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 […]
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Legislation to reform the prior authorization (PA) process cleared committees in both the House and Senate in recent days. The MNAAP-supported bill includes several provisions intended to assist in ensuring patients receive timely care while also removing the administrative burden of prior authorization. The bills accelerate the timelines health plans are allowed to review PA […]
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 […]
The Capitol remained largely empty in recent weeks as the extended Easter and Passover breaks continued. Legislators did return to the Capitol in late March to pass another COVID-19 relief package. The $320 million measure provides funding for many impacted sectors of Minnesota, including childcare, transportation needs, veterans programs, government continuity, and dozens of other […]
Positive movement on tobacco and nicotine control continued in recent weeks. Legislation to align Minnesota’s tobacco purchase age minimum at 21 with new federal cleared a key Senate committee, and a bill to prohibit the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes in vehicles when children are present was passed by two House committees in recent days. […]