The MHA serves as the unified voice of its members before the Michigan Legislature. Staff members often work with bill sponsors and testify before legislative committees to explain how proposed laws will affect hospitals and healthcare in the state.

Information on healthcare bills proposed during the current legislative session can be located below by searching for the topic or the bill number.

For a summary of healthcare legislation tracked by the MHA during the 2015-2016 legislative session, please click the button below.

2015-2016 MHA Legislative Session in Review

MHA Bill Tracking Information

Bill Number Bill Title & Description Bill Status MHA Position
HB 4624
HB 4625
HB 4626
HB 4627
Auto No-Fault: Assigned Claims Bill Package
Hank Vaupel (R) - Gives more discretion to the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP) at the point of assignment 
House Insurance
HB 4488
Auto No-Fault: Level Selection of Personal Protection Benefits
Jason Sheppard (R) - Allows insured to select levels of personal protection benefits, provides limitations for the payment of allowable expenses for attendant care, and create an automobile insurance fraud and theft prevention authority
House Insurance
SB 312
Auto No-Fault: Limit Criteria Used in Rate Setting
Morris Hood (D) - Limit the criteria that may be used when setting no-fault insurance rates to prohibit former claims made by the insured
Senate Insurance
SB 168
Auto Theft Prevention Authority (Commercial Vehicles)
Rick Jones (R) - Expands auto theft prevention authority assessment to commercial vehicles
Ordered Enrolled
SB 66 Background Check on Healthcare Workers
Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) - Removes conditional employment status for healthcare employees before their criminal background check is completed and before results of the check are received by their workplace
Senate Health Policy
HB 4472
Biological Drugs
John Bizon (R) - Allows pharmacists to dispense FDA designated interchangeable biological drug products
House Health Policy
SB 270
Bona-fide Physician-Patient Relationship (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Steve Bieda (D) - Requires prescribers to have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with a patient before prescribing a Schedule II-V controlled substance
Senate Testimony
Senate Health Policy
HB 4019 Contraception Coverage
Pam Faris (D) - Requires reimbursement for dispensing of a 365-day supply of covered prescription contraception
House Insurance
HB 4074 Coverage of Opioid Analgesics
Klint Kesto (R) - Requires abuse deterrent opioid analgesic drug coverage
House Insurance
SB 304
Decrease the Cigarette Tax
Joe Hune (R) - Decrease the cigarette tax
Senate Finance Oppose
SB 392
Dismemberment Abortion Ban
Tom Casperson (R) - Bans dismemberment abortion by including a modifying the partial-birth abortion provision
Senate Health Policy
SB 360 Dispensing Additional Quantities
Margaret O'Brien (R) - Allows dispensing additional quantities of a prescription drug within the limits of the prescription
Senate Health Policy
SB 37 E-cigs Sale to Minors
Rick Jones (R) - Prohibits sale of electronic cigarettes, or any oral device that provides vapor nicotine to minors
Senate Testimony
Senate Floor Oppose
HB 4543 EMS QAAP Elimination
Jim Tedder (R) - Eliminates the quality assurance assessment on ambulance providers
House Health Policy
HB 4617
Excludes Factors in Determining Auto Insurance Rate Criteria
Abdullah Hammoud (D) - Prohibits basing auto insurance rates on credit history, education, occupation or residency
House Insurance
HB 4368
Executive Recommendation for General Omnibus State Budget
Laura Cox (R) - Funding proposals for all state departments for fiscal year 2018
House Appropriations
HB 4361
Health Facility Database
Pete Lucido (R) - Requires the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to establish a health facility or agency database
House Health Policy
SB 29
SB 30
SB 31
SB 32
HICA Alternative Package
Ken Horn (R) - Creates a new version of the Medicaid managed care use tax and changes the Health Care Claims Assessment (HICA) sunset from July 1, 2020, to May 31, 2017
Senate Michigan Competitiveness
HB 4238 House Proposal for Department of Health and Human Services Budget
Edward Canfield (R) - Proposal for the state department of health and human services for fiscal year 2018
Senate Floor
HB 4001 Income Tax Rollback
Lee Chatfield (R) - Reduces the state income tax rate through an initial rate reduction to 3.9%, followed by annual rate reductions of one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) until the rate reaches zero in 2057 
Defeated on House Floor
SB 171
Increase Penalties for Wrongful Prescribing (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Jim Ananich (D) - Increases penalties for physicians and pharmacists who wrongfully prescribe, dispense, manufacture or distribute controlled substances 
