SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

January 17, 2005   Hearing Room B

1:00 PMTape 1

Corrected 10/25/2005

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Chair

Sen. Peter Courtney

Sen. Gary George

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:            Sen. Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Brittany Kenison, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD & WITNESSES: 

Adoption of Committee Rules - Organizational Meeting

Introduction of Committee Members – Organizational Meeting

Discussion of Committee Work Plan – Organizational Meeting

 

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 1, A

003

Chair Monnes Anderson

Calls the committee to order at 1:02 PM. Chair opens organizational meeting.

COMMITTEE RULES - ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

008

Chair Monnes Anderson

Asks Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator, to review proposed committee rules.

015

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator. Summarizes committee rules (EXHIBIT A).

065

Sen. Morrisette

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules dated 01/17/05.

070

Sen. Courtney

Asks Berkobien for clarification on rule 1 regarding requirements for a subcommittee.

075

Berkobien

Confirms that only one member needs to be present at a subcommittee meeting for purpose of taking testimony and must declare for the record.

085

 

VOTE:  4-0- 1

EXCUSED:  1 - Kruse

 

Chair Monnes Anderson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS – ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

095

Chair Monnes Anderson

Notes that Sen. Jeff Kruse is EXCUSED and gives his background in Health Policy.

Introduces Sen. Bill Morrisette and his background.

105

Sen. Morrisette

Discusses interest area in human services and health care.

115

Chair Monnes Anderson

Introduces Sen. Gary George and his background.

125

Sen. George

Discusses interest and background in health services and health care. Also discusses interest in potential issues and facts.

145

Chair Monnes Anderson

Introduces Sen. Peter Courtney and his background.

150

Sen. Courtney

Expresses interest in health care and mental health area.

160

Chair Monnes Anderson

Introduces committee staff.

170

Chair Monnes Anderson

Introduces herself and background.   

DISCUSSION OF COMMITTEE WORK PLAN– ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

170

Chair Monnes Anderson

Outlines committee work plan:

·         Mental health: Several State hospital issues; overcrowding, condition of building.

·         Lack of community mental health services for people leaving the state hospital.

·         Lack of community services to prevent state hospitalization.

Number of people who end up in jail that have mental illness.

220

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about mental health parody bill.

225

Chair Monnes Anderson

Confirms that it will be an issue that will be discussed.

Continues discussing mental health plan.

235

Sen. Morrisette

Raises equity issue among counties about mental service resources. Addresses need to work for solution and possibly turn over to Metro.

250

Chair Monnes Anderson

Continues addressing work plan:

·         Health insurance: large number of uninsured Oregonians. Employers have increased cost in health care for employees. 

·         Improving access for health care for all Oregonians and employers.

·         Oregon Health Plan issue of cuts and containing costs.

·         New Medicare prescription program and the impact.

·         Health care workforce to include shortage of health care staff.

·         Public health.

315

Sen. George

Asks for the committee to tour the State Hospital.

317

Chair Monnes Anderson

Approves request for tour.

320

Berkobien

Discusses list of acronyms used in human services (EXHIBIT B).

330

Chair Monnes Anderson

Announces that acronym jargon that will be used and money will be used to support a charity relating to health.

345

Berkobien

Shows Medicaid publication. Available online at www.kff.org or by calling 1-800-656-4533.

350

Chair Monnes Anderson

Summarizes and concludes. Closes organizational meeting. Adjourns meeting at 1:27 PM.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     Rules, Committee, staff, 3 pp

B.     Work Plan, Committee, list of acronyms, staff, 18 pp