HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AUDIT & HUMAN SERVICES BUDGET REFORM COMMITTEE

 

 

March 13, 2003   Hearing Room 50

3:00 PM Tapes  56 - 58

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Ben Westlund, Chair

Rep. Steve March, Vice Chair

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Jeff Merkley

Rep. Alan Bates

 

MEMBERS EXCUSED:            Rep. Randy Miller

Rep. Susan Morgan, Vice-Chair

 

GUEST MEMBERS:               Rep. Mitch Greenlick

                                                Rep. Laurie Monnes Anderson

                                                Rep. Dave Hunt

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Kelly Fuller, Committee Assistant

 

ISSUES HEARD:                     Informational Meeting - Invited Testimony Only

                                                Ellen Pinney, Oregon Health Action Campaign

                                                Arthur Towers, Oregon Health Actions Campaign Board Member

                                                John Duke, Safety Net Clinic

                                                Tina Kotek, Children First of Oregon

                                                Maribeth Healey, Oregonians for Health Security

OHP Clients and Volunteers

 

 

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, 56A

001

Chair Westlund

Calls the meeting to order and opens the meeting for invited testimony.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

015

Berkobien

Makes announcements and gives information about what has been presented at the dais. (EXHIBIT A)

018

Ellen Pinney

Introduces herself as the Executive Director of the Health Action Campaign and presents testimony. (EXHIBIT B)

127

Rep. Bates

Asks question about the percents she presented.

130

Pinney

Responds with the percentages.

140

Rep. Bates

Would you agree that there is a lack of revenue for the SCHIP and that there has been a concern about the woodwork effect about enrolling children and their parent becoming eligible.

144

Pinney

Agrees and elaborates.

151

Chair Westlund

Made comments about his field trip from March 12, 2003.

169

Pinney

Continues presentation.

TAPE, 57 A

045

Chair Westlund

Asks for a bulleted list of the recommendations that you presented.

048

Arthur Towers

Board Member of the Oregon Health Action Campaign and Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union, Oregon State Council and presents testimony. (EXHIBIT C)

104

Rep. March

Asks if he has any idea of how many client employed providers there are and what their wages are.

111

Towers

Responds to the number of client employed providers and wages.

119

John Duke

Oregon Coalition of Safety Net Clinics, begins presentation.

200

Chair Westlund

Reminds the group that he has a previously scheduled meeting and will have to step out for a half of an hour.  Rep. March will be the take the chair position.

209

Rep. Greenlick

Asks if they could put the things they are talking about in a context of which ones are just bailing the boat and which ones are moving the boat.

240

Duke

Responds to the question about putting the items into context.

266

Pinney

Gives her elaboration on the question and talks about supporting the Safety Net Clinics.

299

Rep. Merkley

Asks if they have looked at restructuring of a minimum tax applied to personal income tax as a way to that theoretical concept into an actual proposal.

314

Towers

Responds to the restructuring.

343

Rep. Merkley

Asks if he will stay in contact with him about the revenue side.

353

Rep. Monnes Anderson

Having gone though becoming a FQHC site, give me a since of how are smaller satellite clinics can endure that.

370

Duke

Responds to the question of small clinics becoming a FQHC site.

TAPE, 56 B

021

Chair March

Thanks the current panel for their presentations and call up the next group.

025

Sandy Bumpus

Presents testimony and begins testimony by giving solutions. (EXHIBIT D)

125

Ally Linfoot

Presents testimony. (EXHIBIT E)

216

Chair March

Thank you for not giving us the statistics, it is nice to have a face with the real issue.

222

Rep. Westlund

Also thanks the panel for being here with their issues.

230

Dorothy Saucy

Presents testimony and shows the members a photo of her son. (EXHIBIT F)

292

Chair March

Asks if she could give us some information about how TeleCare works.

295

Saucy

Explains TeleCare to the best of her knowledge.

325

Rep. Bates

Gives the panel information about what he does for a living and asks a question of Sandy Bumpus, explains a situation and asks how would this work for your son.

374

Bumpus

Responds to Rep. Bates about the situation he explained.

TAPE, 57 B

020

Linfoot

Comments that her son feels that his therapist is a very safe and being with her is a very safe place to be.

034

Saucy

Comments about wrap around services.

049

Chair March

Thanks the panel and calls the next group to testify.

055

Jackie Mercer

Begins testimony.

136

Chair March

Asks for additional question and asks her to feel free to come forward with any policy suggestions that she may come up with.

145

Tina Kotek

Children First presents testimony. (EXHIBIT G)

229

Rep. Hunt

Is it fair to summarize your testimony by saying we need more dollars overall, and that dollars for CHIP would be the best place to add funding.

241

Kotek

Responds to the question about CHIP dollars.

246

Chair Westlund

Comments that he was also stunned when they saw the final numbers.

288

Ellen Gradison

Presents testimony.  (EXHIBIT H)

321

Rep. Westlund

Asks if she said CHIP is included in the Governor’s budget.

328

Kotek

Responds yes, to her understanding.

332

Rep. Westlund

Asks as public policy makers is it better policy to include an expanded population of children or is it better to take those dollars and insure the parents of those children.

347

Kotek

Asks a question of Rick Berkobien about the 12 million and if it is just for the children.  Answers the questions about insurance for the children verses the parents.  She asks if CHIP funds can also cover the parents.

393

Rep. Kruse

Answers the question about CHIP funds covering the parents.

TAPE, 58 A

009

Rep. Greenlick

Asks question of Ellen Gradison about health policy.

020

Gradison

Responds to the question about health policy.

045

Maribeth Healey

Director of Oregonians for Health Security and presents testimony. (EXHIBIT I)

138

Chair Westlund

Asks how do you propose compensation the physicians every time an OHP patient walks into the office.

150

Healey

Comments to the best of her ability.

 

The following prepared information is submitted for the record without public testimony.

 

DHS

Informational, Final Report. (EXHIBIT J)

 

 

 

 

Chair Westlund

Calls meeting to a close and adjourns 5:05 PM

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational – OHP, Basic Benefit Package, Staff, 40 pp

B – Informational – OHP, Oregon Health Action Material, Ellen Pinney, 2 pp

C – Informational – OHP, prepared testimony, Arthur Towers, 3 pp

D – Informational – OHP, prepared testimony, Sandy Bumpus, 2 pp

E – Informational – OHP, prepared testimony, Ally Linfoot, 1 p

F – Informational – OHP, prepared testimony, Dorothy Saucy,  1 p

G – Informational – OHP, prepared testimony, Tina Kotek, 4 pp

H – Informational – OHP, prepared testimony, Ellen Gradison, 2 pp

I  – Informational – OHP, prepared testimony, Maribeth Healey, 5 pp

J  – Informational – OHP, Governor’s Racial and Ethnic Health Task Force Final Report,

       DHS, 92 pp