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  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:01 AM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    Hello, COGS members! This memo reflects updates as of May 10, 2022 on bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly. As a service to our membership, the COGS Legislative Committee is reviewing bills introduced in the House and Senate which may be of interest to our members. COGS will not take any position on these bills as an organization, but we hope that this list will keep you informed of initiatives that may be of interest to you. Any communication from COGS on legislative matters is for the benefit of our members who may choose to pursue legislative advocacy that reflects their personal or professional concerns. This effort is a service offered by the COGS Legislative Committee and represents our best efforts. We make no representation that this communication addresses all issues that may affect all COGS members.

    We urge our members to explore additional information on legislative initiatives by consulting the Maryland General Assembly ( http://mgaleg.maryland.gov; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates. We expect to send you updates on bills introduced in our General Assembly throughout the session.

    The 2022 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly ( 444th MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY) convened on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The 90-day session adjourned “sine die” at midnight on Monday, April 11, 2022.

    For those who wish to access the bills introduced according to subject, you may find it useful to refer to the subject index in the Maryland General Assembly website. In particular, these topics may be useful: Assisted living; Elderly persons; Estates and trusts; Health care facilities; Vulnerable adults, Adult abuse, Dept. of Aging, Senior citizens, Prescription pricing, Caregiver, Nursing Homes and Disabled persons.

    The total Bills submitted were Senate 1,024 and House 1,496. Grand total 2,520.

    Total of 836 Bills were passed by both parties to the Governor for signature. The Governor can Veto Bills as he sees fit through the end of May. He can also

    not sign Bills as he wishes and they will then become law at the end of May.

    At this time all Senate and House Bills listed below are in “passed enrolled” status except SB 175, SB 241, SB 357, HB 763, HB 809 these five (5) have already been signed into law by the Governor. “ Passed enrolled” means these Bills have already been approved through the Legislature but could still be

    vetoed by the Governor before the end of May. If not signed or vetoed by the Governor by the end of May they will then become laws.

    Bills introduced, passed both parties and sent to the Governor by the Senate through SB 1011 (with associated bills cross-filed in the House)

    SB 3/ HB 0297, Facilities – Disabilities, Juveniles, Behavioral Health and Health Care – Safety Plans

    SB 27, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Council and Coordination of Services (Dementia Services Act of 2022)

    SB 175, Fiduciary Institutions – Investigation of Financial Abuse and Financial Exploitation – Records Disclosure

    SB 241, Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – 9-8-8 Trust Fund

    SB 353, Health Insurance – Prescription Insulin Drugs – Limits on Copayment and Coinsurance (Insulin Cost Reduction Act)

    SB 357/ HB 0589, Adult Protective Services- Vulnerable Adults Registry – Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study

    SB 527/ HB 1051, Elderly Individuals – Howard County and Montgomery County Adult Day Health Care Services Pilot Program and Task Force

    SB 531/ HB 0636, Maryland Health Care Commission – Assisted Living Programs – Study

    SB 559, Estates and Trusts – Supported Decision Making

    SB 694/ HB 0990, Estates and Trusts – Guardianship of the Property of Disabled Persons – Court Appointed Attorneys

    Bills introduced, passed both parties and sent to the Governor by the House through HB 1486 (see above for bills cross-filed in Senate)

    HB 166, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Council and Coordination of Services (Dementia Services Act of 2022)

    HB 187, Estates and Trusts – Administration of Estates – Fees

    HB 449, Property Tax- Renter’s Property Tax Relief Program- Application Period (at least 70 years old)

    HB 456/ SB 0957, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – State Supplement ( at least 60 years old)

    HB 496, Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment

    HB 534/ SB 0244, Maryland Medical Assistance – Self Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring

    HB 684, Maryland Medical Assistance Program

    HB 763/ SB 0231, Correctional Officers Retirement System - Membership

    HB 809, Property Tax Exemption – Disabled Veteran, Active Duty and Surviving Spouse – Application Process

    HB 1034, State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators – Renaming, Licensure of Assisted Living Managers, and Penalties.

