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Health and Human Services Finance


2013-2014 Regular Session - Thursday, March 13, 2014



Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

Chair Thomas Huntley began the forty-third meeting of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Committee at 10:08 a.m. in Room 200 of the State Office Building on Wednesday, March 13, 2014.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Supplemental Budget Proposals. Testifying were:

Edward P. Ehlinger, MDH Commissioner (Overview)

David Greeman, Budget Director, summarized five different areas:

--Integrated licensing structure for MDH home care and DHS Home and
community-based services providers

--Food, pools, and lodging regulations

--Spoken language health interpreters

At 10:31 a.m. a quorum was present and Chair Huntley officially called the forty-third meeting to order. The committee legislative assistant noted the roll:

Members Present:

Rep. Thomas Huntley, Chair
Rep. Kim Norton, Vice Chair
Rep. Jim Abeler
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. Rena Moran
Rep. Jerry Newton
Rep. Duane Quam
Rep. Joe Schomacker
Rep. Nick Zerwas

Members Excused:

Rep. Susan Allen
Rep. Tara Mack
Rep. Joe McDonald

David Greeman continued his testimony:

--Litigation expenses and Health Care Access Fund technical correction

--Technical corrections to the 2013 finance bill

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Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Supplemental Budget Proposals

Cindy Jesson, DHS Commissioner, first introduced Alex Kotze, their new Chief Financial Officer, and then proceeded with her overview of their 2014 budget recommendations.

Discussion occurred throughout the presentation. At 11:38 a.m. Chair Huntley announced a recess until 5:00 p.m. in the Basement Hearing Room, or at the Call of the Chair.

At 5:10 p.m. Chair Huntley called the meeting back to order.

Public Testimony on Governor Dayton’s Supplemental Budget

Bruce Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, ARRM
Heidi Holsti, Care Providers of Minnesota and Long Term Care Imperative, for Toby Pearson
Kari Thurlow, Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Aging Services of Minnesota
Anne Henry, Disability Law Center
Rebecca Covington, MN Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MNCCD)
Steve Larson, Senior Policy Director, The ARC MN
Kurt Rutzen, The ARC MN
Matt Burdick, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, NAMI-MN, for Sue Abderholden
Deb Konechne, Welfare Rights Committee
Jonathan Watson, Director of Public Policy, MN Association of Community Health Centers
Gordon Apple, Health Law Attorney
Mary Krinkie, Vice President Government Relations, Minnesota Hospital Association
Eric Haugee, AFSCME Council 5
Alice Hulbert, Community Volunteer, State Quality Council
Barbara Cox, Director, Government Relations, Regions Health Partners Family of Care
Pete Thelen, Director of Program Services, Andrew Residence, downtown Minneapolis

Representative Abeler was honored to move approval of the March 12, 2014, minutes on “Tom Huntley Day,” so designated by Governor Mark Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon at the Duluth St. Louis County Days Legislative Breakfast this morning in recognition of Chair Huntley’s dedication and 22 years of service. The motion prevailed. The minutes were approved. Committee members and the audience gave Chair Huntley a resounding applause.

The meeting adjourned at 6:44 p.m.

Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

Jan Horner, Committee Legislative Assistant

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Overview of Governor's Supplemental Budget Proposal
MN Dept. of Health; MN Dept. of Human Services
Testimony on the supplemental budget will occur at 5 p.m. in the basement hearing room in the State Office Building on March 13.
**To sign up to testify, please contact the committee administrator at