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


(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)  the executive director of the Vermont commission on women or a designee;

(8)  a representative of ALANA Community Organization;

(9)  a representative of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England;

(10)  a representative of the Vermont medical society;

(11)  one member of the senate committee on health and welfare appointed by the committee on committees and one member of the house committee on human services appointed by the speaker of the house; and

(12)  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. 

(e)  For attendance at meetings which are held when the general assembly is not in session, the legislative members of the task force 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.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont