Lyme Disease Task Force Report – Joint Public Hearing

JOINT HEARING

Senate Aging and Youth Committee AND Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Senate Majority Caucus Room

Lyme Disease Task Force Report

 

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. – Opening Remarks – Committee Chairs 

  • Sen. Michele Brooks, Aging & Youth Committee
  • Sen. Lisa Baker, Health & Human Services Committee 

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. – Panel I 

  • Julia Wagner, MBA, PhD pending, President, PA Lyme Resource Network, Member of Act 83 of 2014 Lyme Disease Task Force
  • Dr. John Goldman, Internist and Infectious Disease Specialist, UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, Member of Act 83 of 2014 Lyme Disease Task Force 

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Panel II 

  • Nicole Chinnici, Forensic Scientist/Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory, East Stroudsburg University
  • Erika Machtinger, PhD, CWB, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Entomology, Penn State University, Dept. of Entomology
  • Doug Fearn, President, Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

10:40 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. – Panel III

  • Dr. Loren K. Robinson, Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Department of Health
  • Dr. Rachel Levine,  Acting Secretary, Department of Health
  • Sara Nicholas, Ex. Policy Specialist, Office of Policy & Planning, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Panel IV

Additional Testimony:

To Consider SB 674, SB 179 and SB 439

Senate Health & Human Services Committee

October 17, 2017
10:30 a.m.
Room 461 

 

To consider the following bills:

SB 674 – Sen. Rafferty – Amends the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (the “Act”) to provide that when the Federal Government adds, deletes or transfers a substance to the schedules of controlled substances, the same shall occur within 60 days to the corresponding schedules contained in the Act.Summary

SB 179 – Sen. Bartolotta – Requires the Department of Health to develop and administer an Internet based acute care mental health bed registry to facilitate the temporary hospitalization and treatment of individuals who meet the criteria for inpatient examination and treatment under the Mental Health Procedures Act.  Amendment to be offered by Sen. Baker.  – Summary

SB 439 – Sen. Fontana – Enacts the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards in Child Care Facilities Act (the “Act”).  The Act would require the installation, maintenance, repair or replacement of carbon monoxide detectors in child care facilities that use fossil fuel-burning heaters or appliances, fireplaces or are attached to garages.  Amendment to be offered by Sen. Schwank. – Summary

HB 59 and HB 508

Senate Health and Human Services

Wednesday, June 26, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Room 461 MC


HB 59 – Rep. Moul – Amends Section 774 of the Human Services Code to allow an adoptive family to repeal to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services the amount of the adoption subsidy provided to them by the County Children and Youth Services Agency under the Adoption Opportunities Act.  – Summary 
A02281

HB 508 – Rep. Cox – Prohibits an individual who is required to register as a convicted sexual offender under 42 Pa. C.S. Section 9799.13, and who is not compliant, from receiving public assistance until the individual complies with applicable registration requirements. Assistance for minor children living in the household shall not be effected by this prohibition. The Department is required to issue regulations to effect compliance with the registration requirements for individuals who are homeless or transient. – Summary
A02243

To consider SB 6, SB 655, HB 45, HB 424

Senate Health and Human Services

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Room 461 MC


SB 6 – Sen. Regan –  Establishes the Public Assistance Integrity Act (PAIA). The legislation amends the Human Services Code (Act 21 of 1967) by tightening benefit eligibility criteria, limiting the use of “access devices” (as defined in the bill), and increasing penalties for instances of willful fraud. – Summary
A01407

SB 655 – Sen. Yaw – Amends The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act by requiring the Secretary of Health to promulgate regulations regarding opioid prescription guidelines. – Summary
A01833

HB 45 – Rep. Godshall – Enacts the “Right-to-Try Act” (the “Act”) which allows terminally ill patients to elect to use investigational drugs, biological products and medical devices which have yet to receive final approval by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”).  The Act also provides certain immunities to health care providers and manufacturers. – Summary
A02187

HB 424 – Rep. Benninghoff – Amends the Vital Statistics Law of 1953 (the “Law”) by allowing physician assistants to supply and sign medical certifications of death or fetal death. – Summary

 

SB 31, SB 211, SB 533, SB 655, SB 728, HB 17, HB 118, HB 126, HB 239

Senate Health and Human Services

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
10:30 a.m.
Room 461 MC


SB 31 – Sen. Scavello – Establishes the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program and allocates not less than $1,000,000 from the Tobacco Settlement Fund for appropriate research.
Summary

SB 211 – Sen. Browne – Establishes the Statewide 2-1-1 System Grant Program Act within the Department of Health, in consolidation with the Department of Human Services. Technical amendment to be offered.
Summary

SB 533 – Sen. Schwank – Establishes the Emergency Addiction Treatment Program to provide addiction treatment in licensed long-term residential addiction treatment facilities for individuals who are unable to obtain timely or appropriate treatment. Technical amendment to be offered.
Summary

