Politics & Government

House panel passes adult abuse registry bill

FRANKFORT — A proposal that would create a registry of people who have abused adults won approval Thursday from a House panel.

House Bill 101, sponsored by Rep. Ruth Ann Palumbo, D-Lexington, unanimously passed the House Health and Welfare Committee. A similar bill passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday.

The bills would require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish a registry of people who the state determined has abused or neglected an adult in their care.

Although most health care professionals are required to undergo a criminal background check, many people who have been found to have abused an adult are not prosecuted, advocates for the disabled say. That means people who have abused adults can move from job to job without an employer knowing the person's previous abuse history.

There is a similar registry for people who abuse children.

Also on Thursday, the House Health and Welfare Committee passed House Bill 282, which would give nurse practitioners the ability to prescribe some medications, but not controlled substances. A similar bill, House Bill 241, which would allow physician assistants to prescribe some medications also passed the committee.

A measure that would establish a unit to oversee the expansion of managed care Medicaid programs also passed the committee. House Bill 265 would create a unit of up to 12 people that would specialize in various forms of managed care.

All of the bills now go to the full House.