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Key Votes

2018 All Health and Health Care Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Oct. 17, 2018 PA HB 1822 Establishes Certification Process for Schools to Become Certified Suicide Prevention Institutions of Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (49 - None)
Sept. 17, 2018 National HR 6 Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Bill Passed - Senate (99 - 1)
Sept. 17, 2018 National S 2554 Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 2)
Aug. 23, 2018 National S Amdt 3967 Senator Rand Paul's Amendment to H.R. 6157 Amendment Rejected - Senate (45 - 48)
Aug. 21, 2018 CA SB 1192 Requires Beverages Included in Kids' Meals to be Milk or Water Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 9)
Aug. 16, 2018 CA SB 1192 Requires Beverages Included in Kids' Meals to be Milk or Water Bill Passed - House (46 - 26)
July 25, 2018 National HR 6199 Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (277 - 142)
July 25, 2018 National HR 6311 Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (242 - 176)
July 12, 2018 MA S 2595 Establishes Commission to Study Lead in Drinking Water at Schools Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 0)
July 1, 2018 NJ S 1612 Requires Minimum Nurse Aide-to-Resident Ratio Bill Passed - Senate (22 - 15)
June 28, 2018 DE HB 425 Prohibits Pharmaceutical "Gag Clauses" Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 0)
June 27, 2018 OH HB 479 Amends Previous Prescription Drug Cost Laws Bill Passed - House (93 - 0)
June 25, 2018 NJ A 4249 Increases the Use of Hospital Admission Fees Concurrence Vote Passed - House (46 - 25)
June 25, 2018 NJ A 4249 Increases the Use of Hospital Admission Fees Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 15)
June 25, 2018 NJ A 542 Requires Schools Maintain a Supply of Opioid Antidotes Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
June 25, 2018 PA HB 1037 Limits Punitive Damages in Certain Medical Lawsuits Bill Failed - House (91 - 103)
June 22, 2018 National HR 6 Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (396 - 14)
June 19, 2018 MA H 4617 Increases Access to Affordable High Quality Health Insurance Bill Passed - House (117 - 32)
June 12, 2018 MI SB 542 Establishes Pesticide Notification Registry Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (24 - 12)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 4265 Require Cars Passing Bicyclists to Give 3 Feet When Passing Concurrence Vote Passed - House (99 - 10)
June 12, 2018 MI SB 542 Establishes Pesticide Notification Registry Bill Passed - House (66 - 42)
June 12, 2018 MI HB 5901 Extends Funding for Statewide Trauma System Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 13)
June 7, 2018 OH HB 456 Prohibits Required Overtime for Nurses Bill Passed - House (77 - 11)
May 30, 2018 IL SB 2332 Increases Minimum Purchase Age for Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House (61 - 49)
May 23, 2018 NC SB 470 Amends Asbestos Claim Filing Procedures Bill Passed - House (78 - 30)
May 22, 2018 National S 204 Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (250 - 169)
May 17, 2018 MI SB 826 Establishes Licensing for Naturopaths Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
May 16, 2018 NY A 3557 Requires Public Education about Veterans' Mental Health Bill Passed - House (137 - 0)
May 15, 2018 MI HB 5901 Extends Funding for Statewide Trauma System Bill Passed - House (69 - 39)
May 10, 2018 CA AB 1815 Authorizes Loan Repayment Assistance for Medicaid Providers Bill Passed - House (50 - 22)
May 9, 2018 CO SB 18-272 Establishes School Grants for Suicide-Prevention Training Bill Passed - House (53 - 12)
May 7, 2018 CA AB 2741 Limits Amount of Opioids that can be Prescribed to Minors Bill Passed - House (58 - 0)
May 7, 2018 CO SB 18-272 Establishes School Grants for Suicide-Prevention Training Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
May 2, 2018 CT HB 5460 Requires Raise for Home Care Employees Bill Passed - House (88 - 62)
May 1, 2018 LA SB 325 Authorizes Department of Health to Close Clinics that Falsify Records Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 3)
April 27, 2018 IL HB 5245 Requires Nurses to Complete Sexual Assault Response Training Bill Passed - House (101 - 0)
April 25, 2018 IL SB 2332 Increases Minimum Purchase Age for Tobacco Products Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 20)
April 17, 2018 PA HB 2138 Establishes Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Passed - House (115 - 80)
April 16, 2018 PA SB 936 Establishes Prescription Drug Formulary for Injured Employees Bill Passed - House (101 - 92)
April 12, 2018 NJ A 2039 Establishes Regulations for Out-of-Network Billing Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
April 12, 2018 NJ A 2039 Establishes Regulations for Out-of-Network Billing Bill Passed - House (48 - 21)
April 7, 2018 KS HB 2028 Establishes the Kansas Telemedicine Act Conference Report Adopted - Senate (24 - 14)
April 5, 2018 MD HB 1782 Establishes Individual Market Stabilization within Healthcare Concurrence Vote Passed - House (89 - 48)
April 3, 2018 MO HB 1486 Establishes Work Requirements for SNAP Benefits Bill Passed - House (107 - 43)
April 3, 2018 RI S 2299 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 1)
March 30, 2018 MD HB 908 Requires Insurance Companies to Cover Fertility Treatments for Cancer Patients Bill Passed - Senate (46 - 0)
March 29, 2018 HI HB 2739 Authorizes Medical Aid in Dying Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 2)
March 22, 2018 NH HB 628 Requires Paid Family and Medical Leave "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (171 - 162)
March 21, 2018 National HR 5247 Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018 Bill Passed - House (259 - 140)
March 16, 2018 KY HB 604 Requires Mental Health Workers in Schools Bill Passed - House (81 - 1)
March 15, 2018 MD HB 908 Requires Insurance Companies to Cover Fertility Treatments for Cancer Patients Bill Passed - House (133 - 2)
March 8, 2018 NH SB 313 Establishes New Hampshire Granite Advantage Health Care Program "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - Senate (17 - 7)
March 1, 2018 WA SB 6199 Authorizes Privatization of Home-Care Workforce Bill Passed - House (50 - 0)
Feb. 15, 2018 National HR 620 ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 Bill Passed - House (225 - 192)
Feb. 13, 2018 OR HJR 203 Specifies Proposal for Statewide Access to Healthcare Bill Passed - House (35 - 25)
Feb. 10, 2018 WA SB 6199 Authorizes Privatization of Home-Care Workforce Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
Feb. 9, 2018 National HR 1892 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (240 - 186)
Feb. 9, 2018 National HR 1892 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (71 - 28)
Feb. 8, 2018 NH HB 628 Requires Paid Family and Medical Leave "Ought to Pass" Report Adopted - House (186 - 164)
Feb. 6, 2018 MS SB 2836 Authorizes Continued Medicaid Funding Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 16)
Jan. 30, 2018 AL HB 26 Prohibits Smoking Tobacco in Cars where a Minor is Present Bill Passed - House (41 - 30)

About the Selection and Description of Key Votes

Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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