Senate Health Policy
HB 4066
HB 4067
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
Jim Tedder (R) - Provides an expedited pathway for qualified physicians to obtain licenses to practice in multiple states
House Health Policy Support
SB 57 Lead Poisoning Commission
Jim Ananich (D) - Establishes a childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Commission
Senate Government Operations
HB 4051 Lead Screening In Children
Andy Schor (D) - Requires annual lead screening test for certain children enrolled in Medicaid and MIChild.
House Health Policy
SB 28 Liability for Drugs Approved by FDA
Steve Bieda (D) - Rescinds the limitation on liability for drugs that have been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration
Senate Judiciary
SB 331 Licensing Of Genetic Counselors
Judy Emmons (R) - Require licensing for genetic counselors
Senate Health Policy Support
SB 299
SB 300
Limits Schools Attendance & Vaccination Policies as a Disease Control Measure
Patrick Colbeck (R) - Prohibits schools from enacting attendance and vaccination exemption rules that are more stringent than state rules and prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from excluding individuals from schools as a disease control measure
Senate Education Oppose
HB 4049 MCCA Rate Setting Disclosure
Patrick Green (R) - Requires the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to disclose actuarial computation used in rate setting
House Insurance
HB 4354
MCCA Transparency
Henry Yanez (D) - Revises the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) membership, requires a yearly audit and makes the MCCA subject to the Open Meetings Act
Companion Bill SB 240
House Insurance
SB 240
MCCA Transparency
Steve Bieda (D) - Revises the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) membership, requires a yearly audit and makes the MCCA subject to the Open Meetings Act
Companion Bill HB 4354
Senate Insurance
HB 4403
Medicaid Beneficiaries Opioid Treatment Options (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Andy Schor (D) - Provides treatment options for Medicaid beneficiaries suffering from opioid addiction, including medically necessary acute treatment services, inpatient care and clinical stabilization services 
House Health Policy
HB 4170
HB 4171
HB 4173
HB 4174
MI-POST Package
Jim Tedder (R) - Package of bills revising guidelines surrounding physician orders for scope of treatment (POST) forms
House Health Policy Support
SB 236
SB 237
Opioid Health Education Curriculum (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Tonya Schuitmaker (R) - Requires the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission to adopt recommendations for the instruction of students on prescription drug abuse and the potential of addiction and incorporate it into health education curriculum
Companion Bills HB 4406 & 4407
Senate Health Policy
HB 4406
HB 4407
Opioid Health Education CurriculumĀ (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Beth Griffin (R) - Requires the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission to adopt recommendations for the instruction of students on prescription drug abuse and the potential of addiction and incorporate it into health education curriculum 
Companion Bills SB 236 & 237
House Health Policy
HB 4404
Pain Management Facility Licensure (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Sam Singh (D) - Requires pain management facilities to be licensed by the state 
House Health Policy Support
HB 4408
Parental Consent for Opioid Prescription (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Joseph Bellino (R) - Requires parental consent and signature before a minor receives their first prescription of a controlled substance containing an opioid. Prior to receiving consent, the prescriber should discuss with the minor and their parent the potential risk of addiction and overdose 
House Health Policy
HB 4311
Parental Identity Protection Under Safe Delivery Law
Hank Vaupel (R) - Amends reporting requirements for a live birth to protect the confidentiality of parents who surrender a newborn under the safe delivery of newborns law 
Companion Bill SB 215
Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services
SB 215
Parental Identity Protection Under Safe Delivery Law
Judy Emmons (R) - Amends requirements for reporting a live birth to protect the confidentiality of parents who surrender a newborn under the safe delivery of newborns law 
Companion Bill HB 4311
House Health Policy
SB 272
Patient Education (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Mike Shirkey (R) - Requires prescribers to provide information to patients on dangers, proper disposal and penalties for dispensing prior to prescribing a controlled substance
