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