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- The 2018 legislative session kicked off on February 20, the start of what is likely to be a hurried, chaotic session. Most analysts are predicting a relatively modest session in terms of accomplishments, as election-year politics will cast a long shadow on legislators. The dominant issue of the session is likely to be an effort to bring Minnesota’s tax structure into compliance with federal law. While the outlook on health care issues is murky, many legislators have indicated an interest in focusing upon transparency in the health care system, particularly as it relates to the cost for patients.
- The MNAAP’s central legislative priorities for the session include strengthening the state’s immunization requirements, promoting health equity, improving access to care, and investing in early brain development.
- Make plans to join pediatricians and pediatricians-in-training for the annual Pediatricians Day at the Capitol. A day of education, advocacy, and fellowship, the event is set for March 7. Registration and additional information can be found here.