NSLHA Legislative Update
The 110th Nebraska Legislature convened on January 6th. This year is a 90-day session and is scheduled to adjourn by June 10th.
American Communications Group, Inc., NSLHA's lobbying firm, provides weekly legislative updates about bills they are monitoring on behalf of you and the speech-language hearing industry. Weekly email updates are being sent to the membership with copies of letters and testimony given at a specific legislative committee hearing. You will also receive action alerts by email when it’s time to call or email your state senator and ask them to support one of the priority bills when the legislature is ready to debate a particular bill.
The Legislative Affairs Committee met January 25, 2021 to review a list of bills being monitored by ACG, and made decisions about which bills NSLHA will support, oppose or monitor.
Read this current status of legislative bills being monitored on behalf of NSLHA.
Nebraska Speech-Language Hearing Association Weekly Legislative Update for the week of Feb. 22-26
NSLHA’s lobbyist Julie Erickson with American Communications Group, Inc., notified us LB100 is on the agenda for floor debate tomorrow morning, Tuesday, March 2.
LB100 would prohibit certain billing practices under the Medical Assistance Act. The proposal would prohibit Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction policies from being applied to speech, physical and occupational therapy services.
While the bill may not reach the Legislature floor for deliberation by the full state senate body by Thursday, March 9, we must educate each and every senator now, in case it does. So please reach out as soon as possible.
If you are unsure who your senator is or how to contact your representative, please visit https://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_find.php and enter your address for your senator’s page.
Speaker Hilgers has scheduled future floor debate for the mornings of March 9-11 and all day floor debate to begin March 15. If LB100 does not make to the floor on Tuesday, March 9, it could be brought up within the following week.
Please contact us with any questions. Thank you in advance for your efforts and advocacy.
Julie also provided an update on LB14, to adopt the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact, informing NSLHA that Sen. Carol Blood has designated it as a priority bill. The priority designation significantly increases the probability the bill will receive deliberation by the legislature. This is another successful step toward eventual adoption.
If you would like to thank Sen. Blood for her continued efforts, please email her office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When LB14 will be up for floor debate is uncertain at this time. Speaker Hilgers has scheduled future floor debate for the mornings of March 2, and March 9-11 with all day floor debate scheduled to begin March 15.
Please look forward to more communications as we prepare to educate the full legislative body in advance of floor debate on LB14.
Thank you again for your efforts and helping to achieve this very important next step. If you have any questions about LB14 or any other legislative or government issue, please contact me at Adrian@assocoffice.net.
Bills of support and Status:
LB14 - Adopt the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact - General File with AM1
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Executive Director Janet Seelhoff and NSLHA Member Toni Morehouse, owner of Communication Works Speech & Language Services in Lincoln, testified before the Health & Human Services Committee of the Legislature as proponents of LB14.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, Mary Walsh-Sterup testified before the Health & Humans Services Committee as a proponent of LB 100.
To view NSLHA’s testimony in support of LB100, click here. The testimony follows that of Grace Knott, president of the Nebraska chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, with whom NSLHA also coordinated in support of this bill. For a copy of Mary’s testimony, click here.
LB135 - Change special education reimbursements- Committee
LB314 - Change provisions related to insurance coverage of telehealth - Committee
LB400 - Change requirements related to coverage of telehealth by insurers and Medicaid - General File with AM200
LB411 - Require sharing of information with the designated health information exchange - Committee
Bills being monitored:
LB52 - Provide for immunity for injury or death resulting from COVID-19 exposure - Committee
LB53 - Provide immunity for health care providers acting in conformance with the crisis standard of care during a COVID-19 state of emergency - Committee
LB69 - Adopt the Student Loan Repayment Tax Credit Act - Committee
LB139 - Adopt the COVID-19 Liability Protection Act - Committee
LB153 - Include virtual school students in the state aid to schools formula - Committee
LB263 - Require occupational boards to issue certain credentials based on credentials or work experience in another jurisdiction - Committee
LB364 - Adopt the Opportunity Scholarships Act and provide tax credits - Committee
LB390 - Provide for credentials based on reciprocity and change requirements for credentials under the Uniform Credentialing Act - Committee
LB540 - Change terminology related to disability in civil rights provisions - Committee
LB623 - Adopt the Remote Instruction Act - Committee