracted work. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2049: FINGERPRINT REQUIREMENTS; CARE FACILITIES 5/27 signed by governor. Chap. 258, Laws 2022. message
H2064: DHS; SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS; EXCLUSIONS.

An immunization against COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19 is not required for school attendance.

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2064: DHS; SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS; EXCLUSIONS. 1/13 referred to House hel-hu ser, educ.
H2065: SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS; NONATTENDANCE; OUTBREAK

Students who lack documentary proof of immunization are no longer prohibited from attending school during outbreak periods of communicable immunization-preventable diseases as determined by the Department of Health Services or local health department.

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2065: SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS; NONATTENDANCE; OUTBREAK 1/13 referred to House hel-hu ser, educ.
H2083: AHCCCS SERVICES; DIABETES MANAGEMENT

The list of medically necessary health and medical services that Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) contractors are required to provide is expanded to include up to 10 program hours annually of diabetes outpatient self-management training services if prescribed by a primary care practitioner in specified circumstances. Monies from the Hospital Assessment Fund cannot be used to provide diabetes outpatient self-management training services. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13)
Others: Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - Support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

H2083: AHCCCS SERVICES; DIABETES MANAGEMENT 6/29 signed by governor. Chap. 328, Laws 2022. message
H2085: NURSING FACILITY PROVIDER ASSESSMENTS; CONTINUATION

The statutory repeal date of statutes governing nursing facility provider assessments is extended eight years to October 1, 2031. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2085: NURSING FACILITY PROVIDER ASSESSMENTS; CONTINUATION 3/25 signed by governor. Chap. 64, Laws 2022. message
H2086: DHS; SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS; EXCLUSIONS

An immunization against COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19 is not required for school attendance. An immunization must be prescribed by a rule adopted by the Department of Health Services before the immunization may be required for in-person school attendance. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2086: DHS; SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS; EXCLUSIONS 5/20 signed by governor. Chap. 240, Laws 2022. message
H2144: HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE; BIOMARKER TESTING

A health or disability insurer that issues, amends, or renews a subscription contract or insurance policy on or after January 1, 2023 is required to provide coverage for "biomarker testing" (defined) for the purposes of diagnosis, treatment, appropriate management, or ongoing monitoring of a subscriber's disease or condition when the test provides clinical utility as demonstrated by medical and scientific evidence. Insurers are required to ensure that coverage is provided in a manner that limits disruptions in care. The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Administration and its contractors are required to provide biomarker testing for the same purposes. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose 

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

H2144: HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE; BIOMARKER TESTING 5/6 signed by governor. Chap. 219, Laws 2022. message
H2155: HEALTH INFORMATION ORGANIZATIONS; RESEARCH; DISCLOSURES

A health information organization is prohibited from transferring individually identifiable health information or de-identified health information that is accessible through the health information exchange to any person or entity for the purpose of research unless the transfer complies with applicable federal and state laws that regulate the disclosure of individually identifiable health information or de-identified health information for research. If an individual has opted out, the individual's identifiable health information cannot be transferred for research. A person who receives an individual's de-identified health information from a health information organization may not use that de-identified health information, either alone or in combination with other information, to identify the individual.

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

Dead

H2155: HEALTH INFORMATION ORGANIZATIONS; RESEARCH; DISCLOSURES 1/18 referred to House hel-hu ser.
H2157: SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS; COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES

Makes the following supplemental appropriations in FY2021-22: $30.12 million from the Children's Health Insurance Program Fund and $1.078 billion of expenditure authority to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Administration to implement the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 home and community-based services spending plan and to adjust funding formula requirements; $362.7 million of expenditure authority to the Department of Economic Security Division of Developmental Disabilities to implement the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 home and community-based services spending plan. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $15.1 million of expenditure authority in FY2021-22 to the Department of Child Safety operating lump sum item to continue existing functionality and oversight and to claim available federal monies. Establishes reporting requirements relating to these appropriations. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

H2157: SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS; COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES 3/1 signed by governor. Chap 2, Laws 2022. message
H2163: HOSPITALS; CHARGE LIMIT; DRUGS; DEVICES

A hospital is prohibited from charging more than the Medicare part B reimbursement rate, or ten percent over the hospital's acquisition cost if there is no applicable Medicare part B reimbursement rate, for prescription medication or a prescription-only device.

First sponsor: Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2183: FIRE INSURANCE; FLOODING; WILDFIRES

A policy of fire insurance covering direct loss by fire under the Arizona standard fire policy is required to include coverage for loss or damage resulting from landslide, mudslide, mudflow ,or debris flow, if the fire is the efficient proximate cause of the loss or damage, the fire ended within 180 days, and coverage would otherwise be provided for the fire. Coverage must be provided under the same terms and conditions as would be provided for the fire. AS PASSED HOUSE

First sponsor: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

S/E wildfires; flooding; fire insurance

H2183: FIRE INSURANCE; FLOODING; WILDFIRES 3/24 from Senate fin with amend #4854.
H2191: SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS; DHS; EXCLUSIONS

An immunization against COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19, and an immunization for which a U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization has been issued are not required for school attendance. An immunization must be prescribed by a rule adopted by the Department of Health Services (DHS) before it may be required for in-person school attendance. [Capitol Reports Note: Some of these provisions were originally signed into law as Laws 2021, chapter 409 (part of the FY2021-22 budget), but were deemed unconstitutional by the Arizona Supreme Court in Arizona School Boards Association et al v. State of Arizona.]

