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HF 1392

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/21/2019 05:25pm

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

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Introduction Posted on 02/18/2019

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A bill for an act
relating to health care; modifying the eligibility requirements for positive abortion
alternatives grant program; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes
2018, section 145.4235, subdivision 2.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 145.4235, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Eligibility for grants.

(a) The commissioner shall award grants to eligible
applicants under paragraph (c) for the reasonable expenses of alternatives to abortion
programs to support, encourage, and assist women in carrying their pregnancies to term and
caring for their babies after birth by providing information on, referral to, and assistance
with securing necessary services that enable women to carry their pregnancies to term and
care for their babies after birth. Necessary services must include, but are not limited to:

(1) medical care;

(2) nutritional services;

(3) housing assistance;

(4) adoption services;

(5) education and employment assistance, including services that support the continuation
and completion of high school;

(6) child care assistance; and

(7) parenting education and support services.

An applicant may not provide or assist a woman to obtain adoption services from a provider
of adoption services that is not licensed.

(b) In addition to providing information and referral under paragraph (a), an eligible
program may provide one or more of the necessary services under paragraph (a) that assists
women in carrying their pregnancies to term. To avoid duplication of efforts, grantees may
refer to other public or private programs, rather than provide the care directly, if a woman
meets eligibility criteria for the other programs.

(c) To be eligible for a grant, an agency or organization must:

(1) be a private, nonprofit organization;

(2) demonstrate that the program is conducted under appropriate supervision;

(3) not charge women for services provided under the program;

(4) provide each pregnant woman counseled with accurate information on the
developmental characteristics of babies and of unborn children, including offering the printed
information described in section 145.4243;

(5) ensure that its alternatives-to-abortion program's purpose is to assist and encourage
women in carrying their pregnancies to term and to maximize their potentials thereafter;

(6) ensure that none of the money provided is used to encourage or affirmatively counsel
a woman to have an abortion not necessary to prevent her death, to provide her an abortion,
or to directly refer her to an abortion provider for an abortion. The agency or organization
may provide nondirective counseling; and

(7) have had the alternatives to abortion program in existence deleted text beginfor at least one year as of
July 1, 2011; or incorporated an alternative to abortion program that has been in existence
for at least one year as of July 1, 2011
deleted text endnew text begin for at least two years prior to the date the agency or
organization submits an application to the commissioner for a grant under this section
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(d) The provisions, words, phrases, and clauses of paragraph (c) are inseverable from
this subdivision, and if any provision, word, phrase, or clause of paragraph (c) or its
application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity applies to all of this

(e) An organization that provides abortions, promotes abortions, or directly refers to an
abortion provider for an abortion is ineligible to receive a grant under this program. An
affiliate of an organization that provides abortions, promotes abortions, or directly refers
to an abortion provider for an abortion is ineligible to receive a grant under this section
unless the organizations are separately incorporated and independent from each other. To
be independent, the organizations may not share any of the following:

(1) the same or a similar name;

(2) medical facilities or nonmedical facilities, including but not limited to, business
offices, treatment rooms, consultation rooms, examination rooms, and waiting rooms;

(3) expenses;

(4) employee wages or salaries; or

(5) equipment or supplies, including but not limited to, computers, telephone systems,
telecommunications equipment, and office supplies.

(f) An organization that receives a grant under this section and that is affiliated with an
organization that provides abortion services must maintain financial records that demonstrate
strict compliance with this subdivision and that demonstrate that its independent affiliate
that provides abortion services receives no direct or indirect economic or marketing benefit
from the grant under this section.

(g) The commissioner shall approve any information provided by a grantee on the health
risks associated with abortions to ensure that the information is medically accurate.

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new text begin $336,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $336,000 in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated from the
general fund to the commissioner of health for the positive abortion alternatives grants under
Minnesota Statutes, section 145.4235.
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