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 benefits of immunizations in communities with low vaccination rates.
Past MNAAP President Marilyn Peitso, MD, FAAP, testified in support of an effort to ban the use of so-called “conversion therapy.” The therapy, widely condemned by pediatricians, researchers, mental health practitioners, and others as a dangerous practice that can leave devastating impacts, particularly for youth, would be prohibited for minors under the legislation. The bill would also prohibit reimbursement for the therapy under Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.
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