First sponsor: Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2191: SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS; DHS; EXCLUSIONS 1/19 referred to House hel-hu ser, educ.
H2198: EMPLOYEE TERMINATION; COVID-19 VACCINE; COMPENSATION

An employee who is terminated for not receiving a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment must receive either severance compensation paid by an employer in the amount of the employee's annual salary in one lump sum or installment payments over 12 months, or reemployment with the employer at the same or similar position held on the date the employee was terminated and a reasonable accommodation provided by the employer to the employee. Retroactive to December 1, 2021.

First sponsor: Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2198: EMPLOYEE TERMINATION; COVID-19 VACCINE; COMPENSATION 2/28 House COW approved.
H2253: THRESHOLD AMOUNT; FENTANYL (ASBESTOS CLAIMS; REQUIRED INFORMATION; LIABILITY)

Establishes a statutory drug “threshold amount” of nine grams for fentanyl or fentanyl mimetic substances. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Grantham (R - Dist 12)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT based off mirror bill 1157

Mirror - S1157

STRIKER: THRESHOLD AMOUNT; FENTANYL (No position)

H2253: THRESHOLD AMOUNT; FENTANYL 7/6 signed by governor. Chap. 371, Laws 2022. message
H2272: INSURANCE; SECONDARY SOURCES

A secondary source on insurance does not constitute the law or public policy of Arizona and is not authoritative if the secondary source purports to create, eliminate, expand or restrict a cause of action, right or remedy, or if it conflicts with the U.S. Constitution, state Constitution, state law, Arizona's case law precedent, or other common law that may have been adopted by Arizona. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

H2272: INSURANCE; SECONDARY SOURCES 3/30 signed by governor. Chap. 89, Laws 2022. message
H2281: MEDICAL FREEDOM; PARENTAL RIGHTS

Students are no longer prohibited from attending school without submitting documentary proof of required immunizations to the school administrator. Schools are prohibited from requiring a student to receive the recommended immunizations and from refusing to admit or otherwise penalizing a student because that student has not received the recommended immunizations. If a parent chooses to have the student immunized, the parent is required to submit documentary proof to the school administrator to verify that the pupil has received the recommended immunizations if an outbreak occurs. A student who lacks documentary proof of immunization may be excluded from school only if the student lacks an immunization for which there is an active case of a disease that the immunization is intended to prevent in that student's school and if the Department of Health Services or a local health department has declared an outbreak of that disease for an area that includes the student's school.

First sponsor: Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16)
Others: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8), Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- monitor

H2281: MEDICAL FREEDOM; PARENTAL RIGHTS 1/19 referred to House hel-hu ser, educ.
H2323: HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE; DOGS; NONDISCRIMINATION

The "breed" (defined) of a dog cannot be considered in findings of fact or conclusions of law entered by a court or other legal decision maker regarding whether a dog is "aggressive" or "vicious" (both defined) or has created liability. The breed of a dog cannot be the sole factor considered or used for underwriting or actuarial processes for determining risk, liability, actual or potential losses or any other matter related to claims involving dogs under a policy of homeowner's or renter's insurance. Applies to new policies of insurance and renewed policies of insurance issued beginning July 1, 2023. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

H2323: HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE; DOGS; NONDISCRIMINATION 5/20 signed by governor. Chap. 243, Laws 2022. message
H2356: EMPLOYERS; BUSINESSES; COVID-19 VACCINE RECORD

A public or private employer that requires employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment is required to accept either a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 antibody test. Any business that requires patrons to present documentation regarding COVID-19 vaccination status is required to accept either a COVID-19 vaccination record or a COVID-19 antibody test.

First sponsor: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1), Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Martinez (R - Dist 11), Rep. Parker (R - Dist 16), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2356: EMPLOYERS; BUSINESSES; COVID-19 VACCINE RECORD 1/20 referred to House com.
H2384: HEALTH CARE; REAL-TIME COMMUNICATION; GRANTS

The Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) is required to administer a three-year competitive grant program to provide a technology solution to support hospitals, health care providers, and teleconsulting initiatives. Establishes requirements for the technology solution. The grant recipient is required to report on the grant program to the Legislature and Directors of ADOA and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System by July 1 of each year. The grant program self-repeals July 1, 2026. Appropriates $12 million from the general fund in each of FY2022-23, FY2023-24, and FY2024-25 to ADOA for the grant program.

First sponsor: Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2384: HEALTH CARE; REAL-TIME COMMUNICATION; GRANTS 2/3 withdrawn from House hel-hu ser.
H2407: AMBULANCES; MILEAGE RATE CALCULATION

The Department of Health Services is required to incorporate all of a list of specified factors when calculating the proposed mileage rate for ambulance services, including the cost of fuel, vehicle maintenance and insurance, and the cost of licensure and registration of each ground ambulance vehicle. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2407: AMBULANCES; MILEAGE RATE CALCULATION 5/3 signed by governor. Chap. 217, Laws 2022. message
H2450: OUTPATIENT TREATMENT CENTERS; LICENSURE; EXEMPTION

The list of exemptions from licensure and regulation as a health care institution is expanded to include an outpatient treatment center that has the same governing authority as a licensed hospital and that is staffed by licensed health care providers. Does not apply to abortion clinics, pain management clinics, or if patients are kept overnight or are treated under general anesthesia that is not regulated under dentistry statutes. An outpatient treatment center that is exempt from licensure under these provisions is subject to reasonable inspection by the Department of Health Services (DHS) if the DHS Director has reasonable cause to believe that patient harm is or may be occurring at that center. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

H2450: OUTPATIENT TREATMENT CENTERS; LICENSURE; EXEMPTION 4/13 signed by governor. Chap. 128, Laws 2022. message
H2451: CHILD CARE; STAFF RATIOS

For the purpose of any required ratio of staff members to children in a child care facility, any person who is at least 18 years of age and who has a high school diploma or equivalent, whether paid or unpaid, is considered a staff member.

