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HB 286 to end CAPA-CS clears House Committee

Wednesday, March 11, 2020  
Posted by: Jill York
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HB 286 clear House Committee: Improved Access to Health Care gets big step closer

FRANKFORT, KY. (March 11, 2020) — Great news for APRNs out of Frankfort today as HB 286, the bill that would allow release from the CAPA-CS after four years, has cleared the House Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee by a wide margin.

The bill has bipartisan support from both urban and rural legislators and has 45 co-sponsors to date! 

This is a direct result of YOU! Thank you for your advocacy work — it has gotten progress on our bill rolling and we must maintain our active contacts to legislators to make sure HB 286 completes it’s journey into LAW.  Keep up the good work and keep watching for alerts and notifications about impending votes and bill activity.

We encourage you to watch the video of today’s committee meeting once it is posted to KET’s LEGISLATIVE ARCHIVE web page later tonight or tomorrow.  HB 286 is the third bill presented.

At the testimony table today for the bipartisan-supported House Bill 286 were it’s primary sponsor Rep. Russell Webber, primary co-sponsor Terri Branham Clark, KANPNM President Wendy Fletcher and KANPNM Legislative Chair Elizabeth Partin.

Our presenters had to whittle down their remarks as the discussion of the two other bills narrowed the committee time and the chairman allowed testimony of those opposed to HB 286.   With a great group of APRNs in the audience to support their efforts, our team made a vigorous and fact-filled case for patient benefits that would follow when HB 286 becomes law. 

Appearing for the opposition were Dr. Brent Wright, KMA, Cory Meadows, KMA and Dr. Mary Helen Davis, Louisville. As in the past, they contend that removal of the CAPA-CS will result in higher numbers of opioids being written. Additionally, Dr. Davis read a letter  from a APRN who felt that the CAPA-CS was needed and should remain in place.

The votes on the measure are shown below. A “Pass” indicates the committee member took no position on the bill.
PASS - Chairman Adam Koenig  
PASS- Vice Chairman Matthew Koch  
YES - Kim Banta  
YES - Tom Burch  
ABSENT - Al Gentry  
YES - Thomas Huff  
YES - Nima Kulkarni  
PASS - C. Ed Massey  
YES - Chad McCoy 
YES - Michael Meredith  
YES - Jerry T. Miller  
NO - Kimberly Poore Moser  
YES - Ruth Ann Palumbo  
YES - Phillip Pratt  
YES - Rachel Roberts  
PASS - Sal Santoro  
YES - John Sims Jr  
PASS - Susan Westrom  
YES - Buddy Wheatley  


ALERT!  HB 502, which would create an unnecessary, costly and duplicative regulatory board that would bypass the Kentucky Board of Nursing to investigate, judge and punish APRNs will be heard in House Health and Family Services committee tomorrow. The makeup of the new “Controlled Substance Advisory Council” board is unbalanced and does not include all the disciplines it would regulate.   

This bill is opposed by KANPNM, the Kentucky Dental Association, the Kentucky Optometric Association and the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association.

TAKE ACTION NOW: We ask that you take action now and contact your legislator and tell them to OPPOSE HB 502. USE THIS LINK 

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