    HB 1051, Elderly Individuals – Howard and Montgomery County Adult Day Healthcare Services Pilot

    HB 1397, Health Insurance – Prescription Insulin Drugs – Limits on Copayment and Coinsurance (Insulin Cost Reduction Act)

    Any COGS members wanting a copy of any Bill in it’s entirety please contact me at don@moyerandsons.com

    Respectfully submitted 3/31/2022

    Donald Hott

    COGS Legislative Chair

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 7:40 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    Hello, COGS members! This memo reflects updates as of April 15th on bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly. As a service to our membership, the COGS Legislative Committee is reviewing bills introduced in the House and Senate which may be of interest to our members. COGS will not take any position on these bills as an organization, but we hope that this list will keep you informed of initiatives that may be of interest to you. Any communication from COGS on legislative matters is for the benefit of our members who may choose to pursue legislative advocacy that reflects their personal or professional concerns. This effort is a service offered by the COGS Legislative Committee and represents our best efforts. We make no representation that this communication addresses all issues that may affect all COGS members.

    We urge our members to explore additional information on legislative initiatives by consulting the Maryland General Assembly ( http://mgaleg.maryland.gov; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates. We expect to send you updates on bills introduced in our General Assembly throughout the session.

    The 2022 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly ( 444th MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY) convened on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The 90-day session adjourned “sine die” at midnight on Monday, April 11, 2022.

    For those who wish to access the bills introduced according to subject, you may find it useful to refer to the subject index in the Maryland General Assembly website. In particular, these topics may be useful: Assisted living; Elderly persons; Estates and trusts; Health care facilities; Vulnerable adults, Adult abuse, Dept. of Aging, Senior citizens, Prescription pricing, Caregiver, Nursing Homes and Disabled persons.

    The total Bills submitted were Senate 1,024 and House 1,496. Grand total 2,520.

    Total of 836 Bills were passed by both parties to the Governor for signature. The Governor can Veto Bills as he sees fit. He can also

    not sign Bills as he wishes and in 30 days those would still become laws.

    Bills introduced, passed both parties and sent to the Governor by the Senate through SB 1011 (with associated bills cross-filed in the House)

    SB 3/ HB 0297, Facilities – Disabilities, Juveniles, Behavioral Health and Health Care – Safety Plans

    SB 27, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Council and Coordination of Services (Dementia Services Act of 2022)

    SB 175, Fiduciary Institutions – Investigation of Financial Abuse and Financial Exploitation – Records Disclosure

    SB 241, Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – 9-8-8 Trust Fund

    SB 353, Health Insurance – Prescription Insulin Drugs – Limits on Copayment and Coinsurance (Insulin Cost Reduction Act)

    SB 357/ HB 0589, Adult Protective Services- Vulnerable Adults Registry – Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study

    SB 527/ HB 1051, Elderly Individuals – Howard County and Montgomery County Adult Day Health Care Services Pilot Program and Task Force

    SB 531/ HB 0636, Maryland Health Care Commission – Assisted Living Programs – Study

    SB 559, Estates and Trusts – Supported Decision Making

    SB 694/ HB 0990, Estates and Trusts – Guardianship of the Property of Disabled Persons – Court Appointed Attorneys

    Bills introduced, passed both parties and sent to the Governor by the House through HB 1486 (see above for bills cross-filed in Senate)

    HB 166, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Council and Coordination of Services (Dementia Services Act of 2022)

    HB 187, Estates and Trusts – Administration of Estates – Fees

    HB 449, Property Tax- Renter’s Property Tax Relief Program- Application Period (at least 70 years old)

    HB 456/ SB 0957, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – State Supplement ( at least 60 years old)

    HB 496, Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment

    HB 534/ SB 0244, Maryland Medical Assistance – Self Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring

    HB 684, Maryland Medical Assistance Program

    HB 763/ SB 0231, Correctional Officers Retirement System - Membership

    HB 809, Property Tax Exemption – Disabled Veteran, Active Duty and Surviving Spouse – Application Process

    HB 1034, State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators – Renaming, Licensure of Assisted Living Managers, and Penalties.

