Report Adult Abuse and Neglect in Missouri

Report Adult Abuse and Neglect in Missouri

Report Adult Abuse and Neglect in Missouri

Missouri House of Representatives 2022

Noteworthy Legislation
Significant legislation was passed this session to ensure that long-term care residents have the right to see family members and caregivers even under emergency orders such as those imposed at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. House Bill 2116 unanimously passed in the final days of the legislative session and shortly after Senate Bill 710 containing the same provisions passed. Both bills were sent to the Governor and signed by him on June 30, 2022. The provisions require health care facilities, including nursing homes, to permit at least two visitors to see a patient in-person during visiting hours. Facilities may impose certain restrictions if, for example, a visitor shows signs of infection or emergency care is being given to the patient. The legislation also establishes a complaint process that would initiate an investigation by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The law will go into effect on August 28, 2022.

HB 1452 Billington, Hardy
Modifies provisions relating to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) by removing unnecessary requirements like mileage barriers, chart reviews, ratios and a one-month preceptorship. MCQC supports the removal of any barrier for APRNs that limits their ability to provide care to nursing home residents. This bill is similar to provisions in HB 84 (2021).
Last action: 05/13/2022 - Referred to Special Committee on Government Oversight.


HB 1513 Ellebracht, Mark
Creates provisions relating to the participation of complainant patients or their representatives in the discipline proceedings for certain health care professionals.
Last action: 05/13/2022 - Referred to Professional Registration and Licensing Committee.

HB 1554 Gregory, David
Prohibits employers from requiring their employees to receive a vaccination against COVID-19.
Last action: 01/06/2022 Referred to Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

HB 1565 Wallingford, Wayne
Modifies provisions relating to home health licensing.
Last action: 05/13/2022 - Referred to Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.

HB 1578 Schroer, Nick
Provides for licensing of advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) through the Missouri Board of Nursing. MCQC supports the removal of any barrier for APRNs that limits their ability to provide care to nursing home residents. This bill is similar to provisions in HB 502 (2021).
Last action: 05/13/2022 - Referred to Professional Registration and Licensing Committee.

HB 1641 Coleman, Jeff
Creates provisions relating to employer responsibilities associated with vaccine mandates.
Last action: 05/09/22 - Placed on Informal Perfection Calendar.

HB 1670 Seitz, Brian
Creates provisions relating to the COVID-19 vaccines.
Last action: 05/09/2022 - Reported Do Pass.

HB 1690 Boggs, Mitch
Creates provisions relating to visitation rights in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Last action: Replaced with a Substitute Bill - HB 2116 (see below). 02/22/2022 - Reported Do Pass.

HB 2097 Seitz, Brian
Creates provisions relating to visitation rights in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Last action: Replaced with a Substitute Bill - HB 2116 (see below). 02/22/2022 - Reported Do Pass.

HB 2116 Black, Rusty
Establishes the "No Patient Left Alone Act" requiring health care facilities to allow a patient to designate at least three support persons to be present with the patient at all times during the stay of the patient.
Last action: Reported to the Senate. 05/18/2022 - Delivered to the Governor after Finally Agreed to and Passed.

HB 2178 Proudie, Raychel
Establishes provisions relating to civil actions for abuse, bullying, or neglect of certain persons with disabilities.
Last action: 05/13/2022 - Referred to Children and Families Committee.

HB 2221 Lewis, Ed
Modifies provisions relating to the protection of vulnerable persons.
Last action: 02/22/2022 - Reported Do Pass.

HB 2371 Smith, Travis
Expands the practitioners who can create a plan of treatment for home health services to a variety of health care professionals including nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and physician assistants.
Last action: 05/09/2022 - Placed on Informal Perfection Calendar.

HB 2601 Lewis, Ed
Modifies provisions relating to the protection of vulnerable persons, including the elderly.
Last action: 03/10/2022 - Referred to Rules - Administrative Oversight Committee.

HB 2605 Gregory, Kurtis
Requires registration with the Department of Health and Senior Services for supplemental health care services agencies; regulates temporary agency staff companies; and adds some layers of accountability that will benefit residents by ensuring the facilities have qualified staff available.
Last action: 05/09/2022 - Placed on Informal Perfection Calendar.

HJR 117 Smith, Cody
Proposes a constitutional amendment giving the Legislature authority to change provisions relating to eligibility and requirements for MO HealthNet (Medicaid) coverage for Missourians including the elderly.
Last action: 04/21/2022 - Referred to Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight Committee.

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