From Govenror Sisolak:
I’d like to thank Senator Yvanna Cancela and Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton for their leadership on some incredible, game-changing health care bills this session, and I’d like to thank UNITE HERE and Culinary leadership D. Taylor, Geo Argüello-Kline, and Ted Pappageorge for joining us.
The Culinary Union had an incredible legislative session. You all worked tirelessly to advocate for important bills that will improve access to quality, affordable health care for all Nevadans — bills I was proud to sign into law, like ending surprise billing and increasing transparency for asthma drug prices.
Today, I’m honored to sign even more Culinary priorities into law that will expand access to health care for the working families of this state. Senate Bill 378 creates the Silver State Scripts Board, which replaces the current Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee that oversees which prescription drugs are eligible for coverage under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan, or CHIP. This bill also allows the Silver State Scripts Board to explore ways to reduce prescription drug costs to both patients and insurers.
Another way to reduce health care costs is to make sure we have the right amount of trauma centers in each community based on need. Hospital trauma centers are vital to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of residents and visitors. But a flood of trauma centers that don’t rely on a comprehensive needs assessment undermines our current system and can drive up health care costs. We need to ensure Nevadans get the care they need when they need it, while protecting patients from expensive care the community doesn’t need. Assembly Bill 317 shifts the responsibility of deciding whether to add an additional trauma center from the local level to the state. It requires Nevada to identify trauma care shortage areas and determine the need for adding new trauma centers. Counties will then determine where to best locate those centers.
Finally, Assembly Bill 361 strengthens enforcement mechanisms for ensuring that medical students in clinical rotations in Nevada are students in good standing and are enrolled at an accredited medical school.
These three bills will improve the quality and affordability of health care throughout the state, and I’m honored to sign them into law today.
I want to close by saying this: the hardworking men and women here today are the reason I am so proud to call Nevada my home, and I will always fight for the working families of this state.