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  • Sen. Virginia "Ginny" Lyons, Chair
  • Sen. Richard Westman, Vice Chair
  • Sen. Ann Cummings
  • Sen. Dick McCormack
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Senate Committee on Health and Welfare

 

AGENDA

 

Room 17

February 12, 2019 - February 15, 2019

Last Updated 2/15/2019 9:04 AM

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

9:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

10:30 AM                   Reforming Vermont's Mental Health System: Report to the Legislature on the Implementation of Act 200, Section 3

Act 200, Section 3 report

Karen Barber, Legal Counsel, Department of Mental Health

Frank Reed, Director of Operations and Planning and Development, Department of Mental Health

 

10:45 AM                   Patients Seeking Mental Health Care in Hospital Settings

Act 200, Section 7 report

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Mourning Fox, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Devon Green, Vice President of Government Relations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Emma Harrigan, Director of Policy Analysis and Development, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

 

11:00 AM                   S. 55 - An act relating to the regulation of toxic substances and hazardous materials

Matt Lenz, State Director, Toy Association

Andrew Hackman, Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association - Phone

 

11:20 AM                   S. 43 - An act relating to prohibiting prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment

Nancy Hogue, Director of Pharmacy Services, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare

Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Government Relations Director, Vermont Medical Society

 

11:55 AM                   Our Voices Exposed (VOX)

Harwood Union High School

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 86 - An act relating to increasing the legal age for buying and using cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age

Introduction and Walk-through

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

9:15 AM                   Opportunities and Barriers to Implementing Tobacco 21 in Vermont

Rebecca Ryan, Division Director, Health Promotion, American Lung Association of the Northeast - Phone

Jack Chen, Student, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine - Phone

Kathryn Kurchena, Student, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine - Phone

 

9:45 AM                   S. 86 - An act relating to increasing the legal age for buying and using cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age

Andrea Villanti, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont - Phone

 

10:15 AM                   S. 43 - An act relating to prohibiting prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment

Deborah Wachtel, DNP, MPH, APRN, Assistant Professor, UVM College of Nursing, Vermont Nurse Practitioners' Association - Phone

Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, Government Relations Director, Vermont Medical Society

Georgia Maheras, Vice President of Policy and Programs, Esq., Bi-State Primary Care Association

 

10:30 AM                   Childcare Demand Study

Reeva Murphy, Deputy Commissioner, Child Development Division, Department for Children and Families

Rupa Datta, Vice President and Senior Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago - Phone

Carolyn Wesley, Interim Director, Building Bright Futures

Janet McLaughlin, Interim CEO, Let's Grow Kids

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

9:00 AM                   S. 43 - An act relating to prohibiting prior authorization requirements for medication-assisted treatment

Mark-up and possible vote

Jennifer Carbee, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Katie McLinn, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare

Lisa Brouillette Hurteau, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Department of Vermont Health Access

Jill Rickard, Director of Policy, Department of Financial Regulation

 

9:20 AM                   S. 86 - An act relating to increasing the legal age for buying and using cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age

Mark Levine, M.D., Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health

 

9:30 AM                   S. 65 - An act relating to banning baby bumper pads

Rebecca Bell, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Critical Care Physician

 

9:40 AM                   S. 73 - An act relating to licensure of ambulatory surgical centers

Catherine Fulton, Executive Director, Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (VPQHC)

Stephen Merena, Vermont Podiatric Medical Association

Virginia Renfrew, Vermont Association of Nurse Anesthetists

 

10:00 AM                   S. 55 - An act relating to the regulation of toxic substances and hazardous materials

Bill Driscoll, Vice President, Associated Industries of Vermont

Suzanne Hartigan, Senior Policy Director, American Chemistry Council - Phone

 

10:20 AM                   S. 31 - An act relating to requiring hospitals to provide certain financial information to patients and prohibiting surprise billing for emergency medical services

Gini Milkey, Community of Vermont Elders (COVE)

Lois Whitmore, Community of Vermont Elders (COVE)

Scott Woodward, Pomfret

Heather Riemer, AFT-VT

Devon Green, Vice President of Government Relations, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Sara Teachout, Director, Government, Public and Media Relations, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont

Susan Gretkowski, Senior Government Affairs Strategist, MVP Healthcare

 

11:15 AM                   S. 31 - An act relating to requiring hospitals to provide certain financial information to patients and prohibiting surprise billing for emergency medical services

Doug Hoffer, State Auditor, State Auditor's Office

 

11:45 AM                   Committee  Discussion

 

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Friday, February 15, 2019

9:00 AM                   Primary Care Spending

Michele Degree, Health Policy Advisor, Green Mountain Care Board

Sarah Lindberg, Health Services Researcher, Green Mountain Care Board

 

9:30 AM                   Mental Health Payment Reform

Alicia Cooper, Director of Payment Reform, Reimbursement and Rate Setting, Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)

Selina Hickman, Director of Policy and Planning, Department of Mental Health

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health

Dillon Burns, Director of Mental Health Services, Vermont Care Partners

 

10:00 AM                   ACO and Service Integration

Beth Tanzman, Executive Director, Blueprint for Health, Department of Vermont Health Access

Susan Barrett, Executive Director, Green Mountain Care Board

Victoria Loner, Chief Operating Officer, OneCare Vermont

 

11:00 AM                   Child Grant

Laurel Omland, Operations Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Unit, Department of Mental Health

Laura Bernard, Coordinator, Early Childhood Services, Department of Mental Health

 

11:30 AM                   Senate Floor

 

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