MPhA Members Meet with Key Legislators on PATF
Friday, February 3, 2017
The 2017 session of the Minnesota Legislature is off to a fast start. The House, Senate and Governor agreed on an emergency health care premium relief package, Health & Human Services (HHS) reform proposals are being introduced on a daily basis and all four HHS legislative committees are holding hearings. The Governor released his budget proposal last week, and the Republicans are responding with their own budget numbers and through the budget process hearings, which are set by the Chairs.
Representing the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force (PATF), Buck Humphrey and Todd Hill, both with Capitol Hill Strategies, along with other pharmacy ambassadors (including MPhA Past President Jeff Lindoo) have been making visits to House and Senate members plus members of the governor’s staff who will be key to introducing and passing our agenda.
PATF representatives will also meet with the OB-GYNs, medical manufacturers and other stakeholders to inform them about our agenda and ask for their support. Buck Humphrey is working with MPhA Interim Executive Director Marsha Millonig and her very capable group of UM pharmacy students to complete the National Governors Association (NGA) legislative-scope of practices change tool. The pharmacy students are a great help in this effort. The House HHS policy committee held an entire hearing this past week about the use of the tool for scope of practices proposed changes.
The PATF has also been working with Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Cody Wiberg in a technical advisory capacity to draft our legislative language. Rep. Roz Peterson's office is helping with the Revisor's office to draft the legislation. This bill language can be modified if need be throughout the legislative process. Watch for more information soon.
Left to right: MPhA Student Member Elizabeth Ebensperger, MPhA President-Elect Michelle Aytay, RPh, CDE, Representative Roz Peterson, and MPhA Member Julie Freeman, PharmD. MPhA members met with Rep. Peterson to thank her for her willingness to serve as chief author of the Pharmacy Advocacy Task Force bill.