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Legislative Update, Medicaid Expansion and Protecting the ACA

Friday, January 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Anna Wrisky
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The following is the MARRCH Weekly Legislative Summary, prepared by Ewald Consulting.

MARRCH would also like to draw your attention to the following link from the National Council for Behavioral Health, offering talking points for Legislators when discussing the importance of Medicaid Expansion. Finally, the National Council also offers a letter template for writing Legislators in support of protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

It was a rather slow week at the Capitol in this second week of the 2017 legislative session. Legislators’ attention right now is focused on passing a federal tax conformity bill as well as a legislation to provide rebates for individuals on the state health care exchange. As a result, it’s been a quiet week in regards to the other legislative work. Most committee work has been to receive department and agency overviews to give new members background on what they are tasked to do and for returning members to receive a refresher on those items.

We have set up a number of meetings with lawmakers over the next few weeks to go over MARRCH’s 2017 legislative agenda. Thanks to all of you that continue to work for a successful session.

Committee Meetings of Interest:

The Tuesday January 17 the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee will review the 2016 Governor’s Report on Mental Health.

The Senate HHS Policy and Finance Committee will hear an overview from DHS on the 17th as well.

On Wednesday January 18, the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee will hear a presentation on direct care and treatment from staff at DHS.

Bill Introductions of Interest:

Fenton; Nash; Anderson, S.; Loonan and Slocum introduced:

H. F. 230, A bill for an act relating to alcohol; allowing Sunday sales; clarifying conditions; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 340A.504, subdivision 4.

Quam and Drazkowski introduced:

H. F. 28, A bill for an act relating to human services; requiring screening for use of controlled substances in the MFIP and general assistance programs; making certain individuals ineligible for MFIP and general assistance benefits; providing for rulemaking; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 256D.024, by adding a subdivision; 256D.05, subdivision 1; 256J.26, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 256D; 256J.

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