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Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight

FIFTY-FOURTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 03, 2010

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTY-FOURTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

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

MINUTES


Representative Paul Thissen, Chair of the Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Committee, called the meeting to order at 1:05 P.M. on Tuesday, March 3, 2010 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 at 1:10 P.M.

HF2002 (Dean) General assistance medical care, medical assistance, and MinnesotaCare billing and collections direction provided.

Representative Brod moved that HF2002 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Cecilia Retelle, Manager, Education and Health Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Representative Thissen moved to amend HF2002 as follows:

Page 1, line 12, delete "2010" and insert "2011"
Page 1, line 13, delete "2009" and insert "2010"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED

Representative Brod renewed her motion that HF2002, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Gottwalt moved that the minutes of March 2, 2010 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3047 (Huntley) Office of Health Care Inspector General created, and commissioner of human services duties modified.

Representative Huntley moved that HF3047 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Huntley presented HF3047.

Representative Huntley renewed his motion that HF3047 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

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Representative Liebling assumed the gavel at 1:30 P.M.

HF3055 (Thissen) State-County Results, Accountability, and Service Delivery Redesign Act changes made.

Representative Thissen moved that HF3055 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on State and Local Government Operations Reform, Technology and Elections.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Patricia Coldwell, Health and Human Services Policy Analyst, Association of Minnesota Counties
Eric Ratzmann, Legislative Liaison, Minnesota Association of County Social Service Administrators

Representative Thissen moved the H3055A1 amendment.

Providing testimony on the amendment:

Kelly Harder, Social Services Director, Steele County
Serena Vergin, Staff Representative, AFSCME Council 65
Sarah Lewerenz, Political Coordinator, AFSCME Council 65

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF3055, 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.

Representative Thissen assumed the gavel at 2:00 P.M.

HF3246 (Liebling) Chemical dependency treatment pilot projects created.

Representative Liebling moved that HF3246 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Fritz assumed the gavel at 2:05 P.M.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Kelly Harder, Social Services Director, Steele County
Carol Falkowski, Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Liebling renewed her motion that HF3246 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thissen assumed the gavel at 2:20 P.M.

HF2901 (Brod) Health care reform implemented, interstate health insurance choice created, flexible benefit plan created, primary provider care tiering created, and MinnesotaCare modern benefit plan provided.

Representative Brod moved that HF2901 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor.

Representative Brod moved the H2901A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Brod moved to amend HF2901, as amended, as follows:

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Page 9, line 4, delete the blank and insert "1200"
Page 9, line 22, delete the blank and insert "700"
Page 9, line 30, delete the blank and insert "19"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Mike Hickey, State Director, National Federation of Independent Business
Manny Munson-Regala, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Commerce
John Gross, Minnesota Department of Commerce
Bob Johnson, Insurance Federation of Minnesota
Dannette Coleman, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations, Medica
Michele Kimball, State Director, AARP

Representative Brod renewed her motion that HF2901, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor.

Representative Thissen amends Representative Brod’s motion as follows:

HF2901, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor without recommendation.

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen renewed the motion that HF2901, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor without recommendation.

A division was requested.

On a vote of 12 AYES and 5 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3245 (Atkins) Interstate health insurance choice created.

Representative Thissen moved that HF3245 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor

Representative Atkins presented the bill.

Representative Huntley renewed the motion that HF3245 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3036 (Gottwalt) MinnesotaCare defined contribution program established.

Representative Gottwalt moved that HF3036 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Gottwalt moved the H3036A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

John Tyler, MAHU
Jonathan Watson, Vice President, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
Lynn Gruber, President, Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association
Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, NAMI

Representative Gottwalt renewed his motion that HF3036, as amended, be recommended to pass

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and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 P.M.


Rep. Paul Thissen, CHAIR


Urszula Gryska
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2002 (Dean) - General assistance medical care, medical assistance, and MinnesotaCare billing and collections direction provided.
  • HF3047 (Huntley) - Office of Health Care Inspector General created, and commissioner of human services duties modified.
  • HF3055 (Thissen) - State-County Results, Accountability, and Service Delivery Redesign Act changes made.
  • HF3246 (Liebling) - Chemical dependency treatment pilot projects created.
  • HF2901 (Brod) - Health care reform implemented, interstate health insurance choice created, flexible benefit plan created and small employer flexible benefit plan repealed, primary provider care tiering created, and MinnesotaCare modern benefit plan provided.
  • HF3245 (Atkins) - Interstate health insurance choice created, and flexible benefit plans regulated.
  • HF3036 (Gottwalt) - MinnesotaCare defined contribution program established, and review provided for veteran applicant's DD form 214 for VA eligibility.
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