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HF 264

1st Engrossment - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 01/29/2015 03:59pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to health and human services; providing deficiency funding for food
assistance, the Minnesota Security Hospital, and Ebola-related activities;
appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginDEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES; APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin (a) $10,683,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of
human services in fiscal year 2015 for the purposes specified by and to supplement the
appropriations in Laws 2013, chapter 108, article 14, as amended by Laws 2014, chapter
312, article 30, and Laws 2013, chapter 108, article 15. This is a onetime appropriation.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner of human services shall expend the appropriation in paragraph
(a) as follows:
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new text begin (1) $246,000 for the Minnesota Food Assistance program under Minnesota Statutes,
section 256D.053; and
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new text begin (2) $10,437,000 for the Minnesota Security Hospital under Minnesota Statutes,
section 253.20.
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Sec. 2. new text beginDEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin (a) $891,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of health in
fiscal year 2015 for costs of statewide planning, coordination, preparation, and response
activities related to Ebola. The commissioner shall use federal funds awarded to the state
for Ebola-related costs on or after December 19, 2014, to the extent permitted under
federal law, before spending any of this appropriation. This appropriation is available for
expenditures between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2016. Any unspent funds shall cancel.
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new text begin (b) $2,000,000 in fiscal year 2015 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of health to provide grants for Ebola-related expenditures to hospitals
designated by the commissioner as Ebola treatment centers, and to the eight emergency
medical services regional boards for the purpose of defraying costs associated with
equipping, supplying, staffing, physical plant changes, and the delivery of emergency
medical services to treat Ebola patients or suspected Ebola patients. Grants shall be made
for costs incurred on or after July 1, 2014. An entity seeking a grant must submit an
application in a form prescribed by the commissioner that includes documentation of
eligible expenditures that the hospital or emergency medical services regional board
is seeking to defray. To qualify for a grant, applications must be received by the
commissioner no later than May 15, 2015. Hospitals and emergency medical services
regional boards may not receive grant payments for costs that are reimbursable with
available federal funds. Grant amounts shall be based on the total amount of documented
eligible expenditures reported by each grant applicant.
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new text begin (c) The commissioner of health may use documentation submitted by the hospitals
or emergency medical services regional boards regarding Ebola-related expenditures,
without further verification, for purposes of determining a grant award under paragraph
(b). The hospital chief executive or chief financial officer or the emergency medical
service regional boards must certify that the data submitted is accurate and that no changes
were made in the organization's accounting and record-keeping practices or policies
for the purpose of creating eligibility or increasing the organization's allocation. The
commissioner may audit or verify the data submitted.
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new text begin (d) All appropriations in this section are onetime.
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Sec. 3. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
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new text begin Sections 1 and 2 are effective the day following final enactment.
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