SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

 

March 30, 2005                                                                                                       Hearing Room B

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  49 - 50

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair

Sen. Peter Courtney

Sen. Gary George

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Brittany Kenison, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

SB 618 – Public Hearing

SB 501 - 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 49, A

003

Chair Monnes Anderson

Calls the meeting to order at 1:03 p.m.  Opens a public hearing on SB 618.

SB 618 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Rep. Robert Ackerman

House District 13.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT A).

040

Sen. Ginny Burdick

Senate District 18.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT B).

070

Sen. Kate Brown

Senate District 21.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT C).

085

Sen. George

Comments on breast feeding relating to healthier babies.

095

Sen. Brown

Comments that it is healthier for babies and mothers.  Remarks that SB 618 will really help mothers who must work.

115

James Lace

M.D., Oregon Pediatric Society.  Oregon Medical Association.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT D).

170

Sen. Morrisette

Asks about the correlation between the immune system and breast milk.

172

Lace

Answers question.

180

Audrey Lungershaunsen

Citizen, Portland, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT E).

270

Katherine Abdun-Nur

Lactation Consultant.  Registered Nurse.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT F).

330

Theresa Muday

M.D., Coos Bay, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT G).

415

Sen. Kruse

Refers to section three (3), subsection four (4) of the bill.  Comments that the language is vague relating to “reasonable conditions”.  States that he would like others testifying to define “reasonable conditions.”

440

Julie Brandis

Associated Oregon Industries (AOI).  Submits and presents written testimony in opposition to SB 618 (EXHIBIT H).

TAPE 50, A

025

Brandis

Continues testifying in opposition to SB 618.

075

Brandis

Continues testifying in opposition to SB 618.

105

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on the issue addressed by Brandis.

115

Sen. Kruse

Asks if the bill needs to address a place where breast milk can be stored properly.

120

Brandis

States that breast milk can go un-refrigerated.

130

Amy Klare

Administrator, Civil Rights Division, Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Submits and presents written testimony on behalf of Dan Gardner, Commissioner, BOLI, in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT I).  Testifies in support of SB 618.  States that the word “reasonable” has been addressed by statute.

150

Chair Monnes Anderson

Asks to confirm that breaks cannot be flexed throughout the day by statute.

153

Klare

Answers question.

160

Chair Monnes Anderson

States possible concerns that should be addressed in a work group.

172

Klare

Defers to the BOLI’s website for detailed information.

180

Chair Monnes Anderson

Asks where complaints come from.

183

Klare

Answers, usually an employee.  Elaborates.

186

Lisa Trussell

AOI.  Testifies in opposition to SB 618.

205

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on BOLI creating administrative rules.  Asks Klare if she is familiar with the rules BOLI creates.

207

Klare

Affirms.

210

Sen. Morrisette

Asks Klare to clarify if she is suggesting that the rules be drafted after the bill is passed.

212

Klare

Affirms.  Explains process.

214

Sen. Morrisette

Confirms that the bill could be passed with the idea that administrative rules would be developed.

218

Klare

Responds.

225

Sen. Kruse

Comments that the issue of flex time needs to be addressed in the work group.

233

Sen. George

Refers to page two (2), line eighteen (18) of SB 618.  States that there is an issue in that line that needs to be addressed.  Asks for other state’s statistics.

237

Brandis

States that she does not have information.

240

Chair Monnes Anderson

States there are only eight (8) minutes left for testimony on SB 618.

242

Brandis

States that they are going to meet with Diane Garrett to address concerns.

250

Linda Welsh

Citizen, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT J).

300

Martha Johnson

Nursing Mothers Counsel.  Registered Nurse, Sacred Heart Hospital, Eugene, Oregon.  Submits and presents a fact sheet on “What Do Breastfeeding Moms and Oregon Businesses Have in Common,” in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT K).

350

Johnson

Continues testifying in support of SB 618.

400

Katherine Bradley

Administrator, Health Services, Office of Family Health, Oregon Department of Human Services.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT L).

450

Cynthia Good Mojab

Citizen, Hillsboro, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT M).

TAPE 49, B

015

Deborah Hart

Citizen, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT N).

