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04/04/2011 01:30 PM HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES


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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
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                    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                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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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 04/04/11 (S) HSS AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205 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