MNA Legislative Advocacy

MNA Legislative Advocacy

Letters Sent

Support of HF 2128 DE1 amendment in the Health Finance and Policy Omnibus bill ­– Sent to Representative Liebling, Chair of Health Finance and Policy Committee, supporting HF 2128 DE1 amendment in the Health Finance and Policy Omnibus bill

Support of HF 2127 and the inclusion of the Essential Workers Emergency Leave Act in HF 2127 – Sent to Rep. Schultz, Chair of the Human Services Finance and Policy Committee, in support of including the Essential Workers Emergency Leave Act in HF 2127, and appreciation for the operating adjustment for Direct Care and Treatment (DCT)

MNA President Mary Turner, RN, written testimony in support of HF 41, the Essential Workers Emergency Leave Act

MNA member Ashley Haverland, RN, written testimony in support of HF 41, the Essential Workers Emergency Leave Act

Opposition of SF 694 in Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee – Sent to Senator Dahms, Chair of Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee, opposing SF 694, the Minnesota premium security plan funding operation extension bill.

Opposition of SF 972 in the Senate – Sent to members of the Senate opposing SF 972, the extension of reinsurance for at least two more years and requiring the Department of Commerce to seek renewal of the state’s 1332 waiver for another five years.

Support of HF 1529 in the Behavioral Health Policy Division – Sent to Representative Fischer, Chair of the Behavioral Health Policy Division, in support of HF 1529, a bill that makes changes to the monitoring and enforcement of hospital construction moratorium exception conditions.

Support of HF 1203 in the House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee – Sent to Representative Ecklund, Chair of the House Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee, supporting HF 1203, extending presumptive eligibility for frontline workers and closing current loopholes in the law.

Support of HF 1609 in the House Health Finance and Policy Committee ­– Sent to Representative Liebling, Chair of Health Finance and Policy Committee, supporting HF 1609, a bill that would help stabilize funding for Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).

Support of HF 834 in the House Health Finance and Policy Committee ­– Sent to Representative Liebling, Chair of Health Finance and Policy Committee, supporting HF 834, a bill to allow Regions Hospital to add another 45 licensed beds to their hospital, but to comment on the inequities and inefficiencies in the hospital bed moratorium process itself.

Support of HF 1183 in the House Health Finance and Policy Committee – Sent to Representative Liebling, Chair of Health Finance and Policy Committee, supporting HF 1183, prohibiting excessive drug price increases by manufacturers to generic or off-patent drugs, authorizing the attorney general to take action against manufacturers for price increases, prohibiting withdrawal of generic or off-patent drug sales, and imposing civil penalties.

Opposition of SF 694 in the Senate – Sent to members of the Senate, opposing SF 694, the Minnesota premium security plan funding operation extension bill.

Support of HF 1203 in the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council – Sent to members of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council, supporting HF 1203, extending presumptive eligibility for frontline workers and closing current loopholes in the law.

Opposition of SF 953 in the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee – Sent to Senator Benson, Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee, opposing SF 953, a bill to allow Regions Hospital to add another 45 licensed beds to their hospital, but to comment on the inequities and inefficiencies in the hospital bed moratorium process itself.

Support of HF 801 in the House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee – Sent to Rep. Stephenson, chair of the Commerce Finance and Policy Committee, supporting HF 801, legislation that will establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Board and a Prescription Drug Affordability Advisory Council.

Opposition of SF 694 in the Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee – Sent to Senator Benson, Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee, opposing SF 694, the Minnesota premium security plan funding operation extension bill.

Support of HF 11 in the House Health Finance and Policy Committee – Sent to Representative Liebling, Chair of Health Finance and Policy Committee, supporting HF 11 as well as the expansion of eligibility for MnCare and expanding healthcare options to more Minnesotans

Letters Signed

Support of calling on lawmakers to prioritize working people in the final Omnibus Jobs Bill legislation – Sent to the Omnibus Jobs Bill working group, Speaker Hortman, Majority Leader Gazelka, and Governor Walz urging them to deliver immediate crisis relief to workers and communities, preserve and expand workplace wage and safety protections, reimburse workers who took unpaid quarantine leave, and create short and long-term paid leave programs.
Support of raising revenues from the wealthiest to help build a more equitable state – Sent to Governor Walz and members of the Minnesota Legislator to support raising revenues from those with the most resources to ensure Minnesota can fully respond to the pandemic’s health and economic impact, and help build a more equitable recovery by maintaining crucial investments after a temporary influx of federal dollars has ended.

Support of Rep. Khanna’s State-Based Universal Health Care Act – Sent to members of U.S. Congress to urge them to sign on as an original co-sponsor of Rep. Ro Khanna’s State-Based Universal Healthcare Act.

Support of ending “Operation Safety Net” – Sent to Governor Walz, Mayor Frey, Mayor Carter and Sheriff Hutchinson in support of the stop and draw back of “Operation Safety Net,” the state’s militarized operation deployed in Brooklyn Center and across St. Paul and Minneapolis ahead of the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Support of Commerce and Climate and Energy Omnibus bill, Senate File 972, as amended by the House File 1031 – Sent to Representatives Stephenson and Long supporting the climate and clean energy provisions in the Commerce and Climate and Energy Omnibus bill, Senate File 972, as amended by the House File 1031.

Support of HF11 provisions in Health Finance Policy Omnibus bill, HF 2128 – Sent to members of the House of Representatives supporting the Public Option Proposal Report and Delivery Reform Analysis Report in HF 2128.

Support of extending the COVID-19 safety net to undocumented Minnesotans – Sent to Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan in support of extending additional health care coverage and including pandemic disaster relief assistance for undocumented Minnesotans in the Governor’s supplemental budget.

Opposition of Felony Free Speech bills – Sent to members of the House and Senate in opposition of the Felony Free Speech Bills: SF 386/HF 254, HF 129, and SF 355. These bills attempt to undermine free speech and the right to peacefully protest have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature during the 2021 legislative session.

Support of Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) – Sent to Speaker of the House Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Gazelka, supporting Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST), a basic employment standard that allows workers to accrue paid time to care for themselves or a loved one.

Support of Governor Walz’s revenue raising-options – Sent to Representative Paul Marquart, Chair, House Taxes Committee, and members of the House Taxes Committee, supporting Governor Walz’s approach to raise taxes on those who can afford to pay more and including tax reductions that advance equity and economic security for low‐ and moderate‐income Minnesotans.

Comments on CMS-9912-IFC – Partnering with TakeAction Minnesota and other organizations to submit comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule “Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency,” issued on November 6 and related to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Declarations Signed

A Minnesota Declaration on Climate Change and Health – Joined a coalition of public health, environmental health, patient advocacy, healthcare, nursing, and medical communities to address combating climate change and to protect the health of Minnesotans from current and future climate impacts.