    HB 1051, Elderly Individuals – Howard and Montgomery County Adult Day Healthcare Services Pilot

    HB 1397, Health Insurance – Prescription Insulin Drugs – Limits on Copayment and Coinsurance (Insulin Cost Reduction Act)

    Any COGS members wanting a copy of any Bill in it’s entirety please contact me at don@moyerandsons.com

    Respectfully submitted 3/31/2022

    Donald Hott

    COGS Legislative Chair

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 6:25 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    Hello, COGS members! This memo reflects updates as of MARCH 30th on bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly. As a service to our membership, the COGS Legislative Committee is reviewing bills introduced in the House and Senate which may be of interest to our members. COGS will not take any position on these bills as an organization, but we hope that this list will keep you informed of initiatives that may be of interest to you. Any communication from COGS on legislative matters is for the benefit of our members who may choose to pursue legislative advocacy that reflects their personal or professional concerns. This effort is a service offered by the COGS Legislative Committee and represents our best efforts. We make no representation that this communication addresses all issues that may affect all COGS members.

    We urge our members to explore additional information on legislative initiatives by consulting the Maryland General Assembly ( http://mgaleg.maryland.gov; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates. We expect to send you updates on bills introduced in our General Assembly throughout the session.

    The 2022 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The 90-day session is scheduled to adjourn “sine die” at midnight on Monday, April 11, 2022

    For those who wish to access the bills introduced according to subject, you may find it useful to refer to the subject index in the Maryland General Assembly website. In particular, these topics may be useful: Assisted living; Elderly persons; Estates and trusts; Health care facilities; Vulnerable adults, Adult abuse, Dept. of Aging, Senior citizens, Prescription pricing, Caregiver, Nursing Homes and Disabled persons.

    Bills introduced and still active in the Senate through SB 1011 (with associated bills cross-filed in the House)

    SB 3/ HB 0297, Facilities – Disabilities, Juveniles, Behavioral Health and Health Care – Safety Plans

    SB 27, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Council and Coordination of Services (Dementia Services Act of 2022)

    SB 175, Fiduciary Institutions – Investigation of Financial Abuse and Financial Exploitation – Records Disclosure

    SB 241, Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – 9-8-8 Trust Fund

    SB 0251/ HB 186, Income Tax- Subtraction Modification for Centenarians

    SB 353, Health Insurance – Prescription Insulin Drugs – Limits on Copayment and Coinsurance (Insulin Cost Reduction Act)

    SB 357/ HB 0589, Adult Protective Services- Vulnerable Adults Registry – Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study

    SB 527/ HB 1051, Elderly Individuals – Howard County and Montgomery County Adult Day Health Care Services Pilot Program and Task Force

    SB 531/ HB 0636, Maryland Health Care Commission – Assisted Living Programs – Study

    SB 559, Estates and Trusts – Supported Decision Making

    SB 694/ HB 0990, Estates and Trusts – Guardianship of the Property of Disabled Persons – Court Appointed Attorneys

    Bills introduced and still active in the House through HB 1486 (see above for bills cross-filed in Senate)

    HB 092 Maryland General and Limited Power of Attorney Act – Assistance with Governmental Benefits and Programs

    HB 161, Criminal Law – Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults or Elderly Individual – Undue Influence

    HB 166, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Council and Coordination of Services ( Dementia Services Act of 2022)

    HB 187, Estates and Trusts – Administration of Estates – Fees

    HB 430/ SB 0511, Human Services – Secretary of Aging – Qualifications

    HB 449, Property Tax- Renter’s Property Tax Relief Program- Application Period (at least 70 years old)

    HB 456/ SB 0957, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – State Supplement ( at least 60 years old)

    HB 496, Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment

    HB 534/ SB 0244, Maryland Medical Assistance – Self Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring

    HB 684, Maryland Medical Assistance Program

    HB 763/ SB 0231, Correctional Officers Retirement System - Membership

    HB 809, Property Tax Exemption – Disabled Veteran, Active Duty and Surviving Spouse – Application Process

    HB 1034, State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators – Renaming, Licensure of Assisted Living Managers, and Penalties.

