House Committee to Hear Firearm Safety Legislation on February 3 

February 02, 2023
Several bills aimed to reduce death and injury from firearms are set to be heard in the House Public Safety Committee on February 3. 
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CANDOR Legislation, an MMA Priority, Introduced in St. Paul 

February 02, 2023
A bill that would encourage open and honest communication between a provider and a patient following an adverse event was introduced at the Capitol on February 1.  
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Mid-Year Formulary Bill Passes First House Committee 

February 02, 2023
Legislation that limits mid-year formulary changes for patients who are currently on a medication therapy passed through the House Health Finance and Policy Committee on January 31. It was re-referred to the House Commerce Committee. 
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Newborn Screening for cCMV Set to Begin in Minnesota 

February 02, 2023
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is preparing to begin screening for congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV), making Minnesota the first state in the nation to universally screen newborns for presence of the virus. 
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MMA, Other Providers Speak in Support of PRO Act 

February 02, 2023
MMA President Will Nicholson, MD, participated with physicians, medical students, nurses, and public health experts in a press conference on January 27 in support of the Protect Reproductive Options Act (PRO Act).  
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New FAQ Now Available on MMA’s Decriminalization of Simple Possession of Illicit Drugs Policy

January 26, 2023
The MMA has developed an FAQ to provide additional details and information on the MMA’s new policy, “Decriminalization of Simple Possession of Illicit Drugs.”
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X-Waiver No Longer Required to Treat Opioid Use Disorder 

January 26, 2023
With the signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (the Act) on December 29, Congress eliminated the “DATA-Waiver Program,” also known as the “X-Waiver.” This means that an X-waiver is no longer required to treat patients with buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. 
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Walz Budget Focuses on Education, Children and Families 

January 26, 2023
Gov. Tim Walz released his 2023-24 state budget proposal this week, detailing his recommendations on how to use the state’s $17.6 billion surplus. In total, the plan would raise the state general fund, two-year budget to $65.2 billion – the largest in Minnesota’s history. The focus of Walz’s proposal is dedicated to increased spending in education, children, and families. 
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Abortion Access Bills Advance at Capitol 

January 19, 2023
A pair of bills related to abortion access are moving fast in St. Paul. The most notable of which, HF1 (Kotyza-Witthuhn, DFL – Eden Prairie), or the Protect Reproductive Options (PRO) Act,is expected to pass the House floor today (January 19).  
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MMA Supports Legislation that Bans Conversion Therapy 

January 19, 2023
Legislation that would prohibit the use of conversion therapy for individuals under the age of 18 received its first committee hearing in the Minnesota House of Representatives on January 18. 
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