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HF 244

as introduced - 82nd Legislature (2001 - 2002) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Introduction Posted on 01/18/2001

Current Version - as introduced

  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to health; repealing MinnesotaCare provider 
  1.3             taxes; requiring pass-through of savings to 
  1.4             purchasers; providing for disposition of tobacco 
  1.5             settlement money; providing for contingent repeal of 
  1.6             the health care access fund; providing civil 
  1.7             penalties; amending Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 
  1.8             62Q.095, subdivision 6; 214.16, subdivisions 2 and 3; 
  1.9             270B.01, subdivision 8; and 270B.14, subdivision 1; 
  1.10            proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, 
  1.11            chapters 62Q; and 256L; repealing Minnesota Statutes 
  1.12            2000, sections 13.4967, subdivision 3; 16A.76; 
  1.13            144.1484, subdivision 2; 256L.02, subdivision 3; 
  1.14            295.50; 295.51; 295.52; 295.53; 295.54; 295.55; 
  1.15            295.56; 295.57; 295.58; 295.582; and 295.59. 
  1.16  BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
  1.17                             ARTICLE 1 
  1.18                REPEAL OF HEALTH CARE-RELATED TAXES; 
  1.19                 USE OF TOBACCO SETTLEMENT PROCEEDS 
  1.20     Section 1.  [62Q.752] [PASS-THROUGH OF SAVINGS TO 
  1.21  PURCHASERS.] 
  1.22     Subdivision 1.  [REDUCED PREMIUMS.] All health plan 
  1.23  companies shall pass on to purchasers, in the form of reduced 
  1.24  premium rates, all savings resulting from the repeal of the 
  1.25  MinnesotaCare provider taxes imposed under Minnesota Statutes 
  1.26  2000, section 295.52, and the resulting reduction in the 
  1.27  transfer of additional expenses generated by provider tax 
  1.28  obligations to third-party contracts under Minnesota Statutes 
  1.29  2000, section 295.582. 
  1.30     Subd. 2.  [DOCUMENTING COMPLIANCE.] Each health plan 
  2.1   company shall annually submit documentation indicating 
  2.2   compliance with subdivision 1 to the appropriate commissioner. 
  2.3      Subd. 3.  [ENFORCEMENT.] If the appropriate commissioner 
  2.4   finds that a health plan company has not complied with 
  2.5   subdivision 1, the commissioner may take enforcement action 
  2.6   against the health plan company.  The commissioner may, by 
  2.7   order, require premium rate reductions, fine or censure the 
  2.8   health plan company, or revoke or suspend the certificate of 
  2.9   authority or license of the health plan company to do business 
  2.10  in this state, if the commissioner finds that the health plan 
  2.11  company has not complied with this section.  The health plan 
  2.12  company may appeal the commissioner's order through a contested 
  2.13  case hearing in accordance with chapter 14. 
  2.14     Sec. 2.  [256L.021] [USE OF TOBACCO SETTLEMENT PROCEEDS.] 
  2.15     (a) The commissioner of finance, beginning with the annual 
  2.16  payment due December 31, 2001, shall deposit the annual payments 
  2.17  due under the terms of the tobacco settlement on December 31 of 
  2.18  each year into the health care access fund established under 
  2.19  section 16A.724. 
  2.20     (b) For purposes of this section, "tobacco settlement" 
  2.21  means the consent judgment entered in the case of State v. 
  2.22  Philip Morris Inc., No. C1-94-8565 (Minnesota District Court, 
  2.23  Second Judicial District). 
  2.24     Sec. 3.  [256L.022] [MINNESOTACARE PROGRAM FINANCIAL 
  2.25  MANAGEMENT.] 
  2.26     Subdivision 1.  [FORECASTING FUNDS.] The MinnesotaCare 
  2.27  program is not an entitlement.  The commissioner of human 
  2.28  services shall not expend more funds than the appropriations 
  2.29  made available by the legislature.  Appropriations made 
  2.30  available must include the state-appropriated funds and federal 
  2.31  funds specified for this purpose and other available funds 
  2.32  transferred from other accounts as allowed by Minnesota law.  
  2.33  Regardless of this limitation on expenditures, the total 
  2.34  projected costs of this program must be forecasted and 
  2.35  recognized in the fund balance. 
  2.36     Subd. 2.  [DETERMINATION BY COMMISSIONER.] As part of each 
  3.1   state revenue and expenditure forecast, the commissioner shall 
  3.2   make an assessment of expected MinnesotaCare program 
  3.3   expenditures for the remainder of the current biennium and for 
  3.4   the following biennium.  If the commissioner determines that 
  3.5   projected MinnesotaCare expenditures during a biennium will 
  3.6   exceed the total of:  (1) the funds projected to be available in 
  3.7   the health care access fund; and (2) projected annual payments 
  3.8   from the tobacco settlement required to be deposited in the 
  3.9   health care access fund under section 256L.021 for that 
  3.10  biennium, the commissioner of human services and the 
  3.11  commissioner of finance shall implement subdivision 1, effective 
  3.12  on the first day of the biennium for which the commissioner of 
  3.13  human services makes the determination. 
