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S.F. No. 139 - MNsure
 
Author: Senator Tony Lourey
 
Prepared By: Katie Cavanor, Senate Counsel (651/296-3801)
 
Date: January 23, 2015



 

SF 139 eliminates the Board of Directors for MNsure, designates MNsure a separate state agency, and makes the necessary changes relating to this new designation.

Section 1 (15.01) designates the Department of MNsure as a department of the state government.

Section 2 (15A.0815, subd. 2) adds the Commissioner of MNsure to the list of positions in which the salary for the position cannot exceed 133 per cent of the governor’s salary.

Sections 3 and 4 (62V.02) removes the definition of “board” and changes it to “commissioner” to refer to the Commissioner of MNsure and makes this change in the definition for “qualified health plan.”

Section 5 (62V.03) specifies that MNsure is a department of the state government.  This section also specifies that MNsure will be subject to audits by the legislative auditor in accordance with section 3.972 like any other state agency.  This section also removes the following references to specific laws that were applicable to the MNsure board:  10A.07 (conflicts of interest); 10A.09 (statements of economic interest); 10A.071 (gifts by lobbyists prohibited).  It should be noted that these sections would continue to apply to the commissioner, deputy commissioner, and all assistant commissioners of the Department of MNsure as they apply to all other state agencies.  This section also strikes the reference to the open meeting law in chapter 13D (this chapter would apply to MNsure as it currently does for state agencies and departments.)  This section also removes the current exemptions to certain sections of chapter 16E (office of MN.IT services), requiring the Department of MNsure to comply with all applicable sections of chapter 16E.

Section 6 (62V.04) eliminates the Board of Directors.  Requires the commissioner to continue to maintain advisory committees to provide stakeholders the opportunity to advise the commissioner regarding the operation of MNsure. This section also changes a number of references from the “board” to the “commissioner”.

Section 7 (62V.05) contains the responsibilities and powers of MNsure and makes the following changes:

Subdivision 1 changes references from the “board” to the “commissioner.”  This subdivision also strikes the reference to a separate compensation plan for MNsure’s director and managerial staff and the power to establish a budget to MNsure.

Subdivision 3 strikes obsolete language and changes references.

Subdivision 4 strikes obsolete language and changes references.  It also adds language to ensure that the compensation paid by MNsure to navigators and in-person assistors is equal to the compensation paid to insurance producers.

Subdivision 5 strikes obsolete language, changes references, and updates several date references.

Subdivision 6 changes references.

Subdivision 7 changes references.  This subdivision also strikes the requirement that MNsure establish and maintain an agreement with the office of MN.IT Services for information technology (IT) services, and adds a requirement that the commissioner consult with MN.IT and the commissioner of human services on all decisions that relate to IT services that permit MNsure the ability to administer eligibility for public health care programs and qualified health plans.

Subdivision 8 changes references and strikes the “super” expedited rulemaking authority the MNsure board had until January 1, 2015.  The commissioner will still have the option to use expedited rulemaking process under section 14.389.

Subdivision 10 changes references and strikes the language that states that MNsure can provide insurance to its employees. (MNsure employees would be state employees.)

Section 8 (62V.06) changes references and strikes obsolete language.

Section 9 (62V.07) specifies that the MNsure account shall be created in the state government special revenue fund instead of the special revenue fund and strikes the language appropriating funds in the MNsure account to MNsure for the operations of MNsure.  (The result of these changes is that the budget for MNsure would follow the same procedure that is followed by every other state agency, and would require funds for the operation of MNsure be appropriated by the legislature.)

Section 10 (62V.08) changes references.

Section 11 (62V.09) changes references and strikes a reference to a repealed chapter.

Section 12 repeals section 62V.11 (Legislative Oversight Committee)

 

 

 

 
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