Outside Section 154
Data Current as of: 8/19/2015
(a) There shall be a special commission relative to ovarian cancer in the commonwealth. The commission shall consist of: the secretary of health and human services or a designee; the commissioner of public health or a designee; the commissioner of insurance or a designee; and 8 members who shall be appointed as follows: 2 members appointed by the senate president, 1 of whom shall be a person with or a survivor of ovarian cancer and 1 of whom shall be a medical specialist in ovarian cancer; 2 members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be a person with or a survivor of ovarian cancer and 1 of whom shall be a medical specialist in ovarian cancer; and 4 members appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall be a person with or survivor of ovarian cancer, 1 of whom shall be a medical specialist in ovarian cancer, and 2 of whom shall be members of the public with demonstrated expertise in issues relating to the work of the commission.
(b) The commission shall study and report on the following: (i) establishing a mechanism to ascertain the prevalence of ovarian cancer in the commonwealth and, to the extent possible, collecting statistics relative to the timing of diagnosis and risk factors associated with ovarian cancer; (ii) determining how to best effectuate early diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer patients; (iii) determining any unmet needs of persons with ovarian cancer and those of their families; and (iv) providing recommendations for additional legislation, support programs and resources necessary to meet the unmet needs of persons with ovarian cancer and their families.
(c) The commission shall file its report and recommendations with the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives and the senate and house chairs of the joint committee on public health by December 31, 2015.