|HP1262||Second Regular Session - 124th Maine Legislature
Joint Order Establishing a Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform Opportunities and Implementation
ORDERED, the Senate concurring, that the Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform Opportunities and Implementation is established as follows.
1. Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform Opportunities and Implementation established. The Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform Opportunities and Implementation, referred to in this order as "the committee," is established.
2. Membership. Notwithstanding Joint Rule 353, section 5, the committee consists of 17 members, appointed as follows:
3. Committee chairs. The first-named Senator is the Senate chair of the committee and the first-named member of the House is the House chair of the committee.
4. Appointments; convening of committee. All appointments must be made by May 20, 2010. The appointing authorities shall notify the Executive Director of the Legislative Council once all appointments have been made. When the appointment of all members has been completed, the chairs of the committee shall call and convene the first meeting of the committee, which may not be held before May 20, 2010. If by May 20, 2010 a majority but not all appointments have been made, the chairs may request authority and the Legislative Council may grant authority for the committee to meet and conduct its business.
5. Duties. The committee shall study any federal health care reform legislation enacted by the United States Congress and determine the State's opportunities for health care reform and the State's role in implementation of federal legislation. In examining these issues, the committee shall consider:
If federal legislation is not enacted, the committee shall consider any other issue related to the State's options for health care reform.
6. Consultation with stakeholders. The committee shall consult with stakeholders including the Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance; the Department of Health and Human Services; the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance; health insurance companies; hospitals; health care providers; business and labor representatives; and advocates for health care reform.
7. Staff assistance. The Legislative Council shall provide necessary staffing services to the committee.
8. Report. No later than November 3, 2010, the committee shall submit a report that includes its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, to the First Regular Session of the 125th Legislature.
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