SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

February 28, 2001                                                                                                   Hearing Room B

1:00 PM                                                                                                                        Tapes 40 - 41

 

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

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 267 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 235 Public Hearing and Work Session

Distribution of funds plan (SB 288, 1999 Session)

 

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 40, A

004

Vice-Chair Carter

Calls meeting to order at 1:12 P.m. and opens a public hearing on      SB 267.

SB 267 PUBLIC HEARING

008

Rick Berkobien

Explains SB 267 to the committee.

021

Joel Ario

Administrator, Insurance Division.  Comments on the -1 amendments. 

030

Vice-Chair Carter

Asks the reasons for the proposed capital increase requirements.

040

Ario

Responds it is to update the statute.

048

Vice-Chair Carter

Asks about costs.

053

Charlie Nicaloff

Insurance Division.  Explains the costs of solvency. 

066

Vice-Chair Carter

Asks how funds are raised.

067

Nicaloff

Responds it is up to the company.

082

Sen. Messerle

Asks if there is opposition.

083

Nicaloff

Responds no.

092

Vice-Chair Carter

Calls a recess on SB 267 and opens a public hearing on SB 235.

SB 235 PUBLIC HEARING

095

Berkobien

Explains SB 235 and the proposed amendments.

111

Brian DeLashmut

Oregon Nurses Association.  Explains the –1 amendments. 

123

Vice-Chair Cater

Asks about the language.

125

DeLashmut

Responds by explaining the completion of death certificates.

150

Vice-Chair Cater

Calls a recess on SB 235 and opens an informational meeting.

SB 288 (1999 REGULAR SESSION) DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS

172

Berkobien

Explains the background behind SB 288 (1999 Session).

186

Doug Wilson

Department of Human Services.  Explains SB 288 (1999 Session) that changed workers compensation for disabled workers.  Comments on the transfer of funds.  Explains the changes that will be made in the distribution of funds.

211

Sen. Carter

Asks about refunds to facilities.

216

Wilson

Responds they were able to refund a portion of the money to non-profit organizations.  Explains the make up of the work.  Explains the plan that was developed (EXHIBIT A).  Describes the self-insurance pool option that was developed. 

247

Sen. Carter

Asks for clarification.

255

Wilson

Explains the self-insurance pool.  States the pool would follow the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs rules for self-insurance. 

378

Sen. Shields

Asks about the affect of option two in (EXHIBIT A).

281

Wilson

States the work group made the decision on the funds that would be incorporated.

295

Sen. Shields

Asks about the cost-effectiveness of the self-insurance pool.

304

Wilson

Responds each case would have to be looked at and the insurance pool would be beneficial for some companies and not for others.

322

Chair Fisher

Provides personal opinion on self-insurance pools.

355

Jerry Manaham

Rehabilitation Division.  Explains the risks of self-insurance and that when entering into the pool, the businesses would be aware of the risks.

390

Chair Fisher

Asks about the savings to companies.

393

Manaham

Explains the savings companies could have. 

414

Chair Fisher

Comments on different companies’ practices.  Asks about the savings companies would have.

427

Manaham

Responds he is unsure of specific dollar amounts.

TAPE 41, A

013

Wilson

States the program is voluntary for companies to use.

035

Tim Kral

 Oregon Rehabilitation Association.  Presents (EXHIBIT B).  Comments on the requirements to participate in the insurance pool.  Explains the original legislation.

079

Chair Fisher

Asks how the rate is set.

081

Kral

Responds the worker’s compensation board sets the rates.  Discusses worker’s compensation for volunteers. 

121

Chair Fisher

Gives personal viewpoint.

133

Kral

Comments on injury rates for people with disabilities.  Describes the loss ratio for human services workers.

192

Chair Fisher

Closes the informational meeting on SB 288 (1999 Session) and opens a work session on SB 267.

SB 267 WORK SESSION

200

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 267-1 amendments dated 02/14/01.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

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

205

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

213

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves SB 267 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

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

220

Chair  Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. SHIELDS will lead discussion on the floor.

222

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 267 and opens a work session on        SB 235.

SB 235 WORK SESSION

225

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 235-1 amendments dated 02/27/01.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

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

228

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

229

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves SB 267 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

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

238

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. CARTER will lead discussion on the floor.

242

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 235 and adjourns the meeting at       1:59 p.m.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Andrew Morris,                                                                        Rick Berkobien,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 288 (1999 Session), Written testimony, Doug Wilson, 4 pp.

B – SB 288 (1999 Session), Statistics, Tim Kral, 2 pp.