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SCR158.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE, STUDY - Stating findings of the Legislature and directing the Department of Insurance and the Department of Health and Welfare to conduct studies concerning the status of women's health care in Idaho.; 03/03 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 03/06 Rpt prt - to 10th Ord 03/08 To St Aff
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO |||| Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000 IN THE SENATE SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 158 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 2 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE CONCERNING THE STATUS OF WOMEN'S HEALTH 3 CARE IN IDAHO AND DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE AND THE DEPARTMENT 4 OF HEALTH AND WELFARE TO CONDUCT STUDIES AND REPORT FINDINGS TO THE LEGIS- 5 LATURE. 6 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 7 WHEREAS, the state of Idaho values the health of its mothers, daughters, 8 grandmothers and sisters; and 9 WHEREAS, the state of Idaho recognizes the need to redress inequities in 10 research, health care services and education that may place the health of 11 women at risk; and 12 WHEREAS, women's reproductive health needs are a primary part of their 13 health concerns from preteen to midlife years; and 14 WHEREAS, of women who don't have insurance, nearly half receive inadequate 15 health care; and 16 WHEREAS, women pay on average sixty-eight percent more in out-of-pocket 17 health care costs than men; and 18 WHEREAS, the median number of women in Idaho who have not had a Pap smear 19 within three years is greater than the median number of women nationally, and 20 it is increasing; and 21 WHEREAS, most of Idaho is designated as "rural" and "frontier" and access 22 to certified rural health clinics for women is limited; and 23 WHEREAS, Idaho is designated as having health professional shortage areas, 24 and is forty-ninth in the nation for number of gynecologists per 1,000 women 25 in the state; and 26 WHEREAS, studies show that adequate prenatal health care is essential for 27 the birth of healthy babies; and 28 WHEREAS, the "Kids Count" found that Idaho's low birth weight rate has 29 been inching upwards, from 5.4 percent in 1992-94 to 6.0 percent in 1996-98, 30 and this is directly related to the rate of prenatal care which, during the 31 same period, climbed to a level of thirty percent of women who are without 32 adequate prenatal care; and 33 WHEREAS, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for 34 Idaho women, and the incidence of breast cancer increases with age; and 35 WHEREAS, screening and early detection is the best prevention method for 36 reducing cancer complications and costs; and 37 WHEREAS, by consolidating fragmented data, the state can efficiently 38 assess the data we have, identify gaps in data collections, and eliminate dis- 39 parities; and 40 WHEREAS, from the consolidated data, effective assessments can inform pro- 41 gram development and policy direction, and stimulate the development and 42 implementation of effective women's health policies at the highest levels of 43 state and local government. 44 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses- 2 1 sion of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Repre- 2 sentatives concurring therein, that the Department of Insurance shall conduct 3 a survey to determine the level of reproductive health benefit coverage in 4 health insurance plans marketed in Idaho. The study shall identify methods to 5 promote access and important public health goals such as preventing unintended 6 pregnancies, preventing reproductive cancers, promoting prenatal care, and 7 preventing sexually transmitted diseases. 8 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Health and Welfare shall 9 contract an independent study of uninsured and underinsured Idaho women, 10 develop recommendations that foster collaboration and coordination of women's 11 reproductive health initiatives and activities throughout the Department of 12 Health and Welfare and assure that limited resources can be used most effi- 13 ciently. The department is authorized use up to $30,000 of federal Temporary 14 Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to contract the independent study. 15 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the studies and reports commissioned by this 16 resolution shall be transmitted by the respective departments to the First 17 Regular Session of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS10232C1 The purpose of this legislation is to identify trends, gaps and disparities among Idaho women in the healthcare system. The studies will provide critical data for planning and implementation of effective women's health policies and programs. FISCAL NOTE No impact to the general fund. Will use $30,000 of federal TF block grant money. Contact: Name: Senator John Sandy Phone: 332-1305 Name: Senator Judi Danielson Phone: 332-1307 Name: Senator Betsy Dunklin Phone: 332-1356 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE SCR 158