SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

March 09, 2001                                                                                                       Hearing Room B

1:00 PM                                                                                                                       Tapes  46 - 48

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Fisher, Chair

Sen. Margaret Carter, Vice-Chair

Sen. Gary George

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Ken Messerle

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Administrator

Cheryl Young, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES HEARD:                       HCR 3 Work Session

                                                SB 210 Work Session

HB 2247A Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2248A Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HB 2249 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 105 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 512 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 659 Public Hearing

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 46, A

005

Chair Fisher

Opens Meeting at:1:12 p.m.  Opens Work Session on HCR  3

HCR3,  WORK SESSION 

007

Staff

Summarizes bill HCR 3-1

017

Chair Fisher

Asks for Motion for amendment.

018

Sen. Messerle

MOTION:  Moves HCR 3 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED AS AMENDED WITH a DO PASS recommendation.

019

 

 

021

Sen. Carter

Makes comments regarding former State Representative Anderson.

040

Chair Fisher

Refers to Representative Anderson being a dentist and the upcoming dental bill to be heard.

055

 

VOTE:  4-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. George

 

Chair Fisher

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. FISHER will lead discussion on the floor.

056

Chair Fisher

Closes Work Session on HCR 3. Open Work session SB 210

SB 210, WORK SESSION

060

Staff

Summarizes SB 210

077

Sen. Shields

Asks for clarification on line 38 of bill.

089

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves SB  210-2 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

Chair Fisher

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

089

Sen. Messerle

States for the record that he does not like this amendment, but will not hold up the bill, and has been told there is another bill coming from the House that he can address his concerns to.

095

Chair Fisher

Closes work session on SB 210. Opens  Public Hearing on  SB 105

SB 105, PUBLIC HEARING

105

Staff

Summarizes SB 105.

117

Jane Myers

Director, Government Affairs for the Oregon Dental Association. Testified that the bill will clear up and resolve some issues. Speaks in favor of the bill. Submits written testimony. (EXHIBIT A).

160

Dr. Lee Watson

Licensee in Oregon. Feels that the bill is a good idea. This bill helps both the dentists and the citizens of Oregon. Speaks in favor of this bill.

195

Chair Fisher

States that he thinks this bill would be great for families of disabled or deceased dentists, and supports this bill.

220

Dr. Clayton Stearns

Practicing dentist in Salem. Speaks in favor of this bill. Submits written testimony. (EXHIBIT B).

266

Sen. Carter

Asks how the current law works.

273

Stearns

Responds.

280

Sen. Carter

States that if the owner of the practice is deceased and the inheritor of the practice is not a licensed dentist, then how doe that affect how the current law works.

291

Stearns

Responds to question and clarifies

301

Sen. Carter

Notes that if a person is deceased and a person is not a licensed dentist and they want to keep the practice, there is that period of time when someone licensed has to be hired to operate and maintain the dental office. States that according to what was said earlier this is something that needs to be fixed.

312

Chair Fisher

Comments that he doesn’t think it needs to be fixed because this allows a 12-month exemption to the law. It just allows an adjustment period of no longer than 12 months.

324

Sen. Carter

States that technically, they do not own it.

325

Chair Fisher

States that there are many bills with exceptions where it is just one exception to the time when you would have to fulfill number 2. He feels that it is perfectly proper.

332

Sen. Messerle

States that he has the same problems as Sen. Carter has, that 12 months is too short. As testified, it could take much longer. It is understood that it could be extended, but, as long as there are licensed dentists operating in the clinic, why is there a need for the owner to be a dentist.

348

Chair Fisher

States that there are some major problems with the bill and that it was not looked upon as timely to be able to take all that into consideration. States that he will lend his support during the interim, if he is put on that committee.

361

Sen. Carter

Likens the situation to the Local Government who makes things more complicated than they need to be.

369

Chair Fisher

Responds that they cannot do that now.

372

Sen. Carter

Asks if they are non-profits.

373

Chair Fisher

Responds that law does not set it up. It points out the overall problems and they need to have at least a small portion of this fixed now, but to go back and fully rewrite it at this time is too time consuming.

383

Bruce Bishop

On behalf of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest. Speaks in favor of SB 105 as written. Speaks of some concerns regarding wording of the current statute. Urges the committee to consider amendments to the bill. Submits written testimony. (EXHIBIT C).