SB 728 – Sen. Yaw – Amends the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program Act by exempting nonnarcotic Schedule V drugs (used to treat epilepsy) from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Summary

HB 17 – Rep. Hahn – Amends the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to clarify that a parent or guardian of a minor child (defined as a person under the age of 18) can authorize treatment for the minor’s use of a controlled or harmful substance.
Summary

HB 118 – Rep. Kaufer – Amends the Health Care Facilities Act by adding a Section 822 establishing the Emergency Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Program (“EDADP”).  The EDADP provides for detoxification in licensed health care facilities.
Summary

HB 126 – Rep. Baker – Enacts the Epinephrine Auto-Injector Entity Act which allows for the prescription to, storage and administration of epinephrine auto-injectors by, certain entities where allergens capable of causing anaphylaxis may be present. Sen. Baker to offer an amendment.
Summary

HB 239 – Rep. Toepel – Enacts the Rare Disease Advisory Council Act (the “Act”).  The Act establishes the Rare Disease Advisory Council within the Department of Health.  Sen. Baker to offer technical amendment.
Summary

Department of Health: Hospital and Healthsystem Preparedness

Joint Hearing

 Senate Health and Human Services
and
Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Hearing Room #1 North Office Building

 

Call to Order & Pledge of Allegiance by Chairman Vulakovich

Welcome & Introductions
*Senator Randy Vulakovich, Chair
Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee

*Senator Jay Costa, Democrat Chair
Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee

*Senator Lisa Baker, Chair
Senate Health & Human Services Committee

*Senator Judith Schwank, Democrat Chair
Senate Health & Human Services Committee

Hearing on the Department of Health:  Hospital and Healthsystem Preparedness

9:10 a.m.
Ray Barishansky, Deputy Secretary for Health Planning & Assessment PA Department of Health

9:30 a.m.
Richard Flinn, Jr., Director (Invited) PA Emergency Management Agency

9:50 a.m.
Tom Grace, Vice President for Emergency Preparedness Hospital Association of PA – Attachment

10:10 a.m.
Matthew Linse, Emergency Services Liaison (Invited) Saint Vincent Hospital/Allegheny Health Network Northwest PA Health Care Coalition

Adjournment

PA Regional Task Forces (Map)

Examining the Proposed Consolidation of the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services

Joint Hearing

Senate Aging and Youth, Senate Health and Human Services, Senate Appropriations, Senate Intergovernmental Committees and Senate Philadelphia Delegation

Examining the Proposed Consolidation of the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services

May 18, 2017

Plumbers Local 690 Union Hall
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

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Agenda

12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Opening Remarks 

  • Committee Chairs 

12:05 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Panel I – Public Health 

  • Michelle Williams – Senior Managing Director of Integrated Health Services, Philadelphia Public Health Management Corporation
  • Dr. Maria Daly – Program Manager, Rittenhouse Women’s Health Center
  • Matthew Thomer – Consumer of Department of Health-funded services, Tourette Syndrome Alliance 

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Panel II – Addiction Treatment Services 

  • Michael Harle – President/CEO, Gaudenzia, Inc.
  • Mel Wells – President, One Day at a Time
  • Roland Lamb – Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, City of Philadelphia           

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Panel III – HCBS for Individuals with Disabilities Under 60

  • Nicole Pruitt – Program Director, Inglis Adult Day Program; Secretary, PA Association of Adult Day Service Providers; Member, Long Term Care Council
  • Nancy Salandra – Director of Independent Living Services, Liberty Resources

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Panel IV – Aging Advocacy

  • Pamela Walz, Esq. – Co-Director of the Aging and Disabilities Unit, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • Diane Menio – Executive Director, Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE); Member, Long Term Care Council
  • Hechie Zinman – Chair of the Board of Directors, LGBT Elder Initiative; Member, Long Term Care Council

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Panel V – Aging Services

  • Renee Cunningham – Associate Director, Center in the Park; Board Member, PA Association of Senior Centers
  • Holly Lange – President/CEO, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Examining the Proposed Consolidation of the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services

Joint Hearing of Senate

Aging and Youth
Appropriations
Health and Human Services
and
Intergovernmental Operations Committees

Examining the Proposed Consolidation of the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services

May 1, 2017, 11 am

University of Pittsburgh
Parking Map

 

 

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks

  • Committee Chairs

11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Panel I

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Panel II

  • Roy Afflerbach, Principal, The Afflerbach Group, LLC
  • Krista Geer, Executive Director, Active Aging, Inc.
  • Julian Gray, Esquire, Julian Gray Associates Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys – Combined Testimony
  • Carol Sikov Gross, Esquire, Sikov & Love, P.A. Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys – Combined Testimony
  • Art DiLoreto, Deputy Director, Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Panel III

  • Dave Black, President/CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Economic Development Corporation
  • Rick Russell, Senior Advisor, State Street Advisors

Combined Testimony of Dave Black and Rick Russell

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Panel IV

  • Sarah Kirkle, Review Director, Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

