SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

April 15, 2003 Hearing Room B

1:00 pm Tapes 59 - 60

 

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:            HB 2558 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 324 – Public Hearing

                                                SB 875 – 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 59, A

008

Chair Morrisette

Convenes meeting at 1:16 p.m. and opens a public hearing on HB 2558.

HB 2558 – PUBLIC HEARING

012

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains bill.

045

Jim Gardner

PhRMA.  Testifies in support of HB 2558 (EXHIBIT A).

098

Tom Holt

Oregon State Pharmacists Association.  Testifies in opposition to HB 2558. 

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing and opens a work session on HB 2558.

HB 2558 – WORK SESSION

144

Sen. Walker

MOTION:  Moves HB 2558 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

147

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

159

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session and opens a public hearing on SB 324.

SB 324 -PUBLIC HEARING

166

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains the bill, and the -1 amendment (EXHIBIT B).

 

Jim Gardner

PhRMA.  States he would support SB 324, and would be interested in participating in a dialogue with Senator Schrader.

 

Chair Morrisette

Opens a public hearing on SB 875 at the same time.

SB 875 – PUBLIC HEARING

185

Tim Nesbitt

President, Oregon AFL-CIO.  Testifies in support of both bills, SB 324 and SB 875, and further on the -1 amendment to SB 875

 (EXHIBIT C).

266

Mary Botkin

AFSCME.  Testifies in support of SB 324 and SB 875.  Reviews bulk prescription purchasing and dispensing programs.

306

Senator Kurt Schrader

District 20.  Testifies in support of SB 324.  Explains the time and effort that has gone into developing this bill and would like to move forward on getting the bill approved.

370

Sen. Minnis

Raises several questions on cost savings in bulk purchasing. 

420

Sen. Schrader

Gives a detailed explanation of the intention of the bill as submitted.

Tape 60, A

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 324 and continues public hearing on SB 875.

 

Rep. Mitch Greenlick

District 33.  Testifies on SB 875 and the benefits of purchasing prescriptions in bulk.

107

Bruce Goldberg

Oregon Health Policy & Research.  Testifies on SB 875, and speaks on behalf of people without medical insurance and lack of pharmaceutical coverage.

234

Sen. Minnis

Questions the opportunity to be able to buy in bulk, and have choices.  Also asks about flexibility in preparing pharmaceutical compounds.

265

Goldberg

Replies his concurrence.

 

Sen. Minnis

Offers to work on any changes to the language of the bill.

328

Rep. Greenlick

Speaks on how medical changes are constantly occurring. 

 

Sen. Minnis

Raises question on having further input from medical professionals.

Tape 59, B

055

Lynn-Marie Crider

AFL-CIO.  Testifies on the technical issues of the SB 875 -1 amendment (See EXHIBIT C above).

092

 

Gives explanation on specific areas of the amendment, i.e., implementing a network of pharmacies, preferred drug lists and any additional costs.

240

Goldberg

Expresses hope that physicians are giving members on Oregon Health Plan their fair share of time and medical care.

 

Jim Gardner

Testifies in opposition to SB 875 and the proposed amendment (EXHIBIT D).  States it would not meet the medical needs of a diverse population and further could have a fiscal impact.

Tape 60, B

045

Tom Holt

Testifies in opposition to SB 875 (EXHIBIT E).  Recommends several areas for corrections to the bill.

 

Sen. Minnis

Asks if he could receive a reply on how the rebate program works.

 

Gardner

Replies concerning the Federal government program through Medicaid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

170

Sen. Minnis

Reviews his understanding on the Federal program and how it will work with state government.  Continues questions back and forth with Gardner.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony for SB 875.

 

Misc. Authors

Submit testimony (EXHIBIT F)

 

Chair Morrisette

States there will be an additional work session scheduled for next week, and adjourns meeting at 3:04 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – HB 2558, written testimony, Jim Gardner, 2 pp.

B – SB 324, proposed -1 amendment, staff, 1 p.

C – SB 324 and SB 875, written testimony, Tim Nesbitt, 15 pp.

D – SB 875, written testimony, Jim Gardner, 11 pp.

E – SB 875, written testimony, and Wall Street Journal article (3/31/03), Tom Holt, 10 pp.

F – SB 875, submitted written testimony, miscellaneous authors, 13 pp.