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2017 Priority Issue: Access to Care

MARCH 2017 ACTION ALERT!
Federal Advocacy

As we examine patients, order tests, prescribe treatment and coordinate care for our patients, members of Congress are debating whether some will lose or maintain access to coverage for certain services. It's our responsibility as health care providers to urge Congress to preserve Medicaid and CHIP, which affect 2 in 5 children in Minnesota.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would end the federal government's commitment to state Medicaid programs as we know it. The AAP and other major medical groups oppose the per capita caps and other restrictions that would lead to drastic reductions in children covered by Medicaid, significant cuts to benefits and even tighter access to physicians.

Please take a moment to contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to ensure every child has access to health insurance, care and services. The process takes less than 5 minutes, but collectively, our impact could last years.  

1. Find your representative in Congress (U.S. House and U.S. Senate): http://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

2. Send them an email using talking points or letter template provided. AAP has sample messaging in its Protecting Childrens Coverage Advocacy Toolkit. Feel free to modify. Please copy cairns@mnaap.org so we can track outreach.

Another option is a quick call saying, "I am a __ in your district and strongly oppose the proposed cuts to Medicaid and the per capita caps on medicaid included in the House American Health Care Act (AHCA). Thousands of children and teens in Minnesota could lose their health insurance if these Medicaid cuts are approved by Congress. Please oppose these Medicaid changes."

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Additional resources:

Minnesota Snapshot of Children's Coverage (AAP)

Impacts of Repealing the Affordable Care Act (MN Department of Human Services)

Medicaid Fact Sheet (AAP)

Minnesota 2016 CHIP Fact Sheet (AAP)

Opposition to American Health Care Act - A letter from MNAAP President Andrew Kiragu, MD to Minnesota's Congressional Delegation

Congress Twitter handles: U.S. House and U.S. Senate

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MARCH 21 PEDIATRICIANS' DAY AT THE CAPITOL
State Advocacy

Each year more than 100 residents, pediatricians and med students gather at the Capitol to discussand advocate for issues that havea direct impact on the health of children across Minnesota. Children can’t vote, and there are no pediatricians in our state legislature, which is why we do this every year. Pediatricians, residents, pediatric nurse practitioners and other pediatric advocates are welcome.

Pediatricians' Day at the Capitol March 21

View MNAAP's 2017 Policy Priority

Other Resources

AAP Advocacy Guide: The "What and Whys" of Advocacy | Pediatricians are Natural Advocates
Pediatric Advocacy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Charles Oberg, MD, Pediatrics 2003)

Members can sign up for bi-weekly legislative updates from MNAAP's lobbyist to stay current on these and other child health issues being discussed at the Capitol. Sign up by sending an email to cairns@mnaap.org