HSAC typically meets nine times annually, meeting monthly with the exceptions of June, August and December. HSAC’s public meetings are usually held the second Thursday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 2370 of the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, unless otherwise noted.
To receive meeting agendas and background materials via email in advance of each meeting, please send your request via email to HSAC staff.
To request an accommodation: To request a reasonable accommodation to make it possible for you to attend any of the meetings, please send a request as soon as possible to the HSAC email box.
Those who want to speak during the public testimony portion of a council meeting must complete the HSAC Public Testimony Disclosure Form DHS-6201 (PDF). Please bring your completed form to the meeting. Blank forms also are available at all meetings.
Meeting minutes are posted when approved by the committee.
The Health Services Advisory Council (HSAC) uses the following principles and procedures when selecting topic areas for its work and recommending policies. This document supplements HSAC’s Charter.
HSAC members will periodically consider lists of potential topics and rank and recommend a subset of these for inclusion as topics for the HSAC agenda. HSAC will use the following criteria when selecting and prioritizing topics for its work. Order of criteria does not imply priority:
HSAC will consider input from the following sources when evaluating potential topics for discussion. Order of sources does not imply priority:
The DHS Commissioner will have final discretion concerning the selection of topics for HSAC.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Health Services Advisory Council (HSAC) was created to advise the agency regarding health services covered under Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) including Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. Authority for the development of the Council comes from Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0625, subd.3c.
The Council will advise DHS regarding evidence-based decision-making and provide leadership designing health care benefit and coverage policies for Minnesota’s publicly funded health care programs.
HSAC membership comprises:
Members of HSAC shall not be employed by DHS, except for the MHCP Medical Director.
The Health Services Advisory Council (HSAC) vigorously endorses a public, transparent process. The following set of principles and procedures is proposed to facilitate this goal of transparency. Materials made available on the web are at mn.gov/dhs/hsac.
Public access to meeting information
The 2012 Legislature directed HSAC to recommend coverage for evidence-based treatments for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (Minnesota Session Laws, chapter 247, section 26). Council members discussed the issue at meetings from June through December 2012. The following is the council’s final report to the DHS commissioner:
To inform HSAC members’ discussion on select issues, DHS may prepare a report summarizing evidence of the efficacy of certain procedures for certain diagnoses. See the list of evidence summaries and legislative reports.
The Dental Services Advisory Committee is a subcommittee of HSAC.
Contact HSAC staff by mail or email:
Minnesota Department of Human Services
PO Box 64983
St. Paul, MN 55164-0983