SB 0450 Creates the division of community health
LR Number:1332S.03C Fiscal Note:1332-03
Committee:Ways and Means
Last Action:05/16/03 - S Inf Calendar S Bills for Perfection Journal page:
Title:SCS SB 450
Effective Date:Emergency Clause
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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 450 - This act creates a new division in the Office of Administration called the Division of Community Health. The goal of the Division of Community Health will be to focus the purchasing power and streamline the administration of the state's health care purchasing. The Division will have a Board and a Commissioner. The Board will consist of eleven members. Two members will come from the legislature, one is director of the department of insurance, one is the director of the office of administration, and the others are representatives or directors from the various groups that are assimilated under the Division of Community Health.

The act requires the Board to submit a report to the Legislature by 12/31/03 providing an analysis of its duties and recommendations concerning personnel or any other topic. Next, on 7/1/04 the act assimilates the health care programs of all state and state university workers as well as the Missouri Senior Rx program and the division of medical services into the Division of Community Health.

On 12/1/04 five new members will be added to the Board. The new members will be appointed by the Governor. One will be from the Missouri School Boards Association, one from the Missouri Community Colleges Association, one will be a representative of the public four year institutions of higher education, and two will be representatives of small business. A subsequent report will be due from the board on 12/31/05 to update the prior report and provide any recommendations for implementation of the next phase of the program.

The next phase will be for the Division to make the purchasing power of the division available to the public schools, the community colleges, the public four year institutions of higher education, and the political subdivisions of the state as well as small businesses with less than 50 employees and uninsured citizens. Participation by these groups will be at their option.

Employees of any state entity which is absorbed by the Division will transfer directly to the Division, under the Office of Administration. Any appropriation to such entity for the purpose of health care as outlined in the act will be transferred to the Office of Administration for use by the Division.

The rules and regulations and the rights under any contract of a prior entity will be assumed by the Division. The Office of Administration is authorized to promulgate rules to modify such prior rules and regulations.