SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

April 20, 2001                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

1:00 PM                                                                                                                        Tapes 95 - 97

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Fisher, Chair

Sen. Gary George

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Ken Messerle

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Margaret Carter, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Administrator

Andrew Morris, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                       SJM 6 Work Session

SJR 39 Work Session

SB 246 Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 567 Public Hearing

HB 2571 Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 768 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 95, A

004

Chair Fisher

Calls the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. and opens a public hearing on HB 2571.

HB 2571 Public Hearing

015

Rep. Vic Backlund

HD 33.  Testifies in support of HB 2571.  Explains bidis to the committee. 

066

Grant Higginson

MD.  Acting Administrator, Health Division.  Testifies in support of HB 2571 (EXHIBIT A).  Comments on bidis and teen use.

089

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on HB 2571 and opens a work session on  HB 2571.

HB 2571 WORK SESSION

091

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves HB 2571 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

AYE:               3 - Messerle, Shields, Fisher

EXCUSED:     2 - Carter, George

101

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. FISHER will lead discussion on the floor.

105

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on HB 2571 and opens a work session on   SJM 6.

SJM 6 WORK SESSION

111

Rick Berkobien

Administrator.  Explains SJM 6 and the –6 amendments to the committee.

127

Sen. Shields

Comments on the –6 amendments. 

132

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SJM 6-6 amendments dated 04/10/01.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

AYE:               4 - George, Messerle, Shields, Fisher

EXCUSED:     1 - Carter

140

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

147

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves SJM 6 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

AYE:               4 - George, Messerle, Shields, Fisher

EXCUSED:     1 - Carter

155

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

164

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SJM 6 and opens a work session on SJR 39.

SJR 39 WORK SESSION

171

Berkobien

Explains SJR 39 and the –3 amendments to the committee.

186

Sen. Shields

Comments on the –3 amendments. 

202

Bob Mink

Interim DHS Director.  Testifies in support of SJR 39 and SJM 6.

239

Sen. Shields

Asks about the development of SJR 39.

244

Mink

Responds by explaining the background.

262

Sen. Shields

Comments on religious organizations currently receiving federal funds.

285

Mink

Responds to Sen. Shield’s comments. 

304

Sen. George

Provides personal opinion. 

330

Sen. Shields

Explains his background work on SJR 39. 

365

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SJR 39-3 amendments dated 04/12/01.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

AYE:               4 - George, Messerle, Shields, Fisher

EXCUSED:     1 - Carter

385

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

388

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves SJR 39 be sent to the floor with a BE ADOPTED AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

AYE:               4 - George, Messerle, Shields, Fisher

EXCUSED:     1 - Carter

412

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

TAPE 96, A

033

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SJR 39 and opens a public hearing on      SB 768.

SB 768 PUBILC HEARING

037

Sen. Lenn Hannon

SD 26.  Testifies in support of SB 768.  Gives a background of the bill.  Explains how the bill would work.

067

Chair Fisher

Asks about financial requirements.

075

Sen. Hannon

Responds that Ways and Means would have to look at the bill.  Explains his intent with SB 768. 

090

Chair Fisher

Asks about trade groups.

096

Sen. Hannon

Explains the current insurance code. 

122

Chair Fisher

Enters letters and e-mails into the record (EXHIBIT B). 

158

Ruth Bauman

The Regency Group.  Testifies in opposition to SB 768.  Relates concerns with passage of SB 768. 

223

Peggy Anet

Health Insurance Association of America.  Testifies in opposition to   SB 768 (EXHIBIT C).  States the bill interferes with federal laws.  Comments on the effects the bill would have on current Oregon statutes pertaining to financial requirements. 

295

Chair Fisher

Asks about possibilities in strengthening current law.

314

Anet

Responds there is a great interest in making health insurance affordable.  Comments on operational issues with SB 768.

333

Lisa Trussel

Associated Oregon Industries.  Testifies in opposition to SB 768.  Comments on existing federal law.

