Who has MEDPAC endorsed in 2016?

MN State Senate

  • Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka).  Sen. Abeler is a chiropractor who serves on the Health & Human Services Finance Division.  He has been a strong supporter of most of MMA’s priorities, especially the repeal of the 2% provider tax.  He just completed his first term in the Senate after serving many years in the House. 
  • Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake).Sen. Benson serves on the Health, Housing & Human Services Committee and is a strong advocate for the continued repeal of the 2% provider tax. She just completed her second term in the Senate.  
  • Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley). Sen. Clausen is the chief author of the health care workforce legislation to fund physician loan forgiveness and residency funding.  He just completed his first term in the Senate.
  • Sen. Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina).  Sen. Franzen was the chief author of MMA’s Fix PA Now bill, to provide more transparency and reduce patient delays related to medication prior authorizations.  She just finished her first term in the Senate where she served as Vice-Chair of the Health & Human Services Finance Division. 
  • Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick).  Sen. Lourey is Chair of the Health & Human Services Finance Division and was a co-author of the Fix PA Now bill.  He just finished his third term in the Senate.  
  • Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester).Sen. Nelson serves on the Health, Housing & Human Services Committee and has been a strong support of MMA issues, including a strong advocate for repeal of the 2% provider tax.  She has just completed her second term in the Senate after serving many years in the House.
  • Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont).Sen. Rosen serves on the Health, Housing & Human Services Committee and the Health & Human Services Finance Division.  She is chief author of the Prescription Monitoring Program bill and co-author of the Fix PA Now bill.  She just competed her fourth term in the Senate. 
  • Sen. Melissa Wicklund (DFL-Bloomington).  Sen. Wicklund serves as Vice-Chair of the Health, Housing & Human Services Committee and was chief author of the MMA supported bill to re-authorize the All-Payer Claims Database and legislation to address health disparities.  She just completed her first term in the Senate. 
  • Open Seat: Matt Klein, MD (DFL- Mendota Heights).  Dr. Klein is a general internist at Hennepin County Medical Center and is the endorsed DFL candidate for the Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Jim Metzen.  He has a primary challenge that he is expected to win.  He is also expected to win in the general election.  He supports MMA’s efforts to maintain and strengthen health care access programs, reform prior authorizations, and strengthen immunization laws. 
  • Open Seat: Scott Jensen, MD (R-Chanhassen).  Dr. Jensen is an independent family practitioner, and is the endorsed GOP candidate for the seat being vacated by Sen. Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen) who is retiring from the senate.  Dr. Jensen has no primary opponent, and has a partisan registration advantage in the general election.  He is particularly strong on repeal of the provider tax, and is passionate about advocating for independent practices. 

MN State House

  • Rep. Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake).  Rep. Albright was the chief author of MMA’s Fix PA Now bill, to provide more transparency and reduce patient delays related to medication prior authorizations.  He just finished his second term in the House where he serves on the Health & Human Services Reform Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Capital Investment Committee. 
  • Rep. Dave Baker (R-Willmar).  Rep. Baker was the chief author of the Prescription Monitoring Program changes that were supported by the MMA and serves on the Health & Human Services Reform Committee.  He just completed his first term and is in a very competitive re-election race.  He is someone the MMA will want to work with in the future. 
  • Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood).Rep. Dean is the Chair of the Health & Human Services Finance Committee and was a co-author of the Fix PA Now bill.  He is also one of the strongest advocates for the continued repeal of the 2% provider tax.  He is also the spouse of MMA member Dr. Laura Dean.  He just completed his sixth term in the House. 
  • Rep. Ron Erhardt (DFL-Edina).Rep. Erhardt is one of the few legislators who always asks what the MMA’s position is on key bills.  He is the chief author on a bill to move the repeal date of the 2% provider tax up to Jan. 1, 2017, and a bill to add e-cigarettes to the Freedom to Breathe Act.  He just completed his 11th term in the House.  
  • Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley).Rep. Freiberg is the chief author of the bill to strengthen the childhood immunization laws—one of MMA’s top priorities.  He just completed his second term in the House. 
  • Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester).Rep. Liebling serves on both the Health & Human Services Reform Committee and the Health & Human Services Finance Committee.  She is a co-author on the Fix PA Now bill and a supporter of the 2% provider tax repeal.  She is also the spouse of MMA member Dr. Mark Liebow.  She just completed her sixth term in the House. 
  • Rep. Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne).  Rep. Schomacker is Chair of the Aging & Long-Term Care Committee and serves on both the Health & Human Services Reform Committee and the Health & Human Services Finance Committee.  He just completed his third term in the House.  
  • Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River).  Rep. Zerwas serves on both the Health & Human Services Reform Committee and the Health & Human Services Finance Committee.  He is a co-author on the Fix PA Now bill, a strong supporter of the continued repeal of the 2% provider tax, and a strong supporter of new-born screening and immunization laws.  
  • Open Seat: Laurie Pryor (DFL-Minnetonka).Pryor is the spouse of MMA member Dr. John Pryor and is the endorsed DFL candidate for the House seat held by retiring Rep. Yvonne Seltcer.  MEDPAC staff met with her on June 22.  She will be a strong advocate for most of MMA’s issues.  She has the support of many of the physicians in her district.