OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5528

AN ACT CONCERNING ESSENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires municipal health departments, as well as local health districts with populations of 50,000 or more or that serve three or more municipalities, to provide a basic health program as a prerequisite to receiving annual funding from the Department of Public Health (DPH). The program must include:

1. monitoring the community's health status to identify and solve problems;

2. investigating and diagnosing health problems and hazards in the community;

3. informing, educating, and empowering people in the community regarding health issues;

4. mobilizing community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems for people in the community;

5. developing policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts;

6. enforcing laws and regulations to ensure health and safety;

7. connecting people to health care when appropriate;

8. assuring a competent public health and personal care workforce;

9. evaluating the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services; and

10. researching to find innovative solutions to health problems.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2014.

BACKGROUND

State Funding for Municipal Health Departments and Local Health Districts

Currently, (1) municipalities with populations of 50,000 or more or (2) local health districts with populations of 50,000 or more, or that serve three or more municipalities, must have a health and budget plan approved by the public health commissioner and appropriate at least $1 per capita from the annual tax receipts for health services in order to receive annual funding from DPH. Municipal health departments must also employ a full-time health director. DPH contributes $1.85 and $1.18 per capita, respectively, to local health districts and municipalities that meet the criteria.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

25

Nay

0

(03/27/2014)