The NCSL Standing Committee on Health and Human Services 2015 Legislative Summit Resources

Joy Johnson Wilson and Rachel Morgan 7/27/2015

The NCSL Standing Committee on Health and Human Services meeting in Seattle during the NCSL 2015 Legislative Summit Aug. 3-6, 2015, offers legislators and legislative staff an opportunity to network with colleagues to discuss the issues of priority to states in the health and human services arena. The following table has links to the policies and presentation related materials discussed during this meeting.

Full NCSL Health and Human Services Committee and HHS related sessions agenda.

Monday, Aug. 3
Time Sessions

Noon-1:30 p.m.

WC 606

NCSL Standing Committee on Health & Human Services

Luncheon: Mapping the Road From Poverty to Prosperity

There’s the yellow brick road, the road to nowhere and the road from poverty to prosperity. How can we help individuals and families find the road to prosperity? How can we help them to stay on the road and avoid taking the wrong exit? What can we do now? What might we do in the future? This session will start exploring what state governments can do to assist in this journey.

Presiding

  • Representative Walt Leger, Louisiana
  • Representative James Dunnigan, Utah

Speakers:

  • David R. Riemer, senior fellow, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Presentation (PDF): Working Our Way Out of Poverty
  • Josh Archambault, senior fellow, Foundation for Government Accountability, Naples, Florida

1:45-2:45 p.m.

WC 611-614

NCSL Standing Committee on Health & Human Services

3:15-5 p.m.

WC 611-614

Joint Committee Session with the NCSL Standing Committee on Law and Criminal Justice

“Better Approaches to Addressing Mental Illness in Criminal Justice Systems”

Many people with mental illness come into contact with the criminal justice system, often exacerbating their health needs and challenging crime systems and personnel not equipped to respond adequately. Explore both health care and criminal justice system approaches to better handle these interactions.

Presiding

  • Representative John Tilley, Kentucky

Speakers

  • KiDeuk Kim, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.Justin Volpe, Certified Peer Support Specialist, 11th
  • Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project, Jail Diversion Program, Miami-Dade Counties, Florida

Respondents

  • Senator Michael R. Crider, Indiana
  • Representative James Dunnigan, Utah
  • Senator Delores Kelley, Maryland
  • Representative Walt Leger, Louisiana
     

5-5:30 p.m.

WC 607

NCSL Steering Committee Meeting

The steering committee includes the overall standing committee officers and the legislator and staff co-chairs of each standing committee. Preview policies for consideration and decide on joint and re referrals of policy resolutions as necessary.
Tuesday, Aug. 4
   

7:30-8:30 a.m.

WC 201

NCSL Standing Committee on Health & Human Services Breakfast

 “Kids Count”

The KIDS COUNT Data Book is published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and assesses child well-being across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The report also provides national trends, comparing the latest data with mid-decade statistics. This breakfast briefing will discuss the most recent findings.

Speaker 

  • Lisa Hamilton, vice president, External Affairs, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland
NCSL gratefully acknowledges the Annie E. Casey Foundation for their support of this breakfast.

 

9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

WC 611-614

NCSL Standing Committee on Health & Human Services Business Meeting

  • Business Meeting - The legislator committee members will vote on policies scheduled for consideration.

