Legislative Schedule Enters Final Week of 2018 Session

Posted on December 14, 2018

Michigan capitol buildingThe Legislature has one week remaining in its legislative schedule for 2018. More than 250 bills have passed from the House or Senate chamber in the first three weeks of action, marking an increase in activity compared to past end-of-year sessions. As lame duck nears its conclusion, some bills the MHA has been tracking have seen significant movement:

  • Senate Bills (SBs) 1245, 1246 and 1247 would allow law enforcement to access data in the Michigan Automated Prescription System for drug-related criminal investigations and evidentiary purposes. The MHA