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During each Legislative Session, the Department of Health and Human Services reviews all legislation that might impact DHHS programs and services, and provides testimony and letters on select bills during the Legislature’s public hearing process.  Legislative bills and bill status can be found on the Nebraska Legislature’s website.

Reports submitted to the Nebraska Legislature as required by state statutes are available here.

Legislation that passed during recent Legislative Sessions and impacted DHHS:

DHHS Testimony and Letters 

2014 Interim Hearings:

2014 Legislative Session:

2013 Interim Hearings:

  • December 9, 2013 - LR300 Interim study to examine the treatment and services for people dually diagnosed with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness, or behavioral health problems. PDF DHHS Testimony DD  PDF DHHS Testimony BH
  • November 14, 2013 - LR262 Interim study to examine issues surrounding the high rate of placement of Nebraska’s Native American children involved in the foster care system. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • November 14, 2013 - LR261 Interim study to examine barriers to permanent placements for Nebraska children who have been placed out of the home and are wards of the state. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • November 14, 2013 - LR312 Interim study to examine issues surrounding the child protective services system within the Department of Health and Human Services. PDF DHHS Testimony
  • October 25, 2013 - LR387 Interim study to examine how Nebraska is utilizing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds PDF DHHS Testimony
  • October 25, 2013 - LR238 Interim study to examine the Access Nebraska system, as well as the separation of the economic assistance programs from the medicaid program PDF Medicaid Testimony PDF Children & Family Services Testimony
  • October 25, 2013 - IV-E Waiver Briefing PDF DHHS Testimony
2013 Legislative Session:
  • January 16, 2013 - Child Welfare Update, Health and Human Services Committee PDF DHHS Testimony
  • March 25, 2013 - Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing for Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Public Health, Operations, and Veterans' Homes PDF DHHS Testimony, PDF Schemmer PowerPoint on Central Nebraska Replacement Veterans' Home
  • March 26, 2013 - Appropriations Committee Budget Hearing for Behavioral Health, Children and Family Services, and Developmental Disabilities PDF DHHS Testimony,  PDF DHHS Testimony - Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program
  • May 9, 2013 - Confirmation hearing for Director of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer, Joseph Acierno, MD, JD PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB8 Provide for coverage of children's day services under medicaid and social services PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB13  Require radon resistant construction and radon mitigation statements for residential construction and create a building codes task force  PDF DHHS Technical Letter 
  • LB156 Eliminate a report made to the Department of Health and Human Services by counties utilizing a community service program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB216 Adopt the Young Adult Voluntary Services and Support Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB225  Adopt the Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Act PDF DHHS Technical Letter
  • LB260 Change requirements for a data and information system under the Nebraska Behavioral Health Services Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB265 Change foster care licensure and kinship home and relative home provisions PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB270 Provide for a medicaid state plan amendment relating to services for children with serious emotional disturbance PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB309 Adopt the Department of Health and Human Services Delivery Improvement and Efficiency Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB330 Change eligibility provisions relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB326 Change provisions of Pharmacy Practice Act and Automated Medication Systems Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB338 Prohibit certain practices by health care professionals and health care facilities PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB343 Change terminology related to mental retardation PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB368 Create a subsidized employment pilot program within the Department of Health and Human Services PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB371 Adopt the Transparency in Government Procurement Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB421 Provide powers and duties for professional boards regarding credentialing veterans PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB422 Provide duties for credentialing boards and temporary practice permits for military spouses PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB430 Change asset limitation for the aid to dependent children program, child care subsidy, and the Welfare Reform Act PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB434 Provide for emergency management registries for persons with special needs PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB443 Adopt the Children's Residential Facilities and Placing Licensure Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB447 Provide for sales tax on soft drinks, change the distribution of sales tax proceeds, and provide funding for projects to help children   PDF DHHS Technical Letter
  • LB452 Require a medicaid waiver to provide coverage for family planning services PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB471 Change provisions relating to juvenile commitment evaluations PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB487 Change health care certificate of need provisions PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB503 Rename the Child Protection Act and provide for alternative response to a report of child abuse or neglect PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB508 Change provisions relating to the aid to dependent children program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB518 Change certain eligibility provisions of the medical assistance program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB526 Change optometry licensure and certification to perform minor surgery and use pharmaceutical agents PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB527 Change optometry licensure and certification to use pharmaceutical agents PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB535 Adopt Prescription Monitoring Program Act and repeal prescription monitoring provisions PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB536 Approve claims against the state PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB561 State findings and intent for changes to the juvenile justice system and a funding mechanism PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB555 Adopt the Preparing Students for Educational Success Act PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB556 Provide for telehealth services for children, change the medical assistance program, and provide duties for the Department of Health and Human Services PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB577 Change provisions relating to the medical assistance program PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB632 Change funding for county offices relating to public assistance programs PDF DHHS Testimony

