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Legislative Summary: April 20, 2020

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 – is not able to delivered telemedically.  Several states have acted to deliver full reimbursement with the expectation that clinics will complete the services once the patient is able to be seen in clinic. The MNAAP’s letter of request to DHS was joined by a number of other provider groups, including the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP), Minnesota Medical Association (MMA), the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), and others.

Legislation to expand access to affordable insulin for low-income, uninsured, underinsured individuals and Minnesotans with high drug expenses became law after a debate stretching back to the 2019 legislative session.  Under the new law, which is effective July 1, both emergency insulin and longer-term access is given to eligible individuals.  The bill builds upon existing insulin manufacturer’s patient assistance programs and passed both the House and Senate by wide, bipartisan margins.

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