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Health Care Cost Containment Division

TWENTY-FIRST MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - February 28, 2006

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION

COST CONTAINMENT DIVISION
HEALTH POLICY AND FINANCE COMMITTEE


Representative Jim Abeler, Chairman of the Cost Containment Division of the Health Policy and Finance Committee, called the twenty-first meeting to order at 10:20 A.M. on Tuesday, February 28, 2006, in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

ABELER, Jim, Chairman OTREMBA, Mary Ellen
BROD, Laura POWELL, Duke
GOODWIN, Barb SAMUELSON, Char
GREILING, Mindy THISSEN, Paul
HUNTLEY, Tom

Members excused:

BRADLEY, Fran
WESTERBERG, Andy

A quorum was present.

Rep. Abeler made introductory comments.

Testifying on Health Insurance Coverage in Minnesota:
Scott Leitz, Director, Office of Health Policy, Statistics and Informatics, Minnesota Department of Health
Julie Sonier, Director, Health Economics Program, Minnesota Department of Health

Testifying as a Business Owner’s Options to Purchase Affordable Insurance:
Harold Hamilton, CEO, Micro Control
Mike Hickey, Representative, National Federation of Independent Business - Minnesota

Rep. Samuelson moved the approval of the 1/20/05, 1/26/05, 2/2/05, 2/8/05, 2/15/05, 2/23/05, 3/1/05, 3/8/05, 3/15/05, 3/22/05, 3/29/05, 4/5/05, 4/12/05, 4/18/05, 4/19/05, 4/20/05, 4/26/05, and 4/28/05 meeting minutes. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Testifying on Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association:
Buzz Cummins, President and CEO, Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association

Rep. Abeler discussed the DE8 amendment to HF2438.

Testifying on Health Insurance Pooling:
Kim Thompson, Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters

The meeting adjourned at 1:02 P.M.

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Rep. Jim Abeler, Chairman



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Jennifer Eilts, Committee Legislative Assistant