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July 19, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature returned to St. Paul for the second time in as many months for another special session on July 13.  State law requires the Legislature to be in session should the governor implement or extend a peacetime emergency declaration. Gov. Walz did just this week, extending the existing emergency declaration into mid-August.  While […]

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 […]

May 11, 2020

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 […]

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 […]

April 6, 2020

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 […]

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