2021 Advocacy Week at the Capitol
Engage. Influence. Create Change.
The annual flood of white coats into St. Paul is going virtual in 2021. We are planning several virtual events, including an overview of the MMA’s legislative priorities, addresses from key legislators and instruction on how physicians and physicians-in-training can influence policy to make Minnesota the best place to practice. Join us in February, and learn how you and your colleagues can raise your voice and make a difference!
2021 MMA Legislative Priorities:
Ensuring Telehealth Flexibility and Parity
- Monday, Feb. 8
- Overview of MMA’s Legislative Priorities (virtual session noon-1pm)
- Tuesday, Feb. 9
- Communication Tools for Effective Advocacy (no virtual session; tools will be posted online and provided via email)
- Wednesday, Feb. 10
- Conversation with a Minnesota Legislator (virtual session noon-1pm)
- Thursday, Feb. 11
- Hour of Action! (no virtual session; an opportunity to contact your legislators from noon-1 pm)
- Friday, Feb. 12
- Closing and next steps (email tips and instructions sent out this day)
State law was amended last session to cover telephone services delivered to a patient (when clinically appropriate) and to cover telehealth from the patient’s home. These are critically important, particularly for those patients who lack broadband access. These changes are temporary, and the MMA will work to make them permanent. In addition, the MMA will advocate for investments in broadband access for patients across the state. Telehealth’s promise cannot be fulfilled if a patient or clinic does not have access to high-speed internet.
Preserving Access to Care
With a projected deficit of more than $1.2 billion for the next biennium, the MMA will fight to preserve coverage through our safety net programs. Legislators often look first to the health and human service budget for cuts when trying to balance the budget. The MMA will stand against cuts to eligibility for state health care programs and cuts in reimbursement to providers. The MMA will also advocate for measures that reduce Minnesota’s health disparities and work to address the social determinants of health (access to housing, food insecurity, and other factors) which all have enormous impact on one’s health.
Protecting Patient Access to Prescription Drugs
Patients are often forced to change prescription drugs for reasons other than a decision made in consultation with their physician. “Non-medical switching” from a drug that is working to a different one based solely on the insurers’ changes to the drug formulary can have dramatic impact on a patient’s health. Such changes cause increased costs, both in terms of administrative burden for physicians and clinics, and in increased visits to clinics and emergency rooms for impacted patients. Many patients select their plan based largely on whether a drug they need is covered, and yet nothing prevents that plan from changing the drug formulary in the middle of the patient’s contract year.
2021 Issue Briefs:
Ensuring Continued Coverage of Telehealth and Telephone Services
Preserving Access to Health Care
Preserving Patient Access to Prescription Drugs
Thanks to our 2021 partners:
- Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians
- Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
- Minnesota Chapter, American College of Cardiology
- Minnesota Chapter, American College of Physicians
- Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
- Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society
- Minnesota Surgical Society
Get connected through our grass roots activities:
For either Capitol Rounds or District Dialogues, contact Dave Renner, director of state and federal legislative affairs (612-362-3750)