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HF 358

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 01/19/2017 01:26pm

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A bill for an act
relating to health; guaranteeing that health care is available and affordable for
every Minnesotan; establishing the Minnesota Health Plan, Minnesota Health
Board, Minnesota Health Fund, Office of Health Quality and Planning, ombudsman
for patient advocacy, and auditor general for the Minnesota Health Plan; requesting
a 1332 waiver; authorizing rulemaking; appropriating money;amending Minnesota
Statutes 2016, sections 13.3806, by adding a subdivision; 14.03, subdivisions 2,
3; 15A.0815, subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law as Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 62W.




Section 1.


In order to keep Minnesota residents healthy and provide the best quality of health care,
the Minnesota Health Plan must:

(1) ensure all Minnesota residents are covered;

(2) cover all necessary care, including dental, vision and hearing, mental health, chemical
dependency treatment, prescription drugs, medical equipment and supplies, long-term care,
and home care;

(3) allow patients to choose their providers;

(4) reduce costs by cutting administrative bureaucracy, not by restricting or denying

(5) set premiums based on ability to pay;

(6) focus on preventive care and early intervention to improve health;

(7) ensure that there are enough health care providers to guarantee timely access to care;

(8) continue Minnesota's leadership in medical education, research, and technology;

(9) provide adequate and timely payments to providers; and

(10) use a simple funding and payment system.

Sec. 2.


Subdivision 1.

Short title.

This chapter may be cited as the "Minnesota Health Plan."

Subd. 2.


The Minnesota Health Plan shall provide all medically necessary
health care services for all Minnesota residents in a manner that meets the requirements in
section 62W.01.

Subd. 3.


As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings

(a) "Board" means the Minnesota Health Board.

(b) "Plan" means the Minnesota Health Plan.

(c) "Fund" means the Minnesota Health Fund.

(d) "Medically necessary" means services or supplies needed to promote health and to
prevent, diagnose, or treat a particular patient's medical condition that meet accepted
standards of medical practice within a provider's professional peer group and geographic

(e) "Institutional provider" means an inpatient hospital, nursing facility, rehabilitation
facility, and other health care facilities that provide overnight care.

(f) "Noninstitutional provider" means individual providers, group practices, clinics,
outpatient surgical centers, imaging centers, and other health facilities that do not provide
overnight care.



Section 1.


Subdivision 1.


All Minnesota residents are eligible for the Minnesota Health

Subd. 2.

Enrollment; identification.

The Minnesota Health Board shall establish a
procedure to enroll residents and provide each with identification that may be used by health
care providers to confirm eligibility for services. The application for enrollment shall be no
more than two pages.

Subd. 3.

Residents temporarily out of state.

(a) The Minnesota Health Plan shall
provide health care coverage to Minnesota residents who are temporarily out of the state
who intend to return and reside in Minnesota.

(b) Coverage for emergency care obtained out of state shall be at prevailing local rates.
Coverage for nonemergency care obtained out of state shall be according to rates and
conditions established by the board. The board may require that a resident be transported
back to Minnesota when prolonged treatment of an emergency condition is necessary and
when that transport will not adversely affect a patient's care or condition.

Subd. 4.


Nonresidents visiting Minnesota shall be billed by the board for all
services received under the Minnesota Health Plan. The board may enter into
intergovernmental arrangements or contracts with other states and countries to provide
reciprocal coverage for temporary visitors.

Subd. 5.

Nonresident employed in Minnesota.

The board shall extend eligibility to
nonresidents employed in Minnesota under a premium schedule set by the board.

Subd. 6.

Business outside of Minnesota employing Minnesota residents.

The board
shall apply for a federal waiver to collect the employer contribution mandated by federal

Subd. 7.

Retiree benefits.

(a) All persons who are eligible for retiree medical benefits
under an employer-employee contract shall remain eligible for those benefits provided the
contractually mandated payments for those benefits are made to the Minnesota Health Fund,
which shall assume financial responsibility for care provided under the terms of the contract
along with additional health benefits covered by the Minnesota Health Plan. Retirees who
elect to reside outside of Minnesota shall be eligible for benefits under the terms and
conditions of the retiree's employer-employee contract.

(b) The board may establish financial arrangements with states and foreign countries in
order to facilitate meeting the terms of the contracts described in paragraph (a). Payments
for care provided by non-Minnesota providers to Minnesota retirees shall be reimbursed at
rates established by the Minnesota Health Board. Providers who accept any payment from
the Minnesota Health Plan for a covered service shall not bill the patient for the covered

Subd. 8.

Presumptive eligibility.

(a) An individual is presumed eligible for coverage
under the Minnesota Health Plan if the individual arrives at a health facility unconscious,
comatose, or otherwise unable, because of the individual's physical or mental condition, to
document eligibility or to act on the individual's own behalf. If the patient is a minor, the
patient is presumed eligible, and the health facility shall provide care as if the patient were

(b) Any individual is presumed eligible when brought to a health facility according to
any provision of section 253B.05.

(c) Any individual involuntarily committed to an acute psychiatric facility or to a hospital
with psychiatric beds according to any provision of section 253B.05, providing for
involuntary commitment, is presumed eligible.

(d) All health facilities subject to state and federal provisions governing emergency
medical treatment must comply with those provisions.

Subd. 9.


Data collected because an individual applies for or is enrolled in the
Minnesota Health Plan are private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02, subdivision
12, but may be released to:

(1) providers for purposes of confirming enrollment and processing payments for benefits;

(2) the ombudsman for patient advocacy for purposes of performing duties under section
62W.12 or 62W.13; or

(3) the auditor general for purposes of performing duties under section 62W.14.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 13.3806, is amended by adding a subdivision to

Subd. 1d.