464

Chair Fisher

Asks if they would support this if the committee cannot arrive at a reasonable time frame. States that he has a loyalty to people who bring a bill and that he is not unwilling to attempt something more, but he was the sponsor and did it for particular folks and reasons. He does not wish to be arbitrary over their wishes.

482

Bishop

Responds. 

Tape 47,A

039

Sen. Carter

Requests further clarification of the present law.

053

Chair Fisher

Agrees with Sen. Carter that there needs to be work on the major bill.  Invites Ms. Myers to return to answer questions.

060

Jane Myers

Clarifies some points and misunderstandings in this bill.

095

Sen. Carter

States that there is a difference between a corporation and a licensed dentist. States that this bill is confusing to her.

110

Chair Fisher

Agrees. Because it is not set up to do that with our law it puts a strain on the unexpected happenings. States that this bill answers that, but foresees not getting any answer to this.

130

Sen. Shields

States that he will support the ideas behind this bill. Asks why he should care who owns a practice if only a licensed dentist is going to do the work. It would solve the problem as well as eliminate about 750 words in the ORS.

145

Chair Fisher

Describes the processes that need to be gone through. Because of the time constraints that the committee is under he is willing to compromise and get LC to redraft this. This bill could go over to the House from here and be amended there. States that he recognizes there is a problem with the whole law.

168

Sen. Messerle

States that we make more problems than there really is. Notes that if the bill could be cleaned up to the point that has been stated by others, and as long as a licensed dentist is running the operation, why do we care beyond that.

185

Myers

Responds to questions.

216

Chair Fisher

Comments regarding the municipal aspect of the bill.

224

Bishop

With the suggestion that he made a gross misinterpretation of the bill, he disagrees and continues with statement.

267

Clayton Stearns

Speaks about the problems of ownership of dental practices.

328

Sen. Shields

States that he spoke with someone about a possible problem with OHSU because they own their dental clinic, and they are not dentists.

337

Stearns

Responds regarding an exemption to educational institutions.

339

Sen. Shields

Feels that the bill can be made simpler.

348

Chair Fisher

With the time constraints, he does not feel that they can get all the people and testimony together in a timely fashion. There are going to be a great many people who will want to have some input, and if it can be arrived at, it is his feeling that they apply the amendment to this bill today and get it on its way to the House.

375

Sen. Messerle

Suggests they could possibly save some time in the process if a short amount of time was given for them to work out something before the bill is shipped out.

382

Chair Fisher

Replies that it’s been delayed because they’ve tried to work together and they did come to an arrangement with the idea of working towards settling the whole problem. 

389

Sen. Messerle

States that it’s the first time he’s heard this proposal.

391

Chair Fisher

States that he’s been working behind the scenes trying to conserve his committee time as much as possible. He recognized there was an overall problem and has told both sides that he would work with them on the problem at a later date. Closes Public Hearing on SB 105. Open Work session on SB 105.

SB 105, WORK SESSION

413

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves SB 105-1 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

415

Sen. Shields

Relates a story, and comments on creating difficulty with this bill. States that this bill should be passed onto the House to make it more efficient.

439

Sen. Carter

States that she is supporting this bill only by courtesy to the Chair. States that she has had many calls from dentists and Kaiser Hospital with concerns.

449

Chair Fisher

States that he wants to work on this, and promises in every respect that they will work on the larger problem and try to incorporate it into this bill.

474

Sen. Shields

States that he wants to be on record in joining Sen. Carter in taking a simple task and making it difficult. He feels it can be done more simply, but to support the Chair and move this bill along, he will vote for it. It is his hope that when it gets to Rep. Kruses’  committee, we can take quick and serious look at making it much simpler that it is now.

489

Sen. Messerle

Restates for the record, he supports this bill as a courtesy to the Chair, but is also concerned that they are really not helping out the estates, the widows or families. Is hopeful they will see a compromise bill come back.

500

Chair Fisher

States that he echoes that sentiment. He would like to see a much more reasonable law, so promises to honor their courtesies and to the group that brought it forward and work as hard has he can to see that something is done this session to make it better for everyone concerned.

517

Chair

VOTE:  4-0

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. George The motion CARRIES.

SEN. FISHER will lead discussion on the floor.

Tape 46,B

046

Chair Fisher

Closes Work Session on SB 105. Opens Public Hearing on HB 2247, HB 2248, and HB 2249.

HB 2247, HB 2248, HB 2249 PUBLIC HEARING

053

Staff

Summarizes HB2247, HB 2248, and HB 2249.

