Home Visiting Legislation Mandates Equal Health Outcomes: Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act

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Home Visiting Legislation Mandates Equal Health Outcomes

Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act

Mind-numbing legalese establishes undefined programs and mandates!

The Minnesota legislature is back in session and HF 1, Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act (Great Start, for short), has a hearing Tuesday, February 18th, 8:00am-9:45am and reconvening at 5:30pm. This is the only bill on the docket. The committee reconvenes on Thursday, February 20th at 8:00am. in the Early Childhood Finance and Policy committee, Rep. Dave Pinto, Chair.  An early bill hearing is always a sign that an important bill may be slated for easy passage.

ARTICLE 1: HOME VISITING

The newest iteration of HF 1 underscores the requirement of equal health outcomes for those who enroll themselves into home visiting programs. There are no stipulations as to income. These regulations will stand for all parents and children who enter the program. Two distinct types of home visiting programs and their corresponding grants are defined in Article 1. Both grant types must address health equity.

  • The evidenced-based home visiting program which is defined as “having a consistent program or model that is research-based and grounded in relevant, empirical based knowledge.” As we so often find in government programs, a specific model will be used that is not locally decided by individual providers, doctors or parents, but via top-down state or federal mandates.

 Subdivision 2 and 3 under evidenced-based includes a rag-tag compilation of non-defined outcomes, organizations and standards. The subdivision states that the home visiting program must be a “consistent program or model” (Which consistent program or model?) must be linked to “program-determined outcomes” (Which program determinations and outcomes?) and “associated with a national organization” (Which one?), “institution of higher education” (Which one?) or “national or state public health institute” (Which one?).

Certainly there is not enough information in this listing of requirements in order to make a reasoned decision. Bills always refer to specific institutions of higher learning, national organizations and define outcomes. Legislators: You have no idea what you are voting for here!

Also, there will be “comprehensive home visitation standards.” There’s no mention of what those standards might be!  Is the Commissioner of Health filling in all the blanks? Again, we have no idea what this bill proposes!

All evidenced-based home visiting programs “must address health equity.”

  • The evidenced-informed home visiting program is defined as “data or evidence demonstrating the program’s effectiveness at achieving positive outcomes for pregnant women and young children.” Evidence-informed programs must address health equity.

As defined in the bill, the definition of health equity…

(d) “Health equity” means every individual has a fair opportunity to attain the individual’s full health potential and no individual is prevented from achieving this potential.”

The definition of equity is equal outcomes.

Equal HEALTH outcomes = EQUAL HEALTH outcomes. If an outcome is decided based on “evidenced-based outcomes” or “evidenced-informed” then a certain procedure or medication must always be given.  Equal outcomes mean the same will be done for everyone, despite the obvious elephant in the room, human differences. We’re all physiologically unique!

COST: $30,000,000 in 2021 for the government to tell you exactly how you will raise your child and what medical treatments you and your child will receive.

Is this what we want for our state and families?

The umbrella of far-away models and programs and outcomes decries the fact that regulatory legislation such as this will allow doctors little freedom to diagnose per their professional education and conscience for each child that is unique to any other child. It will allow a patient little freedom to choose alternatives.

Please stand up for the children and families of our state! We’ve offered research on only the first 3 of 21 pages of freedom-busting legislation. Let others whom you care about know what is happening. Share the article with friends.

Call your legislator and tell them to vote NO against the Great Start home visiting programs and the Great Start all-together. Consider sitting in at one of the hearings, even if you are not testifying. The legislators and lobbyists know when a member of the public attends a hearing. It’s rare and captures their attention!

No one else will do it unless we attend to our own freedom!

 

 

 

Minnesota’s Student Data Privacy Act is Back!!!

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Minnesota’s Student Data Privacy Act is Back!!! by Linda Bell

MACC is back at the legislature to support Chief Author, Eric Lucero, and passage of the Student Data Privacy Act. You’re invited! Our data statutes have seen no student updates in over 30 YEARS!! In all that time, incredible changes have occurred in technology. It’s about time! MACC worked on this bill with the ACLU and Rep Lucero from 2014–2017.  The new bill, HF 1821, was introduced on 2.28.2019 as was the companion bill, SF 2291. Unfortunately, neither bill received a hearing last session.

NOW OUR GOOD NEWS!!! Our first hearing is next Thursday, February 20th in the Judiciary, Finance and Civil Law Committee, Room 10, State Office Building. The hearing begins at 9:45am. Author: Eric Lucero. Coauthors: John Lesch, Chair of the Committee, Peggy Scott, Tina Liebling, Sondra Erickson, Jim Davnie and Rena Moran. Here are the committee members. https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/members/91028

JOIN US!!! We know that corporate/business selling of student private information and marketing to kids on school time is a huge concern to parents and community members. Don’t waste this opportunity to stand up for your children and their future!

First: shoot off a simple email encouraging a committee member to support and pass HF 1821, Student Data Privacy Act on February 20th. Send an email to as many committee members as you can. Especially, send an email if they are your constituent legislator.

Second: Be at the hearing! You’re always welcome to speak, but we really need you to fill the gallery. Bring your kids! They’re the subject of this bill. We know parents and students have many stories about data privacy issues. Yes, students may speak, also!

Speakers/Testifiers are given no more than a 1 or 2 minutes. You must let MACC know a.s.a.p. if you wish to testify so you are officially signed up.

 HIGHLIGHTS of the STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT

Amendments to the existing definition section defines new areas: school-issued device and technology provider. These definitions lead to two additional subdivisions: technology providers and school-issued devices.

TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS

  • Student’s private data is not the property (owned) of the tech provider.
  • Procedure after the discovery of a data breach to be in compliance with section 13.055.
  • Procedure for student data when a provider’s contract is to be cancelled.
  • Tech provider must not sell, share or disseminate educational data.
  • Tech provider must not use for commercial purposes, marketing or advertising.
  • Written procedures for tech provider employees who have contact with student data.
  • Parents and students may inspect a complete contract of any school technology provider.

SCHOOL-ISSUED DEVICES

 A government entity or technology provider must not electronically access or monitor:

  • Location tracking features in school-issued device
  • Audio or visual receiving, transmitting, or recording feature for school-issued device
  • Student interactions – key strokes, web-browsing

Some exceptions to the above, includes judicial warrant or if student agrees to action

  • Within 72 hours of government or provider interaction with student school-issued device, must notify student or student’s parent.

Read the bill here. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF1821&version=0&session=ls91&session_year=2019&session_number=0

 

Friends, now is not the time to sit on the sidelines.

Stand up to this abuse of power over our children’s private and unique identities!

Stand up because our children have no voice nor likely any understanding of their circumstances!

Stand up for children whose personal information is passed to nefarious entities!

Stand up for their natural and inalienable rights!