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Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight

TWENTY-NINTH MEETING

2009-2010 Regular Session - March 18, 2009

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES POLICY AND OVERSIGHT
Chair, 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 3:20 P.M. on Wednesday, March 18, 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 Huntley moved that the minutes of March 17, 2009 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1554 (Winkler) Isolation and quarantine provisions and mass dispensing of medication provisions modified

Representative Thissen moved that HF1554 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice.

Representative Thissen moved the A09-0144 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Aggie Leitheiser, RN, MPH, Director Emergency Preparedness, Minnesota Department of Health

Representative Liebling moved to amend HF1554 as follows:

Page 4, line 24, delete new language and reinstate old language

THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF1554, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Civil Justice. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF984 (Norton) Medical assistance coverage of primary care health care providers performing primary caries prevention services as part of the child and teen checkup program authorized

Representative Thissen moved that HF984 be taken off the table. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Norton moved that HF984 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

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Representative Norton moved the A09-0153 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Ruud moved the A09-0154 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Sara Noznesky, Minnesota Medical Association

Representative Norton renewed her motion that HF984, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1027 (Liebling) Medicare-covered service balance billing prohibition repealed

Representative Liebling moved that HF1027 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Providing testimony in support of the bill:

Frank Iossi, Director, State Government Relations, Mayo Clinic
Ronald Grousky, Director, Medicare Strategy, Mayo Clinic
Benjamin Whitten, M.D., Minnesota Medical Association

Providing testimony in opposition to the bill:

Karen Patrick, Minnesota Senior Federation

Representative Thissen moved that HF1027 be laid on the table. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Thissen called a recess at 4:32 P.M.

Representative Liebling reconvened the meeting at 7:32 P.M. in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

Representative Liebling moved that HF1027 be taken off the table. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Providing testimony in opposition to the bill:

Michele Kimball, State Director, AARP

Representative Liebling moved that HF1027 be laid on the table. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF802 (E. Murphy) Hospital payment prohibited for certain hospital-acquired conditions and certain treatments

Representative Murphy moved that HF802 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Murphy moved the H0802DE1 amendment.

Representative Murphy moved to amend the H0802DE1 amendment as follows:

Page 3, delete lines 18 and 19

The amendment was incorporated.

Providing testimony on the bill:

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Linda Slattengren, President, Minnesota Nurses Association

Representative Gardner moved to amend the H0802DE1 amendment as follows:

Page 4, line 31, delete "where" and insert "were"

The amendment was incorporated.

Representative Emmer requested a roll call vote. The results were as follows:

AYES NAYS EXCUSED

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


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

Providing additional testimony:

Susan Stout, Minnesota Hospital Association

Representative Gottwalt moved the A09-0088 amendment.

Representative Gottwalt withdrew the A09-0088 amendment.

Representative Murphy moved to amend HF802 as follows:

Using the H0802DE1 amendment, delete Section 1, Section 2 and Section 4

Representative Murphy withdrew her amendment.

Representative Thissen moved to reconsider the H0802DE1 amendment.

Representative Brod requested a roll call vote. The results were as follows:

AYES NAYS EXCUSED

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


On a vote of 9 AYES and 8 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Brod requested a roll call vote on the H0802DE1 amendment. The results were as follows:

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AYES NAYS EXCUSED

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


On a vote of 9 AYES and 8 NAYS THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Murphy renewed her motion that HF802, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Brod requested a roll call vote. The results were as follows:


AYES NAYS EXCUSED

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


On a vote of 9 AYES and 8 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Gottwalt moved that HF135 be taken off the table.

Representative Gottwalt requested a roll call vote. The results were as follows:


AYES NAYS EXCUSED

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


On a vote of 0 AYES and 16 NAYS THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

Representative Thissen assumed the gavel at 8:37 P.M.

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HF1329 (Hosch) Personal care assistance services modified

Representative Thissen moved that HF1329 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Hosch presented the bill.

Providing testimony were:

Mickey Ellis, Department of Human Services
Jerry Kerber, Department of Human Services
Anne Henry, J.D., Minnesota Disability Law Center
Bridget Siljander, PCA, Direct Support Professional of MN
Nikki Villavicencio, PCA consumer, Member, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Kathryn Kmit, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Minnesota Council of Health Plans

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF1329 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.

Representative Mack requested a roll call vote. The results were as follows:

AYE NAY EXCUSED

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


On a vote of 17 AYES and 0 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF867 (Davnie) Self-insurance pools providing health coverage to local government employees regulated

Representative Thissen moved that HF867 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Commerce and Labor

Representative Thissen moved the H0867A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Davnie presented the bill:

Providing testimony in support of the bill:

Lee Johansen, Education Minnesota

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Representative Emmer requested a roll call vote on HF867.

Providing testimony in opposition to the bill:

Paul Brinkman, Northeast Service Cooperative
John Gross, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Representative Thissen moved that HF867, as amended, be laid on the table. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1639 (Morrow) Minnesota sex offender program provisions modified, additional oversight
and client grievance process established, supervision system access authorized, and vocational
work program modified

Representative Thissen moved that HF1639 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the
Committee on Public Safety Policy and Oversight.

Providing testimony of the bill:

Dan Starky, Minnesota Sexual Offender Program, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Liebling assumed the gavel at 10:14 P.M.

Dennis Berg, Minnesota Sexual Offender Program, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Thissen assumed the gavel at 10:17 P.M.

Jannine Hebert, Clinical Director, Minnesota Sexual Offender Program, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Thissen renewed his motion that HF1639 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Public Safety Policy and Oversight. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1750 (Abeler) Human services licensing provisions modified, and data practices, disqualifications, and background study requirements modified

Representative Abeler moved that HF1750 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Early Childhood Finance and Policy.

Representative Abeler moved the H1750A1 amendment.

Representative Abeler withdrew the H1750A1 amendment.

Representative Abeler moved the H1750A2 amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Providing testimony on the bill:

Laura Plummer Zrust, Licensing Manager, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Mary Regan, Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies
Jerry Kerber, Licensing Director, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Representative Abeler moved the H1750A1 amendment with the following modification:

Page 1, line 7, remove rest of line after the first comma
Page 1, line 8, delete line before "provided"

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THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Abeler renewed his motion that HF1750, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Early Childhood Finance and Policy. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:25 P.M.





















Rep. Paul Thissen, CHAIR


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

HF1554 (Winkler) Isolation and quarantine provisions and mass dispensing of medication provisions modified
HF984 (Norton) Medical assistance coverage of primary care health care providers performing primary caries prevention services as part of the child and teen checkup program authorized
HF1027 (Liebling) Medicare-covered service balance billing prohibition repealed
HF802 (E. Murphy) Hospital payment prohibited for certain hospital-acquired conditions and certain treatments
HF867 (Davnie) Self-insurance pools providing health coverage to local government employees regulated
HF1329 (Hosch) Personal care assistance services modified
HF1639 (Morrow) Minnesota sex offender program provisions modified, additional oversight and client grievance process established, supervision system access authorized, and vocational work program modified
HF1345 (Abeler) Claims processing practices by third-party administrators of health coverage plans prohibited, health claims clearinghouses regula