SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

March 4, 2003†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hearing Room B

1:00 p.m.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tapes 29 - 30

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:†††††††† Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Bill Fisher, Vice-Chair

Sen. John Minnis

Sen. Charles Starr

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:††††††††† Sen. Frank Shields

 

STAFF PRESENT:†††††††††††††††† Marjorie Taylor, Administrator

Megan Jensen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:†††††††††† Oregon Health Plan - Informational Meeting

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 29, A

004

Chair Morrisette

Calls the meeting to order at 1:12 p.m. Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Oregon Health Plan

015

Ellen Pinney

Oregon Health Action Campaign. Provides an overview of the Oregon Health Action Campaign (OHAC) (EXHIBIT A). Discusses OHAC participation in the development of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).

075

Pinney

Continues discussion of concerns regarding OHP organization and services.

130

Pinney

Talks about budget issues surrounding OHP, and offers suggestions for OHP improvement.

240

Pinney

Continues discussion of ways to improve OHP, including improving access and managing costs.

320

Chair Morrisette

Asks for a fiscal impact analysis on OHAC recommendations.

322

Pinney

Responds.

333

Chair Morrisette

Offers to forward the recommendations to the OHP work group.

368

Elizabeth Byers

Mental Health Association of Oregon. Talks about issues surrounding mental health care.

TAPE 30, A

002

Byers

Discusses problems with the OHP application process.

027

Sen. Walker

Asks what information the eligibility card contains.

029

Byers

Clarifies.

040

Sen. Walker

Inquires why problems exist with the card.

042

Byers

Explains.

053

Chair Morrisette

Asks how often the cards are updated.

055

Byers

Replies that they are updated every month.

061

Sen. Walker

Wonders why the process canít be simplified.

064

Byers

Responds that a system similar to the Oregon Trail Card would be beneficial. Continues discussion of the application process.

119

Chair Morrisette

Asks for explanation of ENCC.

122

Byers

Responds that ENCC stands for Exceptional Needs Care Coordinators.

138

Chair Morrisette

Offers to forward recommendations to the OHP work group.

153

Ellen Gradison

Oregon Law Center (OLC). Believes OHP needs reorganization and offers recommendations for change.

220

Gradison

Continues discussion of suggested changes to OHP.

269

Sen. Fisher

Comments on how revenue problems will affect an overhaul of OHP.

288

Gradison

Responds.

320

Sen. Fisher

Comments on budget cuts and tax increases.

TAPE 29, B

002

Chair Morrisette

Requests OLC recommendations be given to the OHP work group.

051

Sheila North

Association of Alcohol and Drug Administrators of Oregon. States concerns with the OHP regarding drug and alcohol treatment.

131

Chair Morrisette

Asks if the Governorís budget contains funds for drug and alcohol treatment.

133

North

Responds.

140

Ellen Lowe

Health Services Commission. Reviews concerns with the initial implementation of OHP.

370

Lynn-Marie Crider

Oregon AFL-CIO. Gives testimony on extending coverage under the OHP to a larger population. (EXHIBIT B) Discusses flawed assumptions about spending in OHP.

TAPE 30, B

090

Sen. Minnis

Asks for clarification of the concept that some people pay more and get less.

095

Crider

Responds.

130

Sen. Minnis

Asks what percentage AFL-CIO members are union members and public employees.

135

Crider

Answers.

140

Sen. Minnis

Continues questions of Crider in relation to insurance coverage, costs and other models of coverage.

240

Crider

Discusses issues surrounding the costs of provider services.

290

Sen. Minnis

Believes consumers should understand the costs of services they receive.

294

Crider

Responds.

301

Sen. Minnis

Talks about the complicated issues surrounding utilization of services.

322

Crider

Replies.

369

Chair Morrisette

Requests a summary of specific recommendations from AFL-CIO. Closes informational meeting and adjourns meeting at 3:00 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A Ė Informational, written testimony, Ellen Pinney, 38 pp

B Ė Informational, written testimony, Lynn-Marie Crider, 12 pp