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At the conclusion of the last legislative session, I introduced several legislative resolutions proposing interim studies on a wide array of topics. Two of the legislative resolutions I introduced were LR376 and LR422. The purpose of LR376 was to examine whether the Property and Casualty Insurance Rate and Form Act should be amended to modernize and reduce regulatory requirements for commercial lines of property and casualty insurance. I also introduced LR422 to examine the issuance and usage of electronic prescriptions in accordance with regulatory standards.
Unlike a legislative bill, not every proposed interim study will have a committee hearing. While every legislative resolution is referenced to the appropriate standing committee, it is left to the Committee Chairman’s discretion to prioritize the interim studies and schedule a hearing. Since neither LR376 nor LR422 were prioritized, my staff and I held stakeholder meetings with the interested parties.
On Monday, representatives from the Nebraska Pharmacists Association, Nebraska Hospital Association, Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) and National Association of Chain Drug Store joined me at the capitol to discuss LR422. I appreciated engaging with industry experts about the advantages and disadvantages of e-prescribing.
Then on Wednesday, I brought together representatives from various insurance associations and the Nebraska Department of Insurance Director, Bruce Ramge, to discuss commercial lines of property and casualty insurance. It was helpful to bring everyone representing the different perspectives of the insurance industry to discuss the proper level of regulation and oversight provided by the State Department of Insurance.
Later in the week, I attended the annual NeHII meeting on Thursday. Working with a collaborative group of partners, NeHII is designing a deliberative approach to patient and family engagement that will safely increase access to data across a health care consumer’s lifetime in Nebraska. Too often information is trapped in particular health systems, creating obstacles that providers and patients run into while trying to access health data. This is exactly what the partners that founded NeHII are committed to eliminating. I proudly support the good work of NeHII to connect all 220+ skilled nursing facilities in Nebraska over the next three years.
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