Legislature(2011 - 2012)CAPITOL 106

03/10/2011 03:00 PM HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES


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*+ HCR 3 SENIOR CITIZEN PROTECTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHCR 3(HSS) Out of Committee
*+ HCR 1 PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHCR 1(HSS) Out of Committee
*+ HCR 5 VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                HCR 3-SENIOR CITIZEN PROTECTIONS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:16:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced  that the next order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE  CONCURRENT RESOLUTION  NO.  3, Relating  to promoting  the                                                               
safety and protection of older Alaskans.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:16:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CATHY  MUNOZ, Alaska State  Legislature, explained                                                               
that HCR 3  raised awareness to the problem of  elder abuse.  She                                                               
emphasized that  elder abuse was on  the rise both in  Alaska and                                                               
nationally.   She declared that  Department of Health  and Social                                                               
Services reported a  169 percent increase in the  reports of harm                                                               
over the  last four years, and  the office of the  Long Term Care                                                               
Ombudsman had seen  a corresponding increase of  200 percent over                                                               
the past three years.  She  listed the most common allegations to                                                               
include    self-neglect,    abuse,   neglect,    and    financial                                                               
exploitation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:18:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER  asked  if  Representative  Munoz  would  accept  a                                                               
conceptual amendment.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:18:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MILLER asked for a definition of elders.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:19:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MUNOZ,  in response, stated  that it was  60 years                                                               
of age and older.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:19:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE DANIELLO, Executive Director,  Alaska Commission on Aging,                                                               
Division  of  Senior  and Disabilities  Services,  Department  of                                                               
Health and Social Services (DHSS),  clarified that the target age                                                               
was 60  years of  age and  older, as  that co-ordinated  with the                                                               
eligible ages  for response by the  office of the Long  Term Care                                                               
Ombudsman.   She  pointed  out  that this  was  also  the age  to                                                               
receive services  funded by the  Older Americans Act.   She noted                                                               
that proposed HCR  3 supported a public  awareness campaign about                                                               
elder  abuse   and  its  prevalence,   and  called   for  greater                                                               
coordination among the agencies serving elders.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:21:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MILLER asked for a definition of abuse.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:21:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. DANIELLO replied  that there were many types  of abuse, which                                                               
included:   physical, sexual,  and emotional  abuse, abandonment,                                                               
withdrawal of support, neglect for  the basics of care, financial                                                               
exploitation, and self neglect.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:24:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARIE DARLIN,  Coordinator, AARP Capital City  Task Force, stated                                                               
that AARP supported HCR 3.   She offered her belief that proposed                                                               
HCR 3 would  better focus public awareness on the  problems.  She                                                               
directed   attention  to   the  AARP   policies  for   education,                                                               
awareness,  and  enforcement  and suggested  that  the  committee                                                               
review these for guidance.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:27:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DIANA WEBER,  Ombudsman, Long Term Care  Ombudsman, Alaska Mental                                                               
Health Trust Authority, Department  of Revenue, expressed support                                                               
for  proposed HCR  3  as  it would  raise  the  profile of  elder                                                               
maltreatment   with  the   public.     She  emphasized   that  it                                                               
communicated the priority for this to all the state agencies.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:29:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:29:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT  declared that it was  devastating to hear                                                               
about elder abuse.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:30:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON,  directing attention  to page 2,  lines 14                                                               
and 18, regarding  the percentage of reports filed,  asked if the                                                               
State of Alaska  was still responding with  appropriate levels of                                                               
intervention.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER re-opened public testimony.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:31:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. DANIELLO suggested the question  be directed to the Long Term                                                               
Care Ombudsman office.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:31:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. WEBER reported that a  response, especially for imminent harm                                                               
issues,  was within  one  working  day.   She  asserted that  the                                                               
bigger concern  was for  the lack of  available time  to continue                                                               
the individual support for each senior.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:32:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  moved to  adopt Amendment  1, which  read [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page  2, Line  23:   insert "families  and" before  the                                                                  
     word communities"                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page  2, Line  28:   Insert  new  (2) "Recognizes  that                                                                  
     family and  community can provide the  essential source                                                                  
     of  security  and  well   being  for  vulnerable  older                                                                  
     Alaskans."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     (re-number following paragraphs)                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page  3, Line  4:   insert new  paragraph (n)  to read:                                                                    
     "supports efforts  by HSS to enable  independent living                                                                  
     and  supporting family  services to  enable independent                                                                  
     living."                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          (ties with the first whereas)                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT objected for discussion.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER read proposed Amendment 1 and expressed his                                                                        
willingness for any wordsmithing.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:34:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT removed her objection.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:34:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DICK  moved to  report HCR 3,  as amended,  out of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes.    There  being no  objection,  CSHCR  3(HSS)  was                                                               
reported  from  the House  Health  and  Social Services  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Sponsor Statement PC.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 1.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 1 - Pancreatic Awareness Fiscal note.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 1 Support.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 1 Support 2.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR3 Promoting Safety for Older Alaskans.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR3 Sponsor Statement 2 15 11.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 3 Support Letter from AK Commission on Aging 3 1 11.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR3 Support Ltr from Long Term Care Ombudsman .pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR3.AK Commission on Aging Press Release.Senior Growth.2.17.09.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 3 - Safety Protection of Older Alaskans fiscal note.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 1 McFadden Letter support 3.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 1 McFadden Obituary support 4.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 1 PANCAN endorsement letter support 5.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR3.Senior & Disabilities Services Fact Sheet.2.14.11.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR3.State of Alaska.Adult Protecttve Services brochure.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Sponsor Statement.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Backup 1.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR 5 - Disease Prevention Vitamin D Fiscal note.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Backup 2.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Backup 3.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Backup 4.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Backup 5.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Backup 6.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Backup 7.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
AARP letter of support.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Backup 8.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Backup 9.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Letter of Support 1.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Letter of Support 2.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Letter of Support 3.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Cancer Whereas Clarification.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
HCR5 Critical Responses to the IOM Report.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM
Dr Peter Ehrnstrom Response to HCR 5_3-9-11_Keller.pdf HHSS 3/10/2011 3:00:00 PM