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Legislative Updates & Alerts

During the legislative session, MNAAP members receive bi-weekly legislative updates emailed to them from the chapter’s policy chair and lobbyist.

The 2019 session runs from Jan 8 to May 20.

April 21, 2017

This is a summary only. To receive full legislative updates on a biweekly basis, you must be a member of MNAAP. The emails provide additional details about legislative issues that are not posted on our website and are for members only.

    • Legislators returned to the Capitol on April 18 following a break for Easter and Passover.  With less than five weeks remaining in the legislative session, the pressure is on legislators and the Governor to begin negotiating bills that will fund state government operations for the next biennium. Many MNAAP priorities, including pediatric mental health investments, nurse home visiting programs, programs to support early brain development, and increasing health equity remain in play.
April 3, 2017

This is a summary only. To receive full legislative updates on a biweekly basis, you must be a member of MNAAP. The emails provide additional details about legislative issues that are not posted on our website and are for members only.

  • The House and Senate Health and Human Service (HHS) Finance committees unveiled their budget proposals in recent days.  Both bills cut HHS funding, with the House calling for almost $600 million in cuts for the 2018-2019 biennium, and the Senate seeking more than $300 million in cuts.  The bills do include several MNAAP priorities, including $4 million in funding for school-linked mental health grants in the House bill, as well as support for home visiting nurse programs.
  • Tax cuts favorable to the tobacco industry were included in the House tax bill unveiled in late March.  Under the bill, the automatic inflationary increase in the tax on tobacco products is repealed.  Repeal of the “inflator” was a central legislative priority for the tobacco industry.  The Senate tax bill does not include the tobacco provisions.
March 20, 2017

This is a summary only. To receive full legislative updates on a biweekly basis, you must be a member of MNAAP. The emails provide additional details about legislative issues that are not posted on our website and are for members only.

  • Support for local food shelves cleared a committee hurdle in recent days.  A bill brought forward by the House and Senate members would appropriate $500,000 to food shelves for the purchase of foods not often donated during local food drives – fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meats and dairy.  The bill was amended to also allow the food shelves to purchase diapers for needy families, too.
  • Pediatric mental health continued to receive attention from legislators in recent days, as a number of bills were considered in finance committees.  The bills included funding for new rural collaborative projects, crisis services, and first episode of psychosis treatments.  As is often the case with funding bills, they were not acted upon but rather were held for possible inclusion in a larger funding bill that will be unveiled later in the session.
March 7, 2017

This is a summary only. To receive full legislative updates on a biweekly basis, you must be a member of MNAAP. The emails provide additional details about legislative issues that are not posted on our website and are for members only.

  • Pediatric mental health was the subject of a series of bills during a recent hearing in the House HHS Reform Committee.  Proposals to expand the number of inpatient beds at PrairieCare’s Maple Grove facility, invest new resources in first psychosis episode treatment, and funding for a new multi-county children’s mental health collaborative were all passed from the policy committee to the committee with jurisdiction over HHS spending.
  • A sweeping and dangerous proposal to dramatically weaken Minnesota’s immunization law was introduced on March 2.  The bill would require the “Minnesota Vaccine Safety Council” – a prominent anti-vaccine group – to create a new database to monitor adverse reactions to vaccines.  The bill would also require physicians to secure the signature of parents on an informed consent document that states, among other things, that the parent “understand(s) that by receiving this vaccine, I may endanger the health or life of myself or my child, and others I/they come in contact with.”
  • 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 21.  Registration and additional information can be found here.
February 17, 2017

This is a summary only. To receive full legislative updates on a biweekly basis, you must be a member of MNAAP. The emails provide additional details about legislative issues that are not posted on our website and are for members only.

  • 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 21.  Registration and additional information can be found here.
  • MNAAP member Nathan Chomilo, MD testified in the House E-12 Finance Committee in February, throwing the support of the MNAAP behind Governor Dayton’s proposal to invest $3 million in the Help Me Grow program.  The Help Me Grow program is an important program in early identification of children at risk of developmental or emotional delays, and directly supports families in need.
  • The House HHS Reform Committee considered and passed a number of proposals related to the physician workforce in recent days. Bills to offer a tax credit to physicians who serve as preceptors passed their first committee stop, as did legislation to create a new Minnesota Health Care Workforce Council to focus on the growing need for health care professionals.  Another proposal passed by the committee would establish new training grants for PAs, APRNs, and mental health professional training programs.
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