Minnesota Health Plan.

Data on enrollees under the Minnesota Health Plan
are classified under sections 62W.03, subdivision 9, and 62W.13, subdivision 6.



Section 1.

[62W.04] BENEFITS.

Subdivision 1.

General provisions.

Any eligible individual may choose to receive
services under the Minnesota Health Plan from any participating provider.

Subd. 2.

Covered benefits.

Covered health care benefits in this chapter include all
medically necessary care subject to the limitations specified in subdivision 4. Covered health
care benefits for Minnesota Health Plan enrollees include:

(1) inpatient and outpatient health facility services;

(2) inpatient and outpatient professional health care provider services;

(3) diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, and other diagnostic and evaluative services;

(4) medical equipment, appliances, and assistive technology, including prosthetics,
eyeglasses, and hearing aids, their repair, technical support, and customization needed for
individual use;

(5) inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care;

(6) emergency care services;

(7) emergency transportation;

(8) necessary transportation for health care services for persons with disabilities or who
may qualify as low income;

(9) child and adult immunizations and preventive care;

(10) health and wellness education;

(11) hospice care;

(12) care in a skilled nursing facility;

(13) home health care including health care provided in an assisted living facility;

(14) mental health services;

(15) substance abuse treatment;

(16) dental care;

(17) vision care;

(18) hearing care;

(19) prescription drugs;

(20) podiatric care;

(21) chiropractic care;

(22) acupuncture;

(23) therapies which are shown by the National Institutes of Health National Center for
Complementary and Integrative Health to be safe and effective;

(24) blood and blood products;

(25) dialysis;

(26) adult day care;

(27) rehabilitative and habilitative services;

(28) ancillary health care or social services previously covered by Minnesota's public
health programs;

(29) case management and care coordination;

(30) language interpretation and translation for health care services, including sign
language and Braille or other services needed for individuals with communication barriers;

(31) those health care and long-term supportive services currently covered under
Minnesota Statutes 2016, chapter 256B, for persons on medical assistance, including home
and community-based waivered services under chapter 256B.

Subd. 3.

Benefit expansion.

The Minnesota Health Board may expand health care
benefits beyond the minimum benefits described in this section when expansion meets the
intent of this chapter and when there are sufficient funds to cover the expansion.

Subd. 4.

Cost-sharing for the room and board portion of long-term care.

Minnesota Health Board shall develop income and asset qualifications based on medical
assistance standards for covered benefits under subdivision 2, clauses (12) and (13). All
health care services for long-term care in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility
are fully covered but, notwithstanding section 62W.20, subdivision 6, room and board costs
may be charged to patients who do not meet income and asset qualifications.

Subd. 5.


The following health care services shall be excluded from coverage
by the Minnesota Health Plan:

(1) health care services determined to have no medical benefit by the board;

(2) treatments and procedures primarily for cosmetic purposes, unless required to correct
a congenital defect, restore or correct a part of the body that has been altered as a result of
injury, disease, or surgery, or determined to be medically necessary by a qualified, licensed
health care provider in the Minnesota Health Plan; and

(3) services of a health care provider or facility that is not licensed or accredited by the
state, except for approved services provided to a Minnesota resident who is temporarily out
of the state.

Subd. 6.


The Minnesota Health Plan shall not pay for drugs requiring a
prescription if the pharmaceutical companies directly market those drugs to consumers in

Sec. 2.


(a) All patients shall have a primary care provider and have access to care coordination.

(b) Referrals are not required for a patient to see a health care specialist. If a patient sees
a specialist and does not have a primary care provider, the Minnesota Health Plan may assist
with choosing a primary care provider.

(c) The board may establish a computerized registry to assist patients in identifying
appropriate providers.



Section 1.


Subdivision 1.

General provisions.

(a) The board shall establish a Minnesota Health
Fund to implement the Minnesota Health Plan and to receive premiums and other sources
of revenue. The fund shall be administered by a director appointed by the Minnesota Health

(b) All money collected, received, and transferred according to this chapter shall be
deposited in the Minnesota Health Fund.

(c) Money deposited in the Minnesota Health Fund shall be used to finance the Minnesota
Health Plan.

(d) All claims for health care services rendered shall be made to the Minnesota Health

(e) All payments made for health care services shall be disbursed from the Minnesota
Health Fund.

(f) Premiums and other revenues collected each year must be sufficient to cover that
year's projected costs.

Subd. 2.


The Minnesota Health Fund shall have operating, capital, and reserve

Subd. 3.

Operating account.

The operating account in the Minnesota Health Fund shall
be comprised of the accounts specified in paragraphs (a) to (e).

(a) Medical services account. The medical services account must be used to provide
for all medical services and benefits covered under the Minnesota Health Plan.

(b) Prevention account. The prevention account must be used to establish and maintain
primary community prevention programs, including preventive screening tests.

(c) Program administration, evaluation, planning, and assessment account. The
program administration, evaluation, planning, and assessment account must be used to
monitor and improve the plan's effectiveness and operations. The board may establish grant
programs including demonstration projects for this purpose.

(d) Training and development account. The training and development account must
be used to incentivize the training and development of health care providers and the health
care workforce needed to meet the health care needs of the population.

(e) Health service research account. The health service research account must be used
to support research and innovation as determined by the Minnesota Health Board, and
recommended by the Office of Health Quality and Planning and the Ombudsman for Patient

Subd. 4.

