BILL ANALYSIS C.S.S.B. 606 By: Zaffirini Health and Human Services 3-22-95 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND Osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable bone disease. Early detection can help most women avoid the negative effects of the disease, but most women learn about osteoporosis only after a fracture occurs. Educating women that osteoporosis is a common and potentially dangerous disease can help motivate them to take the steps necessary to avoid or mitigate the disease's effects. PURPOSE As proposed, C.S.S.B. 606 requires the commissioner of health to develop and implement an osteoporosis awareness program and appropriates $250,000 to the Texas Department of Health for the implementation of this Act. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. FINDINGS. Sets forth findings of the legislature regarding osteoporosis. SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS. Defines "board," "commissioner," and "department." SECTION 3. OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM. (a) Requires the commissioner of health (commissioner), in consultation with the Texas Board of Health, to develop and implement a program for educating the public on the causes of osteoporosis and the personal risk factors associated with the development of the disease, publicizing the value of early detection and prevention, and identifying the most cost-effective options available for treatment. (b) Authorizes the commissioner to appoint a task force to make recommendations on strategies for educating the public on the health benefits of early detection and prevention of the disease. Prohibits the members of the task force from receiving any compensation, per diem, or expense reimbursement for service on the task force. SECTION 4. APPROPRIATION. Appropriates to the Texas Department of Health $250,000 for each fiscal year in the 1996-97 biennium for the implementation of this Act. SECTION 5. Emergency clause. Effective date: 90 days after adjournment.