SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

 

May 1, 2003                                                                                                            Hearing Room B

1:00 p.m.                                                                                                                       Tapes 69 - 70

 

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 542 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 785– Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 886– Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 146 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 819 – Informational -

                        Implementation

 

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 69, A

008

Chair Morrisette

Convenes meeting at 1:34 p.m. and opens a public hearing on SB 542.

SB 542 – PUBLIC HEARING

012

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains the bill.

023

Leonard Hagan

Regence Blue Cross.  Testifies in opposition to SB 542, and submits an article from the American Cancer Society (EXHIBIT A). 

059

Peggy Anet

Health Insurance Association of America.  Testifies in opposition to SB 542 and states that placing schedules for health care in statutes is not appropriate due to the ever changing opinions on health care. 

 

Chair Morrisette

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

SB 542 – WORK SESSION

088

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 542 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

091

Sen. C. Starr

VOTE:  4-2

AYE:  4 - Shields, Starr C., Walker, Morrisette

NAY:    2 - Fisher, Minnis

098

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. MORRISETTE will lead discussion on the floor.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 542 and opens a public hearing on SB 785.

 

SB 785 – PUBLIC HEARING

110

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains the bill.

 

Sen. Vicki Walker

Gives explanation on the hand engrossed changes noted on the bill and explains the -7 and -8 amendments (EXHIBIT B).  States she would prefer the -8 amendments.

165

Barney Speight

Kaiser Permanente.  Testifies that Kaiser Permanente, Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Health Insurance Association of America would support the changes as noted.

169

Kappy Eaton

League of Women Voters.  Testifies in support of SB 785.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing and opens a work session on SB 785.

SB 785 – WORK SESSION

174

Sen. Walker

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 785-8 amendments dated 04/24/03.

178

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

183

Sen. Walker

MOTION:  Moves SB 785 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

185

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

187

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. WALKER will lead discussion on the floor.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes the work session on SB 785 and opens a public hearing on SB 146.

SB 146 – PUBLIC HEARING

196

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains the bill, and notes the referral to Ways and Means (EXHIBIT C).  Submits written testimony from the Governor’s office (EXHIBIT D).

205

Gina Firman

Association of Community Mental Health Programs.  Concurs on the

-2 amendment to SB 146.

 

Bob Nikkel

Acting Administrator, Office of Mental Health Services.  Concurs on earlier comments and agrees with the -2 amendment.  Notes they had worked with the Governor’s staff office as well.

 

Sen. Minnis

Thanks groups for working together.

219

Kappy Eaton

League of Women Voters.  Testifies in support of the SB 146, -2 amendment.  Speaks concerning the number of members from advocacy organizations, and the new wording that lessens this number.

235

Sen. Minnis

Doesn’t see any problem with the semantics.

243

Gina Firman

Advises no problem with the question on semantics.

 

Sen. Minnis

Suggests moving bill to Ways and Means and Chair writing a letter to alter the advocacy group question.

310

Jim Davis

United Seniors.  Testifies in support of the bill and the amendments.  Reviews issue on members of the board.

 

Sen. Minnis

States his opinion on adding more members to the council.

390

Phyllis Rand

Legislative Coordinator, Governor’s Commission on Senior Services.  Expresses her concern that the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services has been removed from the list. 

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing and opens a work session on SB 146.

SB 146 – WORK SESSION

423

Sen. Minnis

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 146-2 amendments dated 04/28/03.

426

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

428

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

430

Sen. Minnis

MOTION:  Moves SB 146 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

434

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

Tape 70, A

012

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 146 and opens a public hearing on SB 886.

SB 886 – PUBLIC HEARING

022

Marjorie Taylor

Administrator.  Explains the bill, and the -2 amendment (EXHIBIT E), and notes submitted testimony from Dennis Keenan of the Catholic Charities group (EXHIBIT F).

032

Phillip Kennedy-Wong

Ecumenical Ministries.  Testifies in support of the bill, and offers his organization’s assistance in this effort.  Reviews his organization’s volunteer/mentoring program.

104

Kennedy-Wong

Requests a change on organization’s relationship with DHS.

 

Sen. Shields

Reviews some of the wording on page 3, line 20.

132

Sen. Minnis

Gives his explanation on the constitutional question.

 

Michael Buckley

Department of Human Services.  Advises his organization would focus on the goals.

169

Sen. Starr

Explains that the outcome for the client is the main goal.  Would like to move forward on the bill.

175

Buckley

Advises that some of the wording has to do with the re-issue of the fiscal and there is now noted a $40,000 fiscal impact, which is the cost of bringing in a specialist

 

Sen. Minnis

Advises there is probably available experienced consultant and experts.  Advises he could direct DHS to curriculum and staff to meet these requirements.  States there would probably be minimal if any costs.

 

Sen. Shields

Advises that all the changes are in place in the -2 amendment.

196

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing and opens a work session on SB 886.

SB 886 – WORK SESSION

198

Sen. Shields

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 886-2 amendments dated 04/28/03.

201

 

VOTE:  6-0

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

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

 

 

 

210

Sen. Shields

Thanks Dennis Keenan and Philip Kennedy-Wong for their contribution on this bill.

215

Sen. Minnis

MOTION:  Moves SB 886 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and the SUBSEQUENT REFERRAL to the committee on Ways and Means BE RESCINDED.

219

Chair Morrisette

VOTE:  6-0

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

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

 

Chair Morrisette

Closes the work session on SB 886.

SB 819 - INFORMATIONAL

228

Sen. John Minnis

Reads into the record for Health Policy and Human Resource committees the issue of prior authorization on SB 819, from the 2001 session, and the Department of Human Resources moving forward with OAR 410-121-0030.  Submits the response received from Legislative Counsel Committee (EXHIBIT G).  States the department is without legal merit and wanted to read for the record.

289

Sen. Fisher

States his concurrence with Senator Minnis on this issue.

 

Chair Morrisette

Adjourns meeting at 2:36 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 542, submitted American Cancer Society article, Leonard Hagen, 2 p.

B – SB 785, hand-engrossed bill and -7, and -8 amendments, Sen. Vicki Walker, 3 pp.

C – SB 146, proposed -2 amendment, staff, 10 pp.

D – SB 146, submitted written testimony, Governor’s staff – Erin Kelley-Siel, 1 p.

E – SB 886, proposed -2 amendment, staff, 4 pp.

F – SB 886, submitted written testimony, Dennis Keenan, 2 pp.

G – SB 819, submitted document, Senator John Minnis, 2 pp.