Capital account.

The capital account must be used to pay for capital
expenditures for institutional providers.

Subd. 5.

Reserve account.

(a) The Minnesota Health Plan must at all times hold in
reserve an amount estimated in the aggregate to provide for the payment of all losses and
claims for which the Minnesota Health Plan may be liable and to provide for the expense
of adjustment or settlement of losses and claims.

(b) Money currently held in reserve by state, city, and county health programs must be
transferred to the Minnesota Health Fund when the Minnesota Health Plan replaces those

(c) The board shall have provisions in place to insure the Minnesota Health Plan against
unforeseen expenditures or revenue shortfalls not covered by the reserve account. The board
may borrow money to cover temporary shortfalls.

Sec. 2.


Subdivision 1.

Minnesota Health Plan premium.

(a) The Minnesota Health Board

(1) determine the aggregate cost of providing health care according to this chapter;

(2) develop an equitable and affordable premium structure based on income, including
unearned income, and a business health tax based on payroll;

(3) in consultation with the Department of Revenue, develop an efficient means of
collecting premiums and the business health tax; and

(4) coordinate with existing, ongoing funding sources from federal and state programs.

(b) The premium structure must be based on ability to pay.

(c) On or before January 15, 2017, the board shall submit to the governor and the
legislature a report on the premium and business health tax structure established to finance
the Minnesota Health Plan.

Subd. 2.

Federal receipts.

All federal funding received by Minnesota including the
premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, as amended by
Public Law 111-152, is appropriated to the Minnesota Health Plan Board to be used to
administer the Minnesota Health Plan under chapter 62W. Federal funding that is received
for implementing and administering the Minnesota Health Plan must be used to provide
health care for Minnesota residents.

Subd. 3.

Funds from outside sources.

Institutional providers operating under Minnesota
Health Plan operating budgets may raise and expend funds from sources other than the
Minnesota Health Plan including private or foundation donors. Contributions to providers
in excess of $500,000 must be reported to the board.

Subd. 4.

Governmental payments.

The chief executive officer and, if required under
federal law, the commissioners of health, human services, and commerce shall seek all
necessary waivers, exemptions, agreements, or legislation so that all current federal payments
to the state, including the premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act, are paid
directly to the Minnesota Health Plan. When any required waivers, exemptions, agreements,
or legislation are obtained, the Minnesota Health Plan shall assume responsibility for all
health care benefits and health care services previously paid for with federal funds. In
obtaining the waivers, exemptions, agreements, or legislation, the chief executive officer
and, if required, commissioners shall seek from the federal government a contribution for
health care services in Minnesota that reflects: medical inflation, the state gross domestic
product, the size and age of the population, the number of residents living below the poverty
level, and the number of Medicare and VA eligible individuals, and that does not decrease
in relation to the federal contribution to other states as a result of the waivers, exemptions,
agreements, or savings from implementation of the Minnesota Health Plan.

Subd. 5.

Federal preemption.

(a) The board shall secure a repeal or a waiver of any
provision of federal law that preempts any provision of this chapter. The commissioners of
health, human services, and commerce shall provide all necessary assistance.

(b) In the section 1332 waiver application, the board shall request to waive any of the
following provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to the extent
necessary to implement this act:

(1) United States Code, title 42, sections 18021 to 18024;

(2) United States Code, title 42, sections 18031 to 18033;

(3) United States Code, title 42, section 18071; and

(4) sections 36B and 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

(c) In the event that a repeal or a waiver of law or regulations cannot be secured, the
board shall adopt rules, or seek conforming state legislation, consistent with federal law, in
an effort to best fulfill the purposes of this chapter.

(d) The Minnesota Health Plan's responsibility for providing care shall be secondary to
existing federal government programs for health care services to the extent that funding for
these programs is not transferred to the Minnesota Health Fund or that the transfer is delayed
beyond the date on which initial benefits are provided under the Minnesota Health Plan.

Subd. 6.

No cost-sharing.

No deductible, co-payment, coinsurance, or other cost-sharing
shall be imposed with respect to covered benefits.

Sec. 3.


Subdivision 1.

Collateral source.

(a) When other payers for health care have been
terminated, health care costs shall be collected from collateral sources whenever medical
services provided to an individual are, or may be, covered services under a policy of
insurance, or other collateral source available to that individual, or when the individual has
a right of action for compensation permitted under law.

(b) As used in this section, collateral source includes:

(1) health insurance policies and the medical components of automobile, homeowners,
and other forms of insurance;

(2) medical components of worker's compensation;

(3) pension plans;

(4) employer plans;

(5) employee benefit contracts;

(6) government benefit programs;

(7) a judgment for damages for personal injury;

(8) the state of last domicile for individuals moving to Minnesota for medical care who
have extraordinary medical needs; and

(9) any third party who is or may be liable to an individual for health care services or

(c) Collateral source does not include:

(1) a contract or plan that is subject to federal preemption; or

(2) any governmental unit, agency, or service, to the extent that subrogation is prohibited
by law. An entity described in paragraph (b) is not excluded from the obligations imposed
by this section by virtue of a contract or relationship with a government unit, agency, or

(d) The board shall negotiate waivers, seek federal legislation, or make other arrangements
to incorporate collateral sources into the Minnesota Health Plan.

Subd. 2.


