SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

March 03, 2005                                                                                                       Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  28 - 29

Corrected 10/25/05

 

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

Dawn Tuso, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

                                                Pharmaceutical Industry Assistance Programs - Informational  Meeting

SB 329 – Public Hearing

SB 553 – 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 28, A

003

Chair Morrisette

Calls the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.  Opens informational meeting on Pharmaceutical Industry Assistance Programs.

PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS – INFORMATIONAL MEETING

015

Jim Gardner

Oregon Council, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Submits a summary report on patient access fairs (EXHIBIT A). Talks about free pharmaceutical drug programs. Discusses how the changes of the Oregon Health Plan affected the growth of the free pharmaceutical drug program. Talks about the rate of growth of participation in the program. Mentions legislation that will engage the state in a new way of networking agencies in getting individuals connected with the free pharmaceutical drug program. Says the program is serving approximately 100,000 Oregonians right now.

097

Chair Morrisette

Refers to report (EXHIBIT A). Agrees that there was a lot of participation by legislators around the state.

105

Don Stecher

Associate Director, Government Affairs, Norvartis Pharmaceuticalsand Chair, PhRMA Taskforce. Mentions website: www.healthyoregon.org. Talks about efforts to improve access to affordable pharmaceutical drugs. Mentions the number of requests for information on the program. Talks about a call center component which will offer bilingual help.

180

Anne Tweedt

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.  Submits written testimony and brochure (EXHIBIT B). Talks about the Together Rx Access program.

225

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks question regarding the Together Rx Access program.

230

Tweedt

Replies that some manufacturers are not represented in the program.

237

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks follow-up question.

243

Tweedt

Replies that once you have the card, it is purely a transaction at the retail level.

256

Chair Morrisette

Closes informational meeting and opens public hearing on SB 329.

SB 329 – PUBLIC HEARING

259

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 329.

273

Rep. Mitch Greenlick

Represents House District 33. Testifies in support of SB 329. Talks about SB 875 from the 2003 legislative session.

383

Sen. Kruse

Talks about concerns. Asks if the workgroup should be re-formed to look at options before moving SB 329.

410

Rep. Greenlick

Says that, if the legislature met in even number years, then 2006 might be a better legislative session to deal with SB 329 but feels that 2007 is too far away to wait. Says he would be happy to participate in a workgroup.

TAPE 29, A

009

Sen. Kruse

Prefers that, if we move in a direction, we do so in a collaborative way, not an adversarial way.

012

Erinn Kelley-Siel

Health and Human Services Policy Advisor, Governor Kulongoski’s Office. Testifies in support of SB 329.

046

Chair Morrisette

Appreciates the continued support of Governor Kulongoski.

052

Bruce Goldberg

Administrator, Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research. Testifies in support of SB 329.

131

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks what kind of application process the patient would go through.

135

Goldberg

Replies that the application is a one page form.

144

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks how the income level is checked.

146

Goldberg

Replies that they do not verify the information on all of the applications but that they will be auditing the forms.

150

Rick Bennett

AARP-OR. Testifies in support of SB 329. Submits a brochure and written testimony on behalf of Jerry Cohen (EXHIBIT C).

232

Tim Nesbitt

President, Oregon AFL-CIO. Testifies in support of SB 329.

325

Lynn Lundquist

President, Oregon Business Association. Testifies in support of SB 329. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT D).

400

Channah Pastorious

Beaverton resident. Testifies in support of SB 329. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

TAPE 28, B

020

Chair Morrisette

Asks about the lottery.

022

Pastorious

Explains.

027

Chair Morrisette

Asks how long it lasts.

028

Pastorious

Replies that she does not know how long it lasts.

030

Joy Wilman

Oregonians for Health Security. Testifies in support of SB 329.

055

Joe Mahoney

Citizen. Testifies in support of SB 329. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).

150

Phillip Kennedy Wong

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Testifies in support of SB 329.

192

Maribeth Healey

Executive Director, Oregonians for Health Security. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT G). Submits written testimony on behalf of Kathy Karppinen (EXHIBIT H). Testifies in support of SB 329. Asks for consideration to amend SB 329.

305

Chair Morrisette

Announces that the committee will hear SB 553 today but does not plan to move SB 329 today. Says there is a collaborative effort going on regarding SB 329. Reports on the status of SB 623, SB 418, and SB 419.

355

Jim Gardner

Oregon Council, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Testifies in opposition to SB 329. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT I).

TAPE 29, B

005

Gardner

Continues testimony on SB 329. Mentions SB 598.

052

Chair Morrisette

Asks question regarding testimony.

054

Gardner

Responds.

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

 

Tom Holt

Submits written testimony on SB 329 (EXHIBIT J).

060

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 329 and opens a public hearing on SB 553.

SB 553 – PUBLIC HEARING

069

Chair Morrisette

Closes public hearing on SB 553 and opens work session on SB 553.

SB 553 – WORK SESSION

070

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator. Gives overview of SB 553. Mentions the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT K).

080

Sen. Metsger

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB  553-1 amendments dated 03/01/05.

083

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

085

Sen. Metsger

MOTION:  Moves SB  553 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-1-0

AYE:            4 - Sen. Metsger, Sen. Monnes Anderson, Sen. C. Starr, Sen. Morrisette

NAY:            1 - Sen. Kruse

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion Carries.

SEN. MORSE will lead discussion on the floor.

090

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 553 and adjourns meeting at 4:42 p.m.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs, informational handout, Jim Gardner, 35 pp

B.     Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs, brochure and written testimony, Anne Tweedt, 21 pp

C.     SB 329, brochure and written testimony, Rick Bennett, 6 pp

D.    SB 329, written testimony, Lynn Lundquist, 1 p

E.     SB 329, written testimony, Channah Pastorious, 1 p

F.      SB 329, written testimony, Joe Mahoney, 1 p

G.    SB 329, written testimony, Maribeth Healey, 2 pp

H.    SB 329, written testimony, Maribeth Healey, 1 p

I.       SB 329, written testimony, Jim Gardner, 2 pp

J.      SB 329, written testimony, Tom Holt, 1 p

K.    SB 553, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p