03/24/2017 Legislative Update March 27
“I’m just scared to death because that’s a lot going on for a little legislative body, when Congress is all over the place (and so is) the presidency.”Senate President Peter Courtney talks about session challenges.
The Big Deal this Week: SB 817 New Category of Emergency
The chapter helps to block a bill that would allow urgent care centers to create and advertise for a new category of emergency medical conditions.
The Senate Health Care Committee heard SB 817 this week and declined to move it. The bill would amend the medical practices act and create two different types of emergency medical conditions: emergency and non-life threatening emergency. If this bill passed, emergencies must be treated at a hospital ED and non-life-threatening emergencies could be treated anywhere.
OR-ACEP strongly opposed this attempt by Zoom Care to circumvent the patient safety rules promulgated by the Oregon Health Authority last fall. The rules pertained to the use of the term “emergency care” in signing and advertising by urgent care facilities.
Robert Barriatua, MD, FACEP, was the chapter designee for the the rules process and he provided testimony in opposition to the bill for three primary reasons: potential confusion for patients, potential delays in treatment and access to care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. The Oregon Medical Association, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, Providence and Cambia, also testified in opposition. Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a family physician, and Sen. Lee Beyer, voiced their concerns about the bill from the dais.
Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, the committee chair, indicated there wasn’t support to move the bill forward. If that changes, we may ask members to call their legislators. Read OR-ACEP’s testimony here. https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Committees/SHC/2017-02-28-13-00/SB817/Details
Read weekly legislative updates from Katy King, the OR-ACEP government relations director here. https://oregonacep.org/legislative-affairs-news
Bill Watch: Mental Health Reform
Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer introduced two mental health bills this week which are intended to improve care for people in mental health crisis. Her staff noted that the bills were introduced “as-is” given the backlog in Legislative Counsel and she is working on amendments based on feedback from the January stakeholder meeting. Stay tuned!
HB 3090: ED Discharge
HB 3091: Coordination of Care
Rep. Mitch Greenlick, the chair of the House Health Care Committee, held the first hearing on HB 2122, his CCO Reform Bill. This bill would require CCOs to be more transparent and protect the states’ Medicaid investment by transitioning CCOs from for-profit to community-based non-profit entities. CCOs opposed these changes.
REMINDER: OMA LOBBY DAY IS THURSDAY MARCH 9!
News of the Week
President Courtney’s Session Challenges Interview: http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/capital-bureau/20170224/courtney-says-legislature-faces-unprecedented-workload
Sen. Majority Leader Ginny Burdick’s Town Hall: http://www.pamplinmedia.com/ttt/89-news/347199-226932-housing-transit-marijuana-dominate-legislators-town-hall
Kotek Joins Greenlick in Pushing for CCO Reform: https://www.thelundreport.org/content/kotek-joins-greenlick-pushing-cco-reform-against-resistance
SJ Editorial on Distracted Driving: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/2017/02/28/oregon-should-tighten-distracted-driving-laws/98529086/
February 28 was the first big deadline to file bills for introduction. In March, expect a lot of bill hearings. April 7 is the deadline for Chairs to schedule work sessions for first chamber measures.
Health-Related Bill hearings and other activities
Monday, March 6
SB 231: Establishes Task Force on Student Mental Health Support (work session)
Tuesday, March 7
HB 2401: Requires DHS and DOJ to provide trauma-informed training for welfare workers. (work session)
SB 2: Distracted Driving (public hearing)
HB 2620 Protection for Health Care Workers in Hospitals (public hearing)
Wednesday, March 8
HB 2319 Mental Health Regulatory Agency (work session)
Thursday, March 9
Tobacco Tax Day in the House Revenue Committee
HB 2643 Rear-facing Car Seats for Children under Two:
SB 793 Prescription Drug Price Transparency: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB793/Introduced
Friday, March 10
HB 2518: Adds de-identified information to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program on Naloxone
Legislative Session 101: Dropping Bills
To “drop” a bill refers to submitting the bill or a report to the appropriate desk for the Secretary of the Senate or the Chief Clerk of the House.
For more information about the legislative process, please contact Katy King.