SB 63: Calls for the use of a “smart card” to verify identification of Medicaid recipients and provides that the department may also use biometric technology to verify the identity of Medicaid enrollees. Status: Passed the Senate on Crossover Day after much debate on the floor. Has been assigned to the House Health and Human Services Committee, where it will be heard this Thursday.

SB 17: Establishing the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits. Status: Passed the Senate. Passed the House on Wednesday by a vote of 96-67. Two amendments were added: one adding a pediatrician, an OB/GYN and two business people; the other stated that there would be no per diem related to meetings.

HB 214: Creates a Department of Public Health. Status: Passed the House. Given a Do Pass Recommendation by the full Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and is scheduled for debate and vote on the Floor of the Senate Chamber Thursday.