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Great Falls; Dr. R. E. Lauritzen, Great Falls. Health & Manpower: Vivian L. Ellis, Great
Falls; Thad Diebel, Havre; Mercedes Strain, Great Falls; Peter F. Malen, Great Falls; Esther
Lantz, Great Falls; Dr. J. A. Ross, Great Falls. Health Facilities: Milo F. Dean, Great
Falls; Floyd J. McDowell, Great Falls; Raymond B. Becich, Harlem; G. H. Moeller, Havre;
Thomas Underriner, Great Falls; John P. Connor, Great Falls; John Pfaff, Jr., M.D., Great
Falls. Health Services: Kathryn Turcotte, Havre; Dorothy Elespuru, Great Falls; Bob
Silverthorn, Great Falls; Dr. J. R. Brewer, Havre; D. P. Lesh, Conrad; Franklin Bradford,
Great Falls. Health Planning: Lewis Hagener, Great Falls; Charles Good, Chester; Alicia
O'Brien, Conrad; Dr. Sidney Pratt, Great Falls; Fritz Naber, Havre; Fred K. Holbrook, Great
Falls. The committees include one dealing with environmental health, facilities, manpower
planning, and personal health services. The environmental health committee is scheduled
to hold its first work session Tuesday, January 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the
Montana Power Building in Great Falls. The facilities committee is scheduled to meet Janu-
ary 13 in the Forum Room of Columbus Hospital in Great Falls.

GALLATIN COUNTY, STATE At the December meeting of the State Advisory Council

CHP GROUPS SPONSOR PROJECT it was recommended that the Gallatin County CHP organiza-
tion and the Montana Department of Health be asked to
jointly develop a prototype program to organize and train a cadre of citizen observers
from the residents of the Gallatin area who would act to assist in identifying, locating
and monitoring sources of environmental pollution and other components of environmental
qua I i ty .

ADVISORY COUNCIL BYLAWS Confusion of length of terms for some of the original
CLARIFICATION IS MADE members of the State Advisory Council was clarified at

the December meeting of the Advisory Council. It was
recommended by Dix Shevalier that the bylaws be made to reflect in language the original
intent of that part of the bylaws dealing with tenure of members. It was originally intended
to mean, according to Council members, that each person should be eligible for a maximum of
two full terms on the Advisory Council instead of just two terms.

AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSN. A system of health care corporations has been proposed
DEVELOPS HEALTH PLAN by the American Hospital Association in a report requested

by the AHA to recommend a stand on National Health Insur-
ance. "Ameriplan," the proposed name of the plan, would pay for health maintenance and cata-
strophic illness coverage of those who choose to join the groups through federal and private
financing. Coverage of the poor would be provided by the federal government and the aged
would be covered by the Social Security system. Details of the proposal will be reviewed
by the AHA House of Delegates at its January meeting in Washington, D. C.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL ADOPTS Nearly forty recommendations have been compiled by members
SOME LOW INCOME STUDY of the CHP task force studying health care delivery to low

RECOMMENDATIONS, ASKS TIME income persons. Although the report is not as yet in f i na i
TO STUDY OTHERS form, the committee was able to make recommendations from

the mountains of material collected and transcribed during
the study. An estimated 90 hours of taped interviews have been transcribed. Receiving
Council approval in December were recommendations to: Support or develop legislative pro-
posals which would revise the Public Housing Authority Enabling Act to eliminate the require-
ment for referendums on the creation of a public housing authority and on the authorization

of the construction of new units; support of the development of legislation which would
raise the rent and utility allowance currently being followed by the Welfare Department;
and to have the CHP staff collaborate with Public Health Service Tribal Councils, the VJel-
fare Department, and County Commissioners to determine the feasibility of introducing
the food stamp program onto reservations without terminating the commodity programs. Roughly,
the recommendations are broken down into sections relating to: the adequacy of health care
to on and off reservation Indians, the unavailability of health care services as a barrier
to good health, the adequacy of health services and county health programs, the attitudes
of health care providers as a barrier to low income people seeking and getting health care,
the costs of getting health services as a barrier for low income people to get good health
care, substandard housing, nutrition and clothing as a cause of health problems...

AREA FIVE REPORTS Colvin Agnew, M.D., Billings, chairman of the South

ON LOW INCOME PROJECT Central Areawide Health Planning Council, discussed with

the Advisory Council efforts being made by the areawide
health planning organization, the Yellowstone I'ledica! Foundation, area physicians and num-
erous volunteers to provide some kind of health care to the working poor of Billings. Dr.
Agnew indicated that although there were many undeveloped parts to the program that a con-
centrated effort was being made to provide health care to those who are not eligible for
public assistance and yet cannot afford adequate medical treatment. Although provision for
drugs and hospitalization have not been solved, such problems as transportation - a critical
need for the poor and near poor in procuring adequate medical care - has been planned for.
According to Dr. Agnew, the program will be run at no expense to those eligible for care.

ADVISORY COUNCIL REQUESTS The State Advisory Council passed a motion at its
ENVIRONMENTAL FUNDS December meeting requesting that the Governor and the

State Budget Director restore funds trimmed from proposed
environmental budgets of the Department of Health for the next biennium. The Advisory
Council had approved and urged funding of these budgets at its June meeting.

Comprehensive Health Planning

Robert R. Johnson - Director

David R. Depew - Planning Coordinator

Theodore H. Clack, Jr. - Research Analyst

Doris Downs - Secretary

Karen Hardy - Clerk-Steno

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