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+ HCR 3 SENIOR CITIZEN PROTECTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHCR 3(HSS) am Out of Committee
+ HCR 1 PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHCR 1(HSS) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
      SENATE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                    
                         April 4, 2011                                                                                          
                           1:34 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bettye Davis, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Fred Dyson                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
OTHER LEGISLATORS PRESENT                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Pete Petersen                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 1(HSS)                                                                                   
Proclaiming November 2011 to be Pancreatic Cancer Awareness                                                                     
Month.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHCR 1(HSS) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 3(HSS) AM                                                                                
Relating to promoting the safety and protection of older                                                                        
Alaskans.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHCR 3(HSS) AM OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HCR  1                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH                                                                                  
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) PETERSEN                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
01/18/11       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/18/11       (H)       HSS                                                                                                    
03/10/11       (H)       HSS AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/10/11       (H)       Moved CSHCR 1(HSS) Out of Committee                                                                    
03/10/11       (H)       MINUTE(HSS)                                                                                            
03/11/11       (H)       HSS RPT CS(HSS) 7DP                                                                                    
03/11/11       (H)       DP: KERTTULA, MILLETT, DICK, SEATON,                                                                   
                         MILLER, HERRON, KELLER                                                                                 
03/25/11       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
03/25/11       (H)       VERSION: CSHCR 1(HSS)                                                                                  
03/28/11       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/28/11       (S)       HSS                                                                                                    
04/04/11       (S)       HSS AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HCR  3                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: SENIOR CITIZEN PROTECTIONS                                                                                         
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) MUNOZ                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
01/24/11       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/24/11       (H)       HSS                                                                                                    
03/10/11       (H)       HSS AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/10/11       (H)       Moved CSHCR 3(HSS) Out of Committee                                                                    
03/10/11       (H)       MINUTE(HSS)                                                                                            
03/11/11       (H)       HSS RPT CS(HSS) 7DP                                                                                    
03/11/11       (H)       DP: KERTTULA, MILLETT, DICK, SEATON,                                                                   
                         MILLER, HERRON, KELLER                                                                                 
03/25/11       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
03/25/11       (H)       VERSION: CSHCR 3(HSS) AM                                                                               
03/28/11       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/28/11       (S)       HSS                                                                                                    
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PETE PETERSEN                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HCR 1.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
KENDRA KLOSTER, Staff to Representative Cathy Muñoz                                                                             
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented HCR 3 for Representative Muñoz,                                                                 
the sponsor.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE DANIELLO& Executive Director                                                                                             
Alaska Commission on Aging                                                                                                      
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HCR 3.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DAVID BREMER, Staff to Representative Pete Petersen                                                                             
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented HCR  1 for Representative Petersen,                                                             
the sponsor.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:34:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BETTYE DAVIS  called the Senate Health  and Social Services                                                             
Standing Committee meeting  to order at 1:34 p.m.  Present at the                                                               
call to order were Senators Egan, Ellis, Meyer, and Chair Davis.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
            HCR  1-PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:35:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS  announced the first  order of business would  be HCR                                                               
1, a  resolution proclaiming November  2011 as  Pancreatic Cancer                                                               
Awareness Month. [CSHCR 1(HSS)am was before the committee.]                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DAVID BREMER,  staff to  Representative Pete  Petersen, presented                                                               
HCR 1 on behalf of the  sponsor. He said pancreatic cancer is the                                                               
fourth leading cause of cancer  death in the US. Three-fourths of                                                               
pancreatic  cancer patients  die  within one  year of  diagnosis;                                                               
this is  because there is  no effective screening test  for early                                                               
detection and  diagnosis. The Alaska  Bureau of  Vital Statistics                                                               
reported 158  Alaskan deaths from pancreatic  cancer during 2006-                                                               
2008. Increasing  awareness will  lead to expanded  research into                                                               
locating  the disease's  causes, enhancing  early detection,  and                                                               
developing effective treatments. Raised  awareness will also lead                                                               
to  more knowledge  about pancreatic  cancer  among Alaskans  and                                                               
directly enhance  the good health  and well-being of  our state's                                                               
residents.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PETE  PETERSEN, sponsor  of  HCR  1, thanked  the                                                               
committee for hearing  the resolution. He said  it is unfortunate                                                               
