HHS clean-up bill approved

A bill intended to improve the efficiency of the state Department of Health and Human Services was given final approval April 24.

<a href='http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist12' target='_blank' title='Link to the website of Sen. Merv Riepe'>Sen. Merv Riepe</a>
Sen. Merv Riepe

LB417, introduced by Ralston Sen. Merv Reipe, makes numerous technical changes, incorporates operational efficiencies and removes outdated reporting requirements.

Among other provisions, the bill:
• eliminates waiver reporting requirements for relative foster care;
• replaces the term “nursing assistant” with “nurse aid” in state law;
• provides for electronic notifications under the Uniform Credentialing Act;
• removes the term “companion” and make various changes to the newly-named Senior Volunteer Program Act; and
• mandates that the department make aging services annual grants in an amount not to exceed $25,000.

LB417 passed on a 47-0 vote.

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