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Price Transparency Bills Working Their Way Through St. Paul
Two bills that could lead to patients getting their needed medication without interference from pharmacy benefit managers and other third-parties are moving through the Capitol. Read more here
Opioid Bills Progress Through House and Senate
The opioid stewardship bill, which would provide needed funding for programs to address opioid addiction and the problems caused by the crisis, is working its way through House and Senate committees.  Read more here.
Registration Now Open for May 15 LGBTQ Health Forum 
Registration is now open for the MMA-hosted LGBTQ health forum taking place May 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Campus Club. Read more here.
Step Therapy Bill Clears House Hurdles
A proposal to allow physicians and other prescribers expanded ability to override step therapy requirements passed two House committees this week. Read more here.
MMA Joins Effort Opposing Medicaid Work Requirements
The MMA signed on to a letter sent to legislative leaders this week regarding a bill directing the Minnesota Department of Human Services to apply for a federal waiver establishing work requirements as a condition of receiving health coverage for Medical Assistance, the state's Medicaid program. Read more here.
Mental Health Parity Working Group Considered
On March 20, the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee passed a bill that would establish a working group to look at mental health parity in Minnesota. Read more here.
New AMA Study Confirms Prior Auth Bad for Patients
More than nine in 10 physicians say that prior authorization (PA) programs have a negative impact on patient clinical outcomes, according to a new physician survey released March 18 by the AMA. Reforming PA in Minnesota has been a long term legislative priority for the MMA. Read more here.
Match Day Filled with Smiles
The MMA and the Twin Cities Medical Society took part in the University of Minnesota Medical School's Match Day celebration at McNamara Alumni Center on March 16. At right, happy graduates include: Gretchen Colbenson (left), Alex Feng, Erica Sanders and Risa Visina. For more information on the event, click here. Mayo Medical School also held a Match Day event. Of its 51 students, 29 percent matched at Mayo Clinic. 
New Opioids Lecture to Focus on Orthopaedic Surgery
The next lecture in the MMA's Pain, Opioids, and Addiction Lecture Series is scheduled for March 28 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at Moos Tower 5-125 on the University of Minnesota campus. Read more here.
Book Club to Explore Poverty and Health Disparities in Minnesota
The MMA and the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics are forming a book club to explore health equity/poverty issues. The first book is "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" by Sun Yung Shin. The book club will begin reading May 1 and discuss the book during a conference call June 25 at 12:15 p.m. If you'd like to join, email jmilhofer@mnmed.org in order to receive email reminders.
Finding an MMA Policy is Easy
Ever wonder about the MMA policy on Folic Acid Guidelines or Helmets for Hockey Referees? We have 241 pages of policies housed on our website. You'll find them under "Policies" in the "News and Publications" tab. Once you're in the document, simply do a search (control F) for the topic. We review the policies regularly to determine which need to be sunset.
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