SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

April 18, 2001                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

1:00 PM                                                                                                                       Tapes  92 - 94

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Fisher, Chair

Sen. Margaret Carter, Vice-Chair

Sen. Gary George

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Ken Messerle

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Administrator

Andrew Morris, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                       SB 210 A Work Session

SB 569 Work Session

SB 876 Public Hearing

                                                SB 784 Public Hearing

                                                SB 785 Public Hearing

                                                SB 790 Public Hearing

                                                SB 602 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 92, A

004

Chair Fisher

Calls meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. and opens a public hearing on     SB’s 784, 785, and 790

SB 784,  SB 785, SB 790 PUBLIC HEARING

015

Sen. Avel Gordly

SD 10.  Testifies in support of SB’s 784, 785, and 790 (EXHIBIT A).  Comments on the task force that created these bills.

050

Mark Gibson

Governor’s Office.  Testifies in support SB’s 784, 785, and 790.  Explains the background behind the presented bills.  Comments on healthcare issues facing minorities. 

089

Bob Mink

Interim Director, Department of Human Services (DHS).  Testifies in support of SB’s 784, 785, and 790.  Comments on healthcare disparities.  States a need for the legislation. 

124

Donnie Griffen

Interim Deputy Director, DHS.  Testifies in support of SB’s 784, 785, and 790 (EXHIBIT B).  Addresses existing health disparities.  States there is money in the governor’s budget for the proposed legislation.  Discusses cultural services provided by DHS.

184

Sen. Susan Castillo

SD 20.  Testifies in support SB’s 784, 785, and 790.  Discusses the need for the presented legislation. 

229

Sen. Carter

Comments on the task force that developed the legislation. 

242

Sen. Gordly

Comments on data collection procedures.  Explains data that was collected during the 1990’s that showed disparities in minority healthcare. 

294

Bob DiPrete

Oregon Health Plan Policy and Research.  Testifies in support of       SB 784.  Comments on the need for appropriate data collection methods. 

371

Melvin Kohn

MD, State Epidemiologist, Oregon Health Division.  Testifies is support of SB 784 (EXHIBIT C).  Comments on the need for data collection.

TAPE 93, A

000

Kohn

Continues testimony.

010

Sen. Carter

Comments on mental health treatment and violence prevention. 

019

Kohn

Discusses grant funding. 

034

Jeff Tryens

Oregon Progress Board.  Testifies on SB 784.  States the board had not met to take an official position, but states the board would support     SB 784.  Comments on data collection.  Points out the diversity in Oregon. 

083

Sen. Gordly

Introduces members of the Governor’s Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Health. 

102

Corliss McKeever

President and CEO of the African American Health Commission.  Testifies in support of SB’s 784, 785, and 790.  Comments on the need for accurate data.  Relates other cities and states data collection practices. 

163

Dovie Trevino

Governor’s Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Health member.  Testifies in support of SB 784, 785, and 790.  Comments on the need for data collection.

182

Jackie Mercer

Executive Director, Native American Rehabilitation.  Testifies in support of SB’s 784, 785, and 790.  Reiterates the need for data collection done in a culturally sensitive manner. 

226

Sen. Kate Brown

SD 7.  Testifies in support SB’s 784, 785, and 790. 

247

Bruce Bliatout

Ph.D.  Commission on Asian Affairs, Task Force member.  Testifies in support of SB’s 784, 785, and 790 (EXHIBIT D).  Provides personal background.  Comments on the need for the proposed legislation.

300

Carmen Urbina

Latino Medical Access Coalition, Task Force Member.  Testifies in support of SB’s 784, 785, and 790.  Reiterates the need for better data collection.  Comments on the need for an office of multicultural health.

355

Sen. Shields

Asks about the role of Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).

364

Bliatout

Responds that OHSU had done a good job serving cultural needs.

390

Sen. Gordly

Provides testimony on SB 785 and SB 790 (EXHIBIT E).  Explains the background and role of SB 785. 

TAPE 92, B

000

Sen. Gordly

Continues testimony. 

064

Vicki Nakashima

DHS.  Testifies in support of SB 785 (EXHIBIT F).

072

Maria Michalczyk

National Board of Healthcare Interpreting.  Testifies in support of      SB 790 (EXHIBIT G).  Gives background.  Relates examples of misinterpretation. 

179

Robin Lawson

Business owner.  Testifies in support of SB 790.  Comments on the need for professional interpreters. 

193

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB’s 784, 785, and 790 and opens a work session on SB 201A. 

SB 210A WORK SESSION

199

Rick Berkobien

Administrator.  Explains SB 210A. 

222

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 210A and opens a work session on     SB 569.

SB 569 WORK SESSION

228

Berkobien

Explains SB 569 and the proposed amendments.

