Follow us on Twitter

MNAAP Newsletter

Legislative Session to Begin Feb 20

Eric Dick headshotEric Dick, MNAAP Lobbyist

With the arrival of the New Year, the 2018 legislative session looms large in the front of legislators and advocates. The session, scheduled to start on February 20, promises to be chaotic and likely acrimonious.

The 2017 legislative session ended with the Governor line item vetoing the funding for the Legislature over a conflict over tax cuts, and that disagreement is likely to leave a mark on the 2018 session.

Read more...Read More

Pediatricians’ Voices on Equity Needed Outside the Clinic

By Nate Chomilo, MD, Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity

Nate ChomiloHere’s a statistic that may be hard to hear: Only 10 to 20 percent of health outcomes are attributable to health care.

For all our education, training and expertise, there is only so much we as physicians can do if we choose to only work within our clinics or hospitals.

We can highlight the ongoing health disparities (health differences that arise from economic, social or environmental disadvantages) that are worse in Minnesota than almost every other state, but putting a spotlight on the problem alone is not a solution. These disparities also arise from implicit bias, explicit bias and the structural racism intrinsic to many parts of our society, our healthcare system being no different.

Read more...Read More

The Providers Will See You Now, Congressman

In early September, South Lake Pediatrics in Eden Prarie hosted a visit with Representative Erik Paulsen. It was his second visit to the clinic to discuss health care and other issues affecting children.

Anne Skemp, MD, reached out to MNAAP for talking points on CHIP reauthorization and DACA. Below is a summary of the visit:

Why did South Lake Pediatrics decide to invite Rep. Paulsen to a meeting? What did the clinic hope to accomplish or communicate?
This was Rep. Paulsen’s second visit to our clinic. The first time, on November 16, 2016, we wanted to highlight our clinic’s relationship to the Somali population in his district and to discuss some of the ways that he could keep that population of children in mind in his legislation. This time, we wanted to discuss the ongoing efforts to repeal the ACA and also topics such as immigration and health care policy affecting minors, such as defunding Planned Parenthood.

Read more...Read More

MNAAP Policy Committee Begins Agenda-Setting Work

Eric Dick headshotBy Eric Dick, MNAAP Lobbyist

While fall has only recently arrived, planning for the 2018 legislative session has begun in earnest with the first meeting of the MNAAP’s Policy Committee in late September. The 2018 session is slated to begin on February 20.

Despite the difficulty in predicting the issues that will dominate the action at the Capitol in 2018, some predictions can safely be made. As the second year of the biennium, the 2018 session will be dominated by debate on policy issues, rather than the budget-focused nature of the previous session.
Many Capitol veterans are predicting a session with very little substance. Though it’s a policy year, it’s also possible that legislators will have to address budget issues should tax revenue not meet projections. All too often, deficits have been “fixed” by cutting health care programming.

Read more...Read More

Threats to Children’s Health Care Abound

 

Eric Dick headshot

By Eric Dick, MNAAP Lobbyist 

The program that provides care to millions of America’s infants, children, and adolescents is under siege, and the threats come from multiple directions.  From Washington, D.C. to St. Paul to the boardrooms of major insurers, coverage for pediatric patients is under constant risk.

As of this writing in mid-July, legislation under consideration in the U.S. Congress remains a moving target. Solid intelligence about what is being included or left out of proposals is rare, and reports suggest that many different versions of these bills remain in play.

Read more...Read More
1 2 3 5