1:15 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Panel V

  • Zach Shamberg, Dir. Of Advocacy & Leg. Affairs Pennsylvania Health Care Association
  • Ron Barth, President & CEO, LeadingAge PA

1:35 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Panel VI

  • Elizabeth Mulvaney, Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging – Combined Testimony
  • Kimberly Pirilla-Scalise, Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging – Combined Testimony
  • Ray Landis, Advocacy Manager, American Association of Retired Persons
  • Estella Hyde, Pennsylvania Council on Aging

2:05 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.
Panel VII

  • David Cottington, Business Operations Manager, BeHome Partners, Inc. Member Pennsylvania Homecare Association
  • Brenda Dare, Independent Living Supervisor, TRIPIL

2:25 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
Panel VIII

  • Cheryl Andrews, Executive Director, Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission

2:35 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Panel IX

  • Nancy Kukovich, CEO, Adelphoi

Examining the Proposed Consolidation of the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services

Joint Hearing of Senate

Aging and Youth
Appropriations
Health and Human Services
and
Intergovernmental Operations Committees

Examining the Proposed Consolidation of the Departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services

April 13, 2017, 11 am to 3 pm

Reading Hospital Conference Center

 

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks

Committee Chairs

11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Panel I

Mary Kay Bernosky, CEO
Safe Berks

Constance Morrison, President and CEO
Berks Visiting Nurses

11:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Panel II

Edward B. Michalik, Executive Director
Berks County Area Agency on Aging

John R. Morahan, President and CEO
Penn State Health St. Joseph

12:05 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Panel III

Richard Edley, President and CEO
Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association

Jim Bobeck, President and CEO
Step by Step, Inc.

12:25 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Panel IV

Senator Gene Yaw
23rd Senatorial District
12:40 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Panel V          

Richard Conaboy, CEO
Clearbrook Treatment Centers

Michael Donahue, Executive Director
Wyoming County Human Services

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Panel VI

George J. Vogel, Jr., Executive Director
Council on Chemical Abuse

Brett Lechleitner, President
PA Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence
Regional Director, Acadia Healthcare

BK McDonough, Government Affairs Specialist
Caron Treatment Centers

1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. 
Panel VII

Brinda Penyak, Deputy Director
County Commissioners Association of PA

Cheri Rinehart, CEO
PA Association of Community Health Centers

Bridgette McGivern, CEO
Community Health and Dental Care

Christian Leinbach, Chair
Berks County Board of Commissioners

2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Panel VIII

Rick Seipp, President
PA Association of Chain Drug Stores
Vice President of Pharmacy, Weis Markets

Eric Esterbrook, Past President
PA Pharmacists Association
Owner, Esterbrook Pharmacy

Joint Testimony | Attachment

Senate Committees to Examine Consolidation Proposal

***MEDIA ADVISORY***
3/27/2017 
Senate Committees to Examine Consolidation Proposal

HARRISBURG – The Senate will hold the first of a series of public hearings looking into the Wolf Administration’s proposal to consolidate the departments of Human Services, Health, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs. This is a major element of the proposed state budget, and will affect countless agencies and individuals across Pennsylvania.

WHO:
Senate Health and Human Services Committee
Senator Lisa Baker (R-20), Majority Chair
Senator Judy Schwank (D-11), Minority Chair                      

Senate Aging and Youth Committee
Senator Michele Brooks (R-50), Majority Chair
Senator Art Haywood (D-4), Minority Chair

Intergovernmental Operations Committee
Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), Majority Chair
Senator Anthony Williams (D-8), Minority Chair

Senate Appropriations Committee – Health and Human Services Subcommittee
Senator Pat Browne (R-16), Majority Chair
Senator Vince Hughes (D-7), Minority Chair

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

WHERE:
North Office Building, Hearing Room 1-2, Harrisburg

Among those invited to provide testimony are Budget Secretary Randy Albright, Policy and Planning Secretary Sarah Galbally, Administration Secretary Sharon Minnich, Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne, Drug and Alcohol Programs Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith, and representatives of McKinsey&Company, the consulting firm hired by the Wolf Administration to identify operational efficiencies, cost savings, and revenue enhancements.

CONTACTS:

Senator Baker:  Andrew Seder, (570) 226-5960, aseder@pasen.gov        
Senator Bartolotta:  Katrina Anderson, (717) 787-1463, kanderson@pasen.gov                                                    
Senator Brooks:  Diane McNaughton, (717) 783-1244, dmmcnaughton@pasen.gov
Senator Browne:  Matt Moyer, (717) 787-1349, mmoyer@pasen.gov                  
Senator Haywood:  Michelle Welk, (215) 242-8171, mwelk@pasenate.com
Senator Hughes:  Elizabeth Rementer, (717) 787-3378, erementer@pasenate.com
Senator Schwank:  Jamie Klein, (610) 929-2151, jklein@pasenate.com
Senator Williams:  Sabrina Hall, (215) 492-2980, shall@pasenate.com