Introduced by Representatives Pugh of South Burlington, Koch of Barre Town, Larson of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury and Tracy of Burlington
Subject: Health; health access oversight committee
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to clarify, redefine, and codify the authority and functions of the health access oversight committee.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE HEALTH ACCESS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 2 V.S.A. chapter 24 is added to read:
CHAPTER 24. HEALTH ACCESS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
§ 851. CREATION OF COMMITTEE
(a) A legislative health access oversight committee is created. The committee shall consist of ten members: five members of the house appointed by the speaker, not all from the same political party, and five members of the senate appointed by the senate committee on committees, not all from the same political party. The house appointees shall include two members from the house committee on human services, two members from the house committee on health care, and one member from the house committee on appropriations. The senate appointees shall include three members from the senate committee on health and welfare, one member from the senate committee on finance, and one member from the senate committee on appropriations.
(b) The committee shall elect a chair, vice chair, and clerk from among its members. The office of chair shall rotate biennially between the house and senate members of the committee.
(c) The committee may adopt rules of procedure to carry out its duties.
§ 852. FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
(a) The health access oversight committee shall carry on a continuing review of the operation of the Medicaid program, all Medicaid waiver programs, and other state‑operated health programs, except the state employees’ health plan, and any other health policy issues that may affect the administration and beneficiaries of these programs.
(b) In conducting its review and in order to fulfill its duties, the committee shall consult the following:
(1) Consumers and advocacy groups regarding their satisfaction and complaints.
(2) Health care providers regarding their satisfaction and complaints.
(3) The office of Vermont health access.
(4) The department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration.
(5) The agency of human services.
(6) The attorney general.
(7) The health care ombudsman.
(8) The Vermont program for quality in health care.
(9) Any other person or entity as determined by the committee.
(c) The committee shall work with, assist, and advise other committees of the general assembly, members of the executive branch, and the public on matters relating to the state Medicaid program and other state health care programs. Annually, no later than January 15, the committee shall report to the governor and the general assembly.
§ 853. MEETINGS AND STAFF SUPPORT
(a) The committee may meet during a session of the general assembly at the call of the chair or by a majority of the members of the committee. The committee may meet during adjournment subject to the approval of the speaker of the house and the president pro tempore of the senate.
(b) For attendance at meetings which are held when the general assembly is not in session, the members of the committee shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation and reimbursement for necessary expenses as those provided to members of standing committees under 2 V.S.A. § 406.
(c) The staff of the legislative council and the joint fiscal office shall provide professional and administrative support to the committee. The department of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration, the agency of human services, and other agencies of the state shall provide information, assistance, and support upon request of the committee.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
(a) This act shall take effect upon passage.
(b) On the effective date of this act, Sec. 13 of No. 14 of the Acts of 1995 (creation of health access oversight committee) is repealed.
(c) It is the intent of the general assembly that the health access oversight committee established by this act is the successor to and continuation of the health access oversight committee created by Sec. 13 of No. 14 of the Acts of 1995. The membership, records, and official acts of the committee as created by No. 14 of the Acts of 1995 shall continue in effect as the membership, records, and acts of the health access oversight committee as created by this act.
Sec. 3. STATUTORY REVISION
The legislative council shall make such technical revisions to the statutory citations and references to the health access oversight committee in the Vermont Statutes Annotated.
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