2012 Interim Hearings:

  • Implementation of Juvenile Services Delivery Project Under LB985 PDF DHHS Testimony
  • Presentation for the Health and Human Services Committee by Director Vivianne Chaumont  PDF Medicaid 101
  • LR525  Interim study to examine how Nebraska's system for screening, assessing, and investigating reports of child abuse and neglect contributes to Nebraska's rates of out-of-home care & LR529 Interim study to provide for review and assessment and make recommendations relating to the entry of children into the child welfare system - PDF  DHHS Testimony
  • LR535 Interim study to examine the conditions, use, and effectiveness of Nebraska's youth rehabilitation and treatment centers PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LR551  Interim study to assess the effectiveness of ACCESSNebraska for clients, community-based partners, and workers using qualitative and quantitative analysis - PDF DHHS Testimony

2012 Legislative Session:

  • Appropriations Committee - Agency 25, January 30, 2012 - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB712 - Change permitted practice provisions under the Certified Nurse Midwifery Practice Act - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB723 - Change provisions relating to small systems under the Nebraska Safe Drinking Water Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB765 - Change bidding requirements relating to contracts with providers of certain health and social services as prescribed - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB773 - Change Uniform Credentialing Act fee provisions - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB794 - Redefine "byproduct material" under the Radiation Control Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB820 - Provide for a foster care demonstration project – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB821 - Create the Nebraska Children's Commission and require legislation to create the Department of Children's Services – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB825 - Establish local offices for access to public benefit programs – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB826 - Change provisions relating to legislative consideration of proposed rules and regulations under the Medical Assistance Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB831 - Adopt the Genetic Counseling Practice Act - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB834 - Change the Nebraska Regulation of Health Professions Act – PDF DHHS Testimony  
  • LB871 - Provide for policies relating to fees and copays relating to the Behavioral Health Services Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB874 - Change foster care licensure provisions – PDF DHHS Testimony 
  • LB891 - Provide for a medicaid waiver to provide coverage for certain low-income HIV-infected individuals – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB892 - Provide for credentialing military applicants and spouses under the Uniform Credentialing Act - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB904 - Change Vital Statistics Act reporting requirements for annulments and dissolutions of marriage – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB945 - Require licensees under the Child Care Licensing Act to provide proof of radon levels at child care locations - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB949 - Require reports and a strategic plan by the Division of Children and Family Services of the Department of Health and Human Services - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB952 - Change appropriation provisions relating to the medical assistance program – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB957 - Adopt the Office of Inspector General for Nebraska Child Welfare Act – PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB961 - Change provisions relating to case management of child welfare services – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB972 - Transfer the youth rehabilitation and treatment centers from the Office of Juvenile Services to the Department of Correctional Services – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB993 - Change provisions relating to child abuse and neglect teams and child advocacy centers - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1002 - Change long-term care bed moratorium provisions - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB1010 - Change eligibility provisions relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1028 - Require Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a grant relating to long-term care services - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1038 - Require blood-lead testing prior to school enrollment – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1041 - Adopt the Department of Health and Human Services Delivery Improvement and Efficiency Act – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1047 - Require safe injection practices as prescribed - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB1051 - Change registry provisions regarding adult protective services and child protection cases – PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1060 - Change procedures for adoption and promulgation of rules and regulations - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1063 - Adopt the Children's Health and Treatment Act - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1073 - Deny payment of claims - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1083 - Clarify permitted practices under the Nurse Practice Act - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB1136 - Create and provide for a wage subsidy program - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1146 - Appropriate funds to carry out the Nebraska Prostitution Intervention and Treatment Act - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1153 - Require timely provisions of juvenile-court ordered treatment or services - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1158 - Provide requirements for medical assistance behavioral health managed care contracts - PDF DHHS Testimony
  • LB1160 - Require Department of Health and Human Services to develop an information system and provide for reports and an evaluation - PDF DHHS Letter
  • LB1172 - Provide an additional ground for termination of parental rights - PDF DHHS Letter

Bryson Bartels, Legislative Liaison
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5044
Phone: (402) 471-0541
 
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