Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/10/2015 09:00 AM Senate FINANCE

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Moved SB 71 Out of Committee
SENATE BILL NO. 71                                                                                                            
     "An Act relating to the practice of pharmacy; and                                                                          
     relating to the administration of vaccines and related                                                                     
     emergency medications."                                                                                                    
9:05:44 AM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair MacKinnon read the title of the legislation.                                                                           
SENATOR  CATHY  GIESSEL, SPONSOR,  stated  that  she had  no                                                                    
closing  comments, and  stated that  there were  individuals                                                                    
waiting to discuss the fiscal notes.                                                                                            
9:06:26 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
9:07:19 AM                                                                                                                    
9:07:25 AM                                                                                                                    
Vice-Chair  Micciche stated  that  there was  a fiscal  note                                                                    
from Department  of Health and Social  Services (DHSS), with                                                                    
an appropriation  for Health  Care Services,  and allocation                                                                    
for Medical Assistance Administration  with an OMB component                                                                    
number of  242. He  stated that the  fiscal impact  was zero                                                                    
from FY 16 through FY 21.  There was no estimated capital or                                                                    
supplemental  costs.  The  fiscal   note  previously  had  a                                                                    
requested amount,  but DHSS determined that  it could absorb                                                                    
any anticipated operating costs within the department.                                                                          
CHAD  HOPE,  PHARMACIST,  DEPARTMENT OF  HEALTH  AND  SOCIAL                                                                    
SERVICES,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference),  stated that  he                                                                    
was available for questions related to the fiscal note.                                                                         
Senator  Dunleavy asked  for an  explanation  of the  fiscal                                                                    
9:09:08 AM                                                                                                                    
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9:09:24 AM                                                                                                                    
Senator  Dunleavy wondered  if the  fiscal note  was a  zero                                                                    
fiscal note. Co-Chair MacKinnon replied in the affirmative.                                                                     
Co-Chair MacKinnon asked why and  how the fiscal note became                                                                    
a zero fiscal note. Mr.  Hope replied that the bill required                                                                    
DHSS to  enroll pharmacists as providers,  as required under                                                                    
the Affordable  Care Act. Initially  the work  would enhance                                                                    
the  system at  approximately  $50,000, but  DHSS would  not                                                                    
incur additional money. The  department would use Children's                                                                    
Health Insurance  Program (CHIP) money to  offset additional                                                                    
costs associated with enrolling a new type of provider.                                                                         
Co-Chair MacKinnon  wondered if  there would  be anticipated                                                                    
CHIP revenue  for future years.  Mr. Hope replied  that that                                                                    
he did  not know about  the CHIP funding. He  furthered that                                                                    
the  system implementation  was  a  one-time process.  There                                                                    
would not be ongoing future enhancements to that system.                                                                        
Vice-Chair Micciche looked at the  next fiscal note from the                                                                    
Department of  Commerce, Community and  Economic Development                                                                    
(DCCED),   with   an   appropriation  and   allocation   for                                                                    
Corporations,  Business,  and  Professional  Licensing.  The                                                                    
appropriation  request was  for $2,500  in FY  16, and  zero                                                                    
request for FY 17 through FY 21.                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche MOVED  to REPORT SB 71  out of committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
notes. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                             
SB  71  was REPORTED  out  of  committee  with a  "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation  and  with  one  new zero  fiscal  note  from                                                                    
Department of  Health and Social Services,  and a previously                                                                    
published zero fiscal note: FN 1(CED).                                                                                          
9:13:43 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
9:15:46 AM                                                                                                                    

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