MHRA Bill Gets Shut Down in Senate Committee

March 14, 2019
A bill that would align the Minnesota Health Records Act (MHRA) with HIPAA standards was tabled by its author when several GOP members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy voiced their opposition and passage appeared unlikely. 
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Court Rules UnitedHealth Breached Duty to Patients Via Restrictive Coverage Policies

March 14, 2019
Last week, a federal judge ruled that United Behavioral Health breached its duty to patients and made arbitrary and capricious coverage denials by using restrictive coverage determination policies that deviated from clinical guidelines. 
 
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Reinsurance Extension Passes Through State Senate

March 14, 2019
A bill to extend the state’s reinsurance program, which Republicans say is needed to stabilize the state’s individual market, passed through the Senate on March 11 on a 37-28 vote.  
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Recreational Marijuana Bill Fails to Pass Senate Hearing

March 14, 2019
A bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use in Minnesota failed to get out of its first committee hearing on March 11, going down 6-3 in a partisan vote. 
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Conversation Therapy Bill Moves to House Floor

March 14, 2019
A bill that would prohibit the use of conversion therapy for individuals under the age of 18 passed through the House Commerce Committee on a voice vote March 12 and now moves to the House floor. 
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Direct Primary Care and Network Transparency Bills Move in Senate

March 14, 2019
Two bills intended to strengthen the physician patient relationship in Minnesota passed through the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy on March 12.
 
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MMA Supports Gestational Carrier Contract Requirements in House

March 14, 2019
A bill that solidifies contract requirements between a surrogate mother and the intended mother passed through the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division on March 13. 
 
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Walz’s ONEcare Proposal Begins Its Journey in the House

March 07, 2019
Gov. Tim Walz’s plan for health care reform, which he is calling ONEcare, began moving through the House on March 6, beginning in the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Policy Committee. 
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Hands-Free Legislation Continues to Move

March 07, 2019
An MMA-supported bill (HF 50/SF 91) that would make the use of hand-held cellphones while driving illegal passed through the Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division on March 6. 
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Bill to Require Coverage of Contraception Goes through House Committee

March 07, 2019
An MMA-supported bill (HF 963) that would require health plans to cover all contraceptive methods and services without imposing cost-sharing requirements on the enrollee passed the House Commerce Committee on March 5.  
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