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Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight

THIRTY-SECOND MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 25, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-SECOND MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES POLICY AND OVERSIGHT
Chair, Representative Paul Thissen

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Representative Paul Thissen, Chair of the Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Committee, called the meeting to order at 1:35 P.M. on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 in Room 200 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

THISSEN, Paul (Chair)
LIEBLING, Tina (Vice-Chair)
ABELER, Jim
BROD, Laura
BUNN, Julie
EMMER, Tom
FRITZ, Patti
GARDNER, Paul
GOTTWALT, Steve
HAYDEN, Jeff
HUNTLEY, Tom
KELLY, Tim
LAINE, Carolyn
LOEFFLER, Diane
MACK, Tara
MURPHY, Erin
NORTON, Kim
RUUD, Maria
THAO, Cy
TORKELSON, Paul

A quorum was present.

HF1865 (Gottwalt) MinnesotaCare service provision modified, healthy Minnesota plan requirements established, and healthy Minnesota accounts established for MinnesotaCare enrollees

Representative Gottwalt moved that HF1865 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Gottwalt moved the H1865A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Tom Aslesen, Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters
Greg Sailer, Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters
Phil Griffin, Preferred One

Representative Gottwalt renewed his motion that HF1865, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1935 (E. Murphy) MinnesotaCare and medical assistance consolidated, enrollment and eligibility procedures streamlined

Representative Murphy moved that HF1935 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Murphy moved the H1935A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Maureen O’Connell, LSAP

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Representative Murphy renewed her motion that HF1935, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1524 (Falk) MinnesotaCare; Supplemental hospital coverage authorized

Representative Abeler moved that HF1524 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Falk presented the bill.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Bart Finzel, West Central Minnesota Healthcare Purchasing Alliance

Representative Abeler renewed his motion that HF1524 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thao moved that HF1745, the Division Report, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1745 (Ruud) Health occupations provisions modified, licensed heath care professional definition expanded, food, beverage, and lodging establishments provisions modified, federal government rules required to implement the minimum data set for resident reimbursement classification, Licensing Division report

Representative Ruud moved that HF1745, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

Representative Murphy moved the H1745A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Liebling assumed the gavel at 2:52 P.M.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Tom Hiendlmayr, Minnesota Department of Health

Representative Ruud renewed her motion that HF1745, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thao moved that HF535, the division report, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF535 (Thao) Licensing Policy Omnibus bill, Licensing Division report

Representative Thao moved that HF535, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

Representative Thao moved the H0535A16 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Norton moved the H0535A11 amendment. A division was requested.

On a vote of 10 AYES and 10 NAYS THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Michael Scandrett, Safety Net Coalition

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Patrick Lloyd, University of Minnesota

Representative Bunn moved the H0535A10 amendment. A division was requested.

On a vote of 8 AYES and 11 NAYS THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Bunn moved the H0535A13 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Thao renewed his motion that HF535, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1783 (Ruud) Medical assistance coverage eliminated for certain ineffective preventative services

Representative Ruud moved that HF1783 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Geoff Bartsh, Health Partners

Representative Ruud renewed her motion that HF1783 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1817 (Ruud) Basic health plan alternative established for families with children eligible for medical assistance

Representative Ruud moved that HF1817 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Ruud presented the bill.

Representative Ruud renewed her motion that HF1817 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Liebling announced a recess at 4:05 P.M.

Representative Thissen reconvened the meeting at 6:30 P.M. in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

HF1795 (Ruud) Birthing center licensure established, uncomplicated birth reimbursement limited, and licensed birthing centers designated as essential community providers

Representative Ruud moved that HF1795 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice.

Representative Ruud moved the H1795DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Jan Strathy, M.D., OBGYN
Susan Stout, Director State Government Relations, Minnesota Hospital Association

Representative Liebling assumed the gavel at 6:40 P.M.

Dave Feinwachs

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Katherine Simon RN CNM, President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives
O. J. Doyle, Minnesota Ambulance Association
Paula Bernini Feigal, CPM

Representative Liebling moved to amend HF1795, as amended, as follows:

Page 4, line 11, delete "complaint" and insert "compliant"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Ruud renewed her motion that HF1795, as amended be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thissen assumed the gavel at 7:12 P.M.

HF1346 (Abeler) Obstetric health care homes certification standards required, and coordination of obstetric services payments by the Health and Human Services Commissioners required

Representative Abeler moved that HF1346 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Steve Calvin, M.D.

Representative Thissen moved to amend HF1346 as follows:

Page 1, line 21 delete "or"
Page 1, line 21 after "to" insert "or within close proximity to"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Abeler moved to amend HF1346, as amended, as follows:

Page 2, line 5 after "midwives" insert "licensed traditional midwives"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Abeler renewed his motion that HF1346, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1659 (Solberg) Human service authority established, county aid established, and workgroup created

Representative Thissen moved that HF1659 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Solberg presented the bill:

Providing testimony on the bill:

Tim Wilkin, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Jim McDonough, Ramsey County Commissioner, Association of Minnesota Counties
Kelly Harder, MACSSA, Association of Minnesota Counties
Tim Walsh, Scott County Human Services

Representative Thissen moved the A09-0266 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

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Representative Fritz moved the A09-0233 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen moved to amend HF1659, as amended, as follows:

On the A09-0233 amendment language

Page 4, lines 13, 14, 31 and 32 delete "30,000" and insert "55,000"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF1659, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2076 (Loeffler) Equal access and equitable funding health and human services reform created, and steering committee created

Representative Loeffler moved that HF2076 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Loeffler moved the H2076DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Joe Mathews, Association of Minnesota Counties
Judith Brumfield, Scott County, Association of Minnesota Counties

Representative Loeffler renewed her motion that HF2076, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Liebling assumed the gavel at 9:25 P.M.

HF986 (Thissen) County maintenance of effort provisions amended for mental health provisions

Representative Thissen moved that HF986 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections.

Representative Thissen moved the A09-0236 amendment with the following changes:

Page 1, line 18 delete "changes" and insert "decreases"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

John Zakelj, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Judith Brumfield, Scott County, Association of MN Counties

Representative Abeler moved the H0986A1 amendment with the following changes:

Delete sections 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing additional testimony on the bill:

Sue Abderholden, NAMI

Representative Thissen moved to amend HF1659, as amended, on to HF986. THE

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AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF986, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 P.M.



Rep. Paul Thissen, CHAIR


Urszula Gryska
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

HF1865 (Gottwalt) MinnesotaCare service provision modified, healthy Minnesota plan requirements established, and healthy Minnesota accounts established for MinnesotaCare enrollees
HF1935 (E. Murphy) MinnesotaCare and medical assistance consolidated, enrollment and eligibility procedures streamlined
HF1524 (Falk) MinnesotaCare; Supplemental hospital coverage authorized
HF1659 (Solberg) Human service authority established, county aid established, and workgroup created
HF1745 (Ruud) Health occupations provisions modified, licensed heath care professional definition expanded, food, beverage, and lodging establishments provisions modified, federal government rules required to implement the minimum data set for resident reimbursement classification, Licensing Division report
HF535 (Thao) Licensing Policy Omnibus bill, Licensing Division report
HF986 (Thissen) County maintenance of effort provisions amended for mental health provisions
HF2076 (Loeffler) Equal access and equitable fundi