SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH POLICY

 

 

April 04, 2005                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                      Tapes 51 - 52

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair

Sen. Peter Courtney

Sen. Bill Morrisette

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Gary George

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Brittany Kenison, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

SB 771 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 824 – Public Hearing

SB 855 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 876 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 877 – Public Hearing

SB 882 – Public Hearing

SB 1016 – Public Hearing and Work Session

 

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 51, A

003

Chair Monnes Anderson

Calls the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m.  Opens a public hearing on SB 771.

SB 771 – PUBLIC HEARING

 

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Introduces the -1 amendments to SB 771 (EXHIBIT A).

010

Bob Nikkel

Administrator, State Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  Testifies in support of SB 771 with the -1 amendments.

020

Sen. Morrisette

Asks for clarification that there will be no fiscal impact because a position will be open in the department.

021

Nikkel

Answers, yes.

022

Becky Child

Citizen, Portland Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 771 with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT B).

075

Michael Hlebechuk

Citizen, Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 771.

115

Chair Monnes Anderson

Comments on rescinding the referral to the Ways and Means committee. Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 771.

 

SB 771 – WORK SESSION

125

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 771-1 amendments dated 3/24/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Monnes Anderson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

130

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 771 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

135

Sen. Morrisette

States that he supports the bill and would like it to move to the Senate floor.

145

Sen. Kruse

Comments on a possible fiscal impact.

155

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Monnes Anderson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

160

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the work session on SB 771 and opens a public hearing on SB 824.

SB 824 – PUBLIC HEARING

165

Ellen Pinney

Oregon Health Action Campaign.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 824 (EXHIBIT C).

205

Angela Kimble

Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs. Testifies in support of SB 824.

255

Lorey Freeman

Attorney, Oregon Law Center.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 824 (EXHIBIT D).

285

Jennie Hamilton

Oregon Primary Care Association.  Submits and presents an informational packet entitled “OHP (Oregon Health Plan) Standard Enrollment & Costs” in support of SB 824 (EXHIBIT E).

330

Barney Speight

Administrator, Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP).  Submits and presents written testimony in opposition to SB 824 (EXHIBIT F).

360

Sen. Kruse

Asks Speight if he would support the ability to drop the premiums instead of a mandate.

380

Speight

Responds to question.

415

Chair Monnes Anderson

Asks Speight if OMAP has the ability to track data of those who lost insurance.

425

Speight

Explains that there have been studies performed.  Elaborates.

450

Sen. Morrisette

Asks how much money is raised to pay patient premiums.

TAPE 52, A

005

Speight

Answers question.

010

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on the programs that Speight mentioned.

025

Speight

Comments on projected money lost.  Comments on the need for clearer policy about premium payment

035

Chair Monnes Anderson

Comments on support of the bill.  Asks Speight for information relating to people not receiving medication.

043

Speight

States that he will return information to the committee.

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

 

Maye Thompson

PhD, Registered Nurse.  Oregon Nurses Association.  Submits written testimony in support of SB 824 (EXHIBIT X).

045

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the public hearing on SB 824 and opens a public hearing on SB 855.

SB 855 – PUBLIC HEARING

045

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill and introduces the –1 amendments to SB 855 (EXHIBIT G).

060

Michael Mason

Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservations of Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 855 with the -1 amendments.

080

Gary Weeks

Director, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). Submits and presents written testimony on behalf of Linda Fleming, Executive Director, Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials, in support of SB 855 with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT H). 

100

Sen. Kruse

Asks what the impact or options are for other tribes.

110

Weeks

Responds.

117

Sen. Kruse

Asks if SB 855 with the -1 amendments will have a fiscal impact.

118

Weeks

Answers, no.

120

Sen. Kruse

Comments on the no fiscal impact.

123

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 855.

SB 855 – WORK SESSION

125

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 855-1 amendments dated 4/4/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Monnes Anderson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

130

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 855 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Monnes Anderson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. SHIELDS AND SEN. ATKINSON will lead discussion on the floor.

145

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the work session on SB 885 and opens a public hearing on SB 876.

SB 876 – PUBLIC HEARING

155

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill and introduces the – 1 amendments to SB 876 (EXHIBIT I).

160

Lara Smith

Trillum Family Services.  Testifies in support of SB 876.

175

George Rex

Children Array of Psychiatric Programs. Executive Director, River Bend Youth Center, Oregon City, Oregon.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 876 (EXHIBIT J).

240

Kim Scott

President, Trillium Family Services, Corvallis, Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 876 with the -1 amendments.

290

Jennifer Gram Robinson

Employee, Trillium Family Services.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 876 with the -1 amendments. (EXHIBIT K).

365

Bob Nikkel

Administrator, Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).  Testifies with a neutral position to SB 876 with the -1 amendments. States concerns with the bill.

408

Dave Fiskum

The Christie School.  Submits and presents written testimony of Lynne Saxton, Executive Director, The Christie School, in support on SB 876 with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT L).  Testifies in support of SB 876 with the -1 amendments.

450

Bill Wellard

Executive Director, The Child Center, Springfield, Oregon.  President, Oregon Association of Treatment Centers (OATC).  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 876 (EXHIBIT M). States that he has not seen the -1 amendments.

TAPE 51, B

025

Jessica Stevens

Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 503.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 876 (EXHIBIT N).

060

Angela Kimble

Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs.  Testifies in support of SB 876.

075

Kimble

States concerns with the bill.

