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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 23, 2018

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 next phase of the 2018 legislative session began in earnest in recent weeks as legislators assembled and debated omnibus supplemental spending bills. Dozens of proposals are included in each of the omnibus bills, including provisions related to opioids, public health, health licensing boards, and many more. Of note for the MNAAP, included in one or both of the bills are policy changes and funding for prenatal health care access, CMV awareness, and tobacco cessation, as well as establishing task forces or working groups related to adverse childhood effects, pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS), and rare diseases.
  • An effort intended to ease the regulatory burden on licensed child care facilities may put at risk the state’s safe sleep requirements.   Under the House version of the bill, child care facilities would be allowed to put infants to sleep using “sleep systems” if given permission by the parent or guardian. The MNAAP and its allies have been visiting with the bill’s author and advocates about language changes that would protect the state’s safe sleep requirements for infants consistent with AAP policy.
April 9, 2018

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.

  • Vaccines received some unexpected attention in late March, as a vaccine-skeptical legislator successfully amended immunization-related provisions into an unrelated bill. Many of the provisions are technical or non-controversial, though the amendment, authored by Sen. Jim Abeler (R – Anoka), does include a section establishing a “registry” of individuals with autism. The MNAAP will be watching this issue very closely in the weeks to come.
  • Legislators returned to St. Paul on April 9 following a week-long break for Easter and Passover. Major pieces of the legislative puzzle remain to be completed, including a supplemental state budget, legislation to conform Minnesota’s tax code with the recently amended federal tax code, and a bonding bill. In the health care arena, it’s likely that the GOP’s push to pass work requirements for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare will get significant attention in the coming weeks, as will efforts to reduce the harm of opioids.
March 26, 2018

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 2018 legislative session hit a notable mark on March 22nd when the first policy deadline arrived. Policy deadlines are dates set by legislative leaders used to winnow the universe of bills to take action upon. To be considered viable, bills will have to have cleared the policy committees in one body by March 22. The second deadline arrives on March 29, when a bill’s companion must clear the policy committee hurdles in the other body. The markers have made for very busy days and nights at the Capitol, as legislators race to move their bills through the committee process.
March 12, 2018

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.

  • Almost 150 pediatricians and pediatric residents descended upon St. Paul for the annual Pediatricians’ Day at the Capitol. Special guests at the advocacy event included Rep. Ilhan Omar (DFL – Minneapolis), a leading immunization advocate and the nation’s highest-ranking Somali-American legislator, as well as Sen. Matt Klein (DFL – Mendota Heights), an HCMC physician and health care leader. Attendees pressed legislators to strengthen Minnesota’s vaccine laws, invest in mental health education training for pediatric residents, and ensure parity of insurance coverage for the treatment of mental illness.
  • MNAAP President Andrew Kiragu, MD testified in support of a House proposal to close the “gun show loophole” to ensure background checks are conducted for all firearm sales. The bill, authored by Rep. Dave Pinto (DFL – St. Paul), was considered in the House Public Safety Committee. Regrettably, the bill was tabled for further consideration, likely meaning that the bill is unlikely to advance this session.
February 26, 2018

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 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.
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