First sponsor: Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13)
Others: Rep. John (R - Dist 4)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2451: CHILD CARE; STAFF RATIOS 1/24 referred to House hel-hu ser.
H2452: ANTIDISCRIMINATION; EMPLOYMENT; VACCINATION STATUS

he list of attributes for which a person cannot be discriminated against in employment practices, various housing related statutes, and in places of public accommodation is expanded to include "vaccination status" (defined).

First sponsor: Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23), Rep. Diaz (R - Dist 14), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Rep. Martinez (R - Dist 11), Rep. Nguyen (R - Dist 1), Rep. Parker (R - Dist 16), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2453: GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES; MASK REQUIREMENT; PROHIBITION

A "governmental entity" (defined) is prohibited from imposing any requirement to wear a mask or face covering anywhere on the governmental entity's premises, except where long-standing workplace safety and infection control measures that are unrelated to COVID-19 may be required. Does not apply to a special healthcare district. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23), Rep. Diaz (R - Dist 14), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Hoffman (R - Dist 12), Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Rep. Martinez (R - Dist 11), Rep. Nguyen (R - Dist 1), Rep. Parker (R - Dist 16), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2453: GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES; MASK REQUIREMENT; PROHIBITION 5/20 signed by governor. Chap. 247, Laws 2022. message
H2474: REFUSING TREATMENT; RIGHT; REQUIREMENTS

A health care institution is prohibited from imposing any mode of treatment, including vaccination, on a patient who declines the treatment and is prohibited from threatening to withhold any service from a patient as a result of the refusal. A patient has the right to leave a health care institution at any time. A health care institution in violation is required to pay damages of $20,000 per violation per patient, adjusted for inflation, in addition to the reasonable attorney fees and costs of suit. Contains a legislative intent section.

First sponsor: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22)
Others: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Diaz (R - Dist 14), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Rep. Martinez (R - Dist 11), Rep. Nguyen (R - Dist 1), Rep. Parker (R - Dist 16), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Mirror - S1393

Dead

H2474: REFUSING TREATMENT; RIGHT; REQUIREMENTS 1/24 referred to House jud.
H2475: EMPLOYERS; COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE; PROHIBITION

An employer is prohibited from requiring an employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition or benefit of employment, promotion or any form of compensation. Does not prohibit any employer from providing a onetime financial incentive to employees who receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Any employee who has an interest that is or may be adversely affected may commence a civil action in superior court on the person's own behalf against an employer that violates this section. An employer that violates this section must pay statutory damages in the amount of $20,000 per violation per employee, adjusted annually by the percentage change for the previous year in the average consumer price index.

First sponsor: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22)
Others: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1), Rep. Diaz (R - Dist 14), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Rep. Nguyen (R - Dist 1), Rep. Parker (R - Dist 16), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2475: EMPLOYERS; COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE; PROHIBITION 1/24 referred to House jud.
H2486: HEALTH PROVIDERS; INSURERS; ESTIMATED COSTS

Beginning January 1, 2023, a health insurer that offers a health care plan in Arizona is required to establish a comparable health care service incentive program that includes an interactive mechanism on its publicly accessible website or a toll-free telephone number that enables an enrollee to request and obtain information on the payments made to network health care facilities or health care providers for comparable health care services as well as quality data for those facilities or providers to the extent available. Beginning with the next health insurance rate filing after the effective date of this legislation, a health insurer that offers a health care plan in Arizona is required to establish a shared savings program for all health care plans it offers in Arizona in the individual and small group market and that are not offered on a health care exchange. The shared savings program must directly incentivize enrollees to shop for care provided by in-network health care providers or facilities for comparable health care services less than the average amount paid by the health insurer.

First sponsor: Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2486: HEALTH PROVIDERS; INSURERS; ESTIMATED COSTS 1/24 referred to House hel-hu ser.
H2490: PHARMACISTS; PROVIDERS; COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE AGREEMENTS

Licensed pharmacists are authorized to enter into a "collaborative practice agreement" (defined) with a "provider" (defined) to initiate, monitor, and modify drug therapy or provide disease management assistance. Collaborative practice agreements are required to outline the duties that the provider is delegating to the pharmacist to perform, and specify the medical conditions to be managed by the pharmacist. A provider who enters into a collaborative practice agreement is required to have a previously established provider-patient relationship with a patient in order for that patient to be eligible to be included under the collaborative practice agreement. Repeals statute regulating a pharmacist initiating, monitoring and modifying drug therapy and use. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

H2490: PHARMACISTS; PROVIDERS; COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE AGREEMENTS 3/30 signed by governor. Chap. 98, Laws 2022. message
H2498: COVID-19; VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS; PROHIBITION

Any "government entity" (defined) is prohibited from requiring a resident of Arizona to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19. Does not apply to a health care institution that is owned or operated by a government entity in Arizona. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Hoffman (R - Dist 12)
Others: Rep. Barton (R - Dist 6), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8), Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15), Rep. Nguyen (R - Dist 1), Rep. Parker (R - Dist 16), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - Monitor

H2498: COVID-19; VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS; PROHIBITION 4/25 signed by governor. Chap. 180, Laws 2022. message
H2551: CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM; REDETERMINATION

Subject to the approval of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Administration is required to allow a member who is determined eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (KidsCare) to remain eligible for benefits for a period of 12 months, unless the member exceeds the age of eligibility during that 12-month period. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

H2551: CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM; REDETERMINATION 7/5 signed by governor. Chap. 338, Laws 2022.
H2569: PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE; LIMITATIONS

A pharmacy benefit manager, health insurer, or third-party payor is prohibited from requiring a "clinician-administered drug" (defined) to be dispensed by a pharmacy as a condition of coverage, and from covering a prescription drug as a different benefit or tier if the drug is dispensed or administered at the prescriber's office or any other outpatient clinical setting. Applies to contracts entered into, amended, extended, or renewed on or after the effective date of this legislation.

