STATE OF MINNESOTA EIGHTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FIFTH SESSION
COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Representative Paul Thissen, Chair of the Committee, called the meeting to order at 2:17 P.M. on, Tuesday, February 6, 2007 in Room 200 of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
THISSEN, Paul (Chair)
OTREMBA, Mary Ellen
A quorum was present.
Rep. Tschumper moved that the minutes of February 1, 2007 be adopted. MOTION PREVAILED.
Chair Thissen announced the referral of the following bills to the Mental Health Division:
HF 573 Otremba Foster parent mental health training requirement imposed.
HF 574 Loeffler Children's mental health grants and work group established; mental health provisions modified; trauma-focused, evidence-based practices grants provided; county reimbursement provided; and money appropriated.
Chair Thissen announced the referral of the following bills to the Licensing Subcommittee:
HF 576 Thissen Mental health examiners authorized for residents in bordering states.
HF 645 Otremba X-ray equipment operator provisions modified.
Presenting information on Family Planning were:
Dr. Chris Reif, Community University Heath Care Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
Brenda Hoffman, Executive Director, Rum River Health Services, Princeton, MN
Gail Kulick Jackson, Volunteer, Rum River Women's Health Project
Peg LaBore, Family Tree Clinic, St. Paul, MN & Chair of SAFPlan
Denise Anderson, Deaf/Blind and Hard of Hearing Program Outreach Educator, Family Tree Clinic
Judy Kloop, Deaf/Blind and Hard of Hearing Program Outreach Educator, Family Tree Clinic
Wendy Paulson, Parent Educator West Suburban Teen Clinic, Excelsior, MN
Mary Ho, Rice County Public Health
Scott Harpin, Minnesota Public Health Association
HF298 (Huntley) Family planning access increased to prevent unintended pregnancies, nurses authorized to dispense oral contraceptives at clinics, reimbursement rates increased, grant reductions eliminated, and money appropriated.
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Rep. Huntley moved that HF298 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.
Rep. Brod moved to amend HF298 as follows:
Page 1, delete lines 11 to 21
THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Rep. Gottwalt moved the H0298A1
amendment and after discussion withdrew the amendment.
Rep. Emmer moved the H0298A1
amendment and requested a roll call vote.
The results were as follows:
ABELER, Jim THISSEN, Paul
ANDERSON, Bruce BUNN, Julie
BROD, Laura HUNTLEY, Tom
EMMER, Tom LIEBLING, Tina
FINSTAD, Brad LOEFFLER, Diane
FRITZ, Patti MURPHY, Erin
GOTTWALT, Steve NORTON, Kim
HAMILTON, Rod RUUD, Maria
OTREMBA, Mary Ellen THAO, Cy
On a vote of 9 AYES and 11 NAYS THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED.
Rep. Huntley moved that HF298, as amended, be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.
THE MOTION PREVAILED.
HF276 (Otremba) MinnesotaCare self-employed farmers income definition modified.
Rep. Otremba moved that HF276 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans' Affairs Policy.
Speaking on HF276 were:
Bob Lefebroe, Minnesota Milk Producers
Jim Tunheim, Minnesota Farmers Union
Rep. Otremba renewed her motion that HF276 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans' Affairs Policy. MOTION PREVAILED.
Vice-Chair Fritz assumed the gavel at 3:45
Dr. Peter Dehnel presented testimony on behalf of HF578.
Vice-Chair Fritz announced a recess until 6:30 P.M. at 3:52 P.M.
Chair Thissen re-convened the meeting at 6:40 P.M.
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HF578 (Abeler) MinnesotaCare Care for More Families (CMF) program established, medical benefit accounts and high-deductible health plan coverage provided, and health insurance
Rep. Abeler moved the H0578A1
amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.
Providing a description of HF578, as amended, were:
Rep. Jim Abeler, author
HF578, as amended, was laid over for further discussion.
HF463 (Murphy, E.) MinnesotaCare small employer buy-in option created.
Rep. Murphy, E. moved that HF463 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance.
Speaking on the bill were:
Erin Sexton, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Kathryn Kmit, MN Council of Health Plans
Rep. Murphy renewed her motion that HF463 be recommended to pass and re-referred to the Committee on Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
HF297 (Huntley) Health care premiums restricted, universal health care plan required, MinnesotaCare provisions modified, residents right to affordable health care stated, money appropriated, and constitutional amendment proposed.
Rep. Huntley presented HF297.
Providing testimony on HF297 were:
Twila Brase, Citizens Council on Health Care
Jonathan Watson, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
HF297 was laid over for further discussion.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 P.M.
Rep. Paul Thissen, CHAIR
Committee Legislative Assistant