    HB 1051, Elderly Individuals – Howard and Montgomery County Adult Day Healthcare Services Pilot

    HB 1397, Health Insurance – Prescription Insulin Drugs – Limits on Copayment and Coinsurance (Insulin Cost Reduction Act)

    Any COGS members wanting a copy of any Bill in it’s entirety please contact me at don@moyerandsons.com

    Respectfully submitted 3/31/2022

    Donald Hott

    COGS Legislative Chair

  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 8:02 AM | Don Hott

    Hello COGS Members.

    I just wanted to update you that TO DATE 2,449 Bills have been 

    introduced to the MD General Assembly. House Bills are 1,461

    and Senate Bills are 988.

    I am honored to be on the AARP MD Advocacy Group now that has a tremendous presence in Annapolis for Seniors.

    Thank you.

    Don Hott

    COGS Legislative Committee Chairman

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 5:27 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    TO:               COGS Membership

    FROM:         Legislative Committee

    RE:               Select Proposed Legislation of Potential Interest to COGS Membership

    DATE:          February 21, 2022

    Hello, COGS members!  This memo reflects updates as of February 21st on bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.  As a service to our membership, the COGS Legislative Committee is reviewing bills introduced in the House and Senate which may be of interest to our members.  COGS will not take any position on these bills as an organization, but we hope that this list will keep you informed of initiatives that may be of interest to you.  Any communication from COGS on legislative matters is for the benefit of our members who may choose to pursue legislative advocacy that reflects their personal or professional concerns.  This effort is a service offered by the COGS Legislative Committee and represents our best efforts. We make no representation that this communication addresses all issues that may affect all COGS members. 

     

    We urge our members to explore additional information on legislative initiatives by consulting the Maryland General Assembly ( http://mgaleg.maryland.gov; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates.  We expect to send you updates on bills introduced in our General Assembly throughout the session.

     

    Please note that bill introduction deadlines are February 4th in the House and February 7th in the Senate.  Following these dates, any bills introduced are referred to the Rules Committees and may or may not receive a hearing.

     

    For those who wish to access the bills introduced according to subject, you may find it useful to refer to the subject index in the Maryland General Assembly website.  In particular, these topics may be useful: Assisted living; Elderly persons; Estates and trusts; Health care facilities; Vulnerable adults, Adult abuse, Dept. of Aging, Senior citizens, Prescription pricing, Caregiver, Nursing Homes and Disabled persons.

     

    Bills introduced in the Senate through SB 957 (with associated bills cross-filed in the House)

     

    SB 3/ HB 0297, Facilities – Disabilities, Juveniles, Behavioral Health and Health Care – Safety Plans

     

    SB 175, Fiduciary Institutions – Investigation of Financial Abuse and Financial Exploitation – Records Disclosure

     

    SB 236, Maryland Veterans Trust Fund – CAM for Veterans Grant Program – Established ( David Perez Military Heroes Act (End 22 a Day))

     

    SB 0251/ HB 186, Income Tax- Subtraction Modification for Centenarians

     

    SB 344, Retirement Tax Reduction Act of 2022

     

    SB 353, Health Insurance – Prescription Insulin Drugs – Limits on Copayment and Coinsurance (Insulin Cost Reduction Act)

     

    SB 357/ HB 0589, Adult Protective Services- Vulnerable Adults Registry – Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study

     

    SB 407/ HB 407 Health Occupations – Health Care Staffing Shortage Emergency – Declaration and Licensing and Practice Requirements

    ( Health Care Heroes Act of 2022 )

     

    SB 405, Retirement Tax Elimination Act of 2022

     

    SB 505/ HB 0731, Dept. of Aging – Dementia Care Coordinator and Dementia Care Navigators

     

    SB 527/ HB 1051, Elderly Individuals – Howard County and Montgomery County Adult Day Health Care Services Pilot Program and Task Force

     

    SB 531/ HB 0636, Maryland Health Care Commission – Assisted Living Programs – Study

     

    SB 562/ HB 0600, Correctional Services – Geriatric and Medical Parole

     

