Legislative Update-3/30/22

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

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