Monday, March 22, 2010

Changes to Department of Health Clear Committee

Calling it an "outside the box" approach, during today's House Health Care Regulation Committeee Rep. Matt Hudson explained PCB HCR 10-03, which breaks down the Department of Health and removes all inspection duties for facilities such as nursing homes. After technical amendments were adopted, the partisan debate began. Repeatedly grilled over and over by Democratic members, Rep. Hudson kept his composure and answered directly and clearly. The State's Surgeon General testified first about the reorganization, which is devastating in her mind, and did not acknowlege that the Department could still investigate disease due to wording changes. Other public interests were concerned about other areas, but the bill passed out along party lines.

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