    SB 0624, Assisted Living Programs – Assisted Living Referrers – Requirements and Prohibitions

     

    SB 0637/ HB 935, Health and Health Insurance – Behavioral Health Services – Expansion  (Behavioral Health System Modernization Act)

     

    SB 677, Maryland Health Care commission – Nursing Homes – Audit

     

    SB 694/ HB 0990, Estates and Trusts – Guardianship of the Property of Disabled Persons – Court Appointed Attorneys

     

    SB 0720/ HB 1034, State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators- Renaming and Licensure of Assisted Living Managers

     

    SB 730/ HB 0802, Estates and Trusts – Claims Against an Estate – Statue of Limitations

     

    SB 0743, Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Affordable Assisted Living Enhanced Care Pilot Program

     

    SB 809/ HB 1138, Homeowners Property Tax Credit – Easy Application and Automatic Renewal

     

    SB 901, Property Tax – Elderly Individuals and Veteran Tax Credit – Amount and Duration

     

    SB 909/ HB 1241, Health Occupations – Nursing Home Administrator – Qualifications

     

     

     

    Bills introduced in the House through HB 1361 (see above for bills cross-filed in Senate)

     

    HB 0008/ SB 0275, Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment ( Time to Care Act of 2022)

     

    HB 062, Income Tax – Credit for Long – Term Care Premiums (Long – Term Care Relief Act of 2022)

     

    HB 092, Maryland General and Limited Power of Attorney Act – Assistance with Governmental Benefits and Programs

     

    HB 103/ SB 085, Property Tax Credit for Disabled Veterans - Established

     

    HB 115, Real Property – Transfer to Heir – Exemption from Prepayment

     

    HB 224/ SB 0148, Property Tax Exemption- Disabled Veterans

     

    HB 161, Criminal Law – Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults or Elderly Individual – Undue Influence

     

    HB 166, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Council and Coordination of Services  ( Dementia Services Act of 2022)

     

    HB 187, Estates and Trusts – Administration of Estates – Fees

     

    HB 337/ SB 0021, Criminal Procedure – Sentencing – Primary Caretaker

     

    HB 430/ SB 0511, Human Services – Secretary of Aging – Qualifications

     

    HB 449, Property Tax- Renter’s Property Tax Relief Program- Application Period (at least 70 years old)

     

    HB 456/ SB 0957, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – State Supplement ( at least 60 years old)

     

    HB 466, Income Tax – Personal Exemption – Disabled Individuals

     

    HB 473, Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Military Retirement Income

     

    HB 496, Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment

     

    HB 499, Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Retirement Income

     

    HB 529, Estates and Trusts – Supported Decision Making

     

    HB 534/ SB 0244, Maryland Medical Assistance – Self Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring

     

    HB 589, Adult Protective Services – Vulnerable Adults Registry – Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study

     

    HB 675/ SB 0621, Health Insurance – Changes to Coverage, Benefits and Drug Formularies - Timing

     

    HB 702, Election Judges – Training and Signs – Accommodations for Voters in Need of Assistance

     

    HB 726/ SB 0625, Transportation of Disabled Persons – Transportation Network Companies – Employee Requirements

     

    HB 763/ SB 0231, Correctional Officers Retirement System - Membership

     

    HB 787, Retiree Income Tax Act of 2022

     

    HB 800/ SB 0565, Public Safety – Emergency Management – Price Gouging Consumer Protections

     

    HB 809, Property Tax Exemption – Disabled Veteran, Active Duty and Surviving Spouse – Application Process

     

    HB 892/ SB 0578, State Prescription Drug Benefits - Retirees

     

    HB 903, Maryland Nondiscrimination in Health Care Coverage Act

     

    HB 978, Income Tax – Caregiver Tax Credit

     

    HB 979, Tax Sales – Homeowner Protection Program – Automatic Enrollment and Funding

     

    HB 1019/ SB 083, Transportation – Elderly and Handicapped Transportation Service- County Funding

     

    HB 1072, Assisted Living Program Licensing – Notice of Applicant Located in Common Ownership Community

