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Health Care Cost Containment Division

TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - March 15, 2006

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-SIXTH 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-sixth meeting to order at 4:11 P.M. on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in Room 200 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
FRITZ, Patti THISSEN, Paul
GREILING, Mindy WESTERBERG, Andy

Members excused:
GOODWIN, Barb
HUNTLEY, Tom


The meeting was called to order at 4:50 P.M.

A quorum was present.

Rep Abeler announced Rep. Goodwin requested to be removed from the Division. Rep. Fritz requested to replace Rep. Goodwin.

HF 1862 (Abeler): Health care provider expenditure reporting requirements modified, separate procedure established for procedures over $5,000,000, certain medical referrals restricted, and money appropriated.

Rep Abeler moved to amend HF1862 (See Amendment H1862DE1 attached).

Rep. Abeler moved to amend HF1862 (See Amendment H1862DE1 attached) as follows:
Page 10, Line 4: after “will” insert: “continue to”
Page 10, Line 7: after “that covers the” insert: “anniversary of the”
Page 20, strike everything: Sections 1 and 2
Page 22, delete everything: Sections 5 and 6
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying to the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended:

Phil Griffin, Preferred One

Rep. Abeler explained the H1862A5 amendment.

Testifying to the H1862A5 amendment:

Phil Griffin, Preferred One

Rep. Abeler moved to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended (See Amendment H1862A5 attached).

Rep. Abeler renewed his motion to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, (See Amendment H1862A5 attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler explained the H1862A7 amendment.

Rep. Abeler presented the H1862DE1 amendment.

Rep. Brod moved to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, (See Amendment H1862A6 attached).

Rep. Abeler explained the H1862A6 amendment.

Rep. Abeler renewed the motion to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, (See Amendment H1862A6 attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying to the H1862A6 amendment:

Katherine Kmit, Minnesota Council on Health Plans
Tom Pender, House Research

Rep. Abeler moved to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, as follows:
Page 11, Line 16: Delete: or After: 62D Insert: , or 62Q
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler explained the H1862A2 amendment.

Rep. Abeler moved to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, (See Amendment H1862A2 attached).

Testifying to the H1862A2 amendment:

Geoff Bartsh, Health Partners

Rep. Abeler renewed his motion to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, (See Amendment H1862A2 attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler moved to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, (See Amendment H1862A3 attached).

Rep. Abeler explained the H1862A3 amendment.

Rep. Abeler renewed his motion to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, (See Amendment H1862A3 attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler moved to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, (See Amendment H1862A4 attached).

Rep. Abeler explained the H1862A4 amendment.

Rep. Abeler renewed his motion to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, (See Amendment H1862A4 attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Brod moved to amend the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended, as follows:
Page 2, Line 29: After: provide insert: or arrange for
THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Testifying to the oral amendment:

Phil Griffin, Preferred One

Testifying to the H1862DE1 amendment, as amended:

John Gross, Department of Commerce, Director of Health Care Policy
Lee Johansen, Education Minnesota
Phil Griffin, Preferred One
Sam Walseth, Service Cooperatives
David Renner, Minnesota Medical Association
Joel Carlson, Minnesota Trial Attorneys

Rep. Abeler renewed his motion to amend HF1862 (See Amendment H1862DE1, as amended). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler moved HF1862, as amended, be recommended to pass and be reported to the Committee on Health Policy and Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1863 (Abeler): Electronic medical record system loan program fund established, bonds issued, and money appropriated.

Rep. Abeler moved to amend HF1863 (See Amendment H1863DE1 attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler moved HF1863, as amended, be recommended to pass and be reported to the Committee on Health Policy and Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 2438 (Abeler): Health plan innovation and regulation provided, health plan companies and plans requirements modified, consumer information disclosure required, reports and studies required, and cost-containment initiatives implemented.

Rep. Abeler moved to amend HF2438 (See Amendment H2438DE8-3 attached).

Rep. Abeler moved to amend the H2438DE8-3 amendment by incorporating conforming actions in HF1862, as amended, to respected like provisions in the H2438DE8-3 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler renewed his motion to amend HF2438 (See Amendment H2438DE8-3 as amended, attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler moved HF2438, as amended, be recommended to pass and be reported to the Committee on Health Policy and Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 2831 (Abeler): Employer health coverage pooling programs reformed and recodified; money appropriated.

Rep. Abeler moved to amend HF2831 (See Amendment H2831DE2 attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler moved HF2831, as amended, be recommended to pass and be reported to the Committee on Health Policy and Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 2832 (Abeler): Business and political subdivision employee health coverage reinsurance pool created and money appropriated.

Rep. Abeler moved to amend HF2832 (See Amendment H2832DE1-1 attached).

Rep. Abeler moved to amend the H2832DE1-1 amendment by incorporating conforming actions in HF1862, as amended, to respected like provisions in the H2832DE1-1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler renewed his motion to amend HF2832 (See Amendment H2832DE1-1, as amended, attached). THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Abeler moved HF2832, as amended, be recommended to pass and be reported to the Committee on Health Policy and Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting adjourned at 5:59 P.M.


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Rep. Jim Abeler, Chairman



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Jennifer Eilts, Committee Legislative Assistant