SB 526 is a dangerous Oregon Senate bill which could end up sending licensed health care providers into homes throughout Oregon without consent. (Click here to download the text of the bill.)
It appears that SB 526 is connected to a proposal by the Governor and would only be for newborns. But the bill itself is written very broadly and could include every home in Oregon.
NOTE: This alert has been updated. See notes below.
SB 526 authorizes the Oregon Health Authority to “study home visiting by licensed health care providers.” It does not specify any limitations on what types of home visit programs could be considered.
Specifically, mandatory programs are on equal footing with voluntary programs as far as the study and its recommendations are concerned, according to the bill language.
This article explains the difference in effects between voluntary and mandatory nurse home visit programs.
CALL TO ACTION
SB 526 is scheduled for a hearing this Monday at 1:00 p.m. before the Oregon Senate Committee On Health Care at the State Capitol. Please join us if you are able. Senate Hearing Room A.
If you are concerned about the scope of this study into home visiting, please contact the Committee members and ask them to limit the scope of this study to voluntary programs. Give your own reasons.
Senate Committee On Health Care
Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson (D)
Senator Dennis Linthicum (R)
Senator Lee Beyer (D)
Senator Shemia Fagan (D)
Senator Tim Knopp (R)
Let your friends know so they can be heard, too.
Thank you for standing with OCEANetwork in defense of Oregon families.
OCEANetwork Freedom Watch Team
UPDATE to the SB 526 Alert
We are pleased to report that the Legislature is in agreement with OCEANetwork on such an important issue as Universal Nurse Home Visits. While we would have preferred this was more evident before Monday’s hearing on SB 526, we are happy with the results. (Click here to download the text of the bill.)
In the email we sent out last week, OCEANetwork asked you to tell the Senate Committee on Health Care that you wanted any home visit programs to be voluntary. SB 526, as written, does not specify that, and we are thankful for those who took action.
Before Monday’s hearing, there were no words like “voluntary” or “offered” (as opposed to “required”) being publicly used regarding home visits by either the Governor or the prime sponsor of SB 526. But on Monday, the bill supporters peppered their remarks with “voluntary” and “offered.”
So, what happened? Basically, the Committee scheduled the hearing on the original bad bill’s wording. The bill could have easily produced mandatory visits, according to the text.
However, at the hearing, the message was to disregard the weaknesses of this original wording and expect that everything will be detailed in an amendment to the bill later. Although the language for that amendment is not yet available, the assurance was that it will be Voluntary and Offered, not mandatory.
It is unusual (and bad form) that the Committee decided to hold the hearing on the bad bill itself and then say we will all know later what will be in the actual bill, rather than just wait until the bulk of the bill content was available before holding a hearing. However, we are hopeful that the amended bill will, in fact, include the language we desire. The OCEANetwork Freedom Watch Team will continue monitoring the situation to ensure that occurs.
You were diligent in asking that “voluntary” be added to the published bad bill. Thank you for your support.
OCEANetwork Freedom Watch Team
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