  3.14     Subd. 3.  [CONTINGENT APPLICABILITY.] Subdivision 1 is 
  3.15  effective only if the commissioner of human services makes a 
  3.16  determination under subdivision 2 that projected MinnesotaCare 
  3.17  program expenditures will exceed available funding during a 
  3.18  biennium.  If the commissioner makes this determination, 
  3.19  subdivision 1 is effective on the first day of the biennium for 
  3.20  which the commissioner makes the determination. 
  3.21     Sec. 4.  [CONTINGENT REPEALER; HEALTH CARE ACCESS FUND.] 
  3.22     Subdivision 1.  [REPEALER.] Minnesota Statutes 2000, 
  3.23  sections 16A.724; 256L.02, subdivision 4; and 295.581, are 
  3.24  repealed effective as provided under subdivision 3. 
  3.25     Subd. 2.  [TRANSFER TO GENERAL FUND.] Upon repeal of the 
  3.26  health care access fund under subdivision 1, the commissioner of 
  3.27  finance shall transfer any funds in the health care access fund 
  3.28  to the general fund and the health care access fund is combined 
  3.29  with and becomes part of the general fund. 
  3.30     Subd. 3.  [CONTINGENT EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is 
  3.31  effective only if the commissioner of human services makes a 
  3.32  determination under Minnesota Statutes, section 256L.022, that 
  3.33  projected MinnesotaCare program expenditures will exceed 
  3.34  available funding during a biennium.  If the commissioner makes 
  3.35  this determination, this section is effective on the first day 
  3.36  of the biennium for which the commissioner makes the 
  4.1   determination. 
  4.2      Sec. 5.  [REPEALER.] 
  4.3      Subdivision 1.  [FEDERAL RESERVE; FINANCIAL 
  4.4   MANAGEMENT.] Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 16A.76; and 
  4.5   256L.02, subdivision 3, are repealed effective July 1, 2001. 
  4.6      Subd. 2.  [MINNESOTACARE PROVIDER TAX.] Minnesota Statutes 
  4.7   2000, sections 295.50; 295.51; 295.52; 295.53; 295.54; 295.55; 
  4.8   295.56; 295.57; 295.58; 295.582; and 295.59, are repealed 
  4.9   effective July 1, 2001, for tax periods beginning on or after 
  4.10  that date. 
  4.11     Sec. 6.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
  4.12     (a) Section 1 is effective July 1, 2001, and applies to 
  4.13  premium rates for health plans issued or renewed on or after 
  4.14  that date. 
  4.15     (b) Sections 2, 3, and 5 are effective July 1, 2001. 
  4.16                             ARTICLE 2 
  4.17                         CONFORMING CHANGES 
  4.18     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 62Q.095, 
  4.19  subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
  4.20     Subd. 6.  [EXEMPTION.] A health plan company, to the extent 
  4.21  that it operates as a staff model health plan company as defined 
  4.22  in section 295.50, subdivision 12b, by employing allied 
  4.23  independent health care providers to deliver health care 
  4.24  services to enrollees, is exempt from this section.  For 
  4.25  purposes of this subdivision, "staff model health plan company" 
  4.26  means a health plan company as defined in section 62Q.01, 
  4.27  subdivision 4, that employs one or more types of health care 
  4.28  provider to deliver health care services to the health plan 
  4.29  company's enrollees. 
  4.30     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 214.16, 
  4.31  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
  4.32     Subd. 2.  [BOARD COOPERATION REQUIRED.] The board shall 
  4.33  assist the commissioner of health in data collection activities 
  4.34  required under Laws 1992, chapter 549, article 7, and shall 
  4.35  assist the commissioner of revenue in activities related to 
  4.36  collection of the health care provider tax required under Laws 
  5.1   1992, chapter 549, article 9.  Upon the request of the 
  5.2   commissioner or the commissioner of revenue, the board shall 
  5.3   make available names and addresses of current licensees and 
  5.4   provide other information or assistance as needed. 
