Huge Crowd of Physicians, Med Students and Residents Advocate at Capitol

More than 150 physicians and physicians-in-training descended on the newly refurbished Capitol Feb. 15 to meet with their legislators as part of the MMA’s annual Day at the Capitol. 

Along with health care reform, attendees discussed the following priorities with lawmakers: reforming medication prior authorization, ensuring the sunset of the provider tax, aligning quality measures and fighting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota.

“Now more than ever, physicians, medical students and residents need to band together and speak out on behalf of their patients and their professions,” said MMA President David Agerter, MD. “All signs point to a lot of uncertainty ahead in St. Paul and Washington, DC, regarding health care reform. When decisions affecting physicians are made, we need to be at the table.”

Guest speakers included: Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake); and Sen. Matt Klein, MD (DFL-Mendota Heights), who is also an MMA member and one of two physicians in the Senate. 
All of these smiling physicians, residents and medical students advocated on behalf of health care with their legislators. 

Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake) addressed the group, urging them to share real-life stories with their legislators. 
Dave Renner, MMA's director of federal and state legislative affairs, reviews the MMA's legislative priorities. 
Part of the attraction of this year's event was the newly refurbished State Capitol building.