2021 is a budget year for the Minnesota Legislature and lawmakers must pass a budget for the upcoming biennium. Because health and human services spending is a significant portion of the state budget, the hospital and health system community is needed to advocate on behalf of patients and communities to ensure health care needs are met. The Legislature will also continue to focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery. Join MHA Vice President of Government Relations Mary Krinkie as she discusses MHA’s public policy agenda, including telehealth legislation, for the 2021 legislative session.


Mary Krinkie, vice president, government relations, MHA

Mary Krinkie is the vice president of government relations at the Minnesota Hospital Association, directing MHA’s policy and advocacy efforts. Since joining MHA in 2001, Krinkie has navigated numerous pieces of complex legislation through the state legislative process. Her ability to work with both Democrat and Republican majorities has been a key component of MHA’s advocacy success. Krinkie is recognized as a persuasive voice for the hospital community. She is a frequent presenter at many of the MHA education and trustee programs. She served on the Metropolitan Council as an appointee of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.  

Prior to joining MHA, Krinkie worked as a lobbyist with the law firm of Lockridge, Grindal and Nauen, one of the state’s leading government relations firms. She became interested in the legislative process after working for the Minnesota State Senate doing research and media work. Before moving to Minnesota, Krinkie was an employee of the Republican National Committee doing political field work.

Who should attend

Hospital and health system trustees and board members.

Continuing education

Trustees participating in this webinar will earn MHA board certification credit.


  • $49 per person for MHA member hospitals and health systems
  • $59 per person for associate members
  • $99 per person for nonmembers

Registration deadline

Please register by 5 p.m. on March 25 to ensure timely delivery of access instructions.

Approximately four business days before the web conference, you will receive an email that contains instructions on how to connect. Advance registration is required to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

If you do not receive an email from Christy Hammer prior to the program with web conference details, please contact info@mnhospitals.org to confirm your registration.

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When and Where
  • 3/26/2021 11:30 AM CDT
  • 3/26/2021 12:30 PM CDT
  • Web Conference