(2007 Minnesota Laws, Chapter 147, Article 15, section 21)The Health Care Transformation Task Force was created as part of the 2007 Omnibus Health and Human Services Budget Bill that was signed by Governor Pawlenty on May 25, 2007. The role of the Task Force was to “advise and assist the governor regarding activities to transform the health care system” and was charged with developing “a statewide action plan for transforming the health care system to improve affordability, quality, access, and the health status of Minnesotans.” The final action plan, which was to be presented to the legislature and the governor by February 1, 2008, was to include “specific and measurable goals and deadlines for each” of eight action areas. (Read the full charge.)
The Task Force consisted of 17 members - 13 appointed by the governor and four state legislators. In addition, Commissioner of Health Sanne Magnan was an ex-officio member. The Task Force was co-chaired by Department of Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman and Representative Thomas Huntley (DFL-Duluth).