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Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight

FORTY– EIGHTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - February 17, 2010

STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY- EIGHTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES POLICY AND OVERSIGHT
Chairs, 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 2:50 P.M. on Wednesday, February 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 Abeler moved the minutes of February 16, 2010 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2623 (Hosch) Children's therapeutic services coverage clarified.

Representative Thissen moved that HF2623 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Hosch presented the bill.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF2623 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2752 (Emmer) Amended death record required when ordered by the court.

Representative Emmer moved that HF2752 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice.

Presenting the bill:

Representative Tom Emmer, author
Mary Hoeft, parent

Providing testimony in opposition:

Lindsey C. Thomas, M.D., Medical Examiner, Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office
John Kingrey, Executive Director, Minnesota County Attorneys Association

Providing information to committee:

Jim Golden, Minnesota Department of Health

Representative Emmer renewed his motion that HF2752 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice.

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Chair Thissen requested a division.

On a vote of 9 AYES and 6 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2597 (Ward) Board of Medical Practice limited from bringing a disciplinary action against a physician for prescribing, administering, or dispensing long-term antibiotic therapy for chronic Lyme disease.

Representative Abeler moved that HF2597 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice.

Representative Abeler moved the SCS1631A-3 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Ward presented the bill.

Providing testimony in support:

Elizabeth Maloney, M.D., Medical Advisor, Minnesota Lyme Action Support Group
Michele Backes, Minnesota Lyme Action Support Group Advocate
Laura Keller, PharmD, Co-Chair, Professional Affairs Committee, Board Member, Minnesota Pharmacists Association
Pastor Art Stenberg, Lyme Disease survivor

Providing neutral testimony:
Dick Auld, Assistant Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
Ruth Lynfield, M.D., State Epidemiologist and Medical Director, Minnesota Department of Health
Twila Brase, President, Citizens’ Council on Health Care

Providing testimony in opposition:

Gary Kravitz, M.D., Infectious Diseases Society of America.

HF2597 was laid over for future consideration.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 P.M.



Rep. Paul Thissen, CHAIR


Urszula Gryska
Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2752 (Emmer) - Amended death record required when ordered by the court.
  • HF2623 (Hosch) - Children's therapeutic services coverage clarified.
  • HF2597 (Ward) - Board of Medical Practice limited from bringing a disciplinary action against a physician for prescribing, administering, or dispensing long-term antibiotic therapy for chronic Lyme disease.