     

    HB 1198, Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Retirement Income ( Fairness in Taxation for Retirees Act )

     

    HB 1361, Property Taxes – Exemption – Dwellings of Senior Citizens

     

    Any COGS members wanting a copy of any Bill in it’s entirety please contact me at don@moyerandsons.com 

     

    Respectfully submitted 2/21/2022

    Donald Hott

    COGS Legislative Chair

     


  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 7:57 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)


  • Friday, February 04, 2022 9:11 AM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    TO:               COGS Membership

    FROM:         Legislative Committee

    RE:               Select Proposed Legislation of Potential Interest to COGS Membership

    DATE:          February 2, 2022

    Hello, COGS members!  This memo reflects updates as of February 2 on bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.  As a service to our membership, the COGS Legislative Committee is reviewing bills introduced in the House and Senate which may be of interest to our members.  COGS will not take any position on these bills as an organization, but we hope that this list will keep you informed of initiatives that may be of interest to you.  Any communication from COGS on legislative matters is for the benefit of our members who may choose to pursue legislative advocacy that reflects their personal or professional concerns.  This effort is a service offered by the COGS Legislative Committee and represents our best efforts. We make no representation that this communication addresses all issues that may affect all COGS members. 

    We urge our members to explore additional information on legislative initiatives by consulting the Maryland General Assembly ( http://mgaleg.maryland.gov; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates.  We expect to send you updates on bills introduced in our General Assembly throughout the session.

    Please note that bill introduction deadlines are February 4th in the House and February 7th in the Senate.  Following these dates, any bills introduced are referred to the Rules Committees and may or may not receive a hearing.

    For those who wish to access the bills introduced according to subject, you may find it useful to refer to the subject index in the Maryland General Assembly website.  In particular, these topics may be useful: assisted living; elderly persons; estates and trusts; health care facilities; and vulnerable adults


    Bills introduced in the Senate through SB 562 (with associated bills cross-filed in the House)

    SB 175, Fiduciary Institutions – Investigation of Financial Abuse and Financial Exploitation – Records Disclosure

    SB 0251/ HB 186, Income Tax- Subtraction Modification for Centenarians

    SB 344, Retirement Tax Reduction Act of 2022

    SB 357, Adult Protective Services- Vulnerable Adults Registry – Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study

    SB 405, Retirement Tax Elimination Act of 2022

    SB 505, Dept. of Aging – Dementia Care Coordinator and Dementia Care Navigators

    SB 531, Maryland Health Care Commission – Assisted Living Programs – Study

    SB 562, Correctional Services – Geriatric and Medical Parole


    Bills introduced in the House through HB 529 (see above for bills cross-filed in Senate)

    HB 161, Criminal Law – Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults or Elderly Individual – Undue Influence

    HB 166, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Council and Coordination of Services  ( Dementia Services Act of 2022)

    HB 430, Human Services – Secretary of Aging – Qualifications

    HB 449, Property Tax- Renter’s Property Tax Relief Program- Application Period (at least 70 years old)

    HB 456, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – State Supplement ( at least 60 years old)

    HB 499, Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Retirement Income

    HB 529, Estates and Trusts – Supported Decision Making

     

    Respectfully submitted 2/2/2022

    Donald Hott

    COGS Legislative Chair

  • Friday, February 26, 2021 10:25 AM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    DATE:            February 26, 2021

    Hello, COGS members!  As promised, this memo reflects updates as of January 15 on bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.  As a service to our membership, the COGS Legislative Committee is reviewing bills introduced in the House and Senate which may be of interest to our members.  COGS will not take any position on these bills as an organization, but we hope that this list will keep you informed of initiatives that may be of interest to you.  Any communication from COGS on legislative matters is for the benefit of our members who may choose to pursue legislative advocacy that reflects their personal or professional concerns.  This effort is a service offered by the COGS Legislative Committee and represents our best efforts. We make no representation that this communication addresses all issues that may affect all COGS members. 

    We urge our members to explore additional information on legislative initiatives by consulting the Maryland General Assembly ( http://mgaleg.maryland.gov; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates.  We expect to send you updates on bills introduced in our General Assembly throughout the session.

