Healthcare Legislative Roundup
Here’s the healthcare legislation approved by the House and Senate the week of May 30 through June 3
June 3, 2011—The Oregon Legislature approved eight bills this week related to healthcare, all of which now proceed to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
To read the bills, go here.
Senate Bill 238 requires the Oregon Health Authority to conduct a review of its rules related to mental health and addiction providers to determine whether excessive requirements and redundancies can be eliminated, and if the process used to patient data can be streamlined.
Senate Bill 201 allows Oregon Health Plan members to change from one prepaid managed care organization to another MCO no more than once during each enrollment period.
Senate Bill 204, as reported by The Lund Report, allowed lawmakers to add language from two previously dead bills, including House Bill 3559, which was killed when Republican representatives on the House Health Care Committee voted against seven healthcare bills in a political move.
Starting in January, hospital outpatient rates will be reduced using Medicare payment methodologies for the Oregon Health Plan, public employees and school teachers – which together represent nearly 900,000 Oregonians.
“This bill will help us as a state to move toward more effective, cost-efficient healthcare, particularly the healthcare system funded by public dollars,” said Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland), before the House voted 52-7 to approve the legislation yesterday.
House Bill 2013 abolishes the Advisory Council for Electrologists, Permanent Color Technicians and Tattoo Artists and transfers those responsibilities to the Oregon Health Licensing Agency.
Senate Bill 91 requires health insurers to offer bronze and silver plans in the individual and small group market.
House Bill 2371 requires the Oregon Health Authority to adopt rules for entities that give vaccines, requiring them to report to an immunization registry and certify that employees have completed training sessions. See The Lund Report’s coverage here.
House Bill 2366 directs the Oregon Health Authority to develop a strategic plan for recruiting primary care providers to Oregon. See The Lund Report’s coverage of this bill here.
House Bill 3311 requires the Oregon Health Authority to explore ways to use doulas to improve birth outcomes for women who face a disproportionately greater risk of poor birth outcomes and report back to the legislature next February. See The Lund Report’s coverage of this bill here.
Jun 3 2011