SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

 

March 20, 2003                                                                                                       Hearing Room C

1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                       Tapes 39 - 40

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Bill Fisher, Vice-Chair

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Charles Starr

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. John Minnis

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Marjorie Taylor, Administrator

Saranelle Allen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:  SB 74 –Work Session

                                                SB 435 – Not Heard

                                                SB 542 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 785 – Not Heard

 

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 39, A

005

Chair Morrisette

Convenes meeting at 1:12 p.m. and states that SB 435 and SB 785 will not be heard today.  Opens a work session on SB 74.

SB 74 – WORK SESSION

009

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains SB 74.  Advises there are -1, -2 and -3 amendments to the previously heard bill (EXHIBIT A).

015

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 74-2 amendment dated 03/18/03.

018

 

VOTE:  5-0

AYE:  In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

EXCUSED:  1 - Minnis

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

021

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 74 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

Sen. Fisher

Asks for confirmation that this amendment removes the sunset clause and if so does support the amendment, but does not support any new mandates.

026

 

VOTE:  5-0

AYE:  In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

EXCUSED:  1 - Minnis

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. MORRISETTE will lead discussion on the floor.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 74, and opens a public hearing on SB 542.

SB 542 – PUBLIC HEARING

033

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains the bill.

070

Rep. Bill Garrard

District 56.  Testifies in support of SB 542, and relates his personal bout with prostate problems.

 

June Miller

Pendleton Prostate Cancer Support group, Pilot Rock, OR.    Testifies in support of SB 542 concerning prostate cancer and the health of her husband (EXHIBIT B).

150

Jim Miller

Pilot Rock, OR.  Gives specifics on his health situation and testifies in support of SB 542.

 

Paul Zummach

Pendleton, OR.  Testifies to his own health situation, and in support of SB 542 for routine PSA tests for prostate cancer.

 

Luther Fitch

Hermiston, OR.  Submits written testimony in support of SB 542.  States he has survived an advanced prostate cancer condition and has lived 4 years longer than the original prognosis (EXHIBIT C).  Submits written testimony from three mayors in Eastern Oregon, Mayor Bob Ramig, Mayor Don Bensel, and Mayor Bill Hansell, all who have survived prostate cancer (EXHIBIT D).

 

Sen. C. Starr

Adds to testimony on prostate cancer concerning his father and his brother.   Feels the bill and legislation is a true positive.

339

John Powell

Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Gives testimony concerning costs for escalating insurance coverage.

400

Leonard Hagen

Manager Government Affairs, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Testifies in opposition of SB 542 as a mandate on insurance coverage costs.  Gives example of small businesses who are unable to afford health care for their employees due to escalating costs and reviews written testimony (EXHIBIT E). 

Tape 40, A

041

Sen. Starr

Asks several questions on coverage on prostate cancer and related costs.

074

Hagen

Advises that a medical dialog is ongoing in the medical field.

089

Cornelia Taylor

Physician and Medical Director – Oregon Health Sciences University.  Gives an overview on medical screening with written statement (EXHIBIT F).  Elaborates on content of the article as to value of the screening in saving lives.

160

Sen. Starr

Asks several questions on alternate year testing, and cancer mortality.

 

Sen. Fisher

Asks if this bill applies only to private insurers. 

 

Powell

Gives concluding remarks

 

Hagen

Gives finalizing comments.

311

Andrew Clark

Testifies in support of SB 542 concerning his experience with prostate cancer and subsequent insurance coverage (EXHIBIT G).

419

Sen. Fisher

Asks if he had state insurance, at the time of his diagnosis.

 

Clark

Advises it was through his wife’s school insurance, and was Blue Cross.

 

Courtni Dresser

Oregon Advocacy Manager, American Cancer Society.  Speaks in favor of SB 542 (EXHIBIT H).  Gives statistical information on colon and prostate cancer deaths by year in Oregon. 

Tape 39, B

047

Dresser

Reviews benefits of early detection of prostate cancer and spiraling costs if not caught in the early stages.  States that colon cancer is the 2nd highest cancer killer in the state.  Gives cost information on the two available colon exams.

077

Sen. Fisher

States concerns on the statistics, and would like more information.

 

Dresser

Gives additional information on behalf of the American Cancer Society in regard to the bill’s intent.  Replies to several of Sen. Fisher’s questions on costs and statistical accuracy.

 

Chair Morrisette

Advises he would like to look into the information further and get more specifics in reply to Sen. Fisher’s inquiries. 

310

Barney Speight

Kaiser Permanente.  Gives testimony on SB 542, which doesn’t necessarily relate to the mandate.  Would like to work with the committee to change the wording of the statutes on the testing aspect.

382

Peggy Anet

Submits written testimony concerning the mandates on SB 542

(EXHIBIT I) and reviews the enrollment document and costs of coverage.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 542 and advises this bill will be returned for future action.

 

Sen. Starr

Acknowledges Mr. Fitch being in the audience.

 

Chair Morrisette

Adjourns meeting at 2:37 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 74 , proposed amendments to SB 74, -1, -2, -3, staff, 9 pp.

B – SB 542, written testimony, June and Jim Miller, 2 pp.

C – SB 542,written testimony, Luther Fitch,2 pp.

D – SB 542, written testimony received from Mayors Ramig, Bensel, Hansell, 4 pp.

E – SB 542, written testimony, Leonard Hagen, 1 p.

F – SB 542, written testimony, Cornelia Taylor, 19 pp.

G – SB 542, written testimony, Andrew Clark, 1 p.

H – SB 542, written testimony, Courtni Dresser, 2 pp.

I – SB 542, written testimony, Peggy Anet, 18 pp.