HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 173
(By Delegates Perdue, Perry and Ellington)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the financial status and fee collection needs and authority of local health departments.
Whereas, The Bureau of Public Health has a close working relationship with the forty-nine established local health departments in West Virginia; and
Whereas, There have been audits and other financial indicators which show that some of the state’s local health departments are experiencing financial difficulties; and
Whereas, Local health departments, with the approval of the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health, are currently authorized by law to charge fees for some, but not all, of the health services that are provided to the public; and
Whereas, There is a sixteen million dollar annual line item in the state budget dedicated to the support of basic health services provided to local health departments; and
WHEREAS, It is important to the health and welfare of the citizens of West Virginia to maintain and support the public health system, creating a proper balance of both open access and availability to the public and assured financial viability of the local health departments; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the audits, fee structure authority, staffing and financial structure of local health departments; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.