352

Bruce Bishop

Kaiser Foundation.  Testifies on SB 768.

368

Chair Fisher

Clarifies the bill’s intent.

379

Bishop

Continues testimony. 

TAPE 95, B

000

Chair Fisher

Comments on existing definitions in statute. 

022

Bishop

Talks about association groups. 

054

Chair Fisher

Comments on the complexity of legal definitions. 

065

Bishop

Explains existing state law. 

078

Chair Fisher

Proposes changes to SB 768.

095

Bishop

Responds the proposals could add flexibility. 

106

Sen. Hannon

Comments on interpretation of current laws.  Explains the intent of the bill.

128

Chair Fisher

States a need to speak with the insurance commissioner.

157

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 768 and opens a public hearing on   SB 246

SB 246 PUBLIC HEARING

182

Marna Flahrty-Rob

School of Nursing, Oregon Health Sciences University.  Testifies on SB 246.  States agreement with the –1 amendments.

211

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 246 and opens a work session on      SB 246.

SB 246 PUBLIC HEARING

215

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 246-1 amendments dated 04/18/01.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

AYE:               3 - Messerle, Shields, Fisher

EXCUSED:     2 - Carter, George

225

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

227

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves SB 246 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0

AYE:               3 - Messerle, Shields, Fisher

EXCUSED:     2 - Carter, George

245

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. MESSERLE will lead discussion on the floor.

246

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 246 and opens a public hearing on      SB 567.

SB 567 PUBLIC HEARING

282

Lynn Read

Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP), DHS.  Testifies in opposition to SB 567 and the –2 amendments (EXHIBIT D).  Comments on how SB 567 would work in its original form. 

357

Sen. Messerle

Asks who provides supplies.

364

Read

Responds the department is following contracting rules.

375

Sen. Messerle

Provides personal opinion. 

394

Read

Comments on excessive supplies.

TAPE 96, B

000

Chair Fisher

Asks about incontinent supplies.

004

Read

Explains current practices.  Comments on sole source contracting.

018

Chair Fisher

Discusses the intent of the –2 amendment.

026

Read

Comments on money saved through a sole source vendor. 

043

Sen. Messerle

Asks about the difference in financial figures.

049

Read

Responds that the different figures are related to the amount of time the bill would be used during the next biennium.  Comments on the impact of the bill on clients.

067

Sen. Messerle

Comments on the need for people to receive local help. 

078

Chair Fisher

Provides personal opinion. 

109

Read

Comments on staffing to operate sole source contracting.  Comments on the impact of local providers. 

144

Chair Fisher

Asks who provides supplies.

147

Read

Replies she is unsure. 

152

Jeff Heatherington

Family Care Incorporated.  Testifies in opposition to SB 567.  Comments on the impact on small businesses.  

210

Chair Fisher

Reiterates personal opinion.  States concern for local clients. 

257

Sen. George

States a need for availability of local services. 

278

Sen. Messerle

Asks about the –2 amendments.

285

Read

Explains the –2 amendments.

298

Tom Holt

Oregon State Pharmacists Association.  Testifies in support of SB 567.  Explains the –2 amendments.  Comments on the financial impact to local businesses and clients. 

352

Sen. George

Asks about the intent of the bill

358

Holt

Responds the bill would prohibit sole source supplies.

372

Sen. Fisher

Provides personal opinion. 

TAPE 97, A

000

Holt

States a willingness to work with OMAP to reduce costs. 

020

Chair Fisher

Requests more information from OMAP. 

036

Sen. Messerle

Asks about the fiscal impact. 

047

Sen. George

Provides personal opinion. 

071

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 567 and adjourns the meeting at     3:07 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Andrew Morris,                                                                        Rick Berkobien,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2571, Written testimony, Grant Higginson, 2 pp.

B – SB 768, Letters, Sen. Fisher, 7 pp.

C – SB 768, Copy of ORS 730.307, Peggy Anet, 4 pp.

D – SB 567, Written testimony, Lynn Read, 2 pp.