Senate Testimony
Senate Health Policy Neutral (as introduced)
SB 47 PDMP Reporting Requirement
Dale Zorn (R) - Requires the dispensing or administration of buprenorphine or a drug containing buprenorphine and methadone to be reported into prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) except in the ER, hospice or hospital inpatient setting
Senate Health Policy
HB 4088 Penalty Changes for Failing to Stop for EMT
Kevin Hertel (D) - Amends penalties for the crime of failing to yield or stop for approaching authorized emergency vehicles thereby causing injury or death to emergency personnel 
House Law and Justice
HB 4134 Physician MOC For License Renewal
Ed Canfield (R) -  Prohibits continuing certification requirements for physicians as a basis for license or renewal 
House Health Policy No Position
HB 4135 Physician MOC for Reimbursement
Ed Canfield (R) - Prohibits insurers or health maintenance organizations from requiring physicians to hold certain certification before paying or reimbursing claims (other than licensure)
House Health Policy No Position
HB 4461
Physician-assisted Suicide
Tom Cochran (D) - Allows physician-assisted suicide under certain circumstances
House Health Policy
SB 273
Post Overdose Patient Education (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Rick Jones (R) - Requires physicians to provide patients being treated for an opioid overdose with information on substance use disorder services
Senate Testimony
Senate Health Policy Neutral (as introduced)
SB 274
Prescribing Limits for Opioids (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Marty Knollenberg (R) - Creates prescribing limits for opioids. Prescribers would be limited to prescribing chronic pain sufferers a 30-day supply of opioids and acute pain sufferers a 7-day supply of opioids
Senate Testimony
Senate Health Policy
SB 213
Public Act 22 of 2017 - Telehealth Fix
Pete MacGregor (R) - Provides a fix for an unintended consequence of a telehealth bill last session that did not allow providers to prescribe controlled substances through telehealth services
Senate Testimony
Effective Date: March 29, 2017 Support
HB 4405
Refuse to Fill Protection (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Kathy Crawford (R) - Protects pharmacists from civil liability if the pharmacist refuses to fill a prescription, as long as they are acting in good faith and have reasonable doubt regarding the authenticity of the prescription or believe the prescription is being filled for non-medical purposes 
House Health Policy
HB 4425
HB 4426
Removes Vaccine Education for Nonmedical Waivers
Tom Barrett (R) - Bars the state from enforcing its rule requiring parents to receive information from local public health officials about vaccines if they want a nonmedical waiver to exempt their children from vaccine requirements at public schools
Education Reform Oppose
SB 166
SB 167
Running PDMP Reports (Bipartisan Opioid Package)
Tonya Schuitmaker (R) - Requires running a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) report before prescribing or dispensing schedule II-V controlled substances to a patient unless dispensing occurs in the oncology department
Senate Testimony
Senate Health Policy Neutral (as introduced)
SB 387
SB 388
SB 389
Safe Patient Care Act
Rebekah Warren (D) - Requires development of staffing plan for nurses, prohibit mandatory overtime and hospitals must maintain records of nurse-to-patient ratios
Companion Bills HB 4629, 4630 & 4631
Senate Health Policy
HB 4629
HB 4630
HB 4631
Safe Patient Care Act
Jon Hoadley (D) - Requires development of staffing plan for nurses, prohibit mandatory overtime and hospitals must maintain records of nurse-to-patient ratios
Companion Bills HB 387388 & 389
House Health Policy
SB 135 Senate Proposal for Department of Health and Human Services Budget
Jim Marleau (R) - Proposal for the state department of health and human services for fiscal year 2018
House Appropriations
SB 130 Senate Proposal for Omnibus State Budget
Dave Hildenbrand (R) - Funding proposals for all state departments for fiscal year 2018
Returned to Senate
HB 4207 Urban Food Initiative
Andy Schor (D) - Create incentives for grocery stores to locate in urban areas through funding from the community revitalization program
House Floor
HB 4622
HB 4623
Vehicle Insurance Verification Act
Pete Lucido (R) - Establish an online registry of all auto insurance with the purpose of ensuring that all registered drivers in the state carry coverage
House Insurance
SB 33 Violence Against Healthcare Workers
Ken Horn (R) - Expands crime of assaulting a person performing job-related duties to include emergency and operating room personnel
Senate Floor Support

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