TASK FORCE FOR THE FUND FOR A HEALTHY NEVADA
(Assembly Bill No. 474)
Assemblywomen Buckley and Freeman, Co-Chairs
Mission of the Task Force: The Task Force was created in response to the Federal Tobacco Settlement. The duties of the Task Force are to:
· Conduct public meetings to accept public testimony from a wide variety of sources and perspectives regarding existing or proposed programs that:
o Promote public health;
o Improve health services for children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities;
o Reduce or prevent the use of tobacco;
o Reduce or prevent the abuse of and addiction to alcohol and drugs; and
o Offer other general or specific information on health care in this state.
· Establish a process to evaluate the health and health needs of the residents of this state and establish a system to rank the health problems of the residents of this state;
· Allocate a portion of the money in the Fund for a Healthy Nevada for tobacco cessation programs;
· Allocate a portion of the money in the Fund for programs that improve health services for children and for persons with disabilities;
· Reserve the remaining money for allocation by the department of human resources to pay for:
o Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical services for senior citizens; and
o Grants for existing or new programs that assist senior citizens with independent living, including:
§ Respite care or relief of family caretakers;
§ Transportation of senior citizens to services; and
§ Care in the home which allows seniors to remain at home, instead of in institutional care.
· Ensure that any money expended from the Fund will not be used to supplant existing methods of funding.
· Develop policies and procedures for the administration and annual distribution of grants through competitive requests for proposals.
Membership: 3 legislators and 6 members of the public
Staffing: Department of Human Resources and LCB
Progress, Direction and Goals of the Task Force: Please see attached Timeline