Add your comment below for Resolution #20
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Comments Submitted by Most Recent-Updated by MSMA
>>>Samantha Lund, Medical Student - representing self
Writing on behalf of the authors, in SUPPORT of this resolution. The COVID19 pandemic has proved how vital internet access is for work, school, and health care and has forever changed how we utilize these services. Yet 20% of Missourians lack broadband access (which includes access to cellular data via a smartphone or other mobile device). Even before this pandemic, Healthy People 2020 included internet access as a social determinant of health and the data is clear on the health impacts of internet access. Our AMA supports similar policy and progress has been made on the federal and state level. Support from our MSMA will further demonstrate the remaining need in our state and reflect our belief that all Missourians should have access to modern health care services regardless of their geographic location or socioeconomic level.
>>>George Hruza, MD - representing self
This resolution has a laudable goal that we all should support. However, the MSMA has limited bandwidth (resources) to pursue our legislative agenda. We focus our limited resources on issues that are very focused on healthcare specific items. There are many groups far beyond medicine advocating for broadband access, making MSMA's effort of limited benefit to this cause, yet it might distract for issues that are more pressing and that may not have as broad support by the community at large. I recommend referring this resolution to Council for further consideration.