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<br />JEFFERSON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH <br />MINUTES <br />Thursday, March 16, 2000 <br /> <br />Board Members: <br />Dan Harpole, lVlember - Cmlll!} Commissioner District #1 <br />Glen Huntingford, Member - Count/ CommÙJioner DÙtrict #2 <br />Richard U7qjt, Member - County Commissioner District #3 <br />GeoJfr~y Ala.!"d, Member - Port Town.rend Ci~y Coundl <br />]zll Buhler, Viæ-Chail7lJan - Hopital CommisJioner Dist17ct #2 <br />Sheila We.rterman, Citizen at Lzr:ge (Ci£Y) <br />Roberta Fri.r.rell, Chairman, Citizen at Lar:ge (Coun!}) <br /> <br />Staff Members.' <br />lean Baldwin, Nursing Service.!" Director <br />LzT/] Fqy, EmJironmental Health Diredor <br />Thoma.!" Locke, MD, Health O.flìær <br /> <br />Chairman Frissell called the meeting to order at 1 :40 p.m.. All Board and staff members were present <br />with the exception of Commissioners Wojt and Huntingford. There was a discussion of the meeting <br />starting time. The regular meeting time for the Board of Health is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. However, with the <br />Joint Meeting with Jefferson General Hospital scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m., the Board of Health <br />meetings were rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. Jean Baldwin agreed to take responsibility for ensuring the <br />correct meeting times are communicated. <br /> <br />PUBLIC COMMENT - None <br /> <br />OLD BUSINESS - None <br /> <br />NEW BUSINESS <br /> <br />Legislative Update. Year 2000 Session: Dr. Tom Locke reported the legislature is in special session <br />and the house budget is uncertain. From the public health perspective, the Senate budget has achieved all <br />the major funding objectives and included a bonus of a $1.4 million emergency fund which was <br />requested last year. It is likely that legislation will be introduced and passed that will enact some aspects <br />of 1-695 and probably the vehicle tab fee decrease. However, it appears there may be a reversal, <br />prohibiting boards and legislative bodies from setting fees, which affect the Board of Health. Included in <br />the summary of the bills passed this year was a watered down Patients Bill of Rights. One of the results <br />is an expedited process for people appealing adverse decisions to managed care plans. <br /> <br />A bill passed that attempted to address the problems in the individual insurance market, including small <br />businesses. The legislature sided with the industry's position to repeal the remaining reforms enacted in <br />1993. Insurance plans can exclude coverage on pre-existing health problems for nine months now <br />instead of three. Insurance companies are allowed to deny up to eight percent of applicants and shift <br />them to the State's high risk pool. The most controversial part of the bill was that insurance companies <br />were able to get their loss ratio set at 72%, which is down from roughly 88%. This means if insurance <br />companies are paying out more than 72% of their premiums, they get to raise their fees and are <br />guaranteed a 28% profit for administrative overhead costs plus profits made while holding the <br />
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