068

Sue Wilson

Director, Health Licensing Bureau. Would like some of the language rewritten from the 1999 Session on HB 2247. Asks for support on the passage of this bill. Submits written testimony. (EXHIBIT D).

103

Chair Fisher

Asks if this request refers to all three bills.

104

Wilson

Clarifies. Continues testimony on HB 2248 and speaks in favor of this bill. Submits written testimony. (EXHIBIT E).

130

Sen. Carter

Asks if this is basically combining the three agencies to the Health Licensing Office.

142

Wilson

Responds and continues testimony on HB 2249. States that this bill makes uniform the laws not fixed in the 1999 session. Speaks in support of this bill. Submits written testimony. (EXHIBIT F).

150

Sen. Shields

Asks if there is support from others in the medical field on for these bills.

153

Wilson

Yes

154

Sen. Shields

Notes that none of them felt it necessary to be here today.

155

Wilson

Responds.

161

Chair Fisher

States that he and Rep Kruse have worked together on these bills, and has made it a practice of not sending him things that aren’t finished up. States that they do that out of respect each other’s committee time. Closes Public Hearing on HB 2247, 2248,and 2249.  Opens Work Session on HB 2247.

180

Chair Fisher

Closes Work Session HB 2247. Opens Work Session on HB 2249

WORK SESSION, HB 2249

183

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves HB  2249 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

185

 

VOTE:  4-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. George

190

Chair

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. CARTER will lead discussion on the floor.

192

Chair Fisher

Closes Work Session on HB 2249. Opens Work Session on HB 2248A.

195

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves HB 2248A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

198

 

VOTE:  4-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. George

202

Chair

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

207

Chair Fisher

Closes Work Session on HB 2248A. Opens Work Session on HB 2247A.

209

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves HB 2247A to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

212

 

VOTE:  4-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. George

216

Chair

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. MESSERLE will lead discussion on the floor.

219

Chair Fisher

Closes Work Session on HB 2247A. Opens Public Hearing on SB 512

SB 512, PUBLIC HEARING

225

Staff

Summarizes SB 512.

254

Jim Carlson

Representing the Oregon Health Care Association and the Oregon Center for Assisted Living.  Discusses quality improvement plan for nursing home care in the state.

269

Margaret. Carley

Deputy Director and Legal Counsel for Oregon Health Care. Discusses bill and amendments. Submits written testimony. (EXHIBIT G).

334

Chair Fisher

Asks for clarification the - 2 amendments that should have been the - 3 amendments that she spoke of.

339

Carley

Responds

340

Jim Carlson

Clarifies information regarding the - 4 amendment, and the general fund impact.

363

Chair Fisher

Asks if the charge would be a one-time fee.

364

Carlson

Responds it would be an on going yearly license fee..

371

Carley

Briefly discuses the sunset proposal and fee.

373

Sen. Carter

Asks if they have started on their HIPA request.

377

Carlson

Responds to question.

394

Sen. Carter

Makes a recommendation that the committee prepare a letter, because we have put nursing homes in the forefront. Because of money cutbacks people are closing their doors. “Since we, the people, are part of this problem, we should be part of the solution”. Urges granting this request.

419

Chair Fisher

States they did do letters to Washington during the interim on rural health issues. States that he is very supportive of this effort and that he will bring the suggestion before the full committee.

435

Dan Kaplan

Deputy Administrator at Senior and Disabled Services Division. Speaks in opposition of this bill. Submits written testimony. (EXHIBIT H).

470

Sen. Carter

Asks what kinds of fees they are requesting in HB 2468.

476

Kaplan

Responds.

496

Sen. Carter

Asks how he wants the committee to deal with this issue in SB 512. 

Tape 47,B

037

Chair Fisher

Responds to Sen. Carter that the House Bill mentioned brings an added fee of much or more than what this bill being discussed poses. Gives and explanation of what fund reductions have done, and what the advantages and disadvantages might be.

052

Carlson

States that the organization does not support HB 2468, but they do support restorations to continuing service level funding for the division.

063

Chair Fisher

Apologizes to May for cutting her off at an earlier meeting.  Refers to Phyllis Rand’s letter stating opposition to the bill.

096

Phyllis Rand

Governor’s Commission on Senior Services. States that they drafted this letter from the original bill and have not seen or known about the amendments. States that she will take the amendments back to the commission and then get back to the committee.

107

Chair Fisher

States that he wanted her to speak regarding the actual finance plan, and that the funds need to be put in by Ways and Means to authorize the spending of them.

