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Legislative Update- Survey & Vaccine Update

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Rep. Bierman

 

Dear Neighbors,

I’d like to start this newsletter by saying thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our District 57 virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday. Engaging with community members is the best part of this work, and I’m grateful for all of your comments and questions. If you had a question or comment that didn’t get addressed, please reach out at rep.robert.bierman@house.mn or, join my virtual coffee hour next Saturday, March 13 at 9:00 a.m.!

Here’s how you can join the event next week:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94283370154?pwd=NGEzcGx3Vzhhc3NXUTZJWU5zaUFLUT09

Meeting ID: 942 8337 0154
Passcode: 281479

I hope to see you online.


Legislative Work

Our work continues at the Legislature. The House and Senate continue to carefully vet legislative solutions through the committee process to help our people and economy rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday this week, my bill that would require individual and small group health plan offerings to include a predeductible, flat co-pay on prescription drugs received a hearing in the Health Finance Committee. The bipartisan backed measure will help give Minnesotans another option to afford care, especially at the beginning of a new plan year, when lump-sum payments can be immense. The bill is being considered for inclusion into a larger health finance package.


COVID-19 Vaccine Update

As of today, 948,127 Minnesotans have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 500,188 have completed the series.

 

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The state is partnering with the Minnesota Vikings on a new community vaccination event to launch this week at Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) Performance Center in Eagan. Approximately 13,400 Johnson & Johnson doses will be administered to health care workers and adults 65 years of age or older beginning this week. Appointments will be prioritized for those 65 and older who signed up via the state's Vaccine Connector tool. Health care workers’ appointments will be filled through notification by local public health.

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, I encourage you to check out Minnesota’s COVID-19 Vaccine Connector. This tool lets you know when you’re eligible to be vaccinated, connects you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment, and alerts you if there are vaccine opportunities nearby. To sign up, visit mn.gov/vaccineconnector or call 833-431-2053.


Survey

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to complete my 2021 online survey. Questions vary from how you’ve been impacted by the pandemic, to what your thoughts are on cannabis legalization for adult-use. It’s important for me to hear all of the perspectives of our Apple Valley and Lakeville neighbors. Thanks in advance for sharing your feedback!


Keep in Touch

Please continue to reach out anytime at rep.robert.bierman@house.mn or 651-296-5506 to let me know how I can be of assistance.

Enjoy the sunshine and milder temps this weekend.

Sincerely,

Robert Bierman

State Representative

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