First sponsor: Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Monitor (Tabled for 01/28/22 meeting with Public Affairs)

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2569: PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE; LIMITATIONS 1/25 referred to House hel-hu ser.
H2611: VACCINATIONS; MASKS; REQUIREMENTS; ENFORCEMENT PROHIBITION

The state, any political subdivision that receives and uses state tax revenues, or any person doing business in Arizona is prohibited from enforcing on a student without parental consent or on an employee any requirement that the person receive a vaccination for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19 or wear a mask. Violations are a class 1 (highest) misdemeanor. The county attorney is authorized to prosecute violations.

First sponsor: Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8), Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Diaz (R - Dist 14), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Rep. Martinez (R - Dist 11), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2611: VACCINATIONS; MASKS; REQUIREMENTS; ENFORCEMENT PROHIBITION 1/31 referred to House jud.
H2619: POSTVACCINE INJURIES; COVID-19; POSTING

The Department of Health Services is required to post on the DHS public website's COVID-19 dashboard a syringe icon with a link entitled "vaccine injury data report" that contains publicly available national data from the vaccine adverse event reporting system regarding injuries reported postvaccination for the COVID-19 vaccines.

First sponsor: Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15)


 
H2619: POSTVACCINE INJURIES; COVID-19; POSTING 3/24 from Senate nat res-energy-water with amend #4875.
H2622: AHCCCS; ELIGIBILITY

Subject to the approval of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Administration is required to annually renew on an automatic basis the eligibility of an individual who was in the custody of the Department of Child Safety when the individual reached 18 years of age without requiring additional information from the individual until the individual reaches 26 years of age, unless the individual notifies the AHCCCS Administration that the individual moved out of Arizona or has provided information indicating that the individual may qualify for a different eligibility category. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

H2622: AHCCCS; ELIGIBILITY 7/5 signed by governor. Chap. 339, Laws 2022.
H2623: ANTIDISCRIMINATION; VACCINATION STATUS; IMMUNITY PASSPORTS

he list of attributes for which a person cannot be discriminated against in employment practices, various housing related statutes, and in places of public accommodation is expanded to include "vaccination status" and possession of an "immunity passport" (both defined). Severability clause. Emergency clause.

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

H2659: ORGAN TRANSPLANTS; DISABILITIES; DISCRIMINATION; PROHIBITION

Health care providers are prohibited from determining that an individual is ineligible to receive an organ transplant, refusing to place the individual on an organ transplant waiting list, or denying an individual medical or other services related to an organ transplant based solely on the individual's disability. Applies to each stage of the organ transplant process. If an individual believes that a health care provider or facility has violated this prohibition, the affected individual may commence a civil action for injunctive and other equitable relief for the purpose of enforcing compliance. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15)
Others: Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

H2659: ORGAN TRANSPLANTS; DISABILITIES; DISCRIMINATION; PROHIBITION 3/25 signed by governor. Chap. 70, Laws 2022. message
H2698: INSURANCE; ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS

Statute prohibiting insurance payments for services from being made to anyone other than the health care provider to whom payment was assigned applies to an insurer whether acting as an insurer or performing administrative services. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Martinez (R - Dist 11)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

H2698: INSURANCE; ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS 4/18 signed by governor. Chap. 157, Laws 2022. message
H2724: ASSISTED LIVING; DISTANCE REQUIREMENTS; PROHIBITION

If a county or municipality has a zoning ordinance or regulation that restricts the distance between assisted living homes, the county or municipality is required to establish an administrative procedure in which a deviation from the separation requirement may be granted as a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act. The county or municipality is required to provide written notice of the administrative procedure to request a reasonable accommodation when a land use application for an assisted living home is filed or on registration as an assisted living home. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

H2724: ASSISTED LIVING; DISTANCE REQUIREMENTS; PROHIBITION 4/13 signed by governor. Chap. 132, Laws 2022. message
HCR2003: COVID-19 MANDATES; PROHIBITION

The members of the Legislature express support for H.R. 5360 or any similar legislation that preserves the right of individuals to choose to remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. Hoffman (R - Dist 12)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - Monitor

S1016: PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY; PHARMACISTS; OFF-LABEL USE (PHARMACIES; OFF-LABEL USE; REFUSAL PROHIBITION)

During a proclaimed public health state of emergency, a pharmacy is prohibited from refusing to fill a prescription order for a prescription-only drug that is being prescribed for an "off-label use" (defined) and that is potentially life saving.

