In 2018, Bice voted for a bill to change state Medicaid qualifications by requiring most recipients between 19 and 64 years old to work or participate in skills training.
Health care bills
Bice, who has been in the state Senate since 2014, said she worked with people in the autism community on legislation requiring insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in people younger than 9.
She said she authored a bill aimed at limiting the use of antipsychotic drugs on nursing home residents.
“Oklahoma was ranked as the worst state in the nation when it came to the use of antipsychotics on nursing home patients with no psychiatric diagnosis,” she said. “Under the new law, a prescribing clinician would examine and diagnose the nursing home patient before an antipsychotic could be given.”
Horn last year sought a Government Accountability Office report and held a town hall meeting on the high cost of insulin. She also sponsored a provision to cap out-of-pocket prescription drug prices for seniors on Medicare Part D to $2,000 per year, a savings of $3,100 per year.
That provision was included in broader legislation approved by the House to lower drug costs. The Senate has not taken up the bill, which, Horn said, would lower insulin costs by 76% and allow Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.
Horn said the coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act, approved by Congress in March included “incredibly important” funding for hospitals, medical centers and health care workers and a guarantee of free testing, regardless of insurance.