This week in the Legislature there are bills being passed, moving through committees and being introduced. Here in Charleston on Feb. 15, we celebrated West Virginia Nurses Association Day. Being a registered nurse, I was overjoyed to share a day in the Legislature with more than 900 nurses and nursing students of West Virginia.
One bill that I am a sponsor on and was introduced in the House this week is House Bill 4527. This bill would prohibit a health insurance policy or plan from reclassifying a drug on the formulary as a specialty tier drug or increasing the cost-sharing. This bill will first go to the Banking and Insurance Committee and will either be passed onto another committee, amended or substituted. The next committee that this bill will go to is Health and Human Resources. I will keep you updated in future columns on the status of this bill.
To date, we have passed 30 bills in the House. One bill that passed this week is House Bill 4127. This would declare Aug. 7 a special memorial day called Purple Heart Recognition Day. I am very pleased that this bill passed through the house. While we always honor those West Virginians who were wounded or lost in war in the U.S. Armed Forces in our hearts, I think it is good to have a day when we honor them publicly.
As you know, I am on a subcommittee regarding substance abuse. We have had one subcommittee meeting on the health side of health and human resources to go through the Governor's Substance Abuse Bill. We will have another meeting once we receive the bill that was passed in the Senate, as there were a lot of changes.
I also am on a subcommittee of education on teen pregnancy. This is a huge issue because teen pregnancy is up to 17 percent, which is one of the highest in the nation. In the subcommittee we are looking at the counties of West Virginia where the problem is most prevalent and trying to figure out why. Unfortunately, Randolph County has one of the highest percentages within the state.
As always, I welcome all calls to my Capitol office at 304-340-3145 and am glad to serve the people of the 37th District by responding to your questions about what is important to you. I am in the House of Delegates to serve you, so what better way to do that than to hear the issues important to you from you.