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Health Finance and Policy

THIRTY-FIFTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - March 24, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-FIFTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION

HEALTH FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Tina Liebling, Chair of the Committee, called the virtual Health Finance and Policy Committee meeting to order at 3:00 P.M. on March 24, 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
PRYOR, Laurie
QUAM, Duane
REYER, Liz
SCHULTZ, Jennifer
WOLGAMOTT, Dan

Members excused:

A quorum was present.

Representative Huot moved that the minutes of March 23, 2021 be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF2128 (Liebling) Health care, human services, and licensing and background study provisions modified; health and human services budget established; technical and conforming changes made; money transferred; and money appropriated.

Chair Liebling took HF2128 off the table and moved that it be laid over for possible inclusion in Health Finance and Policy Committee bill.

Chair Liebling moved the A2128A1 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Joshua Bunker, Chief Financial Officer, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) explained the budget items in Article 4.

Doug Berg, House Fiscal Analyst, gave an overview of the licensing board appropriations in Article 4.

Testifying on Article 4 – Health and Health Board Appropriations:
1. Jackie Siewert, Assistant Program Association for Nonsmokers-MN
2. Jodi Gertken, Community Wellness Program Director, CentraCare
3. Elyse Levine Less, Executive Director, Tobacco-Free Alliance MN
4. Pat McKone, Senior Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association
5. LaTrisha Vetaw, Director of Health Policy and Advocacy, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center
6. Caitlin DeVos, Volunteer, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network

Testifying on Article 5 – Health Policy:
1) Sara Messelt, Executive Director, Proof Alliance
2) Mary Krinkie, Vice President, Government Relations, Minnesota Hospital Association

Lisa Thimjon, Legislative Director, MDH, walked through Article 5.

Molly Moilanen, Director of Public Affairs, ClearWay Minnesota, responded to
member questions

Chair Liebling laid over HF2128, as amended, for possible inclusion in the Committee bill.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:57 P.M.


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Representative Tina Liebling, Chair


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Krysta Niedernhöfer, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2128 (Liebling) - Omnibus health and human services policy and finance bill.
House TV Video:
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02:29 - HF2128 (Liebling) Governor’s budget for health care, human services, and licensing and background study provisions modified; health and human services budget established; technical and conforming changes made; money transferred; and money appropriated.
- Focus on the Department of Human Services sections.



UPDATE: We will focus on the DHS Sections on Tuesday, 3/23 of the Governor's budget (HF2128) and the MDH/Licensing Boards section of the budget on Wednesday, 3/24.

HF2128 (Liebling) Health care, human services, and licensing and background study provisions modified; health and human services budget established; technical and conforming changes made; money transferred; and money appropriated.

Agenda items may be added/removed.

HF2128 is the Governor's budget in the Health Committee's jurisdiction. The language of the Governor's supplemental budget will be available Monday afternoon and heard on Tuesday. Members of the public who are interested in testifying should contact Patrick McQuillan at patrick.mcquillan@house.mn by 3 pm on Monday, March 22nd and let him know which sections of the bill you would like to speak to. Testimony will begin on Tuesday, March 22nd and may continue on Wednesday, March 23rd. Testimony will be limited to two minutes. Written testimony will be accepted.

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.