Bill would require health measures to be approved by Nebraska DHHS

Right now, Lancaster County is the only health department in the state that can issue a DHM without state approval.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department can issue a directed health measure without the approval of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

A new bill would change that.

LLCHD is the only county health department that can issue a DHM without the approval of DHHS.  This is because it is older than DHHS.

Those who support the bill say this would lead to less confusion between counties.

“LB 859 would provide DHHS the ability to have a more coordinated and united effort to any statewide emergency more effectively keeping Nebraskans safe and healthy,” said Dr. Gary Anthone, the chief medical officer at DHHS.

Opponents say this bill would only complicate things and would make it harder for the health department to respond quickly to emergencies.

“It is critical that local health officials have the ability to take actions to reduce the impacts of infectious diseases — the authority that our department has used judiciously for over 100 years,” said Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Director Pat Lopez.

This bill is still in committee and would have to be approved before moving to the floor for debate.

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