melinda gibbons prunty CURRENTBELTON, Ky. (5/14/18) — This is part four of a wrap up of the 2018 60-day session. A few other highlights not mentioned in the previous three columns include the passage of the following bills:
 
Senate Bill 5 will make the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services responsible for setting the reimbursement rates for pharmacists when filling prescriptions for Medicaid patients. The rate is currently determined by pharmacy benefit managers and there has been a large discrepancy between what they have been reimbursing independent pharmacists and chain pharmacies, some of whom they have owned. There is an apparent conflict of interest that needs to be addressed. This is the first step in that process.
 
To help fight the opioid crisis, Senate Bill 6 will require pharmacists to provide information on how to get rid of leftover unused and unwanted prescription medicines.
 
SB 57 will allow for anyone injured by an act of terrorism in the state of Kentucky to file a claim for damages in a state court against the terrorist.

Too often many lives could have been saved when it was known that a person wanted to be an organ donor and those wishes were ignored. HB 84 will require coroners or medical examiners to release identifying and other relevant information about a person upon their death to the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates if the person’s wish to be an organ donor is known and the organs can be used for transplant.
 
HB 363 was passed to try and increase accountability in the state’s Medicaid and welfare systems. It will require state agencies to share information and review cases to determine ongoing eligibility for public assistance. When there are people receiving benefits that do not truly need them it keeps those who desperately need them from receiving them as well as takes more money out of working people's pockets to cover them.
 
I was able to attend the Youth Leadership Graduation Ceremony Tuesday evening, the Chamber lunch on Thursday and the Opportunity Center’s Mother’s Day Tea on Friday in Muhlenberg County this week. The proposed projects of the youth leaders were both creative and encouraging to see vision developed as well as financial skills in budgeting and fundraising applied; great job to all those involved. Being able to connect back with folks in the district at the Chamber meeting and receive their feedback about recently passed legislation was helpful. The Mother’s Day Tea was a blessing to see the good work that is carried on at the Center. The gifts the clients offer the community are priceless.  
 
I welcome your comments and concerns on any issue and can be reached, regardless if in session or not, through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at-1-800-372-7181, at 502-564-8100 Ext. 686, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please follow me on Facebook @melindagibbonsprunty. You can also keep track of committee meetings and potential legislation through the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov
 
Note: Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty represents the 15th House District serving Muhlenberg and SE Hopkins Counties which includes White Plains, Morton’s Gap, Anton as well as sections of Nortonville, Earlington and SE Madisonville. She is Vice-Chair of the Health & Family Services Committee and serves as a member of the Education, IT & Small Business, Medicaid Advisory & Oversight Committees, the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education and is a member of the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Advisory Committee  

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