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SJM109.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS MEDICARE REIMBURSEMENT - Stating findings of the Legislature and requesting Congress to pass legislation to fully recover the actual costs of providing necessary health care services to Medicare eligible patients. 03/07 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 03/08 Rpt prt - to 10th Ord 03/09 10th ord - ADOPTED - voice vote Title apvd - to House 03/10 House intro - 1st rdg - to Health/Wel 03/23 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 03/24 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 04/03 3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote - to Senate 04/04 To enrol - rpt enrol - Pres signed 04/05 Sp signed 04/06 To Secretary of State
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO |||| Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000 IN THE SENATE SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 109 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 A JOINT MEMORIAL 2 TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 3 OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION 4 REPRESENTING THE STATE OF IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, EACH 5 STATE LEGISLATURE AND THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES. 6 We, your Memorialists, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 7 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-fifth 8 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that: 9 WHEREAS, alarming increases in the costs of health care and health insur- 10 ance have caused a health care crisis of epidemic proportions; 11 WHEREAS, the Idaho Health Insurance Premiums Task Force was established to 12 identify, explore and address the causes of this crisis; and 13 WHEREAS, in the course of its examination the task force received exten- 14 sive information, data and testimony from consumers, employers, and represen- 15 tatives of the health care industry, including carriers, agents, pharmaceuti- 16 cal manufacturers, pharmacists, hospitals, physicians and other health care 17 providers; and 18 WHEREAS, the task force found that among the factors contributing to 19 inflated health care and insurance costs are an aging population, new and more 20 expensive technologies, advancements in drug therapy and greater reliance upon 21 costly designer pharmaceuticals, as well as increasing consumer demand, utili- 22 zation and expectations with respect to health care services; and 23 WHEREAS, the task force further determined that reimbursements to 24 providers for health care services furnished to patients receiving Medicare 25 are significantly below the actual costs to the provider to furnish these 26 health care services; and 27 WHEREAS, providers are finding it necessary to recoup losses incurred to 28 serve Medicare patients from other sources, including shifting costs to non- 29 Medicare patients, which leads to higher claims expenses to insurers and 30 increased premium rates to the insured; and 31 WHEREAS, some providers are no longer taking Medicare patients because of 32 the providers' inability to recover their costs, thus reducing provider avail- 33 ability and limiting access to health care for many who are most in need of 34 health care services. 35 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses- 36 sion of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Repre- 37 sentatives concurring therein, that federal legislation be enacted to increase 38 Medicare reimbursements to levels allowing providers to fully recover the 39 actual costs of providing necessary health care services to Medicare eligible 40 patients. 41 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the Idaho Legislature respect- 42 fully suggest that if the President and Congress are sincere in their resolve 43 to find solutions to the health care crisis they should start by funding Medi- 44 care at appropriate levels. 2 1 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate be, and she is 2 hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this memorial to the Pres- 3 ident of the United States, to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of 4 the House of Representatives of Congress, to the congressional delegation rep- 5 resenting the state of Idaho in the Congress of the United States, to the 6 President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of 7 each State Legislature, and to the presidential candidates.