Quote of the Week: “Rep. Daudt, would you like Rep. Howard to explain your amendment?” Speaker Hortman after Minority Leader Kurt Daudt offered an amendment that Rep. Mike Howard (DFL-Richfield) had planned to offer.
Unprecedented 2020 Session Adjourns With Passage of NAIFA Plan!
The 2020 session adjourned sine die at 12 a.m. on Monday morning, ending a session marred by COVID. After taking a three-week recess in April, the Legislature recovered and resumed work via Zoom hearings and floor sessions.
NAIFA scored a major victory in the final hours of the 2020 session, with passage of its top legislative priority for the year. The bill was passed by the House at 11:15 p.m. and the Senate at 11:38 p.m. on Sunday night, just minutes before the midnight end of the session. It requires health care providers to release medical records to patients or their agents within 30 calendar days. Current Minnesota law only requires medical records to be released “promptly,” a vagueness that has resulted in insurance policies being denied because carriers couldn’t review the applicant’s medical record.
THANK YOU to all the NAIFA members who called, emailed or met with their legislators about NAIFA’s proposal! Consistent clear messages from constituents helped educate legislators about the challenges facing the industry and the need for this legislation.
Next on the agenda is the 9th special legislative session in ten years starting June 12. The almost annual special sessions make them seem not so special, but they are still unique. All bills introduced in the 91st Session of the Legislature died at midnight on Sunday. Any legislation to be considered in the upcoming special session must be introduced when that session begins. Reaching agreement on a bonding bill is at the top of the “to do” list along with possible spending cuts in response to plummeting state revenues.