Baker signs health care bill into law

Sets rules for telehealth going forward

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER continued to clear his desk on New Year’s Day, signing a health care bill providing rules of the road going forward for telehealth and another bill restricting the use of flame retardants.

The new health care law also expands the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, other specialized nurses, and optometrists, and takes steps to protect consumers from surprise medical bills.

The law also extends requirements for all insurance carriers in Massachusetts to cover COVID-19 testing and treatment. For more on the bill, click here.

With the Legislature’s session set to expire Tuesday, here is other legislation awaiting action on Beacon Hill.

Conference committees: Three panels set up to resolve differences between House and Senate bills have reached no agreements yet.

Transportation bond – Sent to conference July 23, 2020. To learn more, click here.

Economic development – Sent to conference July 30, 2020. To learn more, click here.

Climate change – Sent to conference August 6, 2020. To learn more, click here.

Ping-ponging between the branches:

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Bruce Mohl

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About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Unemployment insurance legislation – Would ease impact on businesses about to be hit by a roughly 60 percent increase in assessments. H5206 is in Labor and Workforce Committee. To learn more, click here.

Campus sexual assault legislation – H4418 is in the House Ways and Means Committee. To learn more, click here.