for Nov. 6 election
Election Day is Nov. 6. MHA encourages political participation
and voting, which has been made easier than ever with expanded early voting
All Minnesota voters have at least one location where they can vote early in
person with an absentee ballot. Depending on where you live, there may be
Candidates for public office appreciate hearing from local
hospital stakeholders with personal expertise about health care issues and
issues affecting their community’s hospitals and clinics. Election resources
for MHA members are available on the MHA Member Center. For assistance accessing the
Member Center, contact Ashley Beno, member services and
communications specialist, MHA, 651-603-3545.
With questions, contact Mary Krinkie, vice president of government
relations, MHA, 651-659-1465, or Kristin Loncorich, director of state government relations, MHA,
651-603-3526. return to top
for Nov. 2 AFM clinical conference call
MHA and the Minnesota Department of Health are partnering to
host a clinical conference call on acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) on Friday, Nov.
2, from 12-1 p.m. The call will include a brief overview of AFM and state
reporting followed by a discussion of the characteristics of patient
presentation in the recent cluster of cases, laboratory and radiology findings,
patient management, prognosis and follow-up.
- Anupama Kalaskar, M.D.,
pediatric infectious disease and immunology, Children’s Minnesota
- William Pomputious, M.D.,
pediatric infectious disease, Children’s Minnesota
- Heidi Moline, M.D., pediatric
resident, University of Minnesota
Following the presentation, speakers will be available to
respond to questions.
Advance registration is required and may be completed online. With questions, contact Susan Klammer, quality and process improvement specialist, MHA,
651-603-3529. return to top
rule expands impact of receiving public benefits on immigration status
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
released a proposed rule modifying how the agency would
determine whether a legal immigrant would become primarily dependent on the
government for subsistence – being deemed a “public charge.”
The proposed rule could affect a legal immigrant’s future immigration status,
such as ability to get a green card, become a citizen or change visa status,
based on their receipt of public benefits. The rule would expand the types of
programs that can contribute to a “public charge” determination to include
Medicaid, the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy and the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program, among other programs. The proposal does not include CHIP,
WIC or federal subsidies for Affordable Care Act coverage programs.
A number of members have raised concerns that the proposed rule could have a
negative impact on population health as individuals may forgo benefits and
therefore delay accessing care. Hospitals could experience an increase in bad
debt and emergency department use.
MHA plans to submit comments, which are due Dec. 10. MHA members may send
feedback to be included in MHA’s comment letter to Briana Nord Parish, policy analyst, MHA, 651-603-3498. return to top