(A) There is hereby created the joint legislative committee on health care oversight. The committee may review or study any matter related to the provision of health care services that it considers of significance to the citizens of this state, including the availability of health care, the quality of health care, the effectiveness and efficiency of managed care systems, and the operation of the medical assistance program established under Chapter 5111. of the Revised Code or other government health programs.
The department of job and family services, department of health, department of aging, department of mental health, department of developmental disabilities, department of alcohol and drug addiction services, and other state agencies shall cooperate with the committee in its study and review of health care issues. On request, the departments shall provide the committee with reports and other information sufficient for the committee to fulfill its duties.
The committee may issue recommendations as it determines appropriate. The recommendations may be made to the general assembly, state agencies, private industry, or any other entity.
(B) The committee shall consist of the following members of the general assembly: the chairperson of the senate's standing committee with primary responsibility for health legislation, the chairperson of the house of representatives' standing committee with primary responsibility for health legislation, four members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and four members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate. Not more than two members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and not more than two members appointed by the president of the senate may be of the same political party. Except in 1995, appointments shall be made not later than fifteen days after the commencement of the first regular session of each general assembly. The chairpersons of the standing committees with primary responsibility for health legislation shall serve as co-chairpersons of the committee.
Each member of the committee shall hold office during the general assembly in which the member is appointed and until a successor has been appointed, notwithstanding the adjournment sine die of the general assembly in which the member was appointed or the expiration of the member's term as a member of the general assembly. Any vacancies occurring among the members of the committee shall be filled in the manner of the original appointment.
The committee shall meet at least quarterly and at the call of the co-chairpersons. The co-chairpersons shall determine the time, place, and agenda for each meeting of the committee.
The committee has the same powers as other standing or select committees of the general assembly. The committee may request assistance from the legislative service commission
Amended by 128th General Assemblych.39,SB 79, §1, eff. 10/6/2009.
Effective Date: 07-01-2000