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Health and Human Services Finance

TWENTY-FIFTH MEETING

2013-2014 Regular Session - March 12, 2013

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MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STATE OF MINNESOTA
EIGHTY-EIGHTH SESSION TWENTY-FIFTH MEETING


HOUSE HEALTH CARE AND HUMAN SERVICES FINANCE COMMITTEE
Thomas E. Huntley, Chair


Vice-Chair Norton called the twenty-fifth meeting of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Committee to order at 10:10 a.m. in Room 200 of the State Office Building on Thursday, March 12, 2013. A quorum was present and the committee legislative assistant noted the roll:

Members Present:

Rep. Kim Norton, Vice Chair
Rep. Jim Abeler
Rep. Susan Allen
Rep. Matt Dean
Rep. Peter Fischer
Rep. Patti Fritz
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen
Rep. Laurie Halverson
Rep. Carolyn Laine
Rep. Tina Liebling
Rep. Diane Loeffler
Rep. Tara Mack
Rep. Joe McDonald
Rep. Rena Moran
Rep. Jerry Newton
Rep. Duane Quam
Rep. Joe Schomacker
Rep. Nick Zerwas

Members Excused:

Rep. Thomas Huntley, Chair
Rep. Melissa Hortman

HF 139 (Nornes) - Otter Tail County; nursing facility payment rate increase provided.

Representative Dean moved HF 139 be recommended to pass and laid over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services omnibus bill.

Representative Nornes gave a brief overview of his bill. Testifying were:

Nathan Johnson, Pioneer Home, Inc., Fergus Falls
John Zwiers, Broen Home, Fergus Falls

Following discussion, the Chair laid the bill over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance omnibus bill.

HF 375 (Erickson, S.) - Nursing facility rate increase provided for

Vice Chair Norton moved HF 375 be recommended to pass and laid over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services omnibus bill. Representative Erickson gave a brief overview of her bill. Testifiers were:

Theresa Gerth, Elim Care and Rehabilitation Center, Princeton
Todd Lundeen, Elim Care and Rehabilitation Center, Princeton



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March 12, 2013


Vice Chair Norton laid the bill over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance committee omnibus bill.

Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor, gave an overview of the Evaluation Report on Medical Assistance Payment Rates for Dental Services, 2013. Also testifying were:

Valerie Bombach, Program Manager, Office of the Legislative Auditor
Scott Leitz, Assistant Commissioner of Health Care, Department of Human Services

Discussion occurred.

At 10:56 a.m. Representative Quam took the gavel to allow Vice Chair Norton to present her two bills.

HF 176 (Norton) - Dental services for the disabled expanded

Representative Norton moved HF 408 be recommended to pass and laid over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services omnibus bill. Having moved the wrong bill, Representative Norton withdrew her motion and instead moved HF 176 be recommended to pass and laid over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services omnibus bill, and further moved adoption of and explained the H0176A1 amendment. The motion prevailed. The H0176A1 amendment was adopted. Testifying were:

Dr. Michael Helgeson, Chief Executive Officer, Appletree Dental
Rachel Rennicke, Partners in Policymaking and Special Education Teacher
Joe Lally, Vice President, Delta Dental

Following discussion, Chair Quam laid the bill over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services Finance committee omnibus bill, as amended.

HF 408 (Norton) - Dental reimbursement provisions modified

Representative Norton moved HF 408 be recommended to pass and laid over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services omnibus bill and gave a brief overview. Testifying were:

Dr. Michael Flynn, President, Minnesota Dental Association
Aaron Bumann, American Student Dental Association and Minnesota Dental Association
Lloy Russell, Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates
Dr. John Gulon, DDS, Park Dental

Rep. Norton made final comments and the bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the Health and Human Services omnibus bill.

HF 483 (Fritz) - Newborn screening required for critical heart disease.

Representative Fritz moved HF 483, as previously amended on March 5, be reconsidered and sent to the General Register. The motion prevailed. HF 483, as amended by the H0483A2 amendment on March 5, was reconsidered as amended and sent to the General Register.

The meeting adjourned at 11:39 a.m.



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Kim Norton, Vice Chair


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Jan Horner, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Documents:

HF139 (Nornes) Otter Tail County; nursing facility payment rate increase provided.
HF375 (Erickson) Nursing facility rate increase provided for.
Office of the Legislative Auditor’s (OLA) report- Medical Assistance Payment Rates for Dental Services.
HF176 (Norton) Dental services for the disabled expanded.
HF408 (Norton) Dental reimbursement provisions modified. (May be moved to Wed. March 13)
To sign up to testify, please contact the Committee Administrator Lucy Morgan at lucy.morgan@house.mn.