Policy Directives

Resolutions

  • Federal Legislation to Strengthen the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and to Improve the Regulation of Compounding Pharmacy: This is an existing resolution that addresses the implementation of Drug Quality and Improvement Act of 2013. Recommendations are being made to allow the free-standing resolution to sunset and to include this language in the amended “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, Legislative, Regulatory and Administrative Initiatives (2014-2015) resolution.
  • Declaration of Youth Violence as a Public Health Epidemic in the United States: This is an existing resolution that establishes youth violence as a public health epidemic. The committee will consider adding this issue to the Public Health policy directive.
  • Eliminating Health Disparities: This is an existing resolution and NCSL’s only policy on health disparities. The committee will consider adding this issue to the Public Health policy directive or alternatively establishing a separate policy directive on health disparities.
  • Health Insurance Marketplaces: This is an existing resolution that urges the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue to work with legislators during the implementation process and to provide additional flexibility to states to improve functionality, cost effectiveness, service delivery and health outcomes. This policy may sunset or alternative, updated language may be added to the updated and amended Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, Legislative, Regulatory and Administrative Initiatives (2014-2015).
  • Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, Legislative, Regulatory and Administrative Initiatives (2014-2015): This is an existing resolution that addresses its policy priorities for the upcoming conference year. The committee will consider changing the title to “Health and Human Services Programs, Legislative, Regulatory and Administrative Initiatives (2015-2016) and will include priority actions regarding health, human services and food and nutrition issues. Other changes include striking language on the physician payment incentive program because it has expired and language on the blended matching rate because it is no longer being proposed.

Memorial Resolution

2014 Forum:

New Resolution

Technical Assistance to States to Improve the Provision of Mental Health Services to Children: The new resolution urges the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide technical assistance to states to monitor and improve the provision of mental health services to children and to improve the oversight of the prescribing of psychotropic medications to children. It also urges the department to work with the medical community to develop guidance regarding behavior therapies that may replace or be used in concert with medications to reduce the dependence of psychotropic medications as the primary or sole treatment for children with behavioral disorders.

12:30-1:45 p.m.

WC 611-614

NCSL Standing Committee on Health & Human Services

Luncheon

Evidence-Based Policymaking: Achieving Efficient and Effective Programs

Balancing needs with limited resources remains a challenge in crafting state budgets. Find out how the Pew-MacArthur “Results First Initiative” helps states use an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach to identify which programs work, and which don’t. Learn how policymakers can rank programs based on their projected benefits, costs and investment risks and how two states have used the model. 

Speakers

  • Representative Herb D. Frierson, Mississippi
  • Charles Sallee, Legislative Finance Committee, New Mexico Legislature
  • Gary VanLandingham, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.

NCSL gratefully acknowledges The Pew Charitable Trusts for their support of this lunch.
 

1:45-2:30 p.m.

WC 611-614

NCSL Standing Committee on Health & Human Services

Business Meeting

Business Meeting – Consideration of policies jointly referred to the NCSL Standing Committee on Labor and Economic Development and the NCSL Standing Committee on Health and Human Services from the NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs.

  • Service Dogs: (Joint with Labor and Economic Development) This is a new resolution supporting federal legislation that would provide support/funding for service dogs to veterans with physical and mental disabilities; would consider costs associated with the service dog as a reimbursable medical expense.
  • Toxic Substance Exposure: (Joint with Labor and Economic Development) This is a new resolution supporting federal legislation which supports/funds research into how exposure of service members to toxic substances can medically/genetically impact their descendants.

2:30-3:45 p.m.

WC 611-614

NCSL Standing Committe on Health & Human Services | Information Session

Waivers and Block Grants and States…Oh My!

Everything you wanted to know and were afraid to ask in a fast paced 60 minutes about block grants, Section 1115 Demonstration Waivers, and the new Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers, authorized in the Affordable Care Act.

Speakers

  • Joy Johnson Wilson, NCSL
  • Jan Ruff, senior vice president, Health Services, Maximus, East Lansing, Michigan
     

4-5 p.m.

WC 611-614

NCSL Standing Committee on Health & Human Services | Information Session

Clearing the Air About E-Cigarettes 

Many policy questions have been raised about electronic cigarettes and other vapor products. While states have largely banned their sale to minors, questions remain about federal regulation and about their relative health risks compared with traditional cigarettes.

Panel

  • Cynthia Hallet, executive director, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, Berkeley, California
  • Jack Henningfield, vice president, Research, Health Policy and Abuse Liability, PinneyAssociates, Bethesda, Md.
     

5:15-6:30 p.m.

WC 607

NCSL Steering Committee Meeting

The Steering Committee will review the policies reported from the standing committees at the Summit and determine the calendar for the NCSL business meeting on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 10:15 a.m.