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Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight

THIRTY-FIFTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - April 01, 2009

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

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

MINUTES


Representative Cy Thao called the meeting to order at 3:20 P.M. on Wednesday, April 1, 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.

Representative Torkelson moved that the minutes of March 31, 2009 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1328 (Thissen) Youth violence addressed as a public health problem, prevention and intervention programs addressing risk factors of youth violence coordinated and aligned

Representative Thissen moved that HF1328 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Thissen moved the H1328A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

R. T. Rybak, Mayor, City of Minneapolis
Donna Evans, N PAC
Cheryl Morgan-Spencer, Program Specialist for Social Wellness Cluster, Minneapolis Urban League

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF1328, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Liebling assumed the gavel at 3:40 P.M.

HF181 (Thissen) MinnesotaCare eligibility provisions modified

Representative Thissen moved that HF181 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on K-12 Finance.

Representative Thissen moved the H0181A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.


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Providing testimony on the bill:

Carole Specktor, Legislative Affairs and Advocacy Director, Children's Defense Fund Minnesota

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF181, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on K-12 Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thissen assumed the gavel at 3:45 P.M.

Representative Thissen moved to reconsider HF181, as amended. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thissen moved to amend HF181, as amended, as follows:

Using the language of the H0181A1 amendment:

Page 3, line 34 after the period, insert "$2 million shall be allocated out of the Health Care Access Fund for outreach grants."

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF181, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on K-12 Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1002 (E. Murphy) Nursing education demonstration project grant established, and money appropriated

Representative Murphy moved that HF1002 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Murphy moved the H1002A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Margaret McLaughlin, Ph.D., Dean of Health Professions, College of St. Catherine
Marty Witrak, Ph.D., Dean of Nursing, College of St. Scholastica

Representative Murphy renewed her motion that HF1002, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF504 (Kahn) Women's heart health program established, and money appropriated

Representative Thissen moved that HF504 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Kahn presented the bill.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Natasha Fleischman, WomenHeart Champion and Survivor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Judine Pattinson, BSN, MPH, RN, PHN, Director of Community Outreach, NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Inc.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF501 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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Representative Thissen announced a recess at 4:20 P.M.

Representative Liebling re-convened the meeting at 6:35 P.M. in the Basement Hearing Room of the State Office Building.

HF657 (Thissen) 24-hour customized living services modified

Representative Thissen moved that HF657 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Thissen moved the H0657DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Patti Collen, Care Providers of Minnesota
Kari Thurlow, Vice President of Advocacy, Aging Services of Minnesota

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF657, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF374 (Thissen) Special transportation services renamed, medical transportation requirements modified, and reimbursement modified

Representative Thissen moved that HF374 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Abeler moved the H0374DE2 amendment with the following changes:

Page 2, line 18 after "by" delete rest of the line and insert "the Department in consultation with"
Page 2, delete lines 19 and 20
Page 2, line 21, delete the number
Page 2, line 22, delete the number and after "and" insert "other interested parties"
Page 2, delete lines 23 - 25
Page 2, line 26 delete everything before the period
Page 6, delete lines 3 – 10

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Jay McClosky, Advocate
Matt Liveringhouse, AC Transportation

Representative Abeler moved the ALA-H374-99 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chris Reisdorf, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Mike Pinsko, STS Provider
Patricia Coldwell, Association of Minnesota Counties

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF374, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF200 (Abeler) Broker use for medical transportation services prohibited, county social workers allowed to make level of need determinations, special transportation services renamed, and medical transportation requirements modified.

Representative Norton moved that HF200 be taken off the table. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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Representative Norton moved the H0374DE1 amendment with the following change:

Page 1, line 1 delete 374 and insert 200
Page 1, line 8 delete "a county social worker,"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Mike Pinsko, STS Provider
Mike Weidner, Minnesota Paratransit Providers Association
Dan Hirsch, Metro Transportation Provider Alliance
Ron Joersz, Minnesota Nonemergency Transportation
Wendy Diedrich, Center for Victims of Torture
Chris Reisdorf, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Norton moved that HF200, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thissen assumed the gavel at 8:35 P.M.

HF577 (Hosch) MFIP housing penalty repealed

Protecting Children and Strengthening Families Act

Representative Thissen moved that HF577 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Thissen moved the H0577DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony of the bill:

Erin Sullivan-Sutton, Director of Child Safety and Permanency, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Thissen moved the H0577A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Loeffler moved the H0577A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing additional testimony on the bill:

Judith Brumfield, Scott County Community Services
Patricia Coldwell, Association of Minnesota Counties

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF577, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

HF1522 (Hayden) Treatment of income for determining county reimbursement for foster care, examination, or treatment provisions modified

Northstar Care for Children

Representative Hayden moved that HF1522 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

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Representative Hayden moved the H1522DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hayden moved the H1522A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Erin Sullivan-Sutton, Director of Child Safety and Permanency, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Kurt Laughinghouse, Foster parent
Joe Kroll, Executive Director, North American Council on Adoptable Children
Joan Riebel, Director, Family Alternatives
Cory A. Jelinek, LSW, Adoption Social Worker, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Gene Benson, LICSW, Director of Counseling and Family Resources, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Representative Liebling assumed the gavel at 10:10 P.M.

Kirsten Anderson-Stembridge, Director of Advocacy, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Rhonda Sivarajah, Commissioner, Anoka County
Judith Brumfield, Scott County Community Services
Alexis Oberdorfer, Children’s Home Society and Family Services
Michelle Chalmers, Belonging Dignity Hope and Ampersand Families

Representative Hayden moved the H1522A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen moved to amend the H1522DE1 amendment, as amended, as follows:

H0577DE1, Page 1, line 11 to Page 3, line 1 as amended.
Page 2, line 28, after "visits" insert "with children in out of home placement"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Hayden renewed his motion that HF1522, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:50 P.M.



Rep. Paul Thissen, CHAIR


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

HF1328 (Thissen) Youth violence addressed as a public health problem, prevention and intervention programs addressing risk factors of youth violence coordinated and aligned
HF181 (Thissen) MinnesotaCare eligibility provisions modified
HF1002 (E. Murphy) Nursing education demonstration project grant established, and money appropriated
HF504 (Kahn) Women's heart health program established, and money appropriated
HF657 (Thissen) 24-hour customized living services modified
HF374 (Thissen) Special transportation services renamed, medical transportation requirements modified, and reimbursement modified
HF577 (Hosch) MFIP housing penalty repealed
HF1522 (Hayden) Treatment of income for determining county reimbursement for foster care, examination, or treatment provisions modified

*Note: A delete-all amendment will be offered to HF577 and will contain the language in Article 6 from HF1571, Protecting Children and Strengthening Families Act; a delete-all amendment will be offered to