When an individual who receives health care services under the
Minnesota Health Plan is entitled to coverage, reimbursement, indemnity, or other
compensation from a collateral source, the individual shall notify the health care provider
and provide information identifying the collateral source, the nature and extent of coverage
or entitlement, and other relevant information. The health care provider shall forward this
information to the board. The individual entitled to coverage, reimbursement, indemnity,
or other compensation from a collateral source shall provide additional information as
requested by the board.

Subd. 3.


(a) The Minnesota Health Plan shall seek reimbursement
from the collateral source for services provided to the individual and may institute appropriate
action, including legal proceedings, to recover the reimbursement. Upon demand, the
collateral source shall pay to the Minnesota Health Fund the sums it would have paid or
expended on behalf of the individual for the health care services provided by the Minnesota
Health Plan.

(b) In addition to any other right to recovery provided in this section, the board shall
have the same right to recover the reasonable value of health care benefits from a collateral
source as provided to the commissioner of human services under section 256B.37.

(c) If a collateral source is exempt from subrogation or the obligation to reimburse the
Minnesota Health Plan, the board may require that an individual who is entitled to medical
services from the source first seek those services from that source before seeking those
services from the Minnesota Health Plan.

(d) To the extent permitted by federal law, the board shall have the same right of
subrogation over contractual retiree health care benefits provided by employers as other
contracts, allowing the Minnesota Health Plan to recover the cost of health care services
provided to individuals covered by the retiree benefits, unless arrangements are made to
transfer the revenues of the health care benefits directly to the Minnesota Health Plan.

Subd. 4.

Defaults, underpayments, and late payments.

(a) Default, underpayment, or
late payment of any tax or other obligation imposed by this chapter shall result in the remedies
and penalties provided by law, except as provided in this section.

(b) Eligibility for health care benefits under section 62W.04 shall not be impaired by
any default, underpayment, or late payment of any premium or other obligation imposed
by this chapter.



Section 1.


Subdivision 1.

General provisions.

(a) All health care providers licensed to practice in
Minnesota may participate in the Minnesota Health Plan and other providers as determined
by the board.

(b) A participating health care provider shall comply with all federal laws and regulations
governing referral fees and fee splitting including, but not limited to, United States Code,
title 42, sections 1320a-7b and 1395nn, whether reimbursed by federal funds or not.

(c) A fee schedule or financial incentive may not adversely affect the care a patient
receives or the care a health provider recommends.

Subd. 2.

Payments to noninstitutional providers.

(a) The Minnesota Health Board
shall establish and oversee a fair and efficient payment system for noninstitutional providers.

(b) The board shall pay noninstitutional providers based on rates negotiated with
providers. Rates shall take into account the need to address provider shortages.

(c) The board shall establish payment criteria and methods of payment for care
coordination for patients especially those with chronic illness and complex medical needs.

(d) Providers who accept any payment from the Minnesota Health Plan for a covered
health care service shall not bill the patient for the covered health care service.

(e) Providers shall be paid within 30 business days for claims filed following procedures
established by the board.

Subd. 3.

Payments to institutional providers.

(a) The board shall set annual budgets
for institutional providers. These budgets shall consist of an operating and a capital budget.
An institution's annual budget shall be set to cover its anticipated health care services for
the next year based on past performance and projected changes in prices and health care
service levels. The annual budget for each individual institutional provider must be set
separately. The board shall not set a joint budget for a group of more than one institutional
provider nor for a parent corporation that owns or operates one or more institutional provider.

(b) Providers who accept any payment from the Minnesota Health Plan for a covered
health care service shall not bill the patient for the covered health care service.

Subd. 4.

Capital management plan.

(a) The board shall periodically develop a capital
investment plan that will serve as a guide in determining the annual budgets of institutional
providers and in deciding whether to approve applications for approval of capital expenditures
by noninstitutional providers.

(b) Providers who propose to make capital purchases in excess of $500,000 must obtain
board approval. The board may alter the threshold expenditure level that triggers the
requirement to submit information on capital expenditures. Institutional providers shall
propose these expenditures and submit the required information as part of the annual budget
they submit to the board. Noninstitutional providers shall submit applications for approval
of these expenditures to the board. The board must respond to capital expenditure applications
in a timely manner.



Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 14.03, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Contested case procedures.

The contested case procedures of the
Administrative Procedure Act provided in sections 14.57 to 14.69 do not apply to (a)
proceedings under chapter 414, except as specified in that chapter, (b) the commissioner of
corrections, (c) the unemployment insurance program and the Social Security disability
determination program in the Department of Employment and Economic Development, (d)
the commissioner of mediation services, (e) the Workers' Compensation Division in the
Department of Labor and Industry, (f) the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals, or (g)
the Board of Pardons, or (h) the Minnesota Health Plan.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 15A.0815, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Group I salary limits.

The salary for a position listed in this subdivision shall
not exceed 133 percent of the salary of the governor. This limit must be adjusted annually
on January 1. The new limit must equal the limit for the prior year increased by the percentage
increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers from October of the
second prior year to October of the immediately prior year. The commissioner of management
and budget must publish the limit on the department's Web site. This subdivision applies
to the following positions:

Commissioner of administration;

Commissioner of agriculture;

Commissioner of education;

Commissioner of commerce;

Commissioner of corrections;

Commissioner of health;

Chief executive officer of the Minnesota Health Plan;

Commissioner, Minnesota Office of Higher Education;

Commissioner, Housing Finance Agency;

Commissioner of human rights;

Commissioner of human services;

Commissioner of labor and industry;

Commissioner of management and budget;

Commissioner of natural resources;

Commissioner, Pollution Control Agency;

Commissioner of public safety;

Commissioner of revenue;

Commissioner of employment and economic development;

Commissioner of transportation; and

Commissioner of veterans affairs.

