Advocacy

At the Table – August 2020

CMS Returns to Medical Alley to Announce Rule Targeting Patient Access to Innovative Technology Yesterday, we were privileged to welcome Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, as well as U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer and leaders from several Medical Alley companies for a tour of University Enterprise Laboratories, and roundtable discussion on […]

At the Table – July 2020

The Second Special State Legislative Session The second special session again started with a debate of the governor’s peacetime emergency powers. As in the first special session, the Minnesota Senate voted against the governor’s emergency power extension, and the Minnesota House approved the extension. Therefore, the governor’s emergency authority will continue. We expect the governor […]

At The Table – June 2020

Regular Session Reaction Between the end of the regular session and the start of June’s special session, we had the privilege of hosting Senate Majority Leader Gazelka and House Majority Leader Winkler for a session recap town hall outlining the accomplishments and shortfalls of the 2020 legislative session and discussed the policy implications of 2020 […]

At The Table – May 2020

When Minnesota’s legislative session opened on February 11, legislators had plans for a robust bonding bill that addressed infrastructural needs, advanced elements of each party’s vision for the state, and made use – in one way or another – of the state’s $1.5 billion surplus. Little more than a month later, the reality of the […]

At The Table – April 2020

Minnesota’s Economic Outlook In the time since our March update, Minnesota’s legislative leaders called for more clarity on the state’s economic situation to inform their work. However, the state’s budget remains unclear in large part because the U.S. economic outlook continues to be profoundly negative. In February, the state budget forecast projected a $1.5 billion […]

The Value of Telemedicine During a Global Pandemic

The CDC is encouraging the liberal use of telehealth tools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth technology, originally designed to give patients who live far from a provider reliable access to care, is now being used much more widely as a way to screen and diagnose patients without risking the spread of COVID-19 through […]

Four Medical Alley-Grown Companies Lead the Global Charge Against COVID-19

From direct care, to device and diagnostic, these four Minnesota-grown companies are commanding the global charge against COVID-19. Mayo Clinic Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Mayo Clinic Laboratories has worked nonstop to develop a new, faster test for COVID-19, a process that would normally take up to a year. Mayo Clinic is now able […]

At The Table – March 27, 2020

Minnesota Legislative Update: Lawmakers Pass Additional $330 million for COVID-19 Response Thursday, the Minnesota Legislature approved an additional $330 million coronavirus aid package. The bill passed on a bipartisan 99-4 vote in the House and 67-0 vote in the Senate. The new bill has a $200 million General Fund appropriation to create a COVID-19 Fund […]

At The Table – Special Edition

SHELTER IN PLACE The Medical Alley Association Releases Statement on Shelter in Place As many of you know, several state and local governments are currently considering shelter-in-place orders to prevent the spread of coronavirus among their populations; some governments have already issued such orders. As Minnesota continues to develop their own approach to this challenging […]

At The Table – March 2020

Medical Alley Day at the Capitol Monday, February 24, was Medical Alley Day at the Minnesota State Capitol, bringing together legislators with the health technology and care organizations that power Minnesota’s economy and make it The Global Epicenter of Health Innovation and Care™. Legislators met with representatives of MAA member companies from all over the […]

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