SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

 

April 1, 2003                                                                                                           Hearing Room B

1:00 pm                                                                                                                 Tapes 46 – 47 - 48

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Bill Fisher, Vice-Chair

Sen. John Minnis

Sen. Charles Starr

Sen. Vicki Walker

 

EXCUSED:                             Sen. Frank Shields

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Marjorie Taylor, Administrator

Saranelle Allen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SB 852            – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                HJR 4 A – Public Hearing and Work Session

Informational Meeting – Mental Health & Chemical Dependency

 

 

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 46, A

008

Chair Morrisette

Convenes meeting at 1:09 p.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 852.

SB 852 – PUBLIC HEARING

 

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains bill.

 

 

Notes a teleconference from Le Grande with Jeanne Bowden and Cathy Britton on line.

040

John C. Britton

Legislative Fiscal office.  Gives an overview of Medicaid funds (MUPL).  Explains fund use designated for K-12 education, Oregon Health Sciences University and Oregon Rural Health Association, and amount going into the bank.

 

Sen. Walker

Asks if any money will have to be paid back.

 

Britton

Explains rule changes from Federal government, and not certain if any monies have to be returned.

165

Sen. David Nelson

District 29.  Testifies as a sponsor of SB 852.  Advises that on the original bill there were five categories and that there are three proposed amendments coming in.  Primary interest is for monies to use in rural communities.  Advises he will be getting the -2, -3, -4 amendments back to us as soon as possible.

225

Chair Morrisette

States his support for the bill and amendments to provide some much needed help for rural areas.

 

Ed Patterson

Testifies in support of SB 852 with written testimony from Ken Hoffman, President Oregon Rural Health Association (EXHIBIT A).

 

Sen. Fisher

Asks for clarification on graphs and Item J, which did receive the Hill-Burton funds. 

 

Sen. Minnis

Asks if speaking to capitol construction projects, and advises this is a funding mechanism. 

 

Patterson

Gives explanation on mechanism of statutes.

Tape 47, A

024

Jeanne Bowden

Associate Dean, OHSU School of Nursing in La Grande.  Submits written testimony, via teleconference call, in support of SB 852 for funding to rural communities.  Reviews the clinic situation in rural Elgin area (EXHIBIT B).

090

Dr. Alan Parks

Christmas Valley, OR.  Testifies in support of SB 852.

 

Paul McGinnis

Office of Rural Health – Field Services.  Gives testimony in support of SB 852.  Speaks on behalf of the clinics around the state

(EXHIBIT C).

 

Ruby Haughton

CareOregon.  Reviews the proposed SB 852-4 amendment to support the safety net clinics (EXHIBIT D).

 

Karen Whitaker

Oregon Office of Rural Health, OHSU.  Testifies in support of the -4 amendments, and extends support to all of the rural health safety net and emergency medical services (EXHIBIT E).

267

Sandy Ryman

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center, La Grande.  Submits written testimony in support of emergency health services in rural areas (EXHIBIT F).

340

Ken Rutledge

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.  Submits written testimony and states support of SB 852 -2 amendment having to do with A & B Hospitals (EXHIBIT G).  Relays concerns on recent cuts, and general fund shortfalls in funding for the Oregon Health Plan.  Expresses concerns on the economic impact and opposes legislation as stated in SB 852.

440

Sen. Shields

Asks if needs were being looked at on both sides, and how he could choose one over the other.

 

Rutledge

Gives his explanation.

Tape 46, B

0

Sen. Minnis

Raises several questions on changes in rural facilities.

 

Chair Morrisette

Asks for an opinion on the role of the safety net clinic.

088

Rutledge

Expresses that it is a good program, and should be getting more money and consideration.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing and opens a work session on SB 852.

SB 852 – WORK SESSION

103

Ruby Haughton

CareOregon.  Explains the -4 amendment to the bill.

 

Sen. David Nelson

District 29.  Explains the -3 amendment to the bill. 

144

Sen. Minnis

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 852-3, amendment dated 3/31/03, and SB 852-4, amendment dated 4/1/03.

148

 

VOTE:  5-0

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Shields

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

151

Sen. Minnis

MOTION:  Moves SB 852 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

160

Sen. Minnis

Express concerns about the impact on the Oregon Health Plan.

 

Sen. Walker

Expresses similar concerns and hopes we can work out the funding to the benefit of all.

 

Chair Morrisette

Speaks to sending a message that these are important programs and need to be resolved.

178

Chair Morrisette

VOTE:  5-0

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. Shields

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 852 and opens a public hearing on HJR 4A.

 

 

 

HJR 4A – PUBLIC HEARING

204

Sen. David Nelson

District 29.  Testifies in support of the bill and telecommunications benefit in health care.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing and opens a work session on HJR 4A

HJR 4 A – WORK SESSION

210

Sen. Fisher

MOTION:  Moves HJR 4A be sent to the floor with a DUE PASS recommendation.

214

 

VOTE:  5-0

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

EXCUSED:  1 - Shields

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. FISHER will lead discussion on the floor.

288

Dr. Parker

On line, confirms his thanks for passing the bill (EXHIBIT H).

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing again and work session and opens an informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING – Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Issues

338

Constance Powell, MD

Portland Psychiatrist.  Gives testimony on non-discrimination on mental illness and substance abuse in health care benefits.

(EXHIBIT I).

Tape 47, B

130

Leslie Ford

Cascadia Behavioral Health Care.  Testifies on chemical dependency issues and parity (EXHIBIT J).  Reviews cost shortfalls on mental care in the Oregon Health Plan.

211

Tim Hartnet

Executive Director, CODA.  Reviews concerns on public health care and public policy in the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse.  (EXHIBIT K)

330

Sen. Fisher

Asks questions on insurance parity numbers.

460

Dr. Powell

Gives reply on how the actuarial tables were utilized. 

Tape 48, A

022

Sen. Minnis

Asks several questions of Dr. Powell, and receives replies.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for the Informational meeting:

 

Scott Gallant

Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT L)

 

Chair Morrisette

Adjourns meeting at 3:01 pm.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 852, written testimony, Ken Hoffman, 11pp.

B – SB 852, written testimony, Jeanne Bowden, 2 pp.

C – SB 852, written testimony, Paul McGinnis, 5 pp.         

D – SB 852, proposed -4 amendment, Ruby Haughton, 1 p.

E – SB 852, written testimony, Karen Whitaker, 2 pp.

F – SB 852, written testimony, Sandy Ryman, 1 p.

G – SB 852, written testimony, Ken Rutledge, 7 pp.

H – HJR 4, written testimony, Dr. Parker and others, 19 pp.

I – Informational, written testimony, Dr. Constance Powell, 4 pp.

J – Informational, written testimony, Leslie Ford, 1 p.

K – Informational, written testimony, Tim Hartnet, 9 pp.

L – Informational, written submitted testimony, Scott Gallant, 2 pp.