New Legislation for Better Medication Access

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Greetings!  This week EFMN is busy making epilepsy part of our community’s dialog and I wanted to share how. 

Yesterday, I joined a coalition of health care organizations, like the MN Academy of Family Physicians and MN AIDS Project, in a legislative effort to improve the state’s medication prior authorization process.  The MN Medical Association is leading efforts with Sen. Melisa Franzen (DFL-Edina) and Rep. Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake) on Legislation (SF 934 and HF 1060) to improve medication prior authorization processes.  This is a long-winded way of saying that patients should get the medications they need in a timely manner without prior approvals getting in the way of their care. Many people with epilepsy experience delays and issues around getting their medications as prescribed, and it’s time for that to stop.

The proposed legislation calls for improving transparency of medication coverage, limit changes to such coverage during an enrollment year, ensure ongoing coverage when patients transition to new insurance policies and use prescribing data to support improved prescribing practices instead of to delay patient care.  I am really proud that EFMN is among a list of health care organizations working together for change.  You can read more about the bill at Stay tuned how you can get involved on our website.  And consider joining us at Epilepsy Awareness Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 24 to make your voice heard with our representatives.

Also this week, EFMN partnered with leading senior care organizations in an educational seminar for senior caregivers at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.  Three experts presented information on Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and special needs trusts for seniors.  Thanks to Brightstar Care and the MN Parkinson’s Foundation for their partnership in helping to meet the needs of seniors with health issues.

Raising epilepsy awareness can be done in so many ways, and is vital to helping people rise above seizures.  I will continue to update you on the Foundation’s efforts and hope you’ll find ways to join us!

Vicki Kopplin, Executive Director


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