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MMA to Congress: ACA Repeal Without Replacement is Reckless
The MMA is urging Minnesota's Congressional delegation to take a strong leadership role in ensuring that Minnesota patients remain at the center of all discussions regarding the future of health care reform. Read more here
Session's First Bill Calls for Health Care Changes
Right out of the gate, House and Senate Republicans introduced a bill that could significantly impact health care in the state of Minnesota, specifically for patients on the individual insurance market. Read more here.
A Prescription for Success? 2 Physicians Now in the Senate 
Sen. Scott Jensen (R-Chaska), left, recently tweeted a photo of himself and the Legislature's other new physician member, Sen. Matt Klein (DFL-Mendota Heights). Jensen is an independent family practitioner and Klein is a general internist at Hennepin County Medical Center. 
Registration Now Open for Day at the Capitol
Physicians and physicians-in-training can now register for the MMA's annual Day at the Capitol event, taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The afternoon event is a great opportunity to interact directly with lawmakers and advocate for pro-medicine legislation. This year's event also provides the chance to see the newly refurbished Capitol building. For more information, visit www.mnmed.org/DAC2017.
Immigrant Health Expert Wins 2016 Shotwell Award
Patricia F. Walker, MD, DTM&H, FASTMH, received the 2016 Shotwell Award at the Jan. 10 Annual Meeting of the Abbott Northwestern Medical Staff. Read more here.
Volunteers Needed for MMA Policy Council
The MMA is looking to fill two vacancies on the MMA Policy Council. There is an opening for a member from the northeast area of the state and a member who is early in his/her career. The Policy Council, which was created in 2013, is a 40-member group that provides a representative mechanism for obtaining broad member input, feedback and ideas on critical health policy issues facing Minnesota physicians. Members who are interested should contact Janet Silversmith or call 612-362-3763.
Minnesota One of 8 States to Pilot New Behavioral Health Clinics
Minnesota has been selected as one of the first states to pilot Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, which are designed to offer "one-stop-shop" care for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. Read more here
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