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2018 PA Day on the Hill

 

Recap of the MAPA Day on the Hill

Leslie Milteer PA-C and Becky Ness PA-C Legislative Committee Co-Chairs

 

 

Tuesday April 17th saw a record number of 29 practicing PAs, 83 students from the Augsburg, St. Catherine’s and St. Scholastica PA programs, and 1 physician from St. Scholastica faculty blanketing the Capitol.  The focus was to inform the legislators about who PAs are, how we are educated and how we can help fill the provider shortage across the state.

 

This year there were 43 appointments attended covering the house and senate – with special focus put into meeting members of the health and human services committees.  Given the outstanding number of practicing PAs there was one or more available to attend every legislative appointment.  The combination of students and practicing PAs provided a balanced representation of the PA profession for the legislators and legislative aides with the students being able to speak to the educational rigors of PA training as well as their reason for becoming a PA. The practicing PAs were able to give personal stories about how and where PAs provide care throughout the state as well as provide examples of how the current administrative barriers negatively impact patients.   

 

In between legislative appointments there was opportunity for the students to get to know one another as well as make connections with the practicing PAs in attendance.  Early in the day MAPA lobbyist Tom Lehmen provided an overview of the current make up of the legislature and briefed attendees on the ins and outs of legislative appointments. Rep. Michelle Benson, chair of the Senate Health and Human Service Finance committee met with the group briefly, thanking us for coming to St. Paul and providing some insight into the legislative process as well as how she got involved with her current committee.  Toward the end of the day Senator Jennifer Schultz, a member of the HHS Finance Committee, addressed the group on matters of cost effective healthcare delivery and consideration of alternative payment plans to address resource allocation.

 

The MAPA legislative team is looking forward to next years Day on the Hill event and would love to see the trend of increasing practicing PA attendance continue.  Make sure to watch the website or Facebook pages for updates on when the 2019 Day on the Hill event will occur and what the focus will be.  

 

 

See the additional handouts below that were left as additional information:

 

DOTH_2018_Leave_Behind_Hando.pdf

Hill_Handout_-_Customized_Mi.pdf

 

 

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