Legislative Update 3/14: Crossover Week Legislative Halftime


Devon Green, VP of Government Relations

Crossover Week: Legislative Halftime
Last week was crossover week, where policy bills must get voted out of their committee of jurisdiction or perish. And, because this is the second year of the biennium, it means any bill that didn’t make it is dead and would have to be completely reintroduced next year. But, just to keep things exciting, nothing is ever truly dead before gaveling out the session—there is always the chance for language to sneak into other bills. Below are the policy bills that made it through crossover that we’re keeping an eye on. This week, all the action will be in the money committees and passing the budget out of House Appropriations. We will keep you updated!
$2.4 million in grants to hospital-employed nurses to serve as preceptors, $3 million to health care organizations to establish nursing pipelines, authorizes the GMCB to exclude hospital investment in nursing workforce, health care workforce coordinator, DOL health care workforce data hub
Health care reform
$1.4 million to the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to develop a process for establishing value-based payments and identifying opportunities to use regulatory processes to improve hospital financial health, $2.5 million to GMCB to facilitate a plan for health care system, including community providers, $1.1 million to GMCB and AHS to design the next All Payer Model agreement
Mental health
$3 million in school emergency relief funds to expand mental health services to youth
Mental health
Certificate of peer support specialists and funding for peer-operated support centers
Licensure of freestanding birth centers, birth centers included in certificates of need (CONs), and GMCB to evaluate need of birth centers in state
Sets minimum standards and simplifies hospital financial assistance policies
Extending COVID-19 regulatory flexibilities
Prescription drugs
Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) regulation and transparency
Telehealth tiered licensure
Prohibition of firearms in hospitals
Care coordination
Planning and support for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders
Establishes an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) registry