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Health and Human Services Finance


2013-2014 Regular Session - Thursday, February 7, 2013



Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

Vice Chair Kim Norton began the eleventh meeting of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Committee at 10:13 a.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Room 200 of the State Office Building. A quorum was not present.

Testifying on the Governor's budget pertaining to human services:

Steve Larson and Kurt Rutzen, The Arc of Minnesota

A quorum present at 10:21 a.m., Vice Chair Norton officially called the meeting to order and the committee legislative assistant noted the roll:

Members Present:

Rep. Thomas Huntley, Chair
Rep. Kim Norton, Vice Chair
Rep. Jim Abeler
Rep. Susan Allen
Rep. Matt Dean
Rep. Peter Fischer
Rep. Patti Fritz
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen
Rep. Laurie Halverson
Rep. Melissa Hortman
Rep. Carolyn Laine
Rep. Tina Liebling
Rep. Diane Loeffler
Rep. Tara Mack
Rep. Rena Moran
Rep. Jerry Newton
Rep. Joe Schomacker
Rep. Nick Zerwas

Members Excused:

Rep. Joe McDonald

Representative Moran moved approval of the February 6, 2013 minutes. The motion prevailed. The minutes were approved.

Testimony continued:

Jessica Webster, Staff Attorney, Legal Services Advocacy Project
Ed Eide, Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Minnesota

At 10:24 a.m. Chair Huntley took the gavel.

Melinda Hugdahl, Legal Services Advocacy Project
Trisha Stark, Legislative Chair, Minnesota Psychological Association
Alice Hulbert, State Quality Council
Diane Raff, Director, The Living at Home Network
Mary Jo George, AARP Minnesota
Laura Kramer, Minnesota Dental Association
Mary Krinkie, Minnesota Hospital Association
Jodi Harpsted, Chief Executive Officer, Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Cisa Keller, Government Relations Committee Chair, Minnesota Child Care Association
Jennifer Sorenson, Executive Director, The Minnesota Home Care Association
Lynne Megan, President, TSE Inc. on behalf of Minnesota Organization of Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR)
Judith Brumfield, Scott County Health and Human Services Director, MACCSA and Assn of Metropolitan Counties
Steven Adair, Family Adult Foster Care Provider
Michael Harristhal, Administrator, Hennepin County Medical Center
Bruce Thompson, Director of Pharmaceuticals, Hennepin County Medical Center
Dan Kitzberger, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
Elizabeth Olson, Congregational Outreach Director, Churches United in Ministry (CHUM)
Michael Scandrett, Safety Net Coalition
Lin Nelson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

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Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, NAMI
Shawntera Hardy, Health Partners
Lee Lewis, Executive Director of Clare Lewis
Jonathan Watson, Director of Public Policy, Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
Shawna Pham, Certified Nursing Assistant, Crossroads Care Center, Worthington, Minnesota
Elizabeth Tillman, Crossroads Care Center, Worthington, Minnesota

Chair Huntley adjourned the meeting at 11:55 a.m.

Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

Jan Horner, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..

Continuation of public testimony on the governor's budget proposals for the Department of Human Services (DHS).

In order to accommodate the large number of testifiers, the meeting time has been extended.

To sign up to testify, please email the committee administrator at