New Laws Effective January 1, 2020

Posted on January 2, 2020 by admin


Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season shared with family and friends. Now that 2020 has arrived, there are tax changes and new laws that I would like to bring to your attention.

Tax Information

Below are the tax changes to expect. These were included in the most recent state budget, which I voted against.

  • Dry Cleaning – Expands existing state sales tax rate to dry cleaning services & laundry services
  • Parking – Expands existing state sales tax rate to parking
  • Interior Design Service – Expands existing state sales tax rate to interior design services
  • Safety Apparel – Repeals tax exempt status on safety apparel (vests, gloves, etc.)

New Public Acts

Below are highlights of healthcare-related public acts aimed at helping those struggling with impaired hearing, addiction, Alzheimer’s and dementia, and more. I was proud to support this bipartisan legislation.

Expanding Required Health Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids (PA 19-133)

This new law removes a previous age restriction (12 years and under) for mandatory health insurance coverage for hearing aids. Individuals of all ages are now eligible.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder (PA 19-159)

This new law creates a level of parity and protection for patients seeking mental health and substance abuse disorder treatments.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Training and Best Practices (PA 19-115)

This new law requires certain health care professionals who provide primary care or emergency treatment for adults to receive training in recognizing the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and to establish a working group to develop recommendations on improving the care of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients.

Prescription Drug Costs (PA 18-41)

This new law, originally passed in 2018, requires greater reporting requirements on pharmacy benefits managers, health carriers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, the Office of Health Strategy, and the Insurance Department concerning prescription drug rebates and the cost of prescription drugs.

For a full list of new laws, please click here.

As always, please contact me with questions about these updates or any state government matter.

Office Number: (800) 842-1423