    Bills introduced in the Senate through SB 953 (with associated bills cross filed in the House)

    SB13 Certified Nursing Assistants – Certificate Renewal – Training Program Requirements

    SB 41/HB 142, Health – Mental and Emotional Disorders – Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative)

    +SB 47Health Facilities – Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Programs – Essential Caregivers

    SB 96 Public Health – Behavioral Health Programs and Health Care Facilities – Safety and Community Relations Plans

    SB 204/HB 216 Health Care Facilities – Assisted Living Programs – Memory Care and Alzheimer’s Disease Unit Regulations

    SB 313/HB 119 Maryland Department of Health - Public Health Outreach Programs - Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, and Other Types of Dementia

    SB286/HB 108 Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications

    SB 311/HB 25, Catastrophic Health Emergencies – Health Care Providers – Definition and Immunity

    SB 313/HB 119 Maryland Department of Health - Public Health Outreach Programs - Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, and Other Types of Dementia

    SB 327, Civil Actions, Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults

    SB 364/HB 652, Health Facilities – Residential Service Agencies – Guidance and Reporting

    SB 384, HB 652, Health Facilities – Residential Service Agencies – Compliance with State Labor Laws

    SB 486/HB 581, Labor & Employment – Employment Standards During an Emergency

    SB 507/HB 554, Division of Consumer Protection, Assisted Living Programs

    SB 570/ HB 737, Emergency Services – Exposure to Contagious Diseases and Viruses –  

    SB579 NotificatioHealth Care Facilities – Restrooms – Requirementn and Other Requirements

    SB615/HB709 Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Drug Reimbursement - Reporting Requirements

    SB682/HB1063 insurance - Medicare Supplement Policy Plans - Open Enrollment Period Following Birthday

    SB741/HB836 COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, and Vaccination Act of 2021

    SB820/HB1261 Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives - Electronic Execution

    SB910/HB1312

    COVID-19 Eviction and Housing Relief Act of 2021

    SB948/HB1358 Veterans Affairs – Office of Communications and Public Affairs – Veterans Advocacy and Education Act

    SB652

    Public Health - Long-Term Care Planning


    Bills introduced in the House through HB 1362 (see above for bills cross filed in Senate)

    HB 165, Md. Estate Tax – Unified Credit

    HB 203, Estates & Trusts – Wills and Advance Medical Directives – Notaries Public

     

    HB 207, Nursing Homes – Resident Change in Condition – Notification

    HB 255, Department of Aging – Grants for Aging in Place Programs

    HB 303, Long Term Care Insurance – Prohibition on Premium Increases

    HB 347, Criminal Law – Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults or Elderly Individuals – Undue Influence


  • Thursday, February 04, 2021 8:24 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    DATE:            February 4, 2021

    Hello, COGS members!  This memo reflects updates as of February 4 on bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.  As a service to our membership, the COGS Legislative Committee is reviewing bills introduced in the House and Senate which may be of interest to our members.  COGS will not take any position on these bills as an organization, but we hope that this list will keep you informed of initiatives that may be of interest to you.  Any communication from COGS on legislative matters is for the benefit of our members who may choose to pursue legislative advocacy that reflects their personal or professional concerns.  This effort is a service offered by the COGS Legislative Committee and represents our best efforts. We make no representation that this communication addresses all issues that may affect all COGS members. 

    We urge our members to explore additional information on legislative initiatives by consulting the Maryland General Assembly ( http://mgaleg.maryland.gov; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates.  We expect to send you updates on bills introduced in our General Assembly throughout the session.

    Please note that bill introduction deadlines are February 5 in the House and February 8 in the Senate.  Following these dates, any bills introduced are referred to the Rules Committees and may or may not receive a hearing.