that  some  forms of  cancer  are  more well-known  than  others.                                                               
Pancreatic cancer  is one of  the most  deadly forms but  is less                                                               
known.  The  resolution  proclaims November  2011  as  Pancreatic                                                               
Cancer Awareness Month. Representative  Thompson is co-sponsor of                                                               
this resolution.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR EGAN asked if there is any screening test.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREMER  responded early detection is  difficult because there                                                               
are no early signs.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:41:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR EGAN  moved to  report CSHCR  1(HSS) from  committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  attached  fiscal note(s).  There                                                               
being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
               HCR  3-SENIOR CITIZEN PROTECTIONS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS announced the next order of business would be HCR 3.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:43:22 PM                                                                                                                    
KENDRA KLOSTER,  staff to Representative Cathy  Muñoz, said there                                                               
is a  devastating problem of  rising elder abuse in  Alaska. Over                                                               
the past  four years, Adult  Protective Services has  received an                                                               
alarming  169  percent  increase  in the  reports  of  harm.  The                                                               
Ombudsman  Office for  Long-term  Care has  seen a  corresponding                                                               
increase in the reports of harm  at 200 percent in the past three                                                               
years. It  is important to  bring this  issue to light.  The most                                                               
common   allegations    are   self-neglect,    abuse,   financial                                                               
exploitation,  and neglect.  Two amendments  were adopted  during                                                               
the process.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:44:58 PM                                                                                                                    
DENISE DANIELLO, Executive Director,  Alaska Commission on Aging,                                                               
thanked the  committee for hearing  the resolution. It  speaks to                                                               
the rise of  elder abuse in our state. Data  shows that about one                                                               
in ten older  adults in our country is at  risk for mistreatment.                                                               
The rate of abuse is rising in Alaska.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Elder   abuse  can   take   many   forms:  physical,   financial,                                                               
abandonment, self-neglect. Often an  older person is reluctant to                                                               
report. There  is an element  of embarrassment and  shame. Elders                                                               
who are  at risk  for abuse includes  those with  Alzheimer's and                                                               
related dementia,  people with cognitive impairments,  and people                                                               
who are bed-ridden.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:47:11 PM                                                                                                                    
Some  people  may   not  recognize  the  signs   of  abuse.  This                                                               
resolution aims for  increased awareness. We need  to educate the                                                               
public  to the  signs  of abuse  and how  to  report. The  Alaska                                                               
Commission  on Aging  recommends  passage of  this resolution  to                                                               
improve recognition  of signs of  abuse and better  response from                                                               
caregivers, agencies,  and first responders.  There is a  cost to                                                               
the state but  also to the person whose  independence and dignity                                                               
are compromised.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:49:14 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DAVIS said  it is a great piece of  legislation. Alaska has                                                               
the fastest growing  population of the oldest old,  those who are                                                               
85 and  older. It is  a problem because a  lot of them  depend on                                                               
family members  to care for  them. Sometimes families  need help.                                                               
Awareness is  the key.  She asked if  the resolution  referred to                                                               
anyone over 65.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. DANIELLO responded it is 60 and  over. There is also a lot of                                                               
abuse directed toward  vulnerable adults. She said  at some point                                                               
we need to expand the scope.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DAVIS asked does it refer to the month of November.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. DANIELLO  answered it  is just  for education  and awareness,                                                               
and  does not  name  a  specific month.  It  would encourage  the                                                               
public to report abuse.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER  asked why there are  no letters of support  in the                                                               
file, and why no one from AARP testified.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER said she was not sure why AARP didn't come.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER  asked  if  they have  been  testifying  in  other                                                               
committees.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER said yes, in the House HSS.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:53:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR EGAN moved to report  CSHCR 3 (HSS)am from committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  attached  fiscal note(s).  There                                                               
being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:55:05 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Davis adjourned the meeting at 1:55 p.m.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HCR1 CS.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR1 Sponsor Statement.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR1 Fiscal Note.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR 1 Fact Sheet.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR 1 PCAN Research.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR 1 Suport Letter Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR 1 Support McFadden Letter.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR 1 Support McFadden Obituary.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
CS HCR 3 CSLS0389MA.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR3 Sponsor Statement 2 15 11.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR3 Fiscal Note.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR 3 Support Letter from AK Commission on Aging 3 1 11.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR3 AK Commission on Aging Press Release Senior Growth 2 17 09.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR3 Changes for CS.pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM
HCR3 Support Ltr from Long Term Care Ombudsman .pdf SHSS 4/4/2011 1:30:00 PM