MMA Legislative Priorities for 2015
The MMA’s legislative team will focus on the following topics during the 2015 legislative session, which began Jan. 6.
Medication prior authorization compromises patient care and creates significant burden for physicians. The MMA will promote legislation to increase transparency about pharmaceutical coverage, limit frequency of formulary changes and transform medication prior authorization into a quality improvement function.
Reinstate Medicaid payment
The Affordable Care Act increased Medicaid payments for certain primary care services to Medicare levels. That increase ended on Dec. 31, 2014. The MMA will work to reinstate the payment bump into the future.
Primary care loan forgiveness
Minnesota has loan-forgiveness programs for physicians willing to practice in rural and underserved urban areas. If physicians commit to at least three years at one of these locations, they can receive $25,000 per year in loan forgiveness for up to four years. The MMA will push to increase and target the new funding to primary care physicians.
The Federation of State Medical Boards has created a new system to expedite licensure for physicians who want to practice in multiple states. The legislation will authorize the creation of a national commission that will review physician eligibility and assist with the licensure by the other states. It also will help with those practicing via telemedicine.
Reducing nicotine's harm
Tobacco and nicotine dependence remain a problem in Minnesota. Although the Legislature increased regulations on e-cigarettes last year, more needs to be done. The MMA will advocate for clean indoor air by prohibiting vaping in bars and restaurants, and push to further limit the sale of flavored tobacco products to minors.
Repeal the provider tax
The 2 percent tax, often called the “sick tax,” is scheduled for repeal at the end of 2019. The MMA remains committed to its repeal and will be working in 2015 to remind legislators that it must go away.
Director of State and Federal Legislation
Office - 612-362-3750
Mobile – 612-518-3437
Manager of State Legislative Affairs
Office - 612-362-3732
Mobile – 612-747-3683