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Health and Human Services Finance


2013-2014 Regular Session - April 10, 2013



Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

Chair Thomas Huntley called to order the thirty-fourth meeting of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Committee at 10:11 a.m. in Room 200 of the State Office Building on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. A quorum was present. The committee legislative assistant noted the roll:

Members Present:

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

Members Excused:

Rep. Matt Dean
Rep. Tara Mack

H.F. 1233 (Huntley) - Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance bill
Public testimony on H.F. 1233, the health and human services omnibus bill, as amended by the A13-0408 delete everything amendment.

John Barker, MnDACA, Executive Director of Merrick, Inc.
Anne Henry, Attorney at Law, Minnesota Disability Law Center
Julie Ring, Health and Human Services Policy Analyst, Association of Minnesota Counties
Linda Sandvig, Safety Net Coalition
Jonathan Watson, Public Policy Director, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
Bridget Siljander, Executive Director, Youth Legacy Foundation
Matt Schafer, State Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer
Action Network
Diane Raff, Executive Director, Living at Home Network, on behalf of Director Support
Professional Association of Minnesota
Ron Elwood, Legal Services Advocacy Project
Linda Gawboy, Welfare Rights Committee
Britta Orr, Executive Director, Local Public Health Association
Tom Mason, President, Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota
Barbara Mechura, Director of Student Nutrition, Nutrition & Lifestyle Services, Hopkins Public

Pate 2
April 10, 2013

(Public testimony continued)

Chris Bell, American Council of the Blind of Minnesota
Lauri Anderson, Cerenity Senior Care, White Bear Lake

At 11: 35 a.m. Chair Huntley announced a recess until 7:00 p.m. in Room 10.

Chair Huntley called the meeting back to order at 7:18 p.m. in Room 10 of the State Office Building and public testimony continued on H.F. 1233, the health and human services omnibus bill, as amended by the A13-0408 delete everything amendment:

Susie Schatz, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Andy McCoy, Vice President of Revenue Management, Fairview Health Services
Charles Cooper, Fairview Pharmacy Services
Geoff Bartsch, Vice President Public Policy, Medica
Shawntera Hardy, Government Relations Manager, Health Partners
Robert Freeman, Health Partners
Christina Wessel, Deputy Director, Minnesota Budget Project
Jessica Webster, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid
Cisa Keller, Governmental Relations Committee Chair, Minnesota Child Care Association
Anne Kilzer, Director, Minnesota Workforce Council Association
Jerry Vitzthum, Director, Anoka County Economic Assistance, on behalf of Minnesota Workforce
Council Association
Kari Thurlow, Vice President Advocacy, Aging Services of Minnesota
Patti Cullen, Chief Executive Officer, Care Providers of Minnesota
Cindy Bartell, Minneapolis Attorney and advocate, representing parents of infants who died in
licensed day care
Alexandra Fitzsimmons, Legislative Affairs and Advocacy Director, Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota
Laurie Vlach, Adult Foster Care Provider from Rochester
Michael Pitzl, Director of Community Pharmacy, Hennepin County Medical Center Pharmacy
Brian Rusche, Executive Director, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC)
Sam Walseth, Lobbyist, Sustainable Resource Center
Erica Maas, Executive Director, Parents Aware for School Readiness
Rich Neumeister, Attorney, Public Policy Advocate

Chair Huntley adjourned the meeting at 9:25 p.m.

Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

Jan Horner, Committee Legislative Assistant
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00:12 - Gavel, and public testimony on HF1233 (Huntley) Omnibus Health & Human Services Finance bill (as amended).
The committee recessed.
Runs 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Public testimony will begin on the Health & Human Services Finance omnibus bill, HF 1233 (as amended).

To sign up to testify, email the committee administrator at

NOTE: Amendments are due by Thursday, April 11, at 10 a.m.

Any changes will be posted to the committee website as soon as possible.