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Health Care and Human Services Finance Division


2009-2010 Regular Session - Thursday, March 11, 2010



Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

Chair Thomas Huntley began the fifty-second meeting of the Health Care and Human Services Finance Division at 1:25 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Room 200 of the State Office Building. A quorum was not present.

HF 2895 Juhnke - ICF/MR variable payment rates modified

Representative Juhnke introduced his testifiers on the bill:

Catherine Johnson, Administrator, Presbyterian Family Foundation, Inc., Willmar

Tamraa Goldenstein, Social Service Supervisor, Kandiyohi County Family Service Department, on behalf of Presbyterian Family Foundation, Inc.

Glenn Smith, Program Administrator, Disability Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Discussion followed. A quorum not yet present to allow for action on the bill, the Division began hearing testimony on H.F. 802, the next bill on the agenda.

HF 802 - Murphy, E. - Hospital root cause analysis requirements clarified, Minnesota Board of Nursing investigations clarified, and hospital payment for certain hospital-acquired conditions and treatments prohibited, a vehicle for the delete all amendment containing the new language for the General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) agreement.

Representative Murphy began her opening comments on H0802DE3-1. A quorum was present at 1:34 p.m. and the Chair formally called the meeting to order. The clerk noted the roll:

Members Present:
Huntley, Thomas, Chair
Abeler, Jim, Vice Chair
Anzelc, Tom
Brod, Laura
Bunn, Julie
Dean, Matt
Emmer, Tom
Fritz, Patti
Gottwalt, Steve
Hayden, Jeff
Hosch, Larry
Kiffmeyer, Mary
Murphy, Erin
Otremba, Mary Ellen
Peppin, Joyce
Peterson, Sandra
Ruud, Maria
Scalze, Bev
Slawik, Nora
Thao, Cy
Thissen, Paul

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Members Excused:
Liebling, Tina

Representative Thissen moved approval of the minutes from the March 4 and 5, 2010 meetings. The motion prevailed.

For the benefit of members having just arrived, the Chair gave a brief summation of what had occurred on H.F. 2895 (the Juhnke bill); moved the bill before the committee, and further moved adoption of the H2895DE1 delete everything amendment. The motion prevailed. Chair Huntley then moved H.F. 2895, as amended, be laid over for possible inclusion in the Health Care and Human Services omnibus bill. The motion prevailed.

Representative Murphy moved H.F. 802 be recommended to pass and returned to the Committee on Finance and further moved adoption of the H0802DE3-1 delete everything amendment.
The motion prevailed.

Representative Murphy then moved adoption of the H0802A3-2 amendment and the motion prevailed. She gave an overview of the bill, as amended, and public testimony began:

Michael Scandrett, Director, Minnesota Safety Net Coalition

Billie Jo Zielinski, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Human Services

Brock Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Regions Hospital

Lawrence Massa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Hospital Association

Dave Renner, Minnesota Medical Association

At 2:10 p.m. Representative Fritz assumed the gavel and testimony continued:

Patrick Ness, Office of Social Justice and Public Policy Manager, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

At 2:11 p.m. Chair Huntley resumed the chair and testimony continued:

Maureen O’Connell, Advocacy Director, Legal Services Advocacy Project

Buck McAlpin, Director, Government Affairs, North Memorial Hospital

Sue Abderholden, MPH, Executive Director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI MN)

James Haddican, Chief Financial Officer, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Mary Edwards, Director of Government Affairs, Fairview Hospitals and Clinics

Scott Leitz, Director of Child Health Policy and Advocacy, Children’s Hospitals and Clinic

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Mike Mahoney, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic Health System

Cathy Von Ruden, Vice President, Public Policy, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic

Ron Brand, Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs

Representative Thissen made brief comments before Representative Murphy renewed her motion to move the bill.

Representative Murphy gave closing remarks and renewed her motion that H.F. 802, as amended, be recommended to pass and returned to the Committee on Finance. The motion prevailed.

Chair Huntley adjourned the meeting at 2:47 p.m.

Thomas E. Huntley, Chair

Jan Horner, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF2895 (Juhnke) - ICF/MR variable payment rates modified, and money appropriated.
  • HF0802 (Murphy) - Mental health urgent care and psychiatric consultation required, hospital payment rates reduced, covered services changed, transfers allowed, general assistance medical care program created, coordinated care delivery systems required, temporary uncompensated care pool and prescription drug pool created, and money appropriated.
House TV Video:
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03:43 - Gavel, and consideration of HF2895 (Juhnke) ICF/MR variable payment rates modified.
12:55 - HF802 (Murphy) General Assistance Medical Care reform.
25:02 - Public testimony on HF802.
Runs 1 hour, 22 minutes.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY on HF 802 (Murphy) - GAMC Reform Bill. Please contact Jan Horner at 651-296-5496 to testify. Please limit to testimony to 5 minutes per person.