  5.5      Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 214.16, 
  5.6   subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
  5.7      Subd. 3.  [GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION.] The board 
  5.8   shall take disciplinary action, which may include license 
  5.9   revocation, against a regulated person for: 
  5.10     (1) intentional failure to provide the commissioner of 
  5.11  health with the data required under chapter 62J; and 
  5.12     (2) intentional failure to provide the commissioner of 
  5.13  revenue with data on gross revenue and other information 
  5.14  required for the commissioner to implement sections 295.50 to 
  5.15  295.58; 
  5.16     (3) intentional failure to pay the health care provider tax 
  5.17  required under section 295.52; and 
  5.18     (4) entering into a contract or arrangement that is 
  5.19  prohibited under sections 62J.70 to 62J.73. 
  5.20     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 270B.01, 
  5.21  subdivision 8, is amended to read: 
  5.22     Subd. 8.  [MINNESOTA TAX LAWS.] For purposes of this 
  5.23  chapter only, unless expressly stated otherwise, "Minnesota tax 
  5.24  laws" means the taxes, refunds, and fees administered by or paid 
  5.25  to the commissioner under chapters 115B (except taxes imposed 
  5.26  under sections 115B.21 to 115B.24), 289A (except taxes imposed 
  5.27  under sections 298.01, 298.015, and 298.24), 290, 290A, 291, 
  5.28  297A, and 297H and sections 295.50 to 295.59, or any similar 
  5.29  Indian tribal tax administered by the commissioner pursuant to 
  5.30  any tax agreement between the state and the Indian tribal 
  5.31  government, and includes any laws for the assessment, 
  5.32  collection, and enforcement of those taxes, refunds, and fees. 
  5.33     Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 270B.14, 
  5.34  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  5.35     Subdivision 1.  [DISCLOSURE TO COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN 
  5.36  SERVICES.] (a) On the request of the commissioner of human 
  6.1   services, the commissioner shall disclose return information 
  6.2   regarding taxes imposed by chapter 290, and claims for refunds 
  6.3   under chapter 290A, to the extent provided in paragraph (b) and 
  6.4   for the purposes set forth in paragraph (c). 
  6.5      (b) Data that may be disclosed are limited to data relating 
  6.6   to the identity, whereabouts, employment, income, and property 
  6.7   of a person owing or alleged to be owing an obligation of child 
  6.8   support. 
  6.9      (c) The commissioner of human services may request data 
  6.10  only for the purposes of carrying out the child support 
  6.11  enforcement program and to assist in the location of parents who 
  6.12  have, or appear to have, deserted their children.  Data received 
  6.13  may be used only as set forth in section 256.978. 
  6.14     (d) The commissioner shall provide the records and 
  6.15  information necessary to administer the supplemental housing 
  6.16  allowance to the commissioner of human services.  
  6.17     (e) At the request of the commissioner of human services, 
  6.18  the commissioner of revenue shall electronically match the 
  6.19  social security numbers and names of participants in the 
  6.20  telephone assistance plan operated under sections 237.69 to 
  6.21  237.711, with those of property tax refund filers, and determine 
  6.22  whether each participant's household income is within the 
  6.23  eligibility standards for the telephone assistance plan. 
  6.24     (f) The commissioner may provide records and information 
  6.25  collected under Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 295.50 to 
  6.26  295.59, to the commissioner of human services for purposes of 
  6.27  the Medicaid Voluntary Contribution and Provider-Specific Tax 
  6.28  Amendments of 1991, Public Law Number 102-234.  Upon the written 
  6.29  agreement by the United States Department of Health and Human 
  6.30  Services to maintain the confidentiality of the data, the 
  6.31  commissioner may provide records and information collected under 
  6.32  Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 295.50 to 295.59, to the 
  6.33  Health Care Financing Administration section of the United 
  6.34  States Department of Health and Human Services for purposes of 
  6.35  meeting federal reporting requirements.  
  6.36     (g) The commissioner may provide records and information to 
  7.1   the commissioner of human services as necessary to administer 
  7.2   the early refund of refundable tax credits. 
  7.3      (h) The commissioner may disclose information to the 
  7.4   commissioner of human services necessary to verify income for 
  7.5   eligibility and premium payment under the MinnesotaCare program, 
  7.6   under section 256L.05, subdivision 2. 
  7.7      (i) The commissioner may disclose information to the 
  7.8   commissioner of human services necessary to verify whether 
  7.9   applicants or recipients for the Minnesota family investment 
  7.10  program, general assistance, food stamps, and Minnesota 
  7.11  supplemental aid program have claimed refundable tax credits 
  7.12  under chapter 290 and the property tax refund under chapter 
  7.13  290A, and the amounts of the credits. 
  7.14     Sec. 6.  [REPEALER; MINNESOTACARE PROVIDER TAX.] 
  7.15     Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 13.4967, subdivision 3; 
  7.16  and 144.1484, subdivision 2, are repealed. 
  7.17     Sec. 7.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
  7.18     Sections 1 to 6 are effective July 1, 2001.