Tuesday, January 11, 2011

City Council hearings

The Committee on Health is off to a busy start this CP with three hearings on new legislation being held in January.   Committee chair David Catania will oversee hearings on B19-2, "Department of Health Care Finance District of Columbia Health Care Exchange Authorizing Act of 2011"; B19-3, "HIV/AIDS Program Management Act of 2011"; and B19-7, "Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011."

  • Public hearing on B19-2, "Department of Health Care Finance District of Columbia Health Care Exchange Authorizing Act of 2011":   The Committee on Health (At-large CM David Catania, chair) is holding this hearing January 26 at 11:00 am in the John A. Wilson Building.   More about the hearing, including how to register to testify, is in the hearing notice.

    B19-2 provides the framework necessary to establish the District Health Care Exchange, a vital part of the federal health care reform legislation passed last spring.
  • Public hearing on B19-3, "HIV/AIDS Program Management Act of 2011":   The Committee on Health (At-large CM David Catania, chair) is holding this hearing January 1 at 10:00 am in the John A. Wilson Building.   More about the hearing, including how to register to testify, is in the hearing notice.

    B19-3 would elevate the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Administration currently within the Department of Health to function as a cabinet level agency for the purposes of the management of programs and services related to the transmission, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in the District.   This change does not remove HAHSTA from DOH.
  • Public hearing on B19-7, "Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011":   The Committee on Health (At-large CM David Catania, chair) is holding this hearing January 27 at 2:00 pm in the John A. Wilson Building.   More about the hearing, including how to register to testify, is in the hearing notice.

    This bill would require that an athlete who suffers signs of concussion during a practice or game be removed from play for the rest of the day and to prohibit that athlete from returning to practice or play until the athlete has received a written clearance from a licensed health care provider; and to require the Department of Health to develop and implement an educational program to provide awareness and training to coaches, school personnel, student–athletes, and the parents or guardians of student–athletes.

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