    For those who wish to access the bills introduced according to subject, you may find it useful to refer to the subject index in the Maryland General Assembly website.  In particular, these topics may be useful: assisted living; elderly persons; estates and trusts; health care facilities; and vulnerable adults

    Bills introduced in the Senate through SB 720 (with associated bills cross-filed in the House)

    SB13, Certified Nursing Assistants – Certificate Renewal – Training Program Requirements

    SB 41/HB 142, Health – Mental and Emotional Disorders – Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative)

    +SB 47/ HB 806, Health Facilities – Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Programs – Essential Caregivers

    SB 96, Public Health – Behavioral Health Programs and Health Care Facilities – Safety and Community Relations Plans

    SB 204/HB 416, Health Care Facilities – Assisted Living Programs – Memory Care and Alzheimer’s Disease Unit Regulations

    SB286/HB 108, Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications

    SB 311/HB 25, Catastrophic Health Emergencies – Health Care Providers – Definition and Immunity

    SB 313/HB 119 Maryland Department of Health - Public Health Outreach Programs - Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, and Other Types of Dementia

    SB 327, Civil Actions, Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults

    SB 364/HB 652, Health Facilities – Residential Service Agencies – Guidance and Reporting

    SB 384, HB 652, Health Facilities – Residential Service Agencies – Compliance with State Labor Laws

    SB 486/HB 581, Labor & Employment – Employment Standards During an Emergency

    SB 507/HB 554, Division of Consumer Protection, Assisted Living Programs

    SB 570/ HB 737, Emergency Services – Exposure to Contagious Diseases and Viruses – Notification and Other Requirements


    Bills introduced in the House through HB 969 (see above for bills cross-filed in Senate)

    HB 165, Md. Estate Tax – Unified Credit

    HB 203, Estates & Trusts – Wills and Advance Medical Directives – Notaries Public

    HB 207, Nursing Homes – Resident Change in Condition – Notification

    HB 255, Department of Aging – Grants for Aging in Place Programs

    HB 276, Congregant Care Facilities, Visitation

    HB 301/SB265, Maryland Revised Anatomical Gift Act

    HB 303, Long Term Care Insurance – Prohibition on Premium Increases

    HB 347, Criminal Law – Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults or Elderly Individuals – Undue Influence


  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:00 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    DATE:            January 21, 2021

    Hello, COGS members!  As promised, this memo reflects updates as of January 15 on bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.  As a service to our membership, the COGS Legislative Committee is reviewing bills introduced in the House and Senate which may be of interest to our members.  COGS will not take any position on these bills as an organization, but we hope that this list will keep you informed of initiatives that may be of interest to you.  Any communication from COGS on legislative matters is for the benefit of our members who may choose to pursue legislative advocacy that reflects their personal or professional concerns.  This effort is a service offered by the COGS Legislative Committee and represents our best efforts. We make no representation that this communication addresses all issues that may affect all COGS members.  

    We urge our members to explore additional information on legislative initiatives by consulting the Maryland General Assembly ( http://mgaleg.maryland.gov; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates.  We expect to send you updates on bills introduced in our General Assembly throughout the session.

    Bills introduced in the Senate through SB 413 (with associated bills cross filed in the House)

    SB13 Certified Nursing Assistants – Certificate Renewal – Training Program Requirements

    SB 41/HB 142, Health – Mental and Emotional Disorders – Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative)

    +SB 47Health Facilities – Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Programs – Essential Caregivers

    SB 96 Public Health – Behavioral Health Programs and Health Care Facilities – Safety and Community Relations Plans

    SB 204/HB 216 Health Care Facilities – Assisted Living Programs – Memory Care and Alzheimer’s Disease Unit Regulations

    SB 313/HB 119 Maryland Department of Health - Public Health Outreach Programs - Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, and Other Types of Dementia

    SB286/HB 108 Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications

    Bills introduced in the House through HB 542 (see above for bills cross filed in Senate)

    HB 165, Md. Estate Tax – Unified Credit

    HB 203, Estates & Trusts – Wills and Advance Medical Directives – Notaries Public

     

    HB 207, Nursing Homes – Resident Change in Condition – Notification

    HB 255, Department of Aging – Grants for Aging in Place Programs

    HB 303, Long Term Care Insurance – Prohibition on Premium Increases

    HB 347, Criminal Law – Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults or Elderly Individuals – Undue Influence


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