Sec. 3.


Subdivision 1.


The Minnesota Health Board is established to promote
the delivery of high quality, coordinated health care services that enhance health; prevent
illness, disease, and disability; slow the progression of chronic diseases; and improve personal
health management. The board shall administer the Minnesota Health Plan. The board shall

(1) the Office of Health Quality and Planning under section 62W.09; and

(2) the Minnesota Health Fund under section 62W.19.

Subd. 2.

Board composition.

The board shall consist of 15 members, including a
representative selected by each of the five rural regional health planning boards under section
62W.08 and three representatives selected by the metropolitan regional health planning
board under section 62W.08. These members shall appoint the following additional members
to serve on the board:

(1) one patient member and one employer member; and

(2) five providers that include one physician, one registered nurse, one mental health
provider, one dentist, and one facility director.

Subd. 3.

Term and compensation; selection of chair.

Board members shall serve four
years. Board members shall set the board's compensation not to exceed the compensation
of Public Utilities Commission members. The board shall select the chair from its

Subd. 4.

General duties.

The board shall:

(1) ensure that all of the requirements of section 62W.01 are met;

(2) hire a chief executive officer for the Minnesota Health Plan to administer all aspects
of the plan as directed by the board;

(3) hire a director for the Office of Health Quality and Planning;

(4) hire a director of the Minnesota Health Fund;

(5) provide technical assistance to the regional boards established under section 62W.08;

(6) conduct necessary investigations and inquiries and require the submission of
information, documents, and records the board considers necessary to carry out the purposes
of this chapter;

(7) establish a process for the board to receive the concerns, opinions, ideas, and
recommendations of the public regarding all aspects of the Minnesota Health Plan and the
means of addressing those concerns;

(8) conduct other activities the board considers necessary to carry out the purposes of
this chapter;

(9) collaborate with the agencies that license health facilities to ensure that facility
performance is monitored and that deficient practices are recognized and corrected in a
timely manner;

(10) adopt rules as necessary to carry out the duties assigned under this chapter;

(11) establish conflict of interest standards prohibiting providers from any financial
benefit from their medical decisions outside of board reimbursement;

(12) establish conflict of interest standards related to pharmaceutical marketing to

(13) require all electronic health records used by providers be fully interoperable with
the open source electronic health records system used by the United States Veterans
Administration; and

(14) provide financial help and assistance in retraining and job placement to Minnesota
workers who may be displaced because of the administrative efficiencies of the Minnesota
Health Plan.

There is currently a serious shortage of providers in many health care professions, from
medical technologists to registered nurses, and many potentially displaced health
administrative workers already have training in some medical field. To alleviate these
shortages, the dislocated worker support program should emphasize retraining and placement
into health care related positions if appropriate. As Minnesota residents, all displaced workers
shall be covered under the Minnesota Health Plan.

Subd. 5.

Waiver request duties.

Before submitting a waiver application under section
1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law Number 111-148, as
amended, the board shall do the following, as required by federal law:

(1) conduct or contract for any necessary actuarial analyses and actuarial certifications
needed to support the board's estimates that the waiver will comply with the comprehensive
coverage, affordability, and scope of coverage requirements in federal law;

(2) conduct or contract for any necessary economic analyses needed to support the
board's estimates that the waiver will comply with the comprehensive coverage, affordability,
scope of coverage, and federal deficit requirements in federal law. These analyses must

(i) a detailed ten-year budget plan; and

(ii) a detailed analysis regarding the estimated impact of the waiver on health insurance
coverage in the state;

(3) establish a detailed draft implementation timeline for the waiver plan; and

(4) establish quarterly, annual, and cumulative targets for the comprehensive coverage,
affordability, scope of coverage, and federal deficit requirements in federal law.

Subd. 6.

Financial duties.

The board shall:

(1) establish and collect premiums and the business health tax according to section
62W.20, subdivision 1;

(2) approve statewide and regional budgets that include budgets for the accounts in
section 62W.19;

(3) negotiate and establish payment rates for providers;

(4) monitor compliance with all budgets and payment rates and take action to achieve
compliance to the extent authorized by law;

(5) pay claims for medical products or services as negotiated, and may issue requests
for proposals from Minnesota nonprofit business corporations for a contract to process

(6) seek federal approval to bill other states for health care coverage provided to residents
from out-of-state who come to Minnesota for long-term care or other costly treatment when
the resident's home state fails to provide such coverage, unless a reciprocal agreement with
those states to provide similar coverage to Minnesota residents relocating to those states
can be negotiated;

(7) administer the Minnesota Health Fund created under section 62W.19;

(8) annually determine the appropriate level for the Minnesota Health Plan reserve
account and implement policies needed to establish the appropriate reserve;

(9) implement fraud prevention measures necessary to protect the operation of the
Minnesota Health Plan; and

(10) work to ensure appropriate cost control by:

(i) instituting aggressive public health measures, early intervention and preventive care,
health and wellness education, and promotion of personal health improvement;

(ii) making changes in the delivery of health care services and administration that improve
efficiency and care quality;

(iii) minimizing administrative costs;

(iv) ensuring that the delivery system does not contain excess capacity; and

(v) negotiating the lowest possible prices for prescription drugs, medical equipment,
and medical services.

If the board determines that there will be a revenue shortfall despite the cost control
measures mentioned in clause (10), the board shall implement measures to correct the
shortfall, including an increase in premiums and other revenues. The board shall report to
the legislature on the causes of the shortfall, reasons for the inadequacy of cost controls,
and measures taken to correct the shortfall.