First sponsor: Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose 

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

S/E prescriptions; public health emergency 

Dead

S1016: PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY; PHARMACISTS; OFF-LABEL USE 3/14 FAILED Senate 14-15.
S1021: HEALTH CARE LIENS; LIMITATION

The liens and assignments authorized by statute for an entity that operates a health care institution or provides health care services are enforceable by a cause of action and are subject to a list of specified conditions. One-third of any third-party judgment, settlement or award is exempt from any lien or assignment. If the injured person is covered as an insured or dependent under a health insurance or similar medical benefit plan with which the health care provider has a contract, the contract must expressly allow the health care provider to assert a lien or assignment or the lien or assignment is invalid and cannot be enforced by a cause of action, except that a claimant may enforce a lien or assignment for the amount of a patient's responsibility for outstanding copayments and deductibles. All interested parties, including the health care provider, patient, and patient's attorney, are required to compromise any lien or assignment granted and the amounts owed to provide a settlement of the claim that is fair and equitable to all parties. Factors that must be considered in determining the extent of the compromise are listed. Applies to liens that are filed for services that are provided beginning January 1, 2023. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1021: HEALTH CARE LIENS; LIMITATION 7/6 signed by governor. Chap. 340, Laws 2022. message
S1052: MEDICAL PROCEDURES; PROHIBITIONS

The state, any political subdivision of the state that receives and uses tax revenues, and any person doing business in Arizona are prohibited from requiring any Arizona resident to submit to a medical procedure, including a vaccination, if a potential complication from or adverse reaction to the medical procedure may cause the person's death. Also repeals statute prohibiting state and local governments from establishing a COVID-19 vaccine passport, from requiring any person to be vaccinated for COVID-19, and from requiring a business to obtain proof of the COVID-19 vaccination status of any patron entering the business establishment, which was originally signed into law as Laws 2021, chapter 409 (part of the FY2021-22 budget), but was deemed unconstitutional by the Arizona Supreme Court in Arizona School Boards Association et al v. State of Arizona.

First sponsor: Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

S1052: MEDICAL PROCEDURES; PROHIBITIONS 1/10 referred to Senate hel-hu ser.
S1053: RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION; VACCINE; VIOLATION; CLASSIFICATION

It is a class 2 (mid-level) misdemeanor for a person to knowingly violate statute requiring an employer to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee whose sincerely held religious beliefs prevent the employee from taking the COVID-19 vaccination.

First sponsor: Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

S1053: RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION; VACCINE; VIOLATION; CLASSIFICATION 2/23 passed Senate 16-12; ready for House.
S1078: TECH CORRECTION; HOME HEALTH AGENCIES

Minor change in Title 36 (Public Health and Safety) related to home health agency licensure. Apparent striker bus.

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

Medical information employer liabilty striker - OPPOSE

S/E confidential medical information

Dead

S1078: TECH CORRECTION; HOME HEALTH AGENCIES 2/24 retained on Senate COW calendar.
S1081: PSPRS; ADVISORY COMMITTEE (INSURANCE CONTRACTS; ORAL AGREEMENTS)

The one member each that the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives appoint to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Advisory Committee are no longer required to be a legislator or a legislative staff member. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1081: PSPRS; ADVISORY COMMITTEE 3/25 signed by governor. Chap. 72, Laws 2022. message
S1117: AFFORDABLE HOUSING; PROJECT UNIT SIZE (INSURANCE FEES; DISCLOSURE)

Property used exclusively for affordable rental housing is no longer limited to 200 units or less to qualify for a property tax exemption. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S/E AFFORDABLE HOUSING; PROJECT UNIT SIZE

S1117: AFFORDABLE HOUSING; PROJECT UNIT SIZE 3/8 referred to House ways-means.
S1118: INSURANCE; FEES; CONSENT; LIMITS

Various changes to statutes relating to insurance. Provisions include: Allows insurers to file for Medicare supplement rates that include an early enrollment discount, and requires an early enrollment discount to diminish over a period of time. An insurer is not required to provide a certificate of creditable coverage or to comply with statutory reporting requirements if the federal laws that require a certificate of creditable coverage are superseded by the prohibition on preexisting condition exclusions. An agent for a title insurer is no longer prohibited from adopting a corporate or business name containing the words "title insurance" or similar without "agent" or "agency" following. Title insurers are permitted to authorize the use of their corporate name or portion of the name to a title insurance agency. The minimum fee for a certificate of director is reduced to $0, from $1.50. For the purpose of consent for insurance contracts, an oral communication with a contemporaneous record or recording made of the communication may qualify as consent, instead of being prohibited from qualifying as consent. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1118: INSURANCE; FEES; CONSENT; LIMITS 7/6 signed by governor. Chap. 342, Laws 2022. message
S1157: ASBESTOS CLAIMS; REQUIRED INFORMATION; LIABILITY

In any action involving a personal injury claim arising from exposure to asbestos, a plaintiff is required to file a sworn statement within 30 days after any asbestos action is filed. The sworn statement is required to specify the facts that provide the basis for each claim against each defendant and must include all of a list of specific information. On motion by a defendant, the court is required to dismiss a plaintiff's claim without prejudice if the plaintiff fails to comply with these requirements or dismiss the claim as to any defendant whose product or premises is not identified in the required disclosures. Applies to personal injury claims arising from exposure to asbestos that are filed on or after the effective date of this legislation. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11)
Others: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

Mirror - H2253

S1157: ASBESTOS CLAIMS; REQUIRED INFORMATION; LIABILITY 4/25 signed by governor. Chap. 188, Laws 2022. message
S1161: PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE; STEERING PROHIBITION

A pharmacy benefit manager is prohibited from steering or directing a patient to use the pharmacy benefit manager's affiliated provider through any oral or written communication, from requiring a patient to use the pharmacy benefit manager's affiliated provider in order for the patient to receive the maximum benefit for the service under the patient's health benefits plan, and from requiring or inducing a patient to use the pharmacy benefit manager's affiliated provider, including by providing for reduced cost sharing if the patient uses the affiliated provider. A pharmacy benefit manager, health insurer or third-party payor is prohibited from requiring a clinician-administered drug to be dispensed by a pharmacy, including by an affiliated provider, as a condition of coverage. Applies to contracts entered into, amended, extended, or renewed on or after the effective date of this legislation. Severability clause.

