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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.

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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.

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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.

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Member Profile: Claire Neely, MD, FAAP

 

ClaireNeely1. What do you like best about your role at ICSI?
I really appreciate the chance to work on difficult health care problems facing our state.  I believe the partnership of care delivery and health plans is vital to transforming our system to provide the care that our patients deserve.  Our work brings together health system leaders, practicing clinicians, patients and other stakeholders and provides the time and space to understand what is and isn’t working from all points of view, and consider actions to begin to close the gaps.

I also get to work with a great team at ICSI.  We have a staff of highly capable people, all driven to accomplish our mission of supporting the health system as it moves toward better care, smarter spending, healthier people and professional satisfaction for health care workers.

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Disaster Preparedness: Planning for the Unimaginable

PaulaKocken2By Paula Kocken, MD, FAAP

It seems that there are disasters happening every day and everywhere. Some occur very far away from us and others seem to be at our doorsteps. The AAP, recognizing the increase in disasters, has encouraged each state chapter to ask for pediatricians knowledgeable and interested in disaster preparedness to champion the efforts in their state to improve preparedness.  Dr. Kiragu asked if I could accept the challenge of improving the awareness of information and programs about disaster preparedness and move forward Minnesota’s pediatricians in their ability to respond to disasters.

I was very pleased to be asked to help Minnesota and the AAP in this complex and challenging topic. I have been working with disaster preparedness for over the past 15 years through many venues.  Beyond being a pediatric emergency medicine physician based at Children’s of Minnesota, I took additional training in the hospital response to disasters with the U.S. army.  As the medical director of Minnesota’s Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), I have been working on “all hazards” readiness for pediatric disaster preparedness for EMS providers and emergency departments. I also participate with the MN Department of Health Advisory Committee for emergencies.

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