SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

 

April 10, 2003                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

1:00 pm                                                                                                                         Tapes 57 - 58

 

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:           SB 841 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 491 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 236 – Public Hearing

SB 324 – Public Hearing

SB 368 – Public Hearing

SB 440 – Public Hearing

SB 506 – Public Hearing

SB 539 – Public Hearing

SB 540 – Public Hearing

SB 541 – Public Hearing

SB 567 – Public Hearing

SB 636 – Public Hearing

SB 659 – Public Hearing

SB 669 – Public Hearing

SB 684 – Public Hearing

SB 769 – Public Hearing

SB 806 – Public Hearing

SB 814 – Public Hearing

SB 839 – Public Hearing

SB 840 – Public Hearing

SB 875 – Public Hearing

SB 884 – Public Hearing

SB 886 – Public Hearing

SB 600 – Public Hearing

 

 

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 57, A

008

Chair Morrisette

Convenes meeting at 1:09 p.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 841.

 

SB 841 – PUBLIC HEARING

012

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains bill.

020

Mike Bonetto

Policy Analyst.  Explains SB 841, -1 amendment (EXHIBIT A). 

 

Sen. Bev Clarno

District 27.  Testifies in support of SB 841 and the -1 amendments. 

104

Sen. Frank Morse

District 8.  Testifies in support of SB 841 and advises the many benefits of the bill to assist employers. 

 

Sen. Starr

Explains historical information on paying cash for a plan called Simple Care.  Thanks members for bringing in the bill. 

 

Rick Rebel

Insurance Agent, Albany.  Testifies in support of SB 841

(EXHIBIT B).  Reviews various benefits of the medical options available.

288

Dean Kortge

Eugene.  Reviews benefits of SB 841.

 

Sen. Walker

Asks about medical account money, and how it can be spent.

 

Kortge

Explains it usually is for qualified medical expenses, and not for cosmetic, or other similar medical areas.

409

Peggy Anet

Health Insurance Association of America.  Testifies in support of SB 841. 

Tape 58, A

030

Anet

Explains the benefits for employees, and employers.

 

 

Closes public hearing on SB 841 and opens a public hearing on SB 491.

SB 491 – PUBLIC HEARING

066

Paul Cosgrove

Cascade AIDS Project.   Testifies in support of health coverage for the vaccine and the intent of SB 491.

 

Sen. Minnis

Asks about effective date on a vaccine.  Expresses concern on a definition of a vaccine.

170

Sen. Kate Brown

District 21.  Testifies in support of SB 491 and advises she would work on a definition of ‘vaccine’ as asked by committee.

 

Cosgrove

Advises no vaccine near approval just yet.

189

Barney Speight

Kaiser Permanente.  Speaks in opposition to SB 491.  Reviews some of the concerns on approval of a vaccine, and also how it fits into the Oregon Health Plan. 

238

Peggy Anet

Health Insurance Association of America.  Testifies in opposition to SB 491, and submits articles on AIDS research (EXHIBIT C).

 

Sen. Minnis

Asks question on statute in ORS.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 491.  Advises he will begin a tap-tap hearing on several bills.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

322

Chair Morrisette

Opens public hearing on SB 324, closes public hearing on SB 324.

Opens public hearing on SB 368, closes public hearing on SB 368.

Opens public hearing on SB 440, closes public hearing on SB 440.

Opens public hearing on SB 506, closes public hearing on SB 506.

Opens public hearing on SB 539, closes public hearing on SB 539.

Opens public hearing on SB 540, closes public hearing on SB 540.

Opens public hearing on SB 541, closes public hearing on SB 541.

Opens public hearing on SB 567, closes public hearing on SB 567.

Opens public hearing on SB 600, closes public hearing on SB 600.

Opens public hearing on SB 636, closes public hearing on SB 636.

Opens public hearing on SB 659, closes public hearing on SB 659.

Opens public hearing on SB 669, closes public hearing on SB 669.

