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Health Care Cost Containment Division

TWENTY-FOURTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - March 09, 2006

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-FOURTH 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-fourth meeting to order at 4:42 P.M. on Thursday, March 9, 2006, in Room 300 North of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

ABELER, Jim, Chairman OTREMBA, Mary Ellen
BRADLEY, Fran POWELL, Duke
BROD, Laura SAMUELSON, Char
GREILING, Mindy THISSEN, Paul
HUNTLEY, Tom WESTERBERG, Andy


Members excused:
GOODWIN, Barb

A quorum was present.

Rep. Abeler made introductory comments.

Rep. Otremba moved the approval of the minutes from the 1-31-06 and 2-28-06 hearings. THE
MOTION PREVAILED. THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

Testifying on the Public Employee Insurance Program:
Cal Ludeman, Commissioner of Department of Employee Relations
Ricka Stenerson, Department of Employee Relations

Rep. Abeler moved the H2438A3 amendment to HF2438.

Rep Abeler discussed the H2438A3 amendment to HF2438.

Rep Abeler moved to adopt the H2438 amendment to HF2438. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler commented on H2438DE8-1, HF 2831 and HF2832.

Testifying on Small Business Rate Bands:
Geoff Bartsh, Representative, Health Partners

Testifying on the Purchasing Abilities of Cities:
Laurie Elliott, Shoreview Human Resources Manager, League of Minnesota Cities, City of Shoreview

Testifying on Purchasing Options of Small to Mid-Sized Businesses:
Rebecca Hoppe, Supervisor of Corporate Human Resources, Biotest Laboratories, Inc

The meeting was adjourned at 6:34 P.M.

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Rep. Jim Abeler, Chairman

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Jennifer Eilts, Committee Legislative Assistant