STATE OF MINNESOTA FORTY-FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION
HEALTH POLICY & FINANCE COMMITTEE
Representative Fran Bradley, Chair of the Health Policy and Finance Committee, called the forty-first meeting to order at 10:17 a.m. April 12, 2005 in Room 10 of the State Office Building.
The Clerk noted the roll.
BRADLEY, Fran, Chair OTREMBA, Mary Ellen
FINSTAD, Brad, Vice Chair PEPPIN, Joyce
ABELER, Jim POWELL, Duke
DEAN, Matt THISSEN, Paul
EMMER, Tom SAMUELSON, Char
EKEN, Kent THAO, Cy
GOODWIN, Barb WALKER, Neva
HUNTLEY, Tom WILKIN, Tim
A quorum was present.
The Chair called for members to present their ideas and recommendations for items to be included in the Health Finance Omnibus Bill.
Proposals presented by Republican Committee members:
Rep. Bradley: Rate increases to ICF/MRs, group homes, etc.
Rep. Powell: Prohibit payment for non-emergency hospital visits under Medical Assistance
Rep. Peppin: Premium increase for adults and children where income is less than 150% FPG
Rep. Emmer: Changes in MinnesotaCare eligibility determination, i.e., verifying income,
requiring reporting of income changes, premium surcharge with dollars
Rep. Bradley: Seek federal waiver to require Medical Assistance sliding scale premiums
Rep. Powell: Eliminate coverage of gender reassignment surgery under state health care
Rep. Abeler: Eliminate M/A coverage for unnecessary circumcisions
DFL members of the committee submitted a number of proposals for inclusion in the omnibus bill. (See attached document entitled, "DFL Health Committee Budget Items for Discussion."
Proposals presented by DFL Committee members:
Rep. Huntley: Reverse cuts to MinnesotaCare
Rep. Thissen: Mental illness medication access and suicide prevention activities expansion
No. (7) on DFL Discussion Sheet.
Rep. Thissen: Employment information disclosure on MinnesotaCare application to determine
employee eligibility for insurance coverage
Rep. Huntley: Maternity coverage elimination shifts women to Medical Assistance
Rep. Eken: Suggested the DFL proposals result in long-term cuts and asked for a broader
Definition of savings
Rep. Otremba: Reversal of retroactivity for liens on life estates due to Court ruling them
unconstitutional, thereby eliminating associated court costs
After further discussion, Chairman Bradley announced the Health Finance Omnibus Bill should be ready early next week.
The next meeting will be held at the Call of the Chair.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.
Rep. Fran Bradley, Chairman
Cheryl Burke, Committee Legislative Assistant