SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

February 15, 2005                                                                                                   Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  18 - 19

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair

Sen. Rick Metsger

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

Sen. Charles Starr

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Brittany Kenison, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:        

SB 443 – Public Hearing

SB 98 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 430 – 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 18, A

003

Chair Morrisette

Calls the meeting to order at 3:07 p.m.  Opens public hearing on SB 443.

SB 443 - PUBLIC HEARING

015

Bill Markham

Former Representative, Roseburg, Oregon. Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 443 (EXHIBIT A).

065

Markham

Continues to discuss support of SB 443.

115

Markham

Summarizes and concludes.

125

Sen. Kruse

Asks Markham to address the bill’s outcome with amendments.

135

Markham

Explains that the amendments are not ready, but provides explanation.

140

Sen. Kruse

Comments on his support of the bill.

145

Sen. Ben Westlund

Senate District #27.  Testifies in support of SB 443.  Notes that no fiscal impact is involved.

165

Sen. Alan Bates

Senate District #03.  Testifies in support of SB 443.  Also explains what the amendment will do.

195

Sen. Kruse

Alleges that the involvement of the community will be the most effective to engage interest in the free clinics.

205

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Comments on her work in a free clinic in Virginia.  Asks to address how the bill will protect volunteer doctors in the free clinics from law suits for inadequate treatment.

240

Chair Morrisette

Also asks the witness to address how the clinic will be protected.

243

Sen. Bates

Answers that they may be covered under the Good Samaritan act with immunity for the physician.  Also explains what happens to the patient.

270

Markham

Provides examples of treatments and adds that they can be referred.  Reads a quote from Dr. Bruce Goldberg on a report of uninsured versus insured patients.

295

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Refers to the preliminary Staff Measure Summary (SMS) report that addresses question of how the physician and clinic are protected.

305

Sen. Westlund

Explains that patients with serious conditions will be referred.

320

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Comments on the free clinic in Vancouver, Washington.  Comments that she would like information from the clinic to identify their limitations with patients.

330

Sen. Starr

Comments on his support of the bill.  Remarks on getting citizens more involved in the community.

360

Sen. Kruse

Clarifies that the bill does not add clinics, just practitioners.

380

Sen. Bates

Comments that patients who attend free clinics usually are more apt to finding and addressing problems that are not related to the original reason of visit.  States that that scenario is more likely than for a physician to miss a problem.

410

Chair Morrisette

Comments that a work session will be held when they have amendments.

TAPE 19, A

005

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 443 and opens public hearing on SB 98.

SB 98 – PUBLIC HEARING

010

Rick Berkobien

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

020

Chair Morrisette

Seeing no witnesses, closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 98.

SB 98 – WORK SESSION

025

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 98-1 amendments dated 2/14/05.

026

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

027

Sen. Kruse

MOTION:  Moves SB 98A to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

027

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

029

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 98 and opens a pubic hearing on SB 430.

SB 430 – PUBLIC HEARING

035

Rick Berkobien

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

055

Grover Simmons

Independent Adult Foster Care Association.  Testifies in support of SB 430.

105

Simmons

Continues to discuss support of SB 430.

110

Chair Morrisette

Asks Simmons to confirm that additional amendments are needed.

115

Simmons

Affirms.  Explains the changes that the new amendment will make.

135

Chair Morrisette

Comments to Simmons on his dedication to the association.

136

Meredith Cote

Director, Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Oregon Department of Human Services.  Submits and presents written testimony of SB 430 (EXHIBIT D).  Addresses concerns with the bill to be addressed with another amendments.

170

Chair Morrisette

Remarks on administrative rules.

177

Cote

Notes agreement with the Chair.  Adds that the long term care and resident care has changed and the bill does not address that flexibility.

185

Cindy Hennum

Office of Licensing and Quality Care, Oregon Department of Human Services.  Expresses agreement with Cote on concerns of bill and will address them with Simmons.

200

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Notes that no caregivers have testified.  Comments that she has many questions to ask how it will impact the foster care homes.

215

Chair Morrisette

Comments on effectiveness of foster care homes and workers.  States that no work session will be held.

225

Sen. Metsger

Notes agreement with Sen. Monnes Anderson, and has concerns over the caregivers as well.

255

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 430.  Adjourns meeting at 3:54 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 443, written testimony, Bill Markham, 3 pp

B.     SB 98, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p

C.     SB 430, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p

D.    SB 430, written testimony, Meredith Cote, 1 p