Human Services Committee

MEETING MINUTES

Thursday, February 4, 2016

1:00 PM in Room 2A of the LOB

The meeting was called to order at 1:05 PM by Chairman, Sen. Moore M. S22.

The following committee members were present:

Senators:

Markley J. S16; Moore M. S22; Slossberg G. S14

   

Representatives:

Abercrombie C. 083; Buck-Taylor C. 067; Byron G. 027; Case J. 063; Cook M. 065; Ferraro C. 117; McGee B. 005; Randall C. 044; Santiago H. 084; Stallworth C. 126; Wood T. 141; Zupkus L. 089

   

Absent were:

 
   

Senators:

   

Representatives:

Butler L. 072; Morris B. 140; Porter R. 094;

Sen. Moore welcomed everyone present, especially her co-chair and the ranking members.

Rep. Abercrombie thanked “everyone for being here. I appreciate the support and help you're going to give this committee. . . . It's going to be a difficult session for human services.”

Rep. Wood said, “I would concur. We need to be far more efficient in delivering services to these families.”

Rep. Abercrombie countered, “We need to pay for these services.”

Rep. Wood agreed, “An important clarification and distinction.”

Sen. Markley said, “It's a pleasure to be back with you.”

Sen. Moore introduced the staff members, noting, “We need a great team behind us to get everything done.”

She then asked for a motion to raise the following concepts:

1 An Act Concerning the Department of Social Services,

2. An Act Concerning Nursing Homes,

3. An Act Concerning Long-Term Care,

4. An Act Concerning Medicaid,

5. An Act Concerning Federal Medicaid Waivers,

6. An Act Concerning Medicaid Provider Audits,

7. An Act Concerning Nursing Home Minimum Staffing Levels,

8. An Act Concerning the Appointment of Guardians for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder,

9. An Act Concerning Presumptive Medicaid Eligibility,

10. An Act Establishing the Connecticut Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board,

11. An Act Concerning Medicaid Coverage of Telemonitoring Services,

12. An Act Increasing Penalties for Illegal Use of Electronic Benefits Cards.

So moved by Rep. Cook and seconded by Rep. Case. Sen. Moore said the committee could take a voice vote. Rep. Wood asked that the vote be kept open, which LCO Marie Grady confirmed would be permissible.

The voice vote was unanimous in favor. Sen. Moore said the vote would be kept open until 3 PM.

Sen. Moore said the next committee meeting would be on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 1 PM. There also will be an informational forum on Medicaid, tentatively set for 10 AM to 1 PM on Feb. 22, and an informational forum on the delivery of services at a later date.

There being no further business, Sen. Moore asked for a motion to recess the meeting. So moved by Rep. Cook and seconded by Rep. Stallworth. The meeting was recessed at 1:11 PM. It was formally adjourned at 3 PM

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Kristen Traini

Nancy V. Ahern

Clerk

Assistant Clerk