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E-Cigarette Proposal Receives First Hearing
On Feb. 26, the House Health and Human Services Policy committee considered two bills that would place stricter regulations on e-cigarette devices.
Newborn Screening Restoration Bill Introduced
A proposal to restore the state's newborn screening program was introduced in both the House and Senate in the first days of the new legislative session.

Final Push Made to End SGR Before April 1 Pay Cut

The AMA is encouraging Minnesota physicians to use its toll-free hotline (800-833-6354) to contact and urge their Congress members to support the bills that would eliminate Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula.

MMA Part of CMS Letter Protesting 90-day Grace Period

The MMA has signed on to a letter to be sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the 90-day grace period for Affordable Care Act-subsidized health insurance exchange products that could put physicians on the hook for consumers who don't pay their bills.

Grants Available for New Care Delivery Models

The Minnesota Department of Health will grant up to $4 million this year to organizations that advance the Minnesota Accountable Health Model and prepare for potential participation in accountable communities for health as part of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model e-Health Grant Program.

Video Provides Tips on How to Talk to Legislators

An MMA-produced video informing members on how to interact with lawmakers is now available online. The 8-minute video features members Lisa Mattson, M.D., Will Nicholson, M.D., and the MMA's legislative team. It provides a great foundation for members who will be attending Day at the Capitol or who plan to meet with legislators on their own.
Do You Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana?
With 21 states and the District of Columbia now allowing the use of medical marijuana and legislation pending in St. Paul, marijuana is a hot issue. Minnesota Medicine would like to know whether you think it should be legalized here. Please click here to share your views. And then plan to attend the March 4 policy forum on the topic at the Eagan Community Center.

MMA Membership Renewal - Why it's Worth the Investment

Have you renewed your 2014 MMA membership yet? If not, listen to Cindy Firkins Smith, M.D., MMA president, describe the value of membership. "I think MMA membership is invaluable and worth the investment," she says. "Your commitment makes possible all of the education, support and advocacy that MMA provides. And just one advocacy success, like the Freedom to Breathe Act, will save lives for generations to come." But time is running out; the deadline is March 31. To renew, call 612-362-3747 or email MMA at enroll@mnmed.org. See more on MMA value.

Save the Date: June 5 Policy Forum on Health Disparities

Minnesota Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, M.D., will be a guest speaker at an MMA policy forum on health disparities on June 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wilder Center in St. Paul. Watch future issues of MMA News Now for more details as they become available.
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