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Testimony expected Monday on HHS finance bill


Major reforms proposed in the omnibus health and human services finance bill begin to address low medical reimbursement rates and workforce shortages in the health care industry.

HF1638, sponsored by Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood), includes measures proffered by Rep. Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne) for implementing a statewide rate of reimbursement to nursing homes. It also includes the Five Percent campaign, led by Rep. Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake), which would require that 90 percent of a 5 percent rate increase be passed along to home and community-based care workers.

Proponents have said nursing homes compete for workers, who find easier work for higher pay in retail and the fast food industries. Another provision would expand a student loan debt forgiveness program in an attempt to draw more people into health careers. (Read more)

(PICTURED: Members of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee do a walkthrough of the Omnibus HHS Finance bill April 17. Photo by Andrew VonBank)

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Event Schedule

House floor session
Monday, April 20 2015 11:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
SF1563 (Green) Indian tribes background checks by Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) at tribe request requirement.
HF1725 (Christensen) Electronic filing for hearings in contested cases at the Office of Administrative Hearings permitted.

House Health and Human Services Finance Committee *
Monday, April 20 2015 12:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
* Start time is listed as at the call of the Chair, around 12:30 p.m.
Public testimony and mark-up on HF1638 (Dean) Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance bill.
* Amendments due to the Committee Administrator by 12 pm on Saturday, April 18th.
* If you would like to testify, please contact Committee Legislative Assistant, Chris Stolarzyk, at chris.stolarzyk@house.mn.

TUESDAY - House floor session *
Tuesday, April 21 2015 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
* The start time for Tuesday's floor session has not yet been set.
HF4 (Kelly) Omnibus Transportation Finance bill.

News and Notes

Committee deadlines for 2015 session
  • March 20, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin;
  • March 27, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other house; and
  • April 24, committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

Members must constitutionally finish their work this year by May 18.

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