03/24/2017 Legislative Update March 27
“Oregon is a member of the National Association of Attorney Generals. Also called NAG.”Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum testifies before the Senate Health Care Committee on SB, 270, a seven-day opioid limit bill.
The Big Deal this Week
Balance Billing Ban Hearing: John Moorhead, MD, representing OR-ACEP and the OMA, was joined by Dan Bissell, MD, President of Northwest Acute Care Specialists, and Mark Norling, MD, President of Oregon Anesthesiologists, to testify in opposition to HB 2339, the Department of Business and Consumer Services bill that would ban balance billing. Dash-1 amendments (not released in committee) would tie the rate of reimbursement to a percentage of Medicare. OR-ACEP is part of the coalition working with partners such as Physicians for Fair Coverage to advocate for fair and transparent reimbursement, using a percentile of Fair Health or some other independent, non-profit, database. You can read testimony here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Exhibits/HB2339
DCBS is convening a stakeholder meeting on March 1. OR-ACEP will be at the table.
Opioid Limits in Statute: Hans Notenboom, MD, current President of the OR-ACEP, testified in opposition to HB 2114 and SB 270, which would limit initial prescriptions for opioids for outpatient use to seven days. Instead he advocated for OCEP guidelines. See his testimony here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Exhibits/SB270
OMA Lobby Day is March 9! Please register here: https://www.theoma.org/webinars/2017-oma-day-capitol-registration
In the News
New England Journal of Medicine Opioid Prescribing Practices in ED: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1610524?query=TOC&
Rep. Buehler’s Drug Take-Back Proposal: https://www.thelundreport.org/content/pill-disposal-closing-pill-mills-eyed-fight-against-opioid-epidemic
Guidelines for Physicians (Medical use of Marijuana)
PERS Reform Hearing Draws Crowds to the Capitol: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/02/pers_proposals_draw_blowback_f.html#incart_email
Oregon Lawmakers Introduce Tax Return Bill for Presidential Candidates: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/oregon_lawmakers_introduce_bil_2.html
Ban on Handpicking Successors for Legislators: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/handpicked_successors_bill.html
Legislators only have one more week to file bills — this means a surge of new bills will be introduced.
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
Monday, February 20
HB 2644, Vitamin K Injections for Newborns
HB 2675 Community Health Improvement Plans
Tuesday, February 21
Public Testimony is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21 at 8:30 am in Hearing Room F for Oregon Health Authority budget, Health Services Division.
HB 2401 Trauma-Informed Training for Child Welfare Personnel
SB 129 PTSD Task Force
Wednesday, February 22
HB 2114 Limits Original Opioid RX to Seven Days
HB 2394 Impaired Health Professionals Program
HB 2552 Short-Term Mental Health Treatment at Oregon State Hospital
Legislative Session 101: What’s a Gut n’ Stuff bill?
The glossary to the Oregon Legislative Guide describes this a ‘gut and stuff’ as the “slang term that refers to removing the text of a measure and inserting entirely new language, which while it make change the nature of the measure completely, still must fall under the measure’s title, also known as the ‘relating-to’ clause.” This practice is a good reason to pay attention to the relating clause listed by Legislative Counsel at the beginning of each bill. A relating clause of ‘health care’ can accommodate almost any subject in the health care arena.
Questions about the Legislative Process? Contact Katy King: KatyKing01@gmail.com
For more information about the legislative process, please contact Katy King.