Bill description: HB 109 would establish a Maternal Mortality Review Committee under the state Department of Health and Welfare.
Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?
HB 109 would expand the mission of the state Department of Health and Welfare by establishing a maternal mortality review committee within it. This committee would have up to 15 members, including five physicians of different specialties, an advanced practice professional nurse-midwife, a registered nurse, a social worker, an emergency medical services provider, a public health representative and up to three others.
Does it transfer a function of the private sector to the government? Examples include government ownership or control of any providers of goods or services such as the Land Board's purchase of a self-storage facility, mandatory emissions testing, or pre-kindergarten. Conversely, does it eliminate a function of government or return a function of government to the private sector?
The work of this committee could be accomplished by private actors. Attempts to improve health outcomes do not need to take place through a state agency to be effective.
Does it increase government spending (for objectionable purposes) or debt? Conversely, does it decrease government spending or debt?
HB 109 would allow the department to contract with outside groups to administer the committee. The fiscal note estimates that the costs of this committee would amount to $27,000 each year.
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