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2017 Minnesota Session Laws

This document represents the act as presented to the governor. The version passed by the legislature is the final engrossment. It does not represent the official 2017 session law, which will be available here summer 2017.

Key: (1) language to be deleted (2) new language

CHAPTER 71--H.F.No. 1400

An act

relating to health; modifying provisions governing reimbursable expenses for nursing assistant training and competency evaluations;

amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 144A.611, subdivisions 1, 2, 4.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 144A.611, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Nursing homes and certified boarding care homes.

The actual costs of tuition and textbooks and reasonable expenses for the competency evaluation or the nursing assistant training program and competency evaluation approved under section 144A.61, which are paid to nursing assistants or adult training programs or their fiscal agents pursuant to subdivisions 2 and 4, are a reimbursable expense for nursing homes and certified boarding care homes under section 256B.431, subdivision 36 256R.37.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 144A.611, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Reimbursement for training program and competency evaluation costs.

(a) A nursing assistant who has completed an approved competency evaluation or an approved training program and competency evaluation shall be reimbursed by the nursing home or certified boarding care home for actual costs of tuition and textbooks and reasonable expenses for the competency evaluation or the training program and competency evaluation 90 days after the date of employment, or upon completion of the approved training program, whichever is later.

(b) A nursing home or certified boarding care home shall reimburse a nursing assistant for the expenses specified in paragraph (a) only if the nursing assistant actually incurred those expenses. If training or testing costs were paid by an entity receiving state or federal funding for those expenses and if the nursing assistant did not reimburse the entity for those expenses, the nursing home or boarding care home shall directly reimburse the entity that paid for the training and testing costs on behalf of the nursing assistant.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 144A.611, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Reimbursement for adult basic education components.

(a) Nursing facilities and certified boarding care homes shall provide reimbursement for costs related to additional adult basic education components training intended to ensure successful completion of an approved nursing assistant training program, to:

(1) an adult basic education training program, as defined in section 124D.52 and approved by the commissioner of education, that provided an approved nursing assistant training program to an employee of training to an individual hired as a certified nursing assistant by the nursing facility or boarding care home; or

(2) a nursing assistant who is an employee of the nursing facility or boarding care home and completed an approved nursing assistant training program provided by an adult training program a fiscal agent identified by an adult basic education training program specified in clause (1).

(b) For purposes of this subdivision, adult basic education training components of a nursing assistant training program must include the following, if needed: training in mathematics, vocabulary, literacy skills, workplace skills, resume writing, and job interview skills. Reimbursement provided under this subdivision shall not exceed 30 percent of the total cost of the nursing assistant training and testing for an individual, including tuition, textbooks textbook costs, and the cost of the competency evaluation.

(c) An adult basic education training program is prohibited from billing program students, nursing facilities, or certified boarding care homes for costs under this subdivision until the program student has been employed by the nursing facility as a certified nursing assistant for at least 90 days.

Presented to the governor May 17, 2017

Signed by the governor May 20, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

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