115

Jeff Heatherington

President, FamilyCare, Inc.  Submits and presents written testimony in opposition to SB 876 with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT O).

160

Stevens

States that SEIU does support the -1 amendments to SB 876.

165

Jim Russell

Director, Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network. Testifies in opposition to SB 876 with the -1 amendments.

188

Chair Monnes Anderson

States why she supports the -1 amendments.

197

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on the need for adequate staffing.  States support of the bill.

203

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 876.

SB 876 – WORK SESSION

206

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 876-1 amendments dated 3/24/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Monnes Anderson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

210

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 876 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Monnes Anderson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

215

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the work session on SB 876 and opens a public hearing on SB 877.

SB 877 – PUBLIC HEARING

 

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Introduces the -1 amendments to SB 877 (EXHIBIT P).

225

Bob Nikkel

Administrator, State Office of Mental Health and Addition Services, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).  Testifies with a neutral position to SB 877 with the -1 amendments.

275

Chair Monnes Anderson

States why she sponsored SB 877.

300

Dave Fiskum

The Christie School.  Testifies in support of SB 877.  States that he has not seen the -1 amendments.

345

Bill Wellard

Executive Director, The Child Center, Springfield, Oregon.  President, Oregon Association of Treatment Centers (OATC).  Testifies in support of SB 877. States that he also has not seen the -1 amendments to SB 877.

410

Sen. Kruse

Asks Nikkel to clarify that there is no upper payment limit.

420

Nikkel

Responds.

435

Sen. Kruse

Refers to section two (2) of the bill.  Asks how the act can be implemented on January 1, 2006, before the waiver can be accepted.

452

Nikkel

Answers question.

455

Chair Monnes Anderson

Comments on the need to have further discussion, possibly into the interim.

TAPE 52, B

006

Nikkel

States that he welcomes the opportunity to continue discussion.

010

Fiskum

Comments on the need to not lose sight of the objective and the intent of the bill.

015

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the public hearing on SB 877 and opens a public hearing on SB 882.

SB 882 – PUBLIC HEARING

015

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill and introduces the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT Q).

025

Jo Bell

Director, Legislative Support Services, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 882 (EXHIBIT R) and a description of SB 882 (EXHIBIT S).

100

Molly Moore

Director, Governor Healthcare Workforce Initiative.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 882 (EXHIBIT T).

170

Graham Slater

Administrator, Workforce and Employment Research, Employment Department.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 882 (EXHIBIT U).

210

Bell

Discusses issues with the -1 amendments.

233

Chair Monnes Anderson

States that she will carry over the bill to next Monday to address the issues.

240

Bell

Responds that she will be out of town, but will make sure the amendments will address the concerns.

245

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on the intent of the bill.

260

Julie Suchanek

Oregon Community College Association.  Submits and presents written testimony in opposition to SB 882 (EXHIBIT V).

305

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the public hearing on SB 882 and opens a pubic hearing on SB 1016.

SB 1016 – PUBLIC HEARING

318

Rick Berkobien

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

320

Susan King

Oregon Nurses Association.  Testifies in support of SB 1016 with the   -1 amendments.

370

Joan Boudard

Executive Director, Oregon State Board of Nursing.  Testifies in support of SB 1016 with the -1 amendments.

375

Julie Suchanek

Oregon Community College Association.  Testifies in support of SB 1016 with the -1 amendments.

380

Sen. Kruse

Comments on increasing the fees. Asks if nurses are in support of the bill.

392

King

Responds.

400

Chair Monnes Anderson

Comments on SB 800 (2005) and the support of nurses. Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 1016.

SB 1016 – WORK SESSION

409

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 1016-1 amendments dated 4/4/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Monnes Anderson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

411

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 1016 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation and BE REFERRED to the committee on Ways and Means by prior reference.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - George

 

Chair Monnes Anderson

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

425

Chair Monnes Anderson

Closes the work session on SB 1016.  Adjourns the meeting at 3:03 p.m.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 771, -1 amendments, staff, 4 pp

B.     SB 771, written testimony, Becky Child, 3 pp

C.     SB 824, written testimony, Ellen Pinney, 17 pp

D.    SB 824, written testimony, Lorey Freeman, 12 pp

E.     SB 824, informational packet, Jennie Hamilton, 45 pp

F.      SB 824, informational packet, Barney Speight, 2 pp

G.    SB 855, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p

H.    SB 855, written testimony of Linda Flemming, Gary Weeks, 2 pp

I.       SB 876, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p

J.      SB 876, written testimony, George Rex, 1 p

K.    SB 876, written testimony, Jennifer Gram Robinson, 2 pp

L.     SB 876, written testimony of Lynne Saxton, Dave Fiskum, 2 pp

M.  SB 876, written testimony, Bill Wellard, 1 p

N.    SB 876, SB 877, written testimony, Jessica Stevens, 2 pp

O.    SB 876, written testimony, Jeff Heatherington, 2 pp

P.      SB 877, -1 amendments, staff, 2 pp

Q.    SB 882, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p

R.    SB 882, written testimony, Jo Bell, 3 pp

S.      SB 882, description, Jo Bell, 2 pp

T.     SB 882, written testimony, Molly Moore, 2 pp

U.     SB 882, written testimony, Graham Slater, 2 pp

V.     SB 882, written testimony, Julie Suchanek, 1 p

W.   SB 1016, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p

 

 

The following is out of order in the body of the document:

 

X.     SB 824, written testimony, Maye Thompson, 2 pp