SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

 

January 21, 2003   Hearing Room B

1:00 PM     Tapes  1 - 3

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Bill Fisher, Vice-Chair

Sen. John Minnis

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Charles Starr

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Marjorie Taylor, Administrator

Saranelle Allen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:            Organizational Meeting

                                                            Adoption of Committee Rules

                                                            Orientation and Introductions 

                                                Informational Meeting

Overview of the Oregon Health Plan and Health Care

Issues – Jean Thorne

Effects of Measure 28 Budget Cuts on Medically Needy

Recipients – Invited Testimony

 

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 1, A

005

Chair Morrisette

Calls meeting to order at 1:08 pm and opens an Organizational Meeting.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Adoption of Committee Rules

015

Chair Morrisette

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules dated 01/21/03 (EXHIBIT A).

 

 

VOTE:  6-0

017

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

Orientation and Introductions

020

Chair Morrisette

Introduces himself and goals of the committee.

025

Sen. Minnis

Introduces himself.

059

Sen. Walker

Introduces herself.

080

Sen. C. Starr

Introduces himself.

104

Sen. Shields

Introduces himself.

124

Sen. Fisher

Introduces himself.

167

Marjorie Taylor

Committee Administrator.  Introduces herself and Saranelle Allen, Committee Assistant.

187

Chair Morrisette

States upcoming topics for the agenda, medical malpractice, mental health, obesity, rural health care, competency, nurses, nursing home care, adult foster care, insurance for health care, and pharmaceutical costs.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Overview of the Oregon Health Plan and Health Care

219

Jean Thorne

Department of Human Services.  Gives written testimony on the Oregon Health Plan and its components (EXHIBIT B).

Tape 2, A

 

 

015

Thorne

Reviews several areas of change as shown in Income Eligibility Across Programs (EXHIBIT C), and gives an overview of the Update on Oregon Health Plan (OHP2) (EXHIBIT D).

193

Thorne

Reviews reductions and anticipated changes to the program and the need to work closely with the committee.

270

Sen. Minnis

Asks Thorne if she has any knowledge of Congress offering a prescription drug benefit, and suggests a visit to Washington, DC might be of value. 

338

Chair Morrisette

Recognizes Lynn Read, OMAP Director, in attendance to answer any questions on invitees for testimony of Measure 28.

360

Sen. Walker

Asks how testimonial attendees were selected and communicated to.

380

Chair Morrisette

Expresses concern on the content of the letters sent out to recipients in the various programs.

412

Read

Gives explanation on department’s communication errors.

Effects of Measure 28 Budget Cuts on Medically Needy Recipients

454

Jeremy Gunn

Submits written testimony in favor of Measure 28 and the medically needy program (EXHIBIT E).

Tape 1, B

 

 

72

Sheila Lowe

Testifies regarding the pain management program and the benefits she receives.

115

Tracia Hope

Testifies about her health and the benefits of the pain management program.

168

Chair Morrisette

Asks each of the three people who testified the amount of their monthly medical costs.

178

Gunn

States costs are over $2,000 a month.

180

Lowe

States costs are over $3,000 a month.

185

Hope

Advises she’s not sure…does get glasses.

220

Diane Miller

Testifies regarding her husband receiving a kidney transplant, and now will lose his pharmaceutical care, which could result in his death.

Asks for help in getting additional funds.

284

Wendy Knotts

Testifies regarding her son, herself and other family members, who are

dependent on pharmaceuticals.

387

Amber Drummond

Testifies about the cuts in dental care, and other medical care issues.

Also questions some of the current costs, and how they could be carried out more efficiently.

443

Read

Speaks on compassion, and the immense decision making difficulty for her department in these life threatening cases.

Tape 2, B

 

 

059

Read

Reviews some areas where change has been implemented.

064

Sen. Walker

Expresses concern on how issues could be prioritized and the harshness of the letters sent out, with such short notice. 

086

Read

Couldn’t really respond as the letters were done in the Eligibility Department.  States she will get back to Sen. Walker on the shortness of the notice.

165

Sen. Fisher

Expresses concern on the health care funding shortfall.

230

Sen. Minnis

Suggests we look at the site of residency as a way to cut costs we shouldn’t be incurring.

261

Chair Morrisette

Asks about eligibility requirements.

269

Read

Answers it was six months.

344

Sen. Walker

Asks if a second letter will be sent out after the outcome of Measure 28 is known.

392

Read

Believes that is a possibility.

Tape 3, A

 

 

007

Sen. Shields

Comments on seriousness of cuts and any possible loss of life.

030

Chair Morrisette

Expresses that committee will do no harm, and will attempt to find positive ways to help people

040

Chair Morrisette

Adjourns meeting at 3:00 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Adopted Rules, Committee, staff, 2 pp      

B – Informational, Health Plan, Oregon, Jean Thorne, 48 pp

C – Informational, Health Plan, Income Eligibility, Jean Thorne, 1 p

D – Informational, Health Plan Update, Oregon Joint Committee, Jean Thorne, 2 pp

E – Informational, written testimony, Jeremy Gunn, 1 p