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H.11

AN ACT RELATING TO THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH

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

Sec. 1.  18 V.S.A. § 104 is amended to read:

§ 104.  COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH; DUTIES

(a)  The secretary shall appoint a commissioner of health, as provided in 3 V.S.A. § 3051, who shall be either a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state or a health care professional who has at least a master’s degree in public health or a related health care field and who, in addition, has had educational and practical experience in the field of public health. 

(b)  The commissioner may delegate such powers and assign such duties to members of the department as may be deemed appropriate and necessary for the proper execution of the provisions of this title.  If the commissioner is not a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state, the commissioner shall fill an existing exempt position within the department by appointing a chief medical officer who shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state and who shall report to the commissioner.  The commissioner shall delegate authority for policies related to the practice of medicine to the chief medical officer.  Such policy areas shall include those described in the following chapters of this title:

(1)  chapter 3, as it pertains to circulars of information prepared by the state board of health, health orders, and emergency health orders;

(2)  chapter 13, relating to chronic care infrastructure and prevention measures;

(3)  chapter 43A, relating to the patient safety surveillance and improvement system;

(4)  chapter 84A, relating to the Vermont prescription monitoring system;

(5)  chapter 86, relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis;

(6)  chapter 91, relating to prescription drug cost containment;

(7)  chapter 92, relating to the treatment of opiate addiction; and

(8)  chapter 231, relating to advance directives for health care and disposition of remains.

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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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