HB 245 by Rep. Frank Hoffman would have home- and community-based providers to not pay or to recoup background check fees from applicants. Hoffman told the House and Welfare Committee that the state believes providers already can recoup fees, but better to exempt them and allow the opportunity to collect fees, if not at the time after employment of the applicant. About half of all applicants fail such checks, so he thought it appropriate to exempt fees to prevent such a burden placed upon agencies that deal with waiver programs.
HB 6 by Rep. Paul Hollis would direct the state to adopt policies to relieve burdensome financial regulatory portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to businesses and individuals. He told the House Insurance Committee of the bill’s consistency with an executive order issued by Pres. Donald Trump, and it likely would mean getting rid of the individual mandate.