Opens public hearing on SB 684, closes public hearing on SB 684.

Opens public hearing on SB 769, closes public hearing on SB 769.

Opens public hearing on SB 806, closes public hearing on SB 806.

Opens public hearing on SB 814, closes public hearing on SB 814.

Opens public hearing on SB 839, closes public hearing on SB 839.

Opens public hearing on SB 840, closes public hearing on SB 840.

Opens public hearing on SB 875, closes public hearing on SB 875.

Opens public hearing on SB 884, closes public hearing on SB 884.

Opens public hearing on SB 886, closes public hearing on SB 886.

 

Chair Morrisette

Opens a public hearing on SB 236.

SB 236 – PUBLIC HEARING

 

M. Taylor

Administrator.  Explains the bill.  Submits written testimony from Michelle Mattern and Bob Costagna (EXHIBIT D).

390

Rep. Diane Rosenbaum

District 42.  Testifies and submits written testimony in support of SB 236 (EXHIBIT E).

Tape 57, B

046

Dan Gardner

Commissioner, Bureau of Labor and Industries.  Testifies in support of SB 236 (EXHIBIT F). 

 

Joel Ario

Insurance Administrator.  Submits written testimony on SB 236 (EXHIBIT G).  Additionally explains the -1 amendment.

170

Sen. Minnis

Asks questions on the insurance coverage, and discrimination issues.

 

Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong

Board President of Oregon NARAL.  Submits written testimony in support of SB 236 (EXHIBIT H).

340

Ken Henry

Pastor.  Testifies in support of SB 236 (EXHIBIT I).

 

Sen. Minnis

Asks about a case noted in the testimony.

Tape 58, B

 

Barbara Arnold

Planned Parenthood, Patient Services.  Testifies in support of SB 236 and reviews examples of various contraceptives (EXHIBIT J).

 

Sen. Walker

Asks how many complaints are received on lack of coverage for contraceptive care.

120

Arnold

Advises they have about 58,000 visitors per year to the five area clinics, and has no available data on any complaints.

 

Chair Morrisette

Asks how many insurance companies cover viagra vs. contraceptives.

 

Paula Krane

League of Women Voters of Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 236 (EXHIBIT K).

 

Alyssa Roge

Rejuvenation.  Testifies in support of SB 236 (EXHIBIT L).

 

Laura Kristin

Testifies on written testimony from Michelle Mattern (See EXHIBIT D) in support of SB 236.

 

Ramona Rex

Sierra Club.  Testifies in support of SB 236 (EXHIBIT M). 

 

Marcia Kelley

Lobbyist.  Testifies in support of SB 236 (EXHIBIT N).

 

Astrid Newell

Medical Consultant – Department of Human Services.  Testifies in support of SB 236 (EXHIBIT O).

 

Sen. Walker

Expresses concern on insurance coverage for contraceptives and any discrimination between men and women.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 236 and adjourns meeting at

 

 

2:58 pm.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 841, proposed -1 amendment, Mike Bonetto, 19 pp.

B – SB 841, written testimony, Rick Rebel, 5 pp.

C – SB 841, written testimony, Petty Anet, 6 pp.

D – SB 236, submitted testimony from Robert Castagna and Michelle Mattern, 7 pp.

E – SB 236, written testimony, Representative Diane Rosenbaum, 4 pp.

F – SB 236, written testimony, Dan Gardner, 2 pp.

G – SB 236, written testimony, Joel Ario, 2 pp.

H – SB 236, written testimony, Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, 2 pp.

I – SB 236, written testimony, Ken Henry, 2 pp.

J – SB 236, written testimony, Barbara Arnold, 1 p.

K – SB 236, written testimony, Paula Krane, 1 p.

L – SB 236, written testimony, Alyssa Roge, 2 pp.

M – SB 236, written testimony, Ramona Rex, 1 p.

N – SB 236, written testimony, Marcia Kelley, 1 p.

O – SB 236, written testimony, Astrid Newell, 3 pp.