NO. 40.† AN ACT RELATING TO A STATEWIDE NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF DIALYSIS TREATMENT.

(S.170)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.† STATEWIDE NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF DIALYSIS

†††††††††††† TREATMENT; DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITIES;

††††††††††††† STUDY

The department of aging and disabilities shall conduct a statewide survey and study of all dialysis treatment in Vermont focusing on the cost, convenience, availability, accessibility, and transportation issues related to such services, and shall develop a report of its findings and recommendations. The report shall identify all funding mechanisms currently paying for such services, identify existing gaps in the delivery system, and explore alternatives to the present delivery system, including the viability and appropriateness of using mobile dialysis units.† The department shall report its findings and recommendations to improve Vermontís dialysis treatment and patient delivery system to the House and Senate Committees on Health and Welfare by November 15, 2003.† The department shall also file its findings and recommendations with the commissioner of the department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration to assist in the development of the health resource allocation plan.

Approved:† May 26, 2003