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June 16, 2020

By Eric Dick, MNAAP Lobbyist All legislative sessions have their own ‘feel’ for the legislators, lobbyists, and advocates who live in the Capitol during each legislative session. Some sessions are dominated by partisan sniping and fighting, while others see more bipartisan cooperation. A few years ago, it was unusual in that the Capitol was closed […]

June 15, 2020

On Tuesday, June 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgeons will finally be able to access financial relief from the Provider Relief Fund. In response to AAP’s advocacy, HHS announced that they are making approximately $15 billion available to Medicaid and CHIP providers […]

June 1, 2020

Children haven’t made the headlines in recent days, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been impacted by what they have seen in their neighborhoods and on TV. Over the last week, many children watched a Black man plea for his life under the knee of a police officer. They saw familiar buildings burn to the […]

May 25, 2020

The end of the 2020 session arrived with both a flurry of activity as well as an expectation that legislators will soon be back in St. Paul for a special session. The COVID-19 pandemic scrambled the priorities of the House, Senate, and governor, and several high-profile items – a bonding bill most notably – remain […]

April 19, 2020

The MNAAP has sought to expand reimbursement for Child & Teen Check-up (C&TC) services to better accommodate the challenges of delivering health care services via telemedicine. Current regulations allow payment for C&TC services delivered via telemedicine, though the reimbursement is lower given that the entire bundle of services – including physical exams and diagnostic testing […]

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