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Medical and Nursing Community of Montana Unites to Urge Vaccination, Masking as COVID-19 Cases Rise Statewide:

Montana medical and nursing organizations representing thousands of health care practitioners across the state united to urge Montanans to protect themselves and their communities by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask as COVID-19 cases continue to r  
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MMA Files Suit to Protect Montana Physician Offices, Fight for the Safety of Patients:

The Montana Medical Association along with other organizations and individuals, filed suit in Missoula Federal District Court on September 22, 2021, challenging House Bill 702 as it applies to Montana’s physicians and hospitals.

 
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Montana Medical Association Selects Leadership for 2021/2022:

The Montana Medical Association (MMA) announced today that its Board of Trustees has selected a new slate of officers to lead the Association through September 2022, with Carley C. Robertson, M.D., a general practice physician from Havre, taking the he  
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Montana Medical Association Foundation Selects Officers for 2021/2022:

The Montana Medical Association Foundation announced today that its Board has selected a new slate of officers to lead the Foundation through August 2022, with William S. Gallea, M.D., a Lewistown emergency medicine physician, taking the helm as Presid  
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MMA Opinion - Vaccinate and stay vigilant: Together, we can put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror in 2022:

With the new, much more transmissible Omicron variant now spreading across Montana, and as cold weather keeps families indoors, we expect more individuals to get infected with the virus. We can help slow this spread, keep our loved ones safe and preven  
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MMA Statement on Preliminary Injunction Granted in HB 702 Litigation:

Today, in Missoula District Court, a preliminary injunction was granted in the Montana Medical Association’s ongoing litigation against House Bill 702 to the extent it applies to all facilities and providers subject to the Centers for Medicare an  
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03-20-2022
MMA Opinion - Vaccinate and stay vigilant: Together, we can put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror in 2022

As we flip the calendar page to a New Year, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our health and daily lives. However, as we look toward 2022, a lot has changed, and it is important to remember that we have many more tools available now to control the virus now than we did at this time last year. Millions of people across the globe and over 545,000 Montanans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, preventing serious disease and slowing the spread of COVID in our communities. These vaccines have been a true triumph of vaccine development and its sciences. Plus, now anyone over five years is eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine, and new treatment options have been made available to those who contract the virus.  

With the new, much more transmissible Omicron variant now spreading across Montana, and as cold weather keeps families indoors, we expect more individuals to get infected with the virus. We can help slow this spread, keep our loved ones safe and prevent our hospitals and our health care workers from being overstretched this winter by increasing our state's vaccination rates. The more we vaccinate, we also help decrease the spread of COVID-19 within our communities, thus helping to protect neighbors and those who are not eligible for COVID immunization.

That's why we have partnered with nine other trusted Montana health care and public health associations to launch the "Your Best Shot MT" campaign to help answer parents' vaccine questions with the goal of increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates in Montana. Through this initiative, Montana parents and guardians now have another local resource to answer their questions on the COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5-17 at YourBestShotMT.com.

The availability of a vaccine has been a major step forward in our war against COVID-19. Still, it is important to be vigilant in the prevention of COVID-19 – wear your mask in appropriate areas, social distance when feasible, and wash your hands regularly. And if you do acquire COVID-19, it is important that you stay at home to protect others and communicate with your health care provider if you are at high risk for serious outcomes or start to have significant symptoms. Over the last year, the vaccine has been a breakthrough, but so have there been many medications and treatments that can help the COVID-positive individual.

The New Year brings hope. With medical advancements and continued public health interventions, I have high hope for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

-Carley C. Robertson, M.D., Montana Medical Association President


  

 

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