Subd. 7.

Minnesota Health Board management duties.

The board shall:

(1) develop and implement enrollment procedures for the Minnesota Health Plan;

(2) implement eligibility standards for the Minnesota Health Plan;

(3) arrange for health care to be provided at convenient locations, including ensuring
the availability of school nurses so that all students have access to health care, immunizations,
and preventive care at public schools and encouraging providers to open small health clinics
at larger workplaces and retail centers;

(4) make recommendations, when needed, to the legislature about changes in the
geographic boundaries of the health planning regions;

(5) establish an electronic claims and payments system for the Minnesota Health Plan;

(6) monitor the operation of the Minnesota Health Plan through consumer surveys and
regular data collection and evaluation activities, including evaluations of the adequacy and
quality of services furnished under the program, the need for changes in the benefit package,
the cost of each type of service, and the effectiveness of cost control measures under the

(7) disseminate information and establish a health care Web site to provide information
to the public about the Minnesota Health Plan including providers and facilities, and state
and regional health planning board meetings and activities;

(8) collaborate with public health agencies, schools, and community clinics;

(9) ensure that Minnesota Health Plan policies and providers, including public health
providers, support all Minnesota residents in achieving and maintaining maximum physical
and mental health; and

(10) annually report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house
of representatives committees with jurisdiction over health care issues on the performance
of the Minnesota Health Plan, fiscal condition and need for payment adjustments, any needed
changes in geographic boundaries of the health planning regions, recommendations for
statutory changes, receipt of revenue from all sources, whether current year goals and
priorities are met, future goals and priorities, major new technology or prescription drugs,
and other circumstances that may affect the cost or quality of health care.

Subd. 8.

Policy duties.

The board shall:

(1) develop and implement cost control and quality assurance procedures;

(2) ensure strong public health services including education and community prevention
and clinical services;

(3) ensure a continuum of coordinated high-quality primary to tertiary care to all
Minnesota residents; and

(4) implement policies to ensure that all Minnesota residents receive culturally and
linguistically competent care.

Subd. 9.


The board shall determine the feasibility of self-insuring
providers for malpractice and shall establish a self-insurance system and create a special
fund for payment of losses incurred if the board determines self-insuring providers would
reduce costs.

Sec. 4.


A metropolitan health planning region consisting of the seven-county metropolitan area
is established. By October 1, 2018, the commissioner of health shall designate five rural
health planning regions from the greater Minnesota area composed of geographically
contiguous counties grouped on the basis of the following considerations:

(1) patterns of utilization of health care services;

(2) health care resources, including workforce resources;

(3) health needs of the population, including public health needs;

(4) geography;

(5) population and demographic characteristics; and

(6) other considerations as appropriate.

The commissioner of health shall designate the health planning regions.

Sec. 5.


Subdivision 1.

Regional planning board composition.

(a) Each regional board shall
consist of one county commissioner per county selected by the county board and two county
commissioners per county selected by the county board in the seven-county metropolitan
area. A county commissioner may designate a representative to act as a member of the board
in the member's absence. Each board shall select the chair from among its membership.

(b) Board members shall serve for four-year terms and may receive per diems for meetings
as provided in section 15.059, subdivision 3.

Subd. 2.

Regional health board duties.

Regional health planning boards shall:

(1) recommend health standards, goals, priorities, and guidelines for the region;

(2) prepare an operating and capital budget for the region to recommend to the Minnesota
Health Board;

(3) collaborate with local public health care agencies to educate consumers and providers
on public health programs, goals, and the means of reaching those goals;

(4) hire a regional health planning director;

(5) collaborate with public health care agencies to implement public health and wellness
initiatives; and

(6) ensure that all parts of the region have access to a 24-hour nurse hotline and 24-hour
urgent care clinics.

Sec. 6.


Subdivision 1.


The Minnesota Health Board shall establish an Office
of Health Quality and Planning to assess the quality, access, and funding adequacy of the
Minnesota Health Plan.

Subd. 2.

General duties.

(a) The Office of Health Quality and Planning shall make
annual recommendations to the board on the overall direction on subjects including:

(1) the overall effectiveness of the Minnesota Health Plan in addressing public health
and wellness;

(2) access to health care;

(3) quality improvement;

(4) efficiency of administration;

(5) adequacy of budget and funding;

(6) appropriateness of payments for providers;

(7) capital expenditure needs;

(8) long-term health care;

(9) mental health and substance abuse services;

(10) staffing levels and working conditions in health care facilities;

(11) identification of number and mix of health care facilities and providers required to
best meet the needs of the Minnesota Health Plan;

(12) care for chronically ill patients;

(13) educating providers on promoting the use of advance directives with patients to
enable patients to obtain the health care of their choice;

(14) research needs; and

(15) integration of disease management programs into health care delivery.

(b) Analyze shortages in health care workforce required to meet the needs of the
population and develop plans to meet those needs in collaboration with regional planners
and educational institutions.

(c) Analyze methods of paying providers and make recommendations to improve quality
and control costs.

(d) Assist in coordination of the Minnesota Health Plan and public health programs.

Subd. 3.

Assessment and evaluation of benefits.

