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Health and Human Services Finance


2013-2014 Regular Session - Thursday, February 14, 2013



Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

Chair Thomas Huntley began the fourteenth meeting of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Committee at 10:17 a.m. in Room 200 of the State Office Building on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

HF 5 (Atkins) - Minnesota Insurance Marketplace established, powers and duties prescribed, right to not participate established, open meeting requirements and data practices procedures specified, and money appropriated.

At 10:22 a.m. a quorum was present. The Chair 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 (evening meeting only)
Rep. Joe McDonald
Rep. Rena Moran
Rep. Jerry Newton
Rep. Joe Schomacker
Rep. Nick Zerwas

Representative Norton moved approval of the February 13, 2013 minutes. The minutes were approved subject to corrections by the committee legislative assistant.

Testifying on the Governor's budget pertaining to Minnesota Department of Health:

Jessica Banks
Ron Elwood, Legal Aid
Eric Hauge, AFSCME Council 5
Mary Jo George, AARP
Toni Kay Mangskau, Volunteer, American Cancer Society Action Network

At 11:34 a.m. the Chair recessed the committee until one hour after session.

At 6:58 p.m. the committee reconvened and Chair Huntley moved HF 5 be recommended to pass and be rereferred to the Committee on Taxes.

Testimony on the bill continued:

April Todd-Malmlov, Exchange Director, Health Insurance Exchange, Department of Commerce
Kathryn Kmit, Minnesota Council of Health Plans
Kate Johansen, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Beth McMullen, Minnesota Business Partnership

Representative Norton moved approval of the February 13, 2013, minutes. Technical corrections are noted and the minutes are approved, as corrected by the Committee Legislative Assistant.

Continuing testimony:

April Todd-Malmlov, Executive Director, Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange
Phil Griffin, Preferred One

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Discussion occurred throughout the meeting.

Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

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

Informational hearing on HF5 with public testimony
HF5: Minnesota Insurance Marketplace established, powers and duties prescribed, right to not participate established, and money appropriated.
After reconvening and taking official possession of the bill, public testimony will continue on HF5.
To sign up to testify, please contact the committee administrator at
Amendments are due by Friday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. to the committee administrator. The committee will also accept the INTENTION of AMENDMENTS by 2 p.m. with a brief description of the amendment to be drafted. Both cacuses will receive updated lists as soon as the CA is notified; hard copies will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.