115

Rand

States the commission’s concerns.

124

Sen. Carter

Asks Mr. Kaplan if the monies in HB 2648 will fill the hole that is in his budget.

130

Dan Kaplan

Responds to question.

139

Sen. Carter

Asks what the total reduction amount in his budget this session is.

141

Kaplan

Responds and clarifies. 

1555

Sen. Carter

States that “this is obscene”. 

156

Chair Fisher

Closes Public Hearing on SB 512. Opens Work Session on SB 512. Declares a potential conflict of interest in the nursing home industry.

173

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves SB 512-3 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. George

 

Chair

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

176

Sen. Carter

Asks for a discussion regarding the –4 which has a dollar amount and the –5 that does not. Asks what the expediency is in either one of the two.

180

Chair Fisher

Responds that there is some discussion regarding how much money they want. There are two amendments drafted and the Ways and Means Committee will probably be the deciding factor on how much to money to award. There will also be other opportunities for further cost projections to be done. 

186

Sen. Carter

Since Ways and Means are going to be the discretionary unit to talk about this, it appears the one with no dollar amount makes the most sense, and send the one with the lower figure so they won’t go below that. .

196

Sen. Shields

States that he likes the –4 better.

206

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves SB 512-4 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means.

219

 

VOTE:  4-0

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. George

221

Chair

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

225

Chair Fisher

Closes Work Session on SB 512. Opens Public Hearing on SB 659.

SB 659, PUBLIC HEARING

227

Staff

Summarizes SB 659.

243

Chair Fisher

Announces sub-committee for hearing purposes.

250

Sen. Mae Yih

Representing District 19. Testifies on behalf of SB 659. Submits written testimony. (EXHIBITS I and J).

349

Chair Fisher

Asks if the Senator also has an amendment.

351

Yih

Responds that Legislative Counsel prepared the amendment.

358

Chair Fisher

States that since they just got amendment before the meeting. They will not open a work session today, but will give folks a chance to review it and bring it back up for a further hearing in the future.

367

Sen. Yih

Asks for the committee to get data from each county for any progress reports for the past eight years, including current performance records and their goals for the future.

392

Sen. Shields

Asks if Mickey Lansing can’t get that kind of information for them.

400

Sen. Yih

Asks that they get the Oregon Commission on Children and Families to make a report to the committee.

408

Sen. Shields.

States that he wants to see that report to see who is doing well and who’s not. Wants to differentiate between those using the money wisely and those who are not.

415

Sen. Yih

Agrees.

452

Sen. Carter

States that she wants Senator Yih to know she admires her work and hopes that she is encouraged to continue. Wishes to applaud her publicly.

463

Chair Fisher

Asks Ms. Lansing if it is possible to get some of the information that Senator Yih requested.

476

Mickey Lansing

State Commission with Children and Families.  Responds that they will provide that information to the committee. Expands on response.

Tape 48,A

062

Sen. Carter

States that she is under the impression that no performance measurements were shown at all.

065

Lansing

Responds that they do have performance measurements. Expands on response.

097

Sen. Carter

States that she feels it’s important that as we make laws in this state that we don’t try to imbalance the state because of one, and that we might need to issue a warning to that one piece of it.

101

Chair Fisher

States that he is very interested in having further conversation on this at a later date.

127

Lansing

States that they appreciate Sen. Yih’s efforts, and supports her in any way they can.

135

Chair Fisher

Closes sub-committee hearing on SB 659. Adjourns committee at 3:12.

 

Submitted By,                                                                            Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Cheryl Young,                                                                           Rick Berkobien,

Committee Assistant                                                                  Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 105, written testimony, Lee Watson, Jr. DMD, and Jane Myers, 1p.

B – SB 105, written testimony,  H. Clayton Stearns, DMD, 1p.

C – SB 105, written testimony,  Bruce A. Bishop, 2pp.

D – HB 2247-A, written testimony,  Susan K. Wilson, 2pp.

E – HB 2248-A, written testimony,  Susan K. Wilson, 2pp.

F – HB 2249, written testimony,  Susan K. Wilson, 2pp.

G – SB 512, written testimony, Margaret Murphy Carley, 15pp

H – SB 512, written testimony,  Dan Kaplan. 1p.

I – SB  659, written testimony,  Senator Mae Yih, 6pp.

J – SB 659, written testimony,  Senator Mae Yih, 2pp.