(a) The Office of Health Quality and
Planning shall:

(1) consider health care benefit additions to the Minnesota Health Plan and evaluate
them based on evidence of clinical efficacy;

(2) establish a process and criteria by which providers may request authorization to
provide health care services and treatments that are not included in the Minnesota Health
Plan benefit set, including experimental health care treatments;

(3) evaluate proposals to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care
delivery system, and make recommendations to the board based on the cost-effectiveness
of the proposals; and

(4) identify complementary and alternative health care modalities that have been shown
to be safe and effective.

(b) The board may convene advisory panels as needed.

Sec. 7.


(a) All provisions of section 43A.38 apply to employees and the chief executive officer
of the Minnesota Health Plan, the members and directors of the Minnesota Health Board,
the regional health boards, the director of the Office of Health Quality and Planning, the
director of the Minnesota Health Fund, and the ombudsman for patient advocacy. Failure
to comply with section 43A.38 shall be grounds for disciplinary action which may include
termination of employment or removal from the board.

(b) In order to avoid the appearance of political bias or impropriety, the Minnesota Health
Plan chief executive officer shall not:

(1) engage in leadership of, or employment by, a political party or a political organization;

(2) publicly endorse a political candidate;

(3) contribute to any political candidates or political parties and political organizations;

(4) attempt to avoid compliance with this subdivision by making contributions through
a spouse or other family member.

(c) In order to avoid a conflict of interest, individuals specified in paragraph (a) shall
not be currently employed by a medical provider or a pharmaceutical, medical insurance,
or medical supply company. This paragraph does not apply to the five provider members
of the board.

Sec. 8.


(a) The board shall establish a conflict of interest committee to develop standards of
practice for individuals or entities doing business with the Minnesota Health Plan, including
but not limited to, board members, providers, and medical suppliers. The committee shall
establish guidelines on the duty to disclose the existence of a financial interest and all
material facts related to that financial interest to the committee.

(b) In considering the transaction or arrangement, if the committee determines a conflict
of interest exists, the committee shall investigate alternatives to the proposed transaction
or arrangement. After exercising due diligence, the committee shall determine whether the
Minnesota Health Plan can obtain with reasonable efforts a more advantageous transaction
or arrangement with a person or entity that would not give rise to a conflict of interest. If
this is not reasonably possible under the circumstances, the committee shall make a
recommendation to the board on whether the transaction or arrangement is in the best interest
of the Minnesota Health Plan, and whether the transaction is fair and reasonable. The
committee shall provide the board with all material information used to make the
recommendation. After reviewing all relevant information, the board shall decide whether
to approve the transaction or arrangement.

Sec. 9.


Subdivision 1.

Creation of office.

(a) The Ombudsman Office for Patient Advocacy is
created to represent the interests of the consumers of health care. The ombudsman shall
help residents of the state secure the health care services and health care benefits they are
entitled to under the laws administered by the Minnesota Health Board and advocate on
behalf of and represent the interests of enrollees in entities created by this chapter and in
other forums.

(b) The ombudsman shall be a patient advocate appointed by the governor, who serves
in the unclassified service and may be removed only for just cause. The ombudsman must
be selected without regard to political affiliation and must be knowledgeable about and have
experience in health care services and administration.

(c) The ombudsman may gather information about decisions, acts, and other matters of
the Minnesota Health Board, health care organization, or a health care program. A person
may not serve as ombudsman while holding another public office.

(d) The budget for the ombudsman's office shall be determined by the legislature and is
independent from the Minnesota Health Board. The ombudsman shall establish offices to
provide convenient access to residents.

(e) The Minnesota Health Board has no oversight or authority over the ombudsman for
patient advocacy.

Subd. 2.

Ombudsman's duties.

The ombudsman shall:

(1) ensure that patient advocacy services are available to all Minnesota residents;

(2) establish and maintain the grievance process according to section 62W.13;

(3) receive, evaluate, and respond to consumer complaints about the Minnesota Health

(4) establish a process to receive recommendations from the public about ways to improve
the Minnesota Health Plan;

(5) develop educational and informational guides according to communication services
under section 15.441, describing consumer rights and responsibilities;

(6) ensure the guides in clause (5) are widely available to consumers and specifically
available in provider offices and health care facilities; and

(7) prepare an annual report about the consumer perspective on the performance of the
Minnesota Health Plan, including recommendations for needed improvements.

Sec. 10.


Subdivision 1.

Grievance system established.

The ombudsman shall establish a
grievance system for complaints. The system shall provide a process that ensures adequate
consideration of Minnesota Health Plan enrollee grievances and appropriate remedies.

Subd. 2.

Referral of grievances.

The ombudsman may refer any grievance that does
not pertain to compliance with this chapter to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services or any other appropriate local, state, and federal government entity for investigation
and resolution.

Subd. 3.

Submittal by designated agents and providers.

A provider may join with,
or otherwise assist, a complainant to submit the grievance to the ombudsman. A provider
or an employee of a provider who, in good faith, joins with or assists a complainant in
submitting a grievance is subject to the protections and remedies under sections 181.931 to

Subd. 4.

Review of documents.

The ombudsman may require additional information
from health care providers or the board.

Subd. 5.

Written notice of disposition.

The ombudsman shall send a written notice of
the final disposition of the grievance, and the reasons for the decision, to the complainant,
to any provider who is assisting the complainant, and to the board, within 30 calendar days
of receipt of the request for review unless the ombudsman determines that additional time
is reasonably necessary to fully and fairly evaluate the relevant grievance. The ombudsman's
order of corrective action shall be binding on the Minnesota Health Plan. A decision of the
ombudsman is subject to de novo review by the district court.

Subd. 6.


