SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1347
94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES PORTWOOD (Sponsor) AND BRUNS (Co-sponsor).
Pre-filed December 3, 2007 and copies ordered printed.
D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 192.375, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the Missouri senior advocacy and efficiency commission.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 192.375, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 192.375, to read as follows:
192.375. 1. There is hereby established within the department of health and senior services the "Missouri Senior Advocacy and Efficiency Commission". The commission shall consist of the following fifteen members, or their designees, who are residents of this state:
(1) The director of the department of health and senior services;
(2) Two members of the Missouri senate, appointed by the president pro tem of the senate;
(3) Two members of the Missouri house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house;
(4) A pharmacist licensed in the state of Missouri, recommended by the Missouri board of pharmacy and appointed by the governor;
(5) A representative of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, appointed by the governor;
(6) One member of the Missouri silver-haired legislature, appointed by the governor;
(7) One member of the Missouri senior Rx commission, appointed by the governor;
(8) One representative from the assisted living community who currently serves on the personal independence commission, appointed by the governor;
(9) One representative of the Missouri area agency on aging, appointed by the governor;
(10) One member of the special health, psychological, and social needs of minority older individuals commission;
(11) One member of the governor's advisory council on aging, appointed by the governor;
(12) The lieutenant governor, who shall serve as chair of the commission; and
(13) One member from the Missouri council for in-home services, appointed by the governor.
In making the initial appointment to the committee, the governor, president pro tem, and speaker shall stagger the terms of the appointees so that five members serve an initial term of one year, five members serve initial terms of two years and five members serve initial terms of three years. All members appointed thereafter shall serve three-year terms. All members shall be eligible for reappointment. Members of the commission shall be appointed by October 1, 2005. Members shall continue to serve until their successor is appointed and qualified. Any vacancy on the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. The commission shall be dissolved on December 31,  2011.
2. Service on the commission shall be voluntary. Subject to appropriations, members of the commission shall receive with reasonable reimbursement for expenses actually incurred in the performance of the member's official duties for members who are not employees of the state of Missouri.
3. Subject to appropriations, the department of health and senior services shall provide administrative support and resources as is necessary for the effective operation of the commission.
4. Meetings shall be held at least every ninety days or at the call of the commission chair. 5. The senior advocacy and efficiency commission shall:
(1) Hold public hearings in accordance with chapter 536, RSMo, to gather information from any state agency, commission, or public entity on issues pertaining to the quality and efficiency of all senior services offered by the state of Missouri;
(2) Analyze state statutes, commissions, and administrative rules regarding services offered by the state of Missouri for senior citizens and designate which programs provide effective and efficient support to seniors and the programs that lack quality;
(3) Establish a mechanism to educate the staff of the members of the Missouri general assembly to assist seniors, including but not limited to assisting seniors in applying for any and all prescription drug assistance offered under the federal Medicare Prescription Drug Modernization Act of 2003;
(4) Develop a plan that delays the need for the provisions of long-term care outside the residence of senior citizens and allows seniors to remain at home for as long as possible;
(5) Maintain a web site with detailed information regarding all programs and services offered by the state of Missouri which are available to seniors;
(6) Maintain a toll-free senior advocacy support telephone number which directs seniors to all services offered by the state of Missouri which are available to seniors;
(7) Submit an annual report on the activities of the commission to the director of the department of health and senior services, the members of the Missouri general assembly, and the governor by February 1, 2007, and every February first thereafter. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(a) Efficiencies that can be realized by consolidation of senior services offered by Missouri;
(b) Effectiveness of all senior services, programs, and commissions offered by the state of Missouri;
(c) Information regarding the impact and effectiveness of prior recommendations, if any, that have been implemented; and
(d) Measurable data to identify the cost-effectiveness of the services, programs, and commissions evaluated.
6. Unless reauthorized, the provisions of this section shall sunset on December 31,  2011.