FIFTY-NINTH WYOMING LEGISLATURE

APPROVED INTERIM COMMITTEE STUDIES

2007 INTERIM

 

 

JOINT LABOR, HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES INTERIM COMMITTEE

Standard Budget: $30,000

Priority 1 Health Care Reform

The Committee will hold a two day meeting and invite the public, interest groups and the Health Care Commission to explain their perspectives on the health care system, its problems and to bring proposals to fix problems. The Committee has done this several times before and each time the result has been the enactment of major legislation, including small group insurance, the Pharmacist program and the intergovernmental transfer act. This meeting will have the additional benefit of educating the majority of the committee members who are new to the Committee on the intricacies of the health care system. The Health Care Commission work on ways to reduce the percentage of the population without insurance should be done by mid- Summer.

Priority 2 Workers' Compensation Update

The Committee will investigate problematic areas since the last major reform conducted in 1993-1995. The public, employees and the Workers' Compensation Division will be invited to a one-day meeting to present problems and opportunities that need legislative attention. This meeting is also intended to rebuild the Committee's expertise.

Priority 3 Department of Family Services/Child Care Licensing [Note: Study Topic 3 was not approved by Management Council]

 Priority 4 Review of Reports

The Committee is required to receive numerous reports and will need at least one day to review the reports and hear from the departments concerning their contents. This will help educate new members on the Committee's subject matter jurisdiction and probably result in legislation to correct problems uncovered.

Tentative Meeting Schedule and Special Note:

         Meeting dates were approved as follows: 2-day meeting in August or early September; 2-day meeting in October; 1-day meeting in December.

         Council directed that no new legislation will be drafted for the December meeting without prior Management Council approval except for legislation dealing with reports relating to DD funding, physician assistant training program and EMT retirement.

 


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