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Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight

SIXTIETH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 17, 2010

STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTIETH 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 2:50 P.M. on Wednesday, March 17, 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.

Representative Murphy moved that the minutes of March 16, 2010 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF379 (Slawik) Smoking prohibited in a vehicle transporting a child under the age of 18 years.

Providing information on the bill:

Ed Ehlinger, M.D., Director and CHO, Boynton Health Service, University of Minnesota
Natalie Johnson Lee, Executive Director, Minnesota African American Tobacco Education Network
Joe Chlebeck, Student, Northdale Middle School, Coon Rapids
Julie Woodruff, Citizen Activist, Red Wing

HF3010 (Bigham) Firefighters and volunteer ambulance attendants allowed to purchase MinnesotaCare at full cost.

Representative Thissen moved that HF3010 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Thissen moved the H3010DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Bigham presented HF3010, as amended.

Providing testimony:

O.J. Doyle, Minnesota Ambulance Association
George Esbensen, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Preparedness, City of Eden Prairie

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF3010, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3635 (Hayden) Minnesota family investment program provisions modified.

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Representative Hayden moved that HF3635 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Hayden moved the H3635A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Maureen O’Connell, Advocacy Director, Legal Services Advocacy Project

Representative Hayden renewed his motion that HF3635, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3630 (E. Murphy) Commissioner of health required to develop new categories for collecting granular data that accurately captures race, ethnicity, primary language, and socioeconomic status.

Representative Murphy moved that HF3630 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

Representative Murphy moved the H3630DE2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Michael Scandrett, Alliance for Racial and Cultural Health Equity
Li Fen Chien, Alliance for Racial and Cultural Health Equity
Twila Brase, President, Citizens' Council on Health Care

Representative Murphy renewed her motion that HF3630, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3196 (Hosch) Home health care services regulating provisions modified.

Representative Thissen moved that HF3196 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Susan Winkelmann, Assistant Director, Compliance Monitoring Division, Minnesota Department of Health

Representative Thissen moved the A10-2122 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen moved to amend HF3196, as amended, as follows:

Page 4, line 15, delete "by the providers,"
Page 4, line 28, delete "that"
Page 4, line 29, delete everything before "a copy"
Page 4, line 30, after "commissioner" insert ", which must include contact information for office of ombudsman for long term care"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF3196, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thissen announced a recess at 4:10 P.M.

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Representative Thissen reconvened the meeting at 6:40 P.M. in room 200 of the State Office Building.

HF2926 (Hosch) Mental health policy provisions for children amended and community health

Representative Thissen moved that HF2926 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

Providing testimony on the bill:

John Zakelj, Budget and Legislative Manager, Chemical and Mental Health Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Monte Fox, White Earth Tribal Health Director

Representative Thissen moved the H2926A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen moved the H2926A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing additional testimony:

Vern LaPlante, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF2926, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3234 (Hosch) Continuing care policy and technical provisions changed.

Representative Thissen moved that HF3234 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register.

Representative Thissen moved the H3234DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Deb Siebenaler, Continuing Care Administration, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Steve Jensen, Continuing Care Administration, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Loeffler moved to amend HF3234, as amended, as follows:

Page 3, line 22, after "the" insert "commissioner and lead agency in supporting the"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing additional testimony:

Anne Henry, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Loeffler moved to amend HF3234, as amended, as follows:

Page 10, delete lines 14 to 16

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen laid the bill over.

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HF2379 (Ruud) Prosthetic device coverage required.

Representative Ruud moved that HF2379 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor.

Representative Ruud moved the H2379DE2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Rick Miller, President, Minnesota Society of Orthodontists, Prosthetists & Pedorthists
Aaron Holm, Founder, Wiggle Your Toes
Nick Nelson, double amputee
Greta Nelson, RN, Parent of double amputee son, Nick
Teri Kuffel, Arise Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc., Blaine
Geoff Bartsh, Minnesota Council of Health Plans
Cecilia Retelle, Manager, Education and Health Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Representative Gottwalt moved to table HF2379, as amended. THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Ruud renewed her motion that HF2379, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thissen took HF3234 off the table for consideration.

Representative Thissen moved to amend HF3234, as amended, as follows:

Page 16, delete Section 17

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen moved the H3234A5 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing additional testimony:

Kari Thurlow, Long Term Care Imperative
Amy Dellwo, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Toby Pearson, Care Providers of Minnesota

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF3234, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Liebling assumed the gavel at 9:05 P.M.

HF2927 (Thissen) Health care clearinghouse added for health care provider transactions.

Representative Thissen moved that HF2927 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor.

Representative Thissen moved the A10-2268 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

James Golden, Director, Health Policy Division, Minnesota Department of Health

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Representative Thissen moved the H2927A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF2927, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thisssen assumed the gavel at 9:10 P.M.

SF1323 (Gardner) Infectious Waste Control Act modified.

