Public Health

Representative Campbell works hard to ensure that the people of the Commonwealth receive affordable, quality health care and reside in a safe and healthy environment. See below for public health legislation Representative Campbell has previously supported in past Legislative Sessions: AG Makes Deal with Narcan Drug Firm "Rep. Linda Campbell, D-Methuen, whose district has been hit hard by opiate overdoses, praised the deal and said she hopes it will encourage more public and private contributions to the fund for the Narcan bulk-purchasing program." She co-sponsored the legislation creating the program. "The more people participate in this program, the more leverage we're going to have," Campbell said. "It's a very important development." Attorney General Maura Healey has reached a deal with a California pharmaceutical company to reduce the cost of a drug used by first responders to avert heroin overdoses... [Click to Read More] H52 - An Act to provide access to hearing aids for children In 1998, Massachusetts passed a law mandating hearing screening for all newborns born in the Commonwealth before leaving a hospital or birth center. Once hearing loss is diagnosed and hearing aids are prescribed, however, parents or caregivers must pay out-of-pocket for hearing aids for their children, which cost upwards of $2,000 each and must be replaced every 3 to 5 years. Of the 80,000 births annually in Massachusetts, approximately 150 children will be diagnosed with hearing loss and prescribed hearing aids. Hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects in the U.S., occurring in 3 of every 1,000 births. Children who have early access to hearing aids tend to develop speech and language on par with their hearing peers and have joined mainstream classrooms. This means long-term cost savings to the Commonwealth- money that would otherwise be spent on special education, social services and medical care- at a very low cost to private insurance. Access to hearing aids for the children who need them in Massachusetts remains inadequate due to their cost and the fact that most insurance companies specifically exclude hearing aids from coverage in their plans. We can change this, as many other states have, and close the gap between early identification and access to hearing aids for children. H482 - An Act relative to a woman's right to know To ensure that women seeking abortions are provided a fully informed choice and a sufficient period of time to reflect on the information provided, “to reduce the risk that a woman may elect an abortion, only to discover later, with devastating psychological consequences, that her decision was not fully informed.” Also, language was added to ensure that a pregnant woman has the right upon her request to view a live ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of her unborn child before an abortion. A provision is included in the legislation requesting that this bill be titled, “Laura’s Law”. H1901 - An Act relative to the licensure of applied behavior analysts This bill establishes a board of registration of applied behavior analysts within the division of professional licensure, which would include Independently Licensed Applied Behavior Analysts, Licensed Applied Behavior Analysts, and representatives of the public as the board members. The bill establishes terms limits of board members, board infrastructure, compensation of members, and duties of the board. H2348 - An Act relative to the modernization of optometric patient care This legislation will allow optometrists, who are currently authorized to diagnose and co-manage the treatment of a patient’s glaucoma, to actually provide the treatment for glaucoma. As well, the legislation would allow optometrists to keep an epinephrine pen (“Epi-pen”) on-site and utilize it in the emergency treatment of anaphylactic shock, as currently permitted with coaches, nurses and other professions. Finally, this legislation will allow optometrists to write limited prescriptions for those pharmaceutical agents specifically used in the treatment of eye conditions and disease, which are integral to the practice of optometry, including antibiotics for ocular infections and anti-glaucoma medications. The legislation, which prohibits the prescribing of Schedule II drugs (i.e. Oxycontin), further prohibits the prescription of hallucinogenic drugs and anabolic steroids. H3310 - An Act Promoting Equal Choice and Related Cost Savings This legislation would restore “residential habilitation” to the MassHealth program for seniors who meet the clinical requirements for nursing facility care; amend the MassHealth statute to expedite the process of enrolling the elderly and individuals with disabilities into a home and community based program; add spouses to the definition of family member who may serve as a paid caregiver to home and community based services, and; develop or amend standards and regulations to the PCA program to include eligible members who require supervision and cueing in order to perform two or more activities of daily living.      
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