Provider Tax Reduced but Sunset is Gone

May 23, 2019
With time in the 2019 session quickly fading and the threat of a budget impasse and government shutdown building, Republican Senate leadership agreed to the repeal of the provider tax sunset strongly supported by the DFL House and Gov. Tim Walz. While the tax will be indefinitely extended, the rate will be lowered to 1.8 percent, a 10 percent reduction from the current levy.
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Opioids Stewardship Bill Approved by Gov. Walz

May 23, 2019
It took weeks to work out an agreement but the Senate (60-3) and House (109-25) finally passed a bill that positions Minnesota as a leader in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Both bodies passed the opioid stewardship bill on the last day of the session and sent it to Gov. Tim Walz, who signed it on May 22. 
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MMA-supported PBM Bill Sent to Governor’s Desk

May 16, 2019
Legislation to increase transparency and accountability for pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) took its final step with the adoption of the conference committee’s recommendations by both the House (130-2) and Senate (67-0). The bill was sent to the governor for his signature on May 16.
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MMA Releases Survey to Physicians on Recreational Marijuana in Minnesota

May 16, 2019
In order to begin formulating a policy regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana in Minnesota, the MMA distributed a survey on May 15. Data gathered from the brief survey will be used at the June 6 forum, A Physician’s Take on Recreational Marijuana from 5 to 8 p.m. at 317 on Rice Park in downtown St. Paul.
 
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MMA Honors Past Board Chairs at Reception

May 16, 2019
The MMA honored seven of its past Board of Trustee chairs at a reception held on May 13 at the MMA office. 
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With Days Left, A Look at the Good, the Bad and the Uncertain

May 16, 2019
Just days are left in the legislative session and many questions remain regarding MMA-supported bills. However, anything can happen before the May 20 deadline. 
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Opioid Stewardship Bill Still in Conference Committee

May 09, 2019
What appeared to be a certainty weeks ago, now appears in question. The opioid stewardship bill went into a conference committee in early April so legislators from both bodies could work out an agreement on final legislation. The group, however, is deadlocked on how the fee will be assessed and when it should sunset.  
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MMA Modifies Position on Provider Tax Replacement

May 09, 2019
With less than two weeks in the session, the MMA continues to advocate to replace the funding mechanism for Minnesota public health programs funded by the Health Care Access Fund. 
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DHS’s Uniform Preferred Drug List Goes into Effect July 1

May 09, 2019
Starting July 1, all managed care organizations that offer drug benefits for Minnesota Health Care Programs – such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare – will be required to use a Uniform Preferred Drug List (PDL), created and managed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). 
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Three Authors Scheduled for MMA’s Book Club

May 09, 2019
Two authors and one novelist have been scheduled to take part in the inaugural season of Author Rounds: The MMA Book Club taking place June 18, July 23 and Oct. 11.
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