060

Steve Lanning

Oregon American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).  Testifies in support of SB 618.

065

Marsha Kelley

Oregon Women’s Rights Coalition.  Testifies in support of SB 618.

The following material is submitted for the record without pubic testimony:

 

Christie Emerson

Citizen, Portland, Oregon.  Submits written testimony in support of SB 618 (EXHIBIT O).

075

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the public hearing on SB 618 and opens a public hearing on SB 501. Stands the committee at ease.

080

Chair Monnes Anderson

Reconvenes the meeting.

SB 501 – PUBLIC HEARING

093

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Introduces the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT P).

095

Megan Sweeny

Service Employees International Union, Local 503.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 501 with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT Q).

145

Sweeny

Continues testifying in support of SB 501 with the -1 amendments.

180

Gail McDougle

Senior Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Salem, Oregon.  Submits and presents a report on current coverage’s in support of SB 501 with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT R).

230

McDougle

Continues testifying in support of SB 501 with the -1 amendments.

260

Tim Nesbitt

President, Oregon American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations.  Testifies in support of SB 501.

325

Joel Ario

Administrator, Insurance Division, Department of Consumer and Business Services.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 501 with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT S).

430

Chair Monnes Anderson

Asks if Ario is involved with the Insurance Pool Governing Board.

435

Ario

Answers question.

437

Chair Monnes Anderson

Asks if a discount rate with certain companies is for the public.

445

Ario

Asks if the Chair is referring to new plans created by the legislature for low cost plans.

447

Chair Monnes Anderson

Re-clarifies question.

TAPE 50, B

010

Ario

Answers question.

030

Chair Monnes Anderson

Asks if there is a website under the Department of Consumer and Business Services that shows government health program information.

032

Ario

Responds, yes.  Explains how information is broken down.

045

Ed Neiubaurt

Director, Regulatory Affairs, Providence Health Plan.  Testifies without a stated position to SB 501 with the -1 amendments.

100

Walt Samodurov

Director, Underwriting Department, Health Net Plans of Oregon.  Testifies without a stated position to SB 501 with the -1 amendments.

140

John Powell

Regence BlueCross BlueShield.  Testifies without a stated position to SB 501 with the -1 amendments. 

190

Powell

Continues testimony.

240

Chair Monnes Anderson

Refers to seven items listed in the bill.  Asks question regarding the seven items in the bill.

250

Powell

Answers question.

270

Chair Monnes Anderson

Asks when Powell can meet with Sweeny and Ario for a work group.

277

Powell

Answers question.

285

Chair Monnes Anderson

Comments on cost containment and transparency in hospitals.  States that she wants hospitals to address these same issues.

302

Powell

Comments on amendments and that he will try to the resolve issues.

315

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the public hearing on SB 501.  Adjourns the meeting at 2:55 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 618, written testimony, Rep. Robert Ackerman, 1 p

B.     SB 618, written testimony, Sen. Ginny Burdick, 1 p

C.     SB 618, written testimony, Sen. Kate Brown, 1 p

D.    SB 618, written testimony, James Lace, 2 pp

E.     SB 618, written testimony, Audrey Lungershaunsen, 2 pp

F.      SB 618, written testimony, Katherine Abdun-Nur, 2 pp

G.    SB 618, written testimony, Theresa Muday, 2 pp

H.    SB 618, report, Julie Bradis, 1 p

I.       SB 618, written testimony of Dan Gardner, Amy Klare, 2 pp

J.      SB 618, written testimony, Linda Welsh, 2 pp

K.    SB 618, written testimony, Martha Johnson, 6 pp

L.     SB 618, written testimony, Katherine Bradley, 2 pp

M.  SB 618, written testimony, Cynthia Good Mojab, 12 pp

N.    SB 618, written testimony, Deborah Hart, 2 pp

O.    SB 618, written testimony, Christie Emerson, 2 pp

P.      SB 501, -1 amendments, staff, 17 pp

Q.    SB 501, written testimony, Megan Sweeny, 4 pp

R.    SB 501, report, Gail McDougle, 2 pp

S.      SB 501, written testimony, Joel Ario, 2 pp