OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-302

AN ACT CONCERNING TELEHEALTH SERVICES.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 4086

File Copy No.: 420

Senate Calendar No.: 245


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Cost

93,667

93,667

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

30,664

30,664

Consumer Protection, Dept.

GF - Potential Revenue Gain

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

This amendment strikes the underlying bill and its associated fiscal impact and results in the following impact. The amendment allows telehealth providers to prescribe schedule II and III controlled substances through the use of telehealth for treatment of a psychiatric disability and results in a cost and potential revenue gain to the state.

The amendment increases the number of providers prescribing controlled substances into the state including those who may reside outside of the state, which makes investigations more complicated due to the challenge of obtaining behavioral health records. The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is responsible for investigating and monitoring the prescribing of schedule II and III controlled substances and would need to hire a Drug Control Agent ($84,405 salary, $30,664 fringe benefits, and $9,262 in associated other expenses) due to the increased investigation and monitoring responsibilities.

The amendment also results in a potential revenue gain to the extent that fines are assessed by DCP for non-compliance with schedule II and III prescription drug regulations. The Commissioner of DCP may impose a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 36.33% of payroll in FY 19 and FY 20.