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Health Finance and Policy

SIXTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - January 25, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA SIXTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION

HEALTH FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Tina Liebling, Chair of the Division, called the virtual Health Finance and Policy Committee meeting to order at 1:00 P.M. on January 25, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting is being broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:
LIEBLING, Tina, Chair
HUOT, John, Vice Chair
SCHOMACKER, Joe, Minority Lead
AKLAND, Susan
BACKER, Jeff
BAHNER, Kristin
BIERMAN, Robert
BOLDON, Liz
DEMUTH, Lisa
FREIBERG, Mike
GRUENHAGEN, Glenn
KIEL, Debra
MORRISION, Kelly
MUNSON, Jeremy
PRIOR, Laurie
QUAM, Duane
REYER, Liz
SCHULTZ, Jennifer
WOLGAMOTT, Dan

A quorum was present.

Representative Huot moved that the minutes of January 20, 2021 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Elisabeth Klarqvist, House Research Staff and Doug Berg, House Fiscal Staff presented an overview of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.

Tony Spector, Executive Director, Minnesota Emergency Services Regulator Board, presented an overview of Minnesota’s emergency services.

Diogo Reis, Rates and Policy Manager, Health Care Administration, MN Department of Human Services, gave an overview of emergency medical spending in public programs.

Testifying on Minnesota’s emergency medical services:
1) Kevin Miller, (Acting) Chair, Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board
2) Buck McAlpin, MN Ambulance Association
3) Dr. Bjorn Peterson, President, Minnesota Chapter of National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians
4) Martin Scheerer, Senior Director/Chief, Hennepin EMS
5) Brian Edwards, Emergency Medical Services Chief, Northfield Hospital & Clinics
6) Joshua M. Howell, Vice President, Strategy & Business Optimization, Life Link III
7) Dr. John Pate, Board Member, Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board
8) Jill Rohret. Executive Director, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board
9) Mark Jones, Executive Director, Minnesota Rural Health Association
10) Randall Fischer, President/CEO, Stevens County Ambulance
11) BJ Jungmann, Legislative Committee Chair, Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association
12) Allen Lewis, Fire Chief, City of Virginia
13) Mike Dobesh, Fire Chief, Richfield Fire Department
14) John Swenson, Public Safety Director, Lino Lakes Public Safety Department

Vice Chair Huot and Representative Backer spoke on the importance of improving response times and ensuring there are steps taken to recruit and retain EMS staff throughout the state.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:26 P.M.


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Representative Tina Liebling, Chair


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Krysta Niedernhöfer, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
House TV Video:
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6:42 - Emergency Medical Services overview.
26:30 - Emergency Medical Services Regulatory
37:00 - - Emergency Medical Services Spending



Emergency Medical Services Overview

Agenda items may be added.

This meeting will be held in accordance with House Rule 10.01, which may be viewed here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/docs/HmNgjtZ_KkKBF3cKO2DXmw.pdf

Public Viewing Information:
This remote hearing will be live-streamed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp.

NOTE: Channels HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.

Meeting documents will be posted on the House Health Finance and Policy Committee website at https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/Home/92011.

If you have questions about the accessibility of remote hearings or require an accommodation, please contact Jenny Nash at: jenny.nash@house.mn or by leaving a message at 651-296-4122. For other questions, please contact Patrick McQuillan (patrick.mcquillan@house.mn).

The MN House of Representatives is currently working on establishing the processes and technology that allow remote meetings to be held that are accessible to the public. Thank you for your patience as we adapt.