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S.F. No. 1275 - Health Care Innovation Task Force
 
Author: Senator Jeff Hayden
 
Prepared By: Katie Cavanor, Senate Counsel (651/296-3801)
 
Date: March 10, 2015



 

SF 1275, subd. 1 establishes a Health Care Innovation Task Force to advise the governor and legislature on innovative strategies to increase access to and improve quality of health coverage for Minnesotans.

Subd. 2. Describes the membership of the task force.

Subd. 3 requires the Commissioner of Human Services to convene the first meeting of the task force by September 1, 2015, and requires that the task force meet at least quarterly thereafter.  Requires the task force to elect a chair at the first meeting.

Subd. 4 requires the task force to:

  1. assess current status of health coverage for all Minnesotans;
  2. explore options for a state innovation waiver under the Affordable Care Act;
  3. examine options for streamlining public health care programs through a 1115 waiver to provide seamless coverage for individuals and families eligible for public health care programs;
  4. assess the impact of potential options for innovation to the health care work force and delivery system; and
  5. assess the impact of options for innovation on their potential to reduce health disparities.

Subd. 5 requires the Commissioner of Human Services to staff and provide administrative services to the task force.  Requires the Departments of Health, Commerce, and Management and Budget to provide technical assistance.  Requires the Commissioner of Human Services to enter into a contract with a nonprofit organization to assess the current status of health coverage and to identify where challenges in coverage exist.

Subd. 6 requires the Commissioner of Human Services to submit to the legislature by February 15, 2016, any  task force recommendations for health care innovation, including models for reforming the delivery and payment systems, and any available waivers necessary to achieve these goals.

Subd. 7 specifies that the task force expires on February 16, 2016.

Section 2 appropriates money from the general fund to the Commissioner of Human Services for administrative services to the task force and the required contract with a nonprofit organization.

 
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