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MAA Releases Legislative Session Wrap Up
The Medical Alley Association’s government relations team has published their annual legislative session report, which lays out a detailed review of the 2017 state legislative session. Our team worked on behalf of MAA’s members to drive and deliver policies that positively impact our health technology ecosystem. With a focus on patient access, innovation, and economic growth, the Medical Alley Association delivers the education, information, proposals, and solutions that drive public policy changes in Minnesota and Washington, DC.
You can access the report by clicking here.
Please contact Genevieve Plumadore, VP of Government Relations, if you have any questions or input on the report.
MAA Government Relations Team Recaps Legislative Session with Webinar to Members
On Thursday, Medical Alley’s VP of Government Relations Genevieve Plumadore presented in an interactive webinar to membership a recap of the legislative session.
In the webinar, Plumadore laid out legislative priorities, challenges, successes, and goals for next session, as well as answering attendee questions on legislation and next year’s session. You can access the webinar below:
Francis Collins to Remain as NIH Director
This week, the Trump Administration announced that current National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins will stay on as the organization’s head.
Collins has been at the helm of NIH since 2009, and is known for his work with the 2003 International Human Genome Project.
Collins extension as NIH Director comes during a time when President Trump’s budget proposes deep cuts to NIH itself. In recent months, Congress has held fast against the president’s proposals, and even fought back to increase NIH funding levels.
NIH funding has had a profound impact on research and innovation in the State of Minnesota, and in 2016 alone, 32 in-state organizations received awards, amounting to 1029 total awards, and approximately $520M in funds provided.
MDUFA Advances past U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee Mark Up
The House Energy & Commerce Committee marked up the FDA’s user fee package on Wednesday, and passed it out of committee by a vote of 54-0. The mark up included two amendments of interest. The first amendment would require the FDA to regulate an accessory to a device as its own product, and would require the accessory to carry its own risk level, rather than the device it is associated with. The second amendment would have the FDA establish pilot programs to monitor medical device security and prevent surveillance or unauthorized access to user data.
MAA will continue to monitor and advocate for the swift passage of this reauthorization package.
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