Representative Gardner moved that SF1323, 1st Engrossment, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Gardner moved the S1323DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Tom Erickson, UltiMed
Jim McGowan, Minnesota Diabetes Association
Phil Griffin, Johnson and Johnson

Representative Gardner renewed his motion that SF1323, 1st Engrossment, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance with a recommended re-referral to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2769 (Gardner) Commissioner of human services duties modified relating to controlled substance abuse prevention.

Representative Gardner moved that HF2769 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Cody Wiberg, PharmD, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Pharmacy
Sara Drake, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Gardner renewed his motion that HF2769 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2898 (Huntley) Waivered service living arrangements restrictions prohibited, transfer of certain clients required from group residential housing to waivered services, and group residential housing supplementary service payment rate caps modified.

Representative Huntley moved that HF2898 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Joe Cuoco, ASLR/SLS

Representative Loeffler moved to amend HF2898 as follows:

Page 1, delete Section 1

THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

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Providing additional testimony:

Alex Bartolic, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Vicky Frahm, SLR

Representative Thissen moved the H2898A1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Providing more testimony:

Duane Elg, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Huntley renewed his motion that HF2898 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3412 (Huntley) Medical assistance coverage of medication therapy management services modified.

Representative Huntley moved that HF3412 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Andrew Bzowyckyj, PharmD, Minnesota Pharmacists Association

Representative Huntley renewed his motion that HF3412 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF3663 (Laine) Prepaid health plan contract aspects specified, accounting procedure use required, health care providers and others provided a right to audit under those contracts, and resolution of disputes provided.

Representative Laine moved that HF3663 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Laine moved the H3663DE1 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Liebling assumed the gavel at 10:40 P.M.

Representative Thissen assumed the gavel at 10:45 P.M.

Providing testimony on the bill:

David Kunz, Minnesota Provider Coalition

Representative Laine moved to amend HF3663, as amended, as follows:

Page 1, line 23, delete everything after the period
Page 1, delete lines 24 to 26

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing additional testimony:

Julie Brunner, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Health Plans
Karen Peed, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Thissen moved to amend HF3663, as amended, as follows:

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Page 3, delete Section 3

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Kelly moved to amend HF3663, as amended, as follows:

Page 2, delete Section 2

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen moved to amend HF3663, as amended, as follows:

Page 1, line 17, delete "93.5" and insert "91"
Page 1, line 21, after the comma, delete rest of line
Page 1, delete line 22
Page 1, line 23, delete everything before the period
Page 2, line 4, delete "93.5" and insert "91"

THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Laine renewed her motion that HF3663, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 P.M.

Rep. Paul Thissen, CHAIR



Urszula Gryska
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF379 (Slawik) - Smoking prohibited in a vehicle transporting a child under the age of 18 years.
  • HF3010 (Bigham) - Firefighters and volunteer ambulance attendants allowed to purchase MinnesotaCare at full cost.
  • HF2926 (Hosch) - Mental health policy provisions for children amended and community health worker technical changes made.
  • HF3234 (Hosch) - Continuing care policy and personal care assistance service provisions changed.
  • HF3630 (Murphy) - Commissioner of health required to develop new categories for collecting granular data that accurately captures race, ethnicity, primary language, and socioeconomic status, and to develop a process for standardizing the collection, organization, and reporting of such data across all health and social determinant data sets.
  • SF1323 (Gardner) - Safe sharps management provided.
  • HF2769 (Gardner) - Commissioner of human services duties modified relating to controlled substance abuse prevention.
  • HF3635 (Hayden) - Minnesota Family Investment Program definition of hard-to-employ participants modified.
  • HF3196 (Hosch) - Home health care services regulating provisions modified.
  • HF2927 (Thissen) - Health care clearinghouse added for health care provider transactions.
  • HF2898 (Huntley) - Waivered service living arrangements restrictions prohibited, transfer of certain clients required from group residential housing to waivered services, and group residential housing supplementary service payment rate caps modified.
  • HF3412 (Huntley) - Medical assistance coverage of medication therapy management services modified.
  • HF2379 (Ruud) - Prosthetic device coverage required.
  • HF3663 (Laine) - Prepaid health plans required to meet a certain loss ratio.
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04:40 - Gavel.
05:30 - HF379 (Slawik) Smoking prohibited in a vehicle transporting a child under the age of 18 years (* Informational hearing only).
28:12 - HF3010 (Bigham) Firefighters and volunteer ambulance attendants allowed to purchase MinnesotaCare at full cost.
37:05 - HF3635 (Hayden) Minnesota family investment program provisions modified.
41:50 - HF3630 (Murphy) Commissioner of health required to develop new categories for collecting granular data that accurately captures race, ethnicity, primary language, and socioeconomic status.
1:02:02 - HF3196 (Hosch) Home health care services regulating provisions modified.
Runs 1 hour, 19 minutes.
• The committee went in to recess and no further TV coverage is available.
• The complete audio archive of this meeting will be available on the division's audio & video archives page.


*Note: HF379 (Slawik) is informational only