244

Jennifer Webber

Oregon Society of Physician Assistants.  Testifies in support of         SB 569.  Comments on the background of SB 569.  Comments on the  –2 amendments.

287

Jim Anderson

Oregon Medical Association.  Testifies in favor of the –2 amendments.

296

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 569-2 amendments dated 04/04/01.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

298

Chair Fisher

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

300

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves SB 569 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

AYE:               5 - Carter, George, Messerle, Shields, Fisher

312

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. CARTER will lead discussion on the floor.

315

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 569 and opens a work session on        SB 210A

SB 210A WORK SESSION

320

Sen. Shields

Explains the –A5 amendments, which are consensus amendments.

335

Phyllis Rand

Governor’s Commission on Senior Services.  States agreement with the –A5 amendments.

380

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 210-A amendments dated 04/05/01.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

382

Chair Fisher

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

383

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves SB 210A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

AYE:               5 - Carter, George, Messerle, Shields, Fisher

388

Chair

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. MINNIS will lead discussion on the floor.

400

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 210A and opens a public hearing on   SB 876.

SB 876 PUBLIC HEARING

TAPE 93, B

000

Berkobien

Explains SB 876

008

Sen. Rick Metsger

SD 14.  Testifies in support of SB 876 (EXHIBIT H).  Relates examples of seniors that need help.

046

Rep. Alan Bates

HD 52, MD.  Testifies in support of SB 876.  Relates examples of expensive medications. 

100

Sen. Lee Beyer

SD 21.  Testifies in support of SB 876 (EXHIBIT I).  Relates examples of prescription costs.  Relates possible savings to seniors.  Comments on work done with the pharmacy association. 

186

Rep. Laurie Monnes-Anderson

HD 22.  Testifies in support of SB 876 (EXHIBIT J).  Comments on prescription drug costs for seniors who do not have insurance or Medicaid coverage.

231

Sen. Tony Corcoran

SD 22.  Testifies in support of SB 876.  Discusses prescription drug costs.  States there are 150,000 seniors in the state who have to pay full prescription costs. 

297

Sen. George

Asks about tax revenue.

308

Sen. L. Beyer

Responds by explaining the Oregon tax rate.

335

Chair Fisher

Clarifies the tax impact of SB 876.

345

Sen. L. Beyer

Concurs with Sen. Fisher.

355

Jean Ballinger

Consumer.  Testifies on SB 876.  States she and her husband to refinance their home to cover prescription costs.  Relates personal prescription costs. 

TAPE 94, A

006

Lois Smith

American Association of Retired People.  Testifies in support of        SB 876 (EXHIBIT K).  Comments on the impact of prescription costs for seniors. 

054

John Santa

Oregon Health Plan Policy and Research.  Testifies on SB 876 (EXHIBIT L).  Provides concerns and observations. 

088

Tom Holt

Oregon State Pharmacists Association.  Testifies in opposition to SB 876 (EXHIBIT M).  Points out the consequences if SB 876 was enacted.

169

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 876 and opens a public hearing on   SB 602.

SB 602 PUBLIC HEARING

186

Aris Campbell

Naturopathic Doctor (ND).  Testifies in support of SB 602    (EXHIBIT N).  Comments on natural medicine and working cooperatively with medical physicians. 

269

Virginia Osborn

ND.  Testifies in support of SB 602.  Comments on previous legislation.

282

Rick Marinelli

ND.  Testifies in support of SB 602.  Discusses the inequalities that naturopaths face. 

313

Chair Fisher

Enters testimony into the record (EXHIBIT O).  (testimony was only submitted by Lisa Trussel)

333

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 602 and adjourns the meeting at     3:36 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Andrew Morris,                                                                        Rick Berkobien,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 784, Written testimony, Sen. Avel Gordly, 2 pp.

B – SB 784, SB 785, SB 790, Written testimony, Donnie Griffen, 2 pp.

C – SB 784, Written testimony, Melvin Kohn, 2 pp.

D – SB 784, SB 790, Written testimony, Bruce Bliatout, 2 pp.

E – SB 785, SB 790, Written testimony, Sen. Avel Gordly, 4 pp.

F – SB 784, Written testimony, Vicki Nakashima, 2 pp.

G – SB 790, Written testimony, Maria Michalczyk, 1 p.

H – SB 876, Written testimony, Sen. Rick Metsger, 4 pp.

I – SB 876, Written testimony, Sen. Lee Beyer, 8 pp.

J – SB 876, Written testimony, Rep. Laurie Monnes-Anderson, 1 p.

K – SB 876, Written testimony, Lois Smith, 4 pp.

L – SB 876, Written testimony, John Santa, 2 pp.

M – SB 876, Written testimony, Tom Holt, 1 p.

N – SB 602, Written testimony, Aris Campbell, 9 pp.

O – SB 602, Written testimony for Lisa Trussell, Sen. Bill Fisher, 1 p.