Public Comments for 01/31/2023 Health, Welfare and Institutions - Subcommittee #1
HB1389 - Mental illness or emotional disturbance; administration of any medication for treatment, etc.
As a mental health care professional that works predominately with teenagers, particularly those within the foster care system and within LGBTQIA+ population I can attest to the disservice of this bill. According to National Prevention of Youth Suicide, suicide is 3-5x more likely in youth in the foster system and up to 7x more likely for LGBTQIA+ youth than their cisgender peers. Often times DSS can take several months to return paperwork in order to enroll or continue in mental health services due to lowered labor in this field. And many adolescents have a difficult time talking to parents about their thoughts of suicide or self- harm. What we also know is that completed suicide can be contagious, especially among our teenage populations. Once a peer completes suicide, it can feel more accessible to others, creating a destructive chain effect in our communities. Therapists often times stand between the threat of suicide or self-harm of our teenage clients and finding relief, helping teens process through their difficult feelings and finding ways to speak to the adults in their lives about these concerns. To take away the anonymity of mental health services within our teen population is putting them at greater risk of the suicide epidemic.
HB1945 - Children and adolescents; data reporting, reporting requirements.
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HB2018 - Children's Services Act; information sharing, confidentiality exception.
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HB2029 - Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board; member terms.
HB2085 - Sickle cell anemia; prescription of opioids for pain management.
I support HB 2085. Thank you for caring for Virginians who suffer from this very painful disease. Please support this bill. Thank you for your time and service.
HB2173 - Bedding and upholstered furniture; exemption from regulation.
HB2219 - Health records privacy; consumer-generated health information.
The Advanced Medical Association (AdvaMed) respectfully raises concerns regarding HB2219. AdvaMed is the largest medical technology association, representing the innovators and manufacturers transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures, and more effective treatments. Recognizing we have not yet directly connected with the author, these comments briefly outline our concerns. We have been engaged with the companion bill’s author in the Senate; though since connecting there we have identified additional concerns. These concerns include: -Reconciling the exemptions with the remainder of the bill; -Ensuring the medical device and research exemptions operate as intended; -Duplicating rights contained in the Virginia Consumer Data Privacy Act; -Reconciling data retention requirements with consumer expectations of app or device performance; and -Restraining access and innovation by creating a private right of action. Thank you for the opportunity to share our concerns on this language. Attached is the letter we sent to Delegate Tran.
Attached are written remarks TechNet submitted to Delegate Tran and committee members.
HB2435 - Hospital price transparency; enforcement, plans of correction.
"To date, only two hospitals in the country received fines for failing to comply with the federal price transparency standards, both of which were in Georgia. Northside Hospital Atlanta was fined $883,180 and Northside Hospital Cherokee was fined $214,320. After being issued fines, both hospitals reformed their price transparency policies and PRA has recognized both as compliant." - 8/18/22 https://www.thecentersquare.com/virginia/hospitals-patient-group-dispute-virginia-price-transparency-compliance/article_2a320b84-1f1f-11ed-8583-df44a918a34b.html