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HF 2340

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/13/2019 04:53pm

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

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 03/11/2019

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to health; requiring a report; appropriating money for perinatal hospice
grants.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; PERINATAL HOSPICE GRANTS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Appropriation. new text end

new text begin $500,000 in fiscal year 2020 is appropriated from the
general fund to the commissioner of health for perinatal hospice program development,
training, and awareness grants. Eligible entities may apply for multiple grants. This is a
onetime appropriation and does not become a part of the base. Unused funds carry forward
and do not expire until fiscal year 2023.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the
meanings given.
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new text begin (b) "Eligible program entity" means a hospital, hospice, health care facility, or
community-based organization. An eligible program entity must have an identified perinatal
hospice program coordinator who is eligible to be certified in perinatal loss care.
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new text begin (c) "Eligible training entity" means an eligible program entity that has experience
providing perinatal hospice services, or a qualified individual who is eligible to be certified
in perinatal loss care and has experience providing perinatal hospice services.
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new text begin (d) "Eligible to be certified in perinatal loss care" means a person who meets the criteria
to sit for the perinatal loss care exam, or is already certified in perinatal loss care, by the
Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center.
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new text begin (e) "Life-limiting prenatal diagnosis" means a fetal condition diagnosed before birth that
will with reasonable certainty result in the death of the child within six months after birth.
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new text begin (f) "Perinatal hospice" means comprehensive support to the pregnant woman and her
family that includes family-centered multidisciplinary care to meet their medical, spiritual,
and emotional needs from the time of a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis through the birth,
life, and natural death of the child, and through the postpartum period. Supportive care may
be provided by medical staff, counselors, clergy, mental health providers, social workers,
geneticists, certified nurse midwives, hospice professionals, and others.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Perinatal hospice grants. new text end

new text begin (a) Perinatal hospice program development grants
are available to eligible program entities and must be used for reasonable expenditures to:
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new text begin (1) establish a new perinatal hospice program;
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new text begin (2) expand an existing perinatal hospice program;
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new text begin (3) recruit a perinatal hospice program coordinator; or
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new text begin (4) fund perinatal hospice administrative and coordinator expenses for a period of not
more than six months.
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new text begin (b) Perinatal hospice training grants are available to eligible training entities and may
be used for reasonable expenses to enable existing perinatal hospice programs to provide
training for members of a multidisciplinary team providing perinatal hospice services. Funds
must be used for:
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new text begin (1) development and operation of a perinatal hospice training program. The curriculum
must include but is not limited to training to provide the following services to families
eligible for perinatal hospice:
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new text begin (i) counseling at the time of a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis;
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new text begin (ii) specialized birth planning;
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new text begin (iii) specialized advance care planning;
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new text begin (iv) services to address the emotional needs of the family through prenatal and postpartum
counseling that:
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new text begin (A) helps the family prepare for the death of their child;
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new text begin (B) helps the family work within the health care delivery system to create a safe and
professionally supported environment where parents can parent their child during their brief
life in a way that is meaningful for that family and baby; and
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new text begin (C) helps the family with the grief that begins at diagnosis and continues after the death
of the child; and
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new text begin (v) evidence-based perinatal bereavement care;
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new text begin (2) trainer support, including travel expenses and reasonable living expenses during the
period of training;
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new text begin (3) trainee support, including tuition, books, travel expenses, program fees, and reasonable
living expenses during the period of training; or
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new text begin (4) materials used in the provision of training.
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new text begin (c) Perinatal hospice awareness grants are available to eligible program entities and may
be used for the creation and distribution of materials promoting awareness of perinatal
hospice programs.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Report. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of health must report to the chairs and ranking
minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over health and human
services finance by February 1, 2020, and annually thereafter until all funds are expended,
on how the grant funds have been used.
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