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH- Monitor (Tabled for 01/28/22 meeting with Public Affairs)

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

S1161: PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE; STEERING PROHIBITION 1/19 from Senate hel-hu ser do pass.
S1163: INDIVIDUALIZED INVESTIGATIONAL TREATMENT; AVAILABILITY; PROHIBITIONS

A manufacturer operating within an "eligible facility" (defined as a healthcare institution that operates under federalwide assurance regulations) is authorized to make available to an "eligible patient" (defined as a patient with a life-threatening or severely debilitating illness that meets other specified conditions) an "individualized investigational treatment" (defined as a drug, biological product, or device that is produced exclusively for use by the patient based on his/her genetic profile). A health plan or other third-party payor is allowed but not required to cover the cost of an individualized investigational treatment. If a patient dies while being treated with an individualized investigational treatment, the patient's heirs are not liable for any outstanding debt related to the treatment. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)
Others: Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Sen. Petersen (R - Dist 12), Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1163: INDIVIDUALIZED INVESTIGATIONAL TREATMENT; AVAILABILITY; PROHIBITIONS 4/25 signed by governor. Chap. 189, Laws 2022. message
S1167: HEALTH INFORMATION ORGANIZATIONS; CONFIDENTIALITY; DATA

A nonprofit health information organization that is designated by the Department of Health Services as Arizona's official health information exchange organization is authorized to receive, use and redisclose the confidential information received in the child immunization reporting system and communicable disease related information for any purpose allowed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy standards. The state's official health information exchange organization is prohibited from using or disclosing identifying information from the system for purposes of inclusion in a federal vaccine database or for any purpose that serves to discriminate against individuals based on their vaccination status. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1167: HEALTH INFORMATION ORGANIZATIONS; CONFIDENTIALITY; DATA 3/28 House appro held. Withdrawn from House appro.
S1202: NURSING CARE; ASSISTED LIVING; CONTINUATION

The statutory life of the Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers is extended two years to July 1, 2024. Retroactive to April 1, 2022. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1202: NURSING CARE; ASSISTED LIVING; CONTINUATION 3/18 signed by governor. Chap. 12, Laws 2022.
S1203: HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS; ARCHITECTURAL PLANS

A license application for a health care institution is required to include a notarized attestation from a registered architect that verifies the architectural plans meet or exceed standards adopted by the Department of Health Services (DHS), instead of requiring the application to include the plans or DHS approval of the plans. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1203: HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS; ARCHITECTURAL PLANS 3/23 signed by governor. Chap. 34, Laws 2022. message
S1230: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES; PROVIDER INCREASES

Appropriates the following amounts in FY2022-23 to the Department of Economic Security (DES) to provide reimbursement rate increases for services to the following populations: $28.3 million from the general fund and $65 million in Medicaid expenditure authority for home and community-based services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and $1.7 million from the general fund for individuals in early intervention programs. DES is required to provide reimbursement rate increases for all home and community-based services provided to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and for early intervention services in FY2022-23 so that each service receives an increase, except for nursing services and therapy services. At least 80 percent of the increase for home and community-based services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities must be used for wage increases for direct care workers and supervisory staff directly overseeing direct care workers. By October 1, 2022, DES is required to report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee describing its plans to implement provider rate increases. Contains a legislative intent section. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)
Others: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1230: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES; PROVIDER INCREASES 3/14 referred to House hel-hu ser, appro.
S1232: PHARMACY BOARD; CONTINUATION

The statutory life of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy is extended four years to July 1, 2026. Retroactive to July 1, 2022. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1232: PHARMACY BOARD; CONTINUATION 3/23 signed by governor. Chap. 35, Laws 2022. message
S1234: BOARD OF NURSING; CONTINUATION

The statutory life of the Arizona State Board of Nursing is extended four years to July 1, 2026. Retroactive to July 1, 2022. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1234: BOARD OF NURSING; CONTINUATION 3/25 signed by governor. Chap. 76, Laws 2022. message
S1242: NURSING CARE; ASSISTED LIVING; REGULATION

Beginning January 1, 2023, the Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers must require each applicant for initial nursing care institution administrator or assisted living facility manager certification to submit a full set of fingerprints to the Board for a state and federal criminal history records check. Applicants for a license as a nursing care institution administrator or assisted living facility manager cannot have been convicted of any felony involving violence or financial fraud. By September 1, 2022, the Department of Health Services (DHS) in collaboration with the Board is required to establish and implement an expedited process for identifying and referring complaints relating to licensees and certificate holders who are under the jurisdiction of the Board. By October 1, 2022, DHS is required to report to specified legislative committees on the expedited process. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1242: NURSING CARE; ASSISTED LIVING; REGULATION 3/18 signed by governor. Chap. 15, Laws 2022.
S1243: AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS; REQUIREMENTS

A business entity that offers dental services is required to have at least one automated external defibrillator at each place of practice.

