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AAP and Local Chapters Continue to Press Congress on CHIP

A bill to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another 5 years has yet to be passed by Congress -- leaving millions of children and families with uncertainty about how they will be able to access the health care coverage they depend on.

In Minnesota, CHIP is known as Minnesota Care and provides coverage for 3,800 children whose families don't qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford or obtain private insurance. 

 

Minnesota stands to lose a substantial amount of federal federal funding the longer reauthorization is delayed, putting a significant strain on the state's general fund.

 

MNAAP recently sent a letter to Governor Dayton, urging him to contact Senators Klobuchar and Franken and stress the urgent need for immediate action on CHIP. They are supportive of maintaining and strengthening CHIP.

Letter to Governor Dayton

MNAAP and AAP will continue to monitor developments and communicate updates as they become available. 


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Making the Most of MNAAP Membership

Have you ever wondered what MNAAP can do you for you, individually? Ever doubted whether being involved in a professional group really makes a difference? Watch a short video about the impact of MNAAP membership -- and find out what MDH Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH appreciates most about the state's pediatricians. 

 

Feel free to share on social media and with fellow pediatricians! 

 

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Register Now: March 7 Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol

Each year MNAAP brings together more than 100 residents, community pediatricians and medical students to discuss and advocate for issues that have a direct impact on the health of Minnesota children. Ensuring access to care is among MNAAP's top priorities for 2018.

 

Following a brief primer on the chapter's positions, we'll hear from our state lobbyist and key legislators about specific child health issues being debated. You'll have the opportunity to weigh in and discuss priority issues with your own legislators as well. 

 

Children can't vote, and there are no pediatricians in our state legislature, which is why these discussions are so important. Please plan to join us the afternoon of March 7 at the State Capitol to speak on behalf of children! 

 

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DHS Considering Extended Implementation Deadline for Select C&TC Requirements

After MNAAP and some clinics/health systems expressed concerns about the short notice for changes in the state Child & Teen Checkup (C&TC) program that went into effect on October 1, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is considering an extension for implementing some requirements.  

DHS will release a detailed update soon.

C&TC fact sheets on new requirements

C&TC schedule of age-related screening standards


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Newborn Screening Results Now Available Online

The Minnesota Department of Health's Newborn Screening Program has a new, secure, web-based portal called "Secure Remote Viewer" or SRV. This portal allows providers to easily see if a newborn screening blood card has been received for testing, and for the final results to be accessed by submitters, as well as primary and specialty care clinics. 

As the clinic or primary care physician, you will no longer have to fax or call the Newborn Screening Program asking for result reports to be faxed to your facility. You will now be able to log into a secure web portal and directly print (or save) the newborn screening result reports. 

For questions or instructions on set up, email MDH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 17-18: Child Sex Trafficking Grand Rounds and Symposium

In November, AAP issued a Policy Statement on Children Victimized by Global Human Trafficking and recommended health care workers undergo training to recognize signs of possible child exploitation and collaborate with nonmedical professional in the community.

 

Notably, Minnesota has the third highest rate of child sexual exploitation in the nation, according to information obtained from the Minnesota Judicial Branch website. 

 

On January 17, Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, an author of that policy statement, will be coming to Minnesota to speak about commercial sexual exploitation of children. She will present twice -- at Grand Rounds at both the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital (WILF Auditorium) on January 17 and at Children's Minnesota (Minneapolis Education Center) on January 18.  

 

A live stream will be available for the Grand Rounds at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. 

There will be an afternoon/evening symposium on January 17 following the Grand Rounds, which will cover vulnerable populations, prevention, treatment, reporting and referral.  

 

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Consider a Year-End Donation to our Foundation

This holiday season, consider making a tax-deductible, year-end donation of $10 or more to the Minnesota Academy of Pediatrics Foundation. 

 

The Foundation is leading various projects and initiatives aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Minnesota infants, children and adolescents. Learn more to see how you can support or join these efforts.

 

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CATCH Funding Available for Pediatrician-Led Projects to Improve Children's Health

Up to $10,000 is available to individual pediatricians and fellowship trainees to plan community-based child health initiatives that address a range of topics. Since 2011, 13 physicians from Minnesota have received CATCH grant funding for projects involving foster care, telemedicine, obesity, addiction, teenage pregnancy, oral health, mental health, and other topics.

If you are interested in applying or have questions about the application process, contact MNAAP CATCH Facilitator Brian Lynch at lynch.brian@mayo.edu

Application deadline is January 31, 2018.

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