SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

April 05, 2005                                                                                                         Hearing Room D

3:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  55 - 56

Corrected 10/25/05

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Morrisette, Chair

Sen. Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

Sen. Charles Starr

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Rick Metsger

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Committee Administrator

Brittany Kenison, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

SB 971 – Public Hearing

SB 374 – Public Hearing and Work Session

SB 782 – 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 55, A

004

Chair Morrisette

Calls the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.  Opens a public hearing on SB 971.

SB 971 – PUBLIC HEARING

007

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill.

030

Betty McChesney-Haus

Chair, Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Rho.  Submits and presents written testimony in support of SB 971 (EXHIBIT A).

073

Chair Morrisette

Inquires about the statistics for Kaiser Permanente.

075

McChesney-Haus

Responds.

080

Marcia Kelley

Oregon Women’s Rights Coalition. Submits and presents a report entitled “Bone Density Testing Mandate for Oregon Insurance Consumers” in support of SB 971 (EXHIBIT B).

130

Kelley

Continues to testify in support of SB 971. Reviews concerns of Kaiser Permanente and Regence BlueCross BlueShield.

158

Chair Morrisette

Comments on appreciation for possible amendments from the hospitals.

163

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks for the cost of a bone density test, what the treatment would be and the cost of treatment.

170

Kelley

Responds.

177

McChesney-Haus

Provides further explanation of costs involved.

195

Kelley

Explains the use of Vitamin D for prevention.

203

Chair Morrisette

Comments on Osteoporosis and heredity.

225

Kelley

Comments on the genetic connection with Osteoporosis.

229

Chair Morrisette

Comments on his belief as to why women get Osteoporosis more than men.

233

McChesney-Haus

Adds that women lose more calcium due to childbearing.

235

Chair Morrisette

States agreement.

236

McChesney-Haus

Comments on a report.

238

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing on SB 971. Opens a public hearing on SB 374.

SB 374 – PUBLIC HEARING

240

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains SB 374 and introduces the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT C).

250

Courtni Dresser

Government Relations Director, Oregon Cancer Association.  Testifies in support of SB 374 with the -1 amendments

255

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing and opens a work session on SB 374.

SB 374 – WORK SESSION

260

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 374-1 amendments dated 4/4/05.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0-0

 

Chair Morrisette

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

280

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Discusses high healthcare costs. Asks if the bill removes the sunset provision.

290

Sen. Kruse

Answers, no.

293

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks if the bill removes the emergency clause.

295

Rick Berkobien

Answers, no.

296

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Comments on the bill being a mandate.  Asks question regarding preferred provider companies.

305

Berkobien

States that he is not sure.  Defers question.

320

John Powell

Regence BlueCross BlueShield.  Answers Sen. Monnes Anderson’s question.  Identifies issues with the amendments.

355

Sen. Kruse

Discusses problem with the bill.

365

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Comments on mandating procedures that may change with technology.

375

Sen. Morrisette

Comments on the intent of the bill.

411

Sen. Kruse

Comments on the bill creating a mandate and making the service more expensive.

425

Sen. C. Starr

Explains why he supports the bill.

440

Sen. C. Starr

MOTION:  Moves SB 374 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

460

Chair Morrisette

VOTE:  3-2-0

AYE:               3 - Metsger, Starr C., Morrisette

NAY:               2 - Kruse, Monnes Anderson

 

Chair Morrisette

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. COURTNEY will lead discussion on the floor.

TAPE 56, A

015

Chair Morrisette

Closes work session on SB 374 and opens a public hearing on SB 782

SB 782 – PUBLIC HEARING

015

Rick Berkobien

Committee Administrator.  Explains the bill.

025

Sue Abrams

Children and Family Services, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).  Testifies in support of SB 782.

095

Chair Morrisette

Asks Abram to clarify requirements of the bill.

098

Abrams

Responds.

104

Chair Morrisette

Asks question.

120

Abrams

Answers question.

125

Chair Morrisette

Remarks on DHS following up during the interim instead of creating an Administrative Rule.

132

Sen. Kruse

Comments on adding responsibilities to DHS.

143

Chair Morrisette

Comments on the efforts of the bill.  Asks about Administrative Rule.

160

Abrams

Responds.  Comments on attention from the media.

177

Chair Morrisette

Asks about conducting performance measures.

180

Abrams

Asks to clarify.

183

Chair Morrisette

Discusses the need to track quality data.

190

Berkobien

Remarks on a study performed.  Asks if DHS could conduct a similar study.

199

Abrams

States that she is aware of the study.  Elaborates on similar studies performed.

220

Lee Hazelwood

Senior’s Advocate.  Testifies in support of SB 782.

270

Chair Morrisette

Asks question.

275

Sen. Kruse

Responds.  Comments that section two (2) of the bill would create a fiscal impact.

285

Chair Morrisette

Closes the public hearing on SB 782 and adjourns the meeting at 3:59 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.     SB 971, written testimony, Betty McChesney-Haus, 1 p

B.     SB 971, report, Marcia Kelley, 7 pp

C.     SB 374, -1 amendments, staff, 2 pp