“He’s the model of a statesman and a true public servant.”
House Speaker Tina Kotek describing Rep. Vic Gilliam. Gilliam, who is suffering from ALS, stepped down effective February 1, out of “fairness” for his constituents.

The Big Deal this Week: Hearings on Balance Billing and Limits on Opioid RX

Balance Billing is at the top of the agenda. There will be an informational hearing on Fair Health on Thursday in Senate Health Care. Hans Notenboom, MD, OR-ACEP's Chapter President, will testify. A hearing and possible work session on the DCBS legislation to ban balance billing for out-of-network physicians (HB 2339) will be held on Friday, in House Health Care. John Moorhead, MD, Past OR-ACEP President and current board member, will testify.

A hearing to limit initial opioid prescriptions for outpatient use to seven-days is up for a hearing on Wednesday. Hans Notenboom, MD, will testify.

News of the Week

The legislature convened on February 1 and already the looming $1.8B budget shortfall has Senate President Peter Courtney telling editorial boards around the state that the governor may have to call them back into a special session. Sen. Courtney and House Speaker Kotek have dismissed the Governor’s Recommended Budget, which calls for seven separate revenue provisions (tax votes) to put forward an all-cuts budget. That means legislators will have to take hard votes to ensure current service levels for state agency programs.


Rep. Vic Gilliam resigns: http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-state-representative-vic-gilliam-steps-down/

Tobacco 21 Press Conference: This is the signature issue for Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, co-chair of the Joint Human Services Ways and Means Committee, and a family physician. An informational hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in the Senate Health Care Committee. http://www.pamplinmedia.com/bvt/15-news/343203-223223-lawmakers-consider-raising-legal-age-to-purchase-tobacco-to-21

Quick facts about the Oregon Legislature: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/oregon_legislature_14_things.html


Session has convened and the countdown has begun! At this point, legislators and committees are still introducing legislation to be considered during the session. As of February 3, 1,633 bills have been introduced with many more still in Legislative Counsel for drafting.

February 24 – Legislative Counsel Returns Measures 

Legislative Counsel (LC) will return measures that were requested by January 13. After this date, LC will prioritize drafting amendments, followed by other measures that may be requested under each chamber’s rules. 

February 28 – Deadline to file bills with the Secretary of the Senate or the Chief Clerk 

Measures that were requested by the January 13 deadline must be filed with the Secretary of the Senate or the Chief Clerk by 5 p.m. on February 28 in order to be introduced without counting against introduction limits

Health-Related Bill hearings and other activities

Tuesday, February 7

Tobacco 21 Informational Hearing

Senate Health Care

HR B, 1 pm

The American Cancer Society and T21 coalition members are working with Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward to present information related to her bill to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21. Her bill has not yet been introduced. 

Wednesday, February 8

SB 48 Suicide Prevention Continuing Education Requirements

Senate Human Services

Public Hearing, HR D, 1 pm


HB 2114 Prohibits Initial RX for Opioids for Outpatient Use Exceeding Seven-day Supply

House Health Care

Public Hearing and Possible Work Session, HR E, 3 pm


Thursday, February 9

HB 2401 Trauma-Informed Training for Child Welfare Personnel

Senate Human Services

Public Hearing, HR E, 8 am


Fair Health Informational Hearing

Senate Health Care

HR B, 1 pm

Fair Health President Robin Gelburd, Physicians for Fair Coverage Board member Sherif Zafraan MD and Hans Notenboom, MD, OR-ACEP Board President, will provide educational information about the Fair Health database which is used in other states as a way to provide transparency for health care costs, including physician reimbursement. 

Friday, February 10

HB 2339 Balance Billing Ban (Out-of-Network physicians)

House Health Care

Public Hearing, HR E, 8 am


Next Week

Tuesday, February 14

HB 2643 Rear-Facing Car Seat for Children Under Two

House Committee on Early Childhood and Family Supports

Public Hearing and Possible Work Session, HR D

Legislative Session 101: What is a work session?

A work session is a committee hearing for the purpose of determining if a bill will be voted out of committee. Think of it as a conversation (or debate) amongst the committee members. This is different from a public hearing where testimony is taken. Usually, testimony is not taken during a work session unless by invitation from the Committee Chair. In other words, if the bill doesn’t have a work session scheduled, it’s not up for a vote.


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