Data on enrollees collected because an enrollee submits a complaint to
the ombudsman are private data on individuals as defined in section 13.02, subdivision 12,
but may be released to a provider who is the subject of the complaint or to the board for
purposes of this section.

Sec. 11.


Subdivision 1.


There is within the Office of the Legislative Auditor an
auditor general for health care fraud and abuse for the Minnesota Health Plan who is
appointed by the legislative auditor.

Subd. 2.


The auditor general shall:

(1) investigate, audit, and review the financial and business records of individuals, public
and private agencies and institutions, and private corporations that provide services or
products to the Minnesota Health Plan, the costs of which are reimbursed by the Minnesota
Health Plan;

(2) investigate allegations of misconduct on the part of an employee or appointee of the
Minnesota Health Board and on the part of any provider of health care services that is
reimbursed by the Minnesota Health Plan, and report any findings of misconduct to the
attorney general;

(3) investigate fraud and abuse;

(4) arrange for the collection and analysis of data needed to investigate the inappropriate
utilization of these products and services; and

(5) annually report recommendations for improvements to the Minnesota Health Plan
to the board.

Sec. 12.


Subdivision 1.

Exempt rules.

The Minnesota Health Plan policies and procedures are
exempt from the Administrative Procedure Act but, to the extent authorized by law to adopt
rules, the board may use the provisions of section 14.386, paragraph (a), clauses (1) and
(3). Section 14.386, paragraph (b), does not apply to these rules.

Subd. 2.

Rulemaking procedures.

(a) Whenever the board determines that a rule should
be adopted under this section establishing, modifying, or revoking a policy or procedure,
the board shall publish in the State Register the proposed policy or procedure and shall
afford interested persons a period of 30 days after publication to submit written data or

(b) On or before the last day of the period provided for the submission of written data
or comments, any interested person may file with the board written objections to the proposed
rule, stating the grounds for objection and requesting a public hearing on those objections.
Within 30 days after the last day for filing objections, the board shall publish in the State
Register a notice specifying the policy or procedure to which objections have been filed
and a hearing requested and specifying a time and place for the hearing.

Subd. 3.

Rule adoption.

Within 60 days after the expiration of the period provided for
the submission of written data or comments, or within 60 days after the completion of any
hearing, the board shall issue a rule adopting, modifying, or revoking a policy or procedure,
or make a determination that a rule should not be adopted. The rule may contain a provision
delaying its effective date for such period as the board determines is necessary.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 14.03, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Rulemaking procedures.

(a) The definition of a rule in section 14.02,
subdivision 4
, does not include:

(1) rules concerning only the internal management of the agency or other agencies that
do not directly affect the rights of or procedures available to the public;

(2) an application deadline on a form; and the remainder of a form and instructions for
use of the form to the extent that they do not impose substantive requirements other than
requirements contained in statute or rule;

(3) the curriculum adopted by an agency to implement a statute or rule permitting or
mandating minimum educational requirements for persons regulated by an agency, provided
the topic areas to be covered by the minimum educational requirements are specified in
statute or rule;

(4) procedures for sharing data among government agencies, provided these procedures
are consistent with chapter 13 and other law governing data practices.

(b) The definition of a rule in section 14.02, subdivision 4, does not include:

(1) rules of the commissioner of corrections relating to the release, placement, term, and
supervision of inmates serving a supervised release or conditional release term, the internal
management of institutions under the commissioner's control, and rules adopted under
section 609.105 governing the inmates of those institutions;

(2) rules relating to weight limitations on the use of highways when the substance of the
rules is indicated to the public by means of signs;

(3) opinions of the attorney general;

(4) the data element dictionary and the annual data acquisition calendar of the Department
of Education to the extent provided by section 125B.07;

(5) the occupational safety and health standards provided in section 182.655;

(6) revenue notices and tax information bulletins of the commissioner of revenue;

(7) uniform conveyancing forms adopted by the commissioner of commerce under
section 507.09;

(8) standards adopted by the Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission established
under section 507.0945; or

(9) the interpretive guidelines developed by the commissioner of human services to the
extent provided in chapter 245A.; or

(10) policies and procedures adopted by the Minnesota Health Board under chapter




$....... is appropriated in fiscal year 2018 from the general fund to the Minnesota Health
Fund under the Minnesota Health Plan to provide start-up funding for the provisions of this


Subdivision 1.

Effective date.

This act is effective the day following final enactment.
The commissioner of management and budget and the chief executive officer of the
Minnesota Health Plan shall regularly update the legislature on the status of planning,
implementation, and financing of this act.

Subd. 2.

Timing to implement.

The Minnesota Health Plan must be operational within
two years from the date of final enactment of this act.

Subd. 3.


On and after the day the Minnesota Health Plan becomes
operational, a health plan, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 62Q.01, subdivision 3,
may not be sold in Minnesota for services provided by the Minnesota Health Plan.

Subd. 4.


(a) The commissioners of health, human services, and commerce
shall prepare an analysis of the state's capital expenditure needs for the purpose of assisting
the board in adopting the statewide capital budget for the year following implementation.
The commissioners shall submit this analysis to the board.

(b) The following timelines shall be implemented:

(1) the commissioner of health shall designate the health planning regions utilizing the
criteria specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 62W.07, 30 days after the date of enactment
of this act;

(2) the regional boards shall be established three months after the date of enactment of
this act; and

(3) the Minnesota Health Board shall be established five months after the date of
enactment of this act; and

(4) the commissioner of health, or the commissioner's designee, shall convene the first
meeting of each of the regional boards and the Minnesota Health Board within 30 days after
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