Bills Sponsored by Mimi Walters
115th Congress (2017-2018)
Requires all 340B Disproportionate Share Hospitals to cover the costs of providing care to uninsured patients with an emergency department to be Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE)-ready facilities, which requires a sexual assault forensic examiner be available at all times. (Disproportionate Share Hospitals serve a significantly disproportionate number of low income patients and receive payments from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.)
Date Introduced by Mimi Walters 6/28/18.
This bill temporarily allows states to apply to receive federal Medicaid payment for services provided in institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) for enrollees (aged 21 to 64) with opioid use disorders. In general, with respect to an eligible enrollee, services may be covered for a total of up to 30 days in a 12-month period. States must include specified information in their applications, including plans to improve access to outpatient care.
Current law generally prohibits federal payment under Medicaid for services provided in IMDs for individuals under the age of 65 (although states may receive payment through certain mechanisms, such as through a Medicaid demonstration waiver).
Democrats charge the bill is needlessly exclusionary by limiting the Medicaid coverage at mental health facilities to opioid users and not all types of substance abuse... The opioid crisis has hit white populations hardest. Democrats say that by limiting the Medicaid reimbursement to opioid users, it ignores people with other addictions, particularly those that affect minority communities.
Date Introduced by Mimi Walters 5/15/18
Date Passed by House 6/20/18
H.R.4219 - To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to include a voluntary option for qualified flexible workplace arrangements.
To amend the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to promote communications facilities deployment on Federal property, and for other purposes. Expands the current regulations allowing wireless facilities installations on federal lands to cover all communications facilities, not just wireless.
Date introduced by Mimi Walters 1/16/18
Allows victims from the October 2017 wildfires in California to deduct property damage costs from their taxes, provides for affordable penalty-free withdrawals from their retirement accounts, and encourages charitable giving to help those in need
Date Introduced by Mimi Walters 11/15/17
Language to this bill was incorporated into H.R. 1892 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which was signed into law by the President on 2/9/18.
Nicknamed the Workflex Bill. Amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to create a flexible work arrangement plan. To qualify as an ERISA-covered plan, the plan would have to include two components: a federal paid leave standard and flexible work arrangements. Employer participation would be voluntary and an employee's participation in any flexible work arrangement would be voluntary. The legislation would pre-empt all state and local paid leave laws but not state and local laws mandating unpaid leave or state temporary disability insurance requirements. While the bill provides from 12-20 days compensable days per year for full-time employees, the employer may determine whether the use of compensable leave at the time requested by an employee would "utterly disrupt the operations of the employer."
Date Introduced by Mimi Walters 11/2/17
Allows new entrants to the automobile industry, such as technology and ride-sharing companies, to test self-driving vehicle technology in interstate commerce.
Date introduced by Mimi Walters (and Democratic co-sponsor Doris Matsui): July 26, 2017
Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on July 26, 2017, Language from this bill was then incorporated into H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act which was passed by the House on September 6, 2017
Eliminates regulatory redundancies for low- or moderate-risk medical devices to streamline the review process and spur innovation. Also allows the FDA to grant 510(k) clearance, the 90-day review process that determines whether a device has an equivalent, for some class II medical devices.
Date Introduced by Mimi Walters (and Democratic co-sponsor Ami Bera): May 16, 2017
Referred to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health: May 19, 2017
To ensure the Chief Information Office of the Federal Communications Commission has a significant role in: the decision-making process for annual and multi-year planning, programming, budgeting, and execution decisions, related reporting requirements, and reports related to information technology; the management, governance, and oversight processes related to information technology; and the hiring of personnel with information technology responsibilities.
Date Introduced by Mimi Walters: May 18, 2017
Referred to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology: May 19, 2017
Provides for FDA classification of device accessories based on their intended uses, rather than based on the classification of any other device with which the accessories are intended to be used.
Date Introduced by Mimi Walters (and Democratic co-sponsor Ann Kuster): April 25, 2017
Language from this bill was incorporated into Section 707“Risk-based classification of accessories”of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2430) which was passed by the House on July 12, 2017.