2018 Advocacy Priorities:


Step Therapy Reform  (SF2897/HF3196) - Passed

Step Therapy, also known as fail first, is a cost savings tool used by health insurers to manage access to medications. As part of the Minnesota Step Therapy Coalition, EFMN is advocating for legislation that would streamline and bring greater transparency to the step therapy process. On May 15, 2018, Governor Dayton signed HF 3196 into law.

The Epilepsy Foundation of America has additional step therapy information available.

EFMN Letter of Support HF 3196
EFMN Letter of Support SF 2897
MN Step Therapy Coalition Letter of Support, Senate
MN Step Therapy Coalition Letter of Support, Federal 

Best Life Alliance (SF2889/HF3191)

Best Life Alliance is a coalition advocating for Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS). HCBS provide individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities needs-based services that allow them to contribute to stay as active and independent as possible. Best Life Alliance seeks action to support quality services and a strong workforce. Although both Governor Dayton and the Legislature supported the Best Life Alliance legislation, they were unable to find common ground on other items included in the omnibus budget bill.

Chloe Barnes Rare Disease Advisory Council (SF2786/HF2574)

Helping the rare disease community starts with ensuring that patients and families have a voice in government. EFMN supports legislation to establish a rare disease advisory council to advise state agencies on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education related to rare disease. Although both Governor Dayton and the Legislature supported the Chloe Barnes Rare Disease Advisory Council legislation, they were unable to find common ground on other items included in the omnibus budget bill. 

RDAC Coalition Letter of Support HF 2574/SF 2786

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Additional Advocacy Efforts


Short-Term Limited Duration Plans

EFMN joins other patient advocacy groups in opposing the inclusion of short-term limited duration (STLD) plan language in HF 3138, the House Health and Human Services Omnibus bill. On May 23, 2018, Governor Dayton vetoed the omnibus budget bill that included the STLD plan language. On May 23, 2018, Governor Dayton vetoed the omnibus budget bill that included the STLD plan language.

Coalition Letter Opposing STLD Language

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