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Minutes for HB2031 - Committee on Health and Human Services

Short Title

Establishing the advisory council on palliative care and quality of life and palliative care education program.

Minutes Content for Tue, Feb 7, 2017

Chairperson Hawkins opened the hearing on HB2031.

Eileen Ma, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, gave the bill brief on HB2031 (Attachment 1).


Michele Longabaugh, RN, Cancer Survivor (Attachment 2);

Karin Porter Williamson, Medical Director, Palliative Care Services, University of Kansas Health System (Attachment 3);

Deanna Speer, MSN, RN, CHPN, Via Christi Health (Attachment 4);

Dr. Sharon Lynch, Health Advisory Committee Chair, National MS Society (Attachment 5);

Miles Reimer, Director, Pastoral Care and Education, Wesley Healthcare (Attachment 6);

John Carney, President/CEO, Center for Practical Bioethics (Attachment 7);

Deedra Miller, Cancer Patient Advocate (Attachment 8);

Steve Brunk, Family Policy Alliance (Attachment 9).

Written proponents:

Hilary Gee, Director, Kansas Governmental Relations, Cancer Action Network (Attachment 10);

Carolyn Gaughan, Executive Vice President, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (Attachment 11);

C. Gregory Nelson, Medical Director, Midland Care Connection (Attachment 12);

Janis DeBoer, Executive Director, Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging and    Disabilities (Attachment 13);

James Covel, Public Policy Lead, Alzheimer's Association in Kansas (Attachment 14);

Sky Westerlund, Kansas Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (Attachment 15);

Rick Cagan, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (Attachment 16);

Kevin Walker, Regional Vice President of Advocacy, American Heart Association (Attachment 17);

Ernest Kutzley, Advocacy Director, AARP Kansas (Attachment 18);

Donna Bales, President/CEO, Kansas LIFE Project Foundation, Kansas Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (Attachment 19);

Chad Austin, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Kansas Hospital Association (Attachment 20);

Judy Davis-Cole, R.N., M.N., AARP Kansas (Attachment 21).

Opponents: None

Neutral: None

After a question and answer period, the Chairperson closed the hearing on HB2031.