First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - N/A

S1243: AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS; REQUIREMENTS 1/20 referred to Senate hel-hu ser.
S1254: MEDICAL PRODUCT; PROCEDURE; MANDATES; LIABILITY

An employer that mandates or coerces its employees to receive a "medical product" or "medical procedure" (both defined), the employer is liable to an employee for any injury and all damages that are caused by the medical product or medical procedure, and is liable to an employee's dependent for the death of the employee if the death resulted from the mandated or coerced medical product or medical procedure. Establishes a presumption that the medical product or medical procedure caused an injury if the injury arises within 120 days after receiving the product or procedure.

First sponsor: Sen. Rogers (R - Dist 6)
Others: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/24/22 IH - Oppose

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Dead

S1254: MEDICAL PRODUCT; PROCEDURE; MANDATES; LIABILITY 2/14 withdrawn from Senate com.
S1298: GOVERNMENT MASK MANDATE; PROHIBITION

A "governmental entity" (defined) is prohibited from imposing any requirement to wear a mask or face covering, except where long-standing workplace safety and infection control measures that are unrelated to COVID-19 may be required.

First sponsor: Sen. Rogers (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH Oppose

 

S1298: GOVERNMENT MASK MANDATE; PROHIBITION 2/23 passed Senate 16-12; ready for House.
S1330: DISCOUNT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; PHARMACIES

A health insurer or pharmacy benefit manager that reimburses a "340B covered entity" (defined) of the entity's contract pharmacy for drugs that are subject to an agreement under specified federal code is prohibited from taking any of a list of specified actions including assessing any fee on the basis of participation in the program or establishing restrictions on the 340B covered entity. The Department of Insurance is required to adopt rules to implement these requirements. Violations constitute an unfair or deceptive act or practice in the business of insurance.

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A (dead*)

S1330: DISCOUNT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; PHARMACIES 1/25 referred to Senate fin.
S1331: INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES; LICENSURE; ACCREDITATION

The Arizona Medical Board is required to grant a license to practice medicine in Arizona to an international medical graduate who is a resident of an is licensed to practice in any of a list of ten countries if the person meets other specified requirements. International medical programs may apply to the Board for accreditation. Effective January 1, 2023.

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

S1331: INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES; LICENSURE; ACCREDITATION 2/15 from Senate rules okay.
S1373: PHARMACISTS; IMMUNIZATIONS

Licensed pharmacists are authorized to order and administer immunizations or vaccines recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to a person who is at least six years of age without a prescription order. Establishes requirement for administering vaccines to persons who are under 18 years of age.

First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

S1373: PHARMACISTS; IMMUNIZATIONS 1/25 referred to Senate hel-hu ser.
S1393: REFUSING TREATMENT; RIGHT; REQUIREMENTS

A hospital is prohibited from imposing any mode of treatment for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19, including vaccination, on a patient who declines the treatment. A patient has the right to leave a hospital at any time. If the patient becomes incapacitated, a person authorized to act on the patient's behalf may exercise this right on the patient's behalf. Does not apply to the Arizona State Hospital or court-ordered mental health treatment. A hospital is required to notify a patient of these rights. The superior court is required to hear claims for a violation of a patient's right to leave a hospital within 48 hours, excluding holidays and weekends. Does not apply to a minor child. Contains a legislative intent section. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)
Others: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Sen. Petersen (R - Dist 12)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/28/22 PA- OPPOSE

Mirror - H2474

Dead

S1393: REFUSING TREATMENT; RIGHT; REQUIREMENTS 3/23 House jud held.
S1395: MENTAL HEALTH MEDICATION; PRIOR AUTHORIZATION

Health insurers are required to cover any prescribed drug for the treatment of a mental disorder, without prior authorization, if a list of specified conditions apply. For the purpose of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, drugs prescribed for the treatment of a mental disorder are not subject to any prior authorization requirement, step therapy, or other protocol that could restrict or delay dispensing the drug if specified conditions apply.

First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A (dead*)

S1395: MENTAL HEALTH MEDICATION; PRIOR AUTHORIZATION 1/26 referred to Senate hel-hu ser.
S1403: INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION; WORKERS' COMPENSATION; CLAIM

If a workers’ compensation insurance carrier or self-insured employer receives written notification of an injury and intended claim from an employee who was injured, the insurance carrier or employer is required to forward the notification to the Industrial Commission within seven business days and inform the employee of the employee’s requirement to file a claim with the Commission. The one-year period after injury occurs during which the employee is required to file a workers' compensation claim is suspended from the date the insurance carrier or employer received the notification until the date the notification is forwarded to the Commission. When the Commission receives notification, the Commission is required to notify the employee of the employee’s responsibility to file a claim with the Commission. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH monitor 

S1403: INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION; WORKERS' COMPENSATION; CLAIM 4/19 signed by governor. Chap. 162, Laws 2022. message
S1410: AUTO GLASS; REPAIR; PENALTIES

Establishes requirements for an automotive glass company or repair facility that conducts glass repair, replacement or "recalibration" (defined) on a vehicle equipped with an "advanced driver assistance system" (defined). The facility is required to provide the customer with an itemized description of the work to be done on the vehicle. If a recalibration was not performed or not completed successfully, the facility is required to inform the customer and the customer's insurer electronically or in writing. A facility is prohibited from billing or charging a customer or the customer's insurer for vehicle glass repair, replacement, or recalibration services that are not performed in accordance with the vehicle manufacturer's specifications. Violations are subject to a civil penalty of $2,500. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

S1410: AUTO GLASS; REPAIR; PENALTIES 4/14 signed by governor. Chap. 147, Laws 2022. message
S1413: PHARMACISTS; PRESCRIPTIONS; REFUSAL; PROHIBITION

A pharmacist is prohibited from refusing to fill any valid prescription order written by any licensed health care provider. A pharmacist's refusal to fill a valid prescription order is an act of unprofessional conduct.

