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DHS policy bill amended

Published (3/9/2012)
By Sue Hegarty
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Several health policy provisions that stalled on the House floor last year are back in a bill that’s considered the Department of Human Services’ policy bill.

DHS policies regarding continuing care, the Telephone Access Minnesota fund, comprehensive assessment and case management plans, chemical and mental health care and changes to the Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare programs are included.

HF1994 was approved, as amended, by the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee March 6 and referred to the House Civil Law Committee. Rep. Steve Gottwalt (R-St. Cloud) sponsors the bill.

Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-Rochester) successfully amended the bill that would require the Health Services Advisory Council to review treatments for autism spectrum disorder. The council would make recommendations to the DHS commissioner by the end of the year about authorization criteria for services based on existing evidence. Although similar language was in last year’s bill, it was removed in conference committee at the urging of the Senate, Norton said.

Sen. David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) sponsors SF1804, a companion that awaits action by the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.

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