Introduced by Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Clarkson of Woodstock, Evans of Essex, Haas of Rochester, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jerman of Essex, Komline of Dorset, Livingston of Manchester, McLaughlin of Royalton, Mook of Bennington, O’Donnell of Vernon, Acinapura of Brandon, Allaire of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Bartlett of Dover, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Condon of Colchester, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Hunt of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Marcotte of Coventry, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Monti of Barre City, Morley of Barton, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Orr of Charlotte, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Reese of Pomfret, Seibert of Norwich, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Westman of Cambridge, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington
Subject: Health; health insurance; cervical cancer screening; HPV testing
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to establish a task force on the eradication of cervical cancer in Vermont, which will make recommendations to the department of health for specific actions.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE ERADICATION OF CERVICAL CANCER
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 18 V.S.A. § 158 is added to read:
§ 158. CERVICAL CANCER ERADICATION TASK FORCE
(a) No later than September 1, 2006, the commissioner shall establish a task force to study eradication of cervical cancer in Vermont. The task force shall include:
(1) the commissioner or a designee;
(2) the minority health director;
(3) the director of the office of Vermont health access or a designee;
(4) the commissioner of banking, insurance, securities, and health care administration or a designee;
(5) the health care ombudsman or a designee;
(6) a representative of the Vermont chapter of the American Cancer Society;
(7) a member of the Vermont commission on women;
(8) a representative of ALANA Community Organization;
(9) a representative of Planned Parenthood of New England;
(10) a representative of the Vermont medical society;
(11) up to three additional members appointed by the commissioner.
(b) The task force shall consider:
(1) public awareness of the causes of cervical cancer, personal risk factors, the value of prevention and early detection, options for testing, treatment costs and health plan reimbursement, and new technologies;
(2) health care providers’ awareness about screening and prevention options, recommended protocols and schedules for screening and vaccinations, and new technologies;
(3) recommended testing protocols and schedules for cervical cancer screenings and vaccinations for the human papillomavirus;
(4) issues of cost and insurance and health plan coverage;
(5) potential sources of funding for education, screening, and treatment programs, including governmental and private funding.
(c) The task force shall make findings and recommendations about how to eradicate cervical cancer in Vermont. It shall report those findings and recommendations to the commissioner no later than January 15, 2007.
(d) The commissioner shall, on or before February 1, 2007, report to the general assembly, the house committee on human services, and the senate committee on health and welfare the findings and recommendations of the task force, what recommendations or actions if any the department can implement, and what recommendations it makes for legislative action.
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