First sponsor: Sen. Rogers (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH Oppose

2-25-22 PA OPPOSE

Dead

S1413: PHARMACISTS; PRESCRIPTIONS; REFUSAL; PROHIBITION 1/26 referred to Senate hel-hu ser.
S1414: VACCINE REQUIREMENTS; EMPLOYERS; PROHIBITION

The state, political subdivisions that receive and use tax revenues, and any person doing business in Arizona are prohibited from requiring an employee to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19.

First sponsor: Sen. Rogers (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH Oppose

 

S1414: VACCINE REQUIREMENTS; EMPLOYERS; PROHIBITION 2/7 referred to Senate com.
S1514: HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS; VISITATION

A hospital is required to provide notice of its visitation policy to each patient or the patient's representative. Visitation policies are required to allow for the patient to be constantly accompanied by at least two visitors of the patient's choosing, and the patient must be free to change the identity of these visitors as often as the patient wishes. If a serious possibility exists that the patient will lose consciousness or die within 24 hours, or if the patient has lost consciousness, visitation policies must allow all member's of the patient's immediate family and a clergy member to visit the patient immediately and on demand unless the patient has expressed a contrary preference. Hospitals are prohibited from placing time restrictions on patient visitation, and are allowed to exclude visitors from specified areas. Hospitals are required to allow patients to communicate promptly and on demand with any person of their choice. The superior court is required to hear claims for violations of these requirements within 48 hours, excluding holidays and weekends, and enter a judgment within that time. Does not apply to a minor child, the Arizona State Hospital, or court-ordered mental health treatment. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)
Others: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Boyer (R - Dist 20), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Sen. Petersen (R - Dist 12), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8), Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16), Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH monitor

S1514: HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS; VISITATION 3/29 from House rules okay.
S1567: EMPLOYERS; VACCINATIONS; RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION (VACCINATIONS; PROHIBITIONS; EVIDENCE OF IMMUNITY)

Employers are prohibited from discriminating against an employee regarding employment, wages, or benefits based on the employee's vaccination status, and from inquiring into the veracity of an employee's religious beliefs. Employers are required to allow employees to claim a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate using a specified form. Employers are prohibited from creating a database of religious exemption requests. Employees of a health care institution are authorized to file a complaint with the Department of Health Services (DHS) if the health care institution did not offer the employee a religious exemption form or improperly applied or denied the employee's religious exemption and the employee's employment was terminated. DHS is required to investigate all complaints. If DHS finds the complaint valid, DHS is required to notify the health care institution and allow the employer the opportunity to correct the noncompliance. AS PASSED SENATE

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH Oppose

S/E employers; vaccinations; religious exemption

2-25-22 PA OPPOSE STRIKER

Hold - Senate majority

S1567: EMPLOYERS; VACCINATIONS; RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION 3/24 from House jud with amend #4872.
S1569: PHARMACY TECHNICIAN TRAINEES; PHARMACISTS; COMPOUNDING

Effective July 1, 2023, pharmacy technician trainees are required to register with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, instead of being licensed by the Board. The maximum pharmacy technician trainee registration application fee is $25. Pharmacy technician trainees are no longer required to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Also modifies requirements for a “remote hospital-site pharmacy” (defined) permittee. A remote hospital-site pharmacy permittee is required to ensure that the pharmacy is supervised by a pharmacist located in Arizona who is employed by the hospital. The pharmacist in charge is required to develop and implement procedures for obtaining, storing, and dispensing drugs for inpatient administration and devices and recordkeeping requirements. Remote hospital-site pharmacy permittees are required to maintain a perpetual inventory of controlled substances, and to ensure that there is continuous video surveillance of the pharmacy and that videos are maintained for at least 60 days. A pharmacist is authorized to engage simultaneously in the practice of pharmacy at a reasonable number of remote hospital-site pharmacies as determined and approved by the Board. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

S1569: PHARMACY TECHNICIAN TRAINEES; PHARMACISTS; COMPOUNDING 7/6 signed by governor. Chap. 362, Laws 2022. message
S1605: FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; DIAGNOSIS; DEATH; PROHIBITION

Health care institutions are prohibited from accepting any financial incentive or other benefit for a particular diagnosis or the death of a patient. Establishes penalties for violations. Patients have standing to assert a violation, and claims for violations cannot be waived.

First sponsor: Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16)
Others: Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

S1605: FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; DIAGNOSIS; DEATH; PROHIBITION 2/1 referred to Senate hel-hu ser.
S1637: HEALTH PROFESSIONALS; BUSINESS ENTITIES; INTERFERENCE

A health professional is authorized to engage in the practice for which the health professional is licensed in any form of business entity in Arizona or as an employee of any form of business entity in Arizona. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)
Others: Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

S1637: HEALTH PROFESSIONALS; BUSINESS ENTITIES; INTERFERENCE 5/2 signed by governor. Chap. 216, Laws 2022.
S1640: NURSING ASSISTANTS; MINIMUM AGE

A person who wishes to practice as a certified nursing assistant or a licensed nursing assistant is required to be at least 16 years of age. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)
Others: Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24)


 

General Comments (all lists):

2-21-22 IH N/A

S1640: NURSING ASSISTANTS; MINIMUM AGE 3/23 signed by governor. Chap. 52, Laws 2022. message