.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 3112 as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
"Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, subdivision 1, is amended to
Subdivision 1. Intent.
The legislature finds that the creation of a statewide program
1.6using best practices and innovative benefit design and administration
to provide public
employees, school districts employees,
and other eligible persons with life insurance and
hospital, medical, and dental benefit coverage through provider organizations would result
greater utilization more efficient use
of government resources and would advance the
health and welfare of the citizens of the state.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Definitions.
For the purpose of this section, the terms defined in this
subdivision have the meaning given them.
"Commissioner" means the commissioner of employee relations.
(1) a person who is a public employee within the definition of section
, who is insurance eligible and is employed by an eligible employer;
(2) an elected public official of an eligible employer who is insurance eligible;
(3) a person employed by a labor organization or employee association certified as
an exclusive representative of employees of an eligible employer or by another public
employer approved by the commissioner, so long as the plan meets the requirements of a
governmental plan under United States Code, title 29, section 1002(32); or
(4) a person employed by a county or municipal hospital.
(c) Eligible employer.
"Eligible employer" means:
(1) a public employer within the definition of section
179A.03, subdivision 15
is a town, county, city, school district as defined in section
, service cooperative
as defined in section
, intermediate district as defined in section
Cooperative Center for Vocational Education as defined in section
management information center as defined in section
, or an education unit
organized under the joint powers action, section
(2) an exclusive representative of employees, as defined in paragraph (b);
(3) a county or municipal hospital; or
(4) another public employer approved by the commissioner.
(d) Exclusive representative.
"Exclusive representative" means an exclusive
representative as defined in section
179A.03, subdivision 8
(e) Labor-Management Committee.
"Labor-Management Committee" means the
committee established by subdivision 4.
"Program" means the statewide public
employees insurance buyers
program created by subdivision 3.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Public employee insurance program.
The commissioner shall be the
administrator of the public employee insurance program and may determine its funding
arrangements. The commissioner shall model the program after the plan established
43A.18, subdivision 2
, but may modify that plan, in consultation with the
Labor-Management Committee. The commissioner, or the commissioner's designated
2.20representatives, shall be consulted in discussions or studies by state agencies related to
2.21improving statewide health care quality, outcomes, and costs. The commissioner may:
2.22 (1) develop and administer separately rated programs within the public employee
2.23insurance program, including a separately rated and administered program for employees
2.24of public school districts. Separate programs within the public employee insurance
2.25program may be pilot or demonstration programs, or permanent programs;
2.26 (2) develop, implement, and administer demonstration or pilot programs to help
2.27explore methods for improving the effectiveness and value of the public employee
2.29 (3) conduct evaluations and studies to determine the effectiveness and impact of
2.30pilot, demonstration, or other programs as part of the public employee insurance program;
2.31 (4) develop, adopt, modify, and implement strategies to control health care costs
2.32and to improve health care outcomes, including, but not limited to, health care cost and
2.33quality measurement and reporting strategies, pay-for-performance strategies, value-based
2.34purchasing strategies, and other demonstrated or emerging best practices in health care
3.1 (5) in consultation with the labor management committee described in subdivision
3.25, develop, adopt, modify and administer innovative health benefit designs, including
3.3possible tiered arrangements, high-deductible plans with health care savings accounts,
3.4special provider networks, limited benefit plans, incentive programs for healthy behaviors
3.5and health improvement, and other health benefit designs;
3.6 (6) temporarily suspend or limit new entrant groups into the public employee
3.7insurance program if necessary to maintain the quality, effectiveness, and viability of the
3.9 (7) participate as part of broader community, regional, or national alliances or
3.10initiatives, including joint public-private sector efforts, improve health care purchasing,
3.11and health care costs, quality, and outcomes; and
3.12 (8) develop, implement, and administer a Web site and related capabilities to provide
3.13members and the public with information and a means to make inquiries to the public
3.14employee insurance program. The Web site may include information on the program's
3.15goals and its performance in reaching the goals.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, is amended by adding a subdivision
3.18 Subd. 3a. Health improvement programs. The commissioner is authorized to plan,
3.19develop, purchase, administer, and evaluate disease management and other programs,
3.20strategies, and incentives to improve the health and health outcomes of members.
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Labor-Management Committee.
The Labor-Management Committee
consists of ten members appointed by the
. The Labor-Management
Committee must comprise five members who represent employees, including at least
one retired employee, and five members who represent eligible employers. Committee
members are eligible for expense reimbursement in the same manner and amount as
authorized by the commissioner's plan adopted under section
43A.18, subdivision 2
commissioner shall consult with the labor-management committee in major decisions that
affect the program. The committee shall study issues relating to the insurance program
including, but not limited to, flexible benefits, utilization review, quality assessment, and
cost efficiency. The committee continues to exist while the program remains in operation.
Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
Subd. 5. Public employee participation.
(a) Participation in the program is subject
to the conditions in this subdivision.
(b) Each exclusive representative for an eligible employer determines whether the
employees it represents will participate in the program. The exclusive representative shall
give the employer notice of intent to participate at least 30 days before the expiration date
of the collective bargaining agreement preceding the collective bargaining agreement that
covers the date of entry into the program. The exclusive representative and the eligible
employer shall give notice to the commissioner of the determination to participate in the
program at least 30 days before entry into the program. Entry into the program is governed
by a schedule established by the commissioner.
(c) Employees not represented by exclusive representatives may become members
of the program upon a determination of an eligible employer to include these employees
in the program. Either all or none of the employer's unrepresented employees must
participate. The eligible employer shall give at least 30 days' notice to the commissioner
before entering the program. Entry into the program is governed by a schedule established
by the commissioner.
(d) Participation in the program is for a
term. Participation is
automatically renewed for an additional two-year term unless the exclusive representative,
or the employer for unrepresented employees, gives the commissioner notice of
withdrawal at least 30 days before expiration of the participation period. A group that
withdraws must wait two years before rejoining. An exclusive representative, or employer
for unrepresented employees, may also withdraw if premiums increase 50 percent or more
from one insurance year to the next. The commissioner may modify the participation
4.22requirement as part of a demonstration or pilot effort. Any modifications must be clearly
4.23communicated to all employers who are members of the public employee insurance
4.24program, and incorporated in any information about the program, at least 60 days prior
4.25to the change becoming effective. The modifications must apply on an equal basis to all
4.26current and prospective employers enrolled in the program.
4.27 (e) The commissioner, in consultation with the Labor-Management Committee and
4.28other experts, may explore mutual gain-sharing arrangements, discounts, incentives, or
4.29penalties for public employers based on the length of their continuous membership in the
4.30public employee insurance program and other factors. Any incentives for long-term
4.31membership in the program must be consistent with the program's goals; maintaining the
4.32overall integrity and viability of the program; other applicable laws, rules, and policies;
4.33and available to all groups on equal terms. The terms of any incentives for long-term
4.34participation in the program must be clearly communicated to all employers who are
4.35members of the public employee insurance program, and incorporated in any information
4.36about the program. Any administration of, or changes to the incentives, must be
5.1communicated at least 180 days prior to each employer's renewal date before the change
5.2may become effective. The commissioner, in consultation with the Labor-Management
5.3Committee, shall report to the legislature and the governor by January 15, 2008, and
5.4annually thereafter, on the adequacy of the participation requirement and any special
5.5incentives based on the length of participation, in helping maintain the stability and
5.6effectiveness of the public employee insurance program.
The exclusive representative shall give the employer notice of intent to
withdraw to the commissioner at least 30 days before the expiration date of a collective
bargaining agreement that includes the date on which the term of participation expires.
Each participating eligible employer shall notify the commissioner of
names of individuals who will be participating within two weeks of the commissioner
receiving notice of the parties' intent to participate. The employer shall also submit other
information as required by the commissioner for administration of the program.
Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, is amended by adding a subdivision
5.16 Subd. 5a. Participating employer rights to data. Employers participating in the
5.17public employee insurance program shall not be refused or impeded by the program
5.18in their efforts to obtain the utilization or claims data needed by the employer to seek
5.19alternative bids for insurance coverage. The ability of participating employers to secure
5.20their data for the purposes of seeking alternative bids for coverage exists regardless of
5.21any other program participation requirements or incentives for long-term participation
5.22in the program. Participating employers will not be charged for the report generated to
5.23satisfy this subdivision.
Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, is amended by adding a subdivision
5.26 Subd. 5b. School districts. School districts eligible for the public employee
5.27insurance program must request bids for insurance coverage through the public employee
5.28insurance program at least once every four years. This subdivision does not require school
5.29districts eligible for the program to purchase coverage through the program. Other public
5.30employers are encouraged to seek bids from the public employee insurance program at
5.31least once every four years.
Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, is amended by adding a subdivision
6.1 Subd. 9a. Report. The commissioner shall report biennially to the governor and
6.2legislature on March 1 of each odd-numbered year. The report will include information
6.3on membership, finances, operations, effectiveness, and impact of the public employee
6.4insurance program. The report may include discussion of changes and innovations,
6.5particularly with respect to improving health care costs, quality, and outcomes, and any
6.6issues or challenges faced by the program and how they might be addressed. The report
6.7will be posted on a Web site maintained by or for the public employee insurance program,
6.8and must be available to the public.
Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.316, subdivision 10, is amended to read:
Subd. 10. Exemption.
The public employee insurance program and, where
applicable, the employers participating in it are exempt from chapters 60A, 62A, 62C,
62D, 62E, and 62H, section
471.617, subdivisions 2 and 3
, and the bidding requirements
. Nothing in this statute or other statutes shall limit the commissioner's
6.14ability to develop and test innovative health insurance benefit designs for the public
Sec. 11. APPROPRIATION.
6.17 Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 295.581, $60,000 in fiscal year
6.182008 and $2,260,000 in fiscal year 2009 are appropriated to the commissioner of
6.19employee relations for onetime administrative costs for marketing, communication, plan
6.20administration, and the development of a data warehouse to support the public employee
Sec. 12. REVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
6.23 The revisor of statutes shall change the headnote for Minnesota Statutes, section
6.2443A.316, to read "PUBLIC EMPLOYEE INSURANCE PROGRAM."
Amend the title accordingly