MNAAP President-elect Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, spoke at a House hearing on March 8 in support of a bill to fund education efforts about the health benefits of immunizations in communities with low rates of vaccination. The bill would target such efforts at both geographic areas with lower immunization rates, as well as for racial […]
Category: "Legislative Updates"
A bill to promote the benefits of immunization will be heard in the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee on Friday, March 8. Please take 1 minute to contact your House member and urge them to support this effort to increase immunization rates. Our voice needs to be louder than those contacting legislators with […]
Two important bills related to vaccines were introduced in recent days. One, a proposal authored by Sen. Chris Eaton (DFL – Brooklyn Center), would allow exemptions from immunizations required for school for medical contraindication only. In the House, Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL – Golden Valley) submitted a bill to provide culturally appropriate education on the […]
Legislation to prohibit the use of so-called “conversion therapy” has been introduced in recent weeks and is set for its first hearing on Feb. 13. The therapy would be prohibited for minors under a bill set to be heard in the House this week. MNAAP Past President Marilyn Peitso, MD, is scheduled to testify in […]
MNAAP President-elect Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, appeared before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on January 24. Committee Chair Sen. Michelle Benson issued the invitation to provide an update for committee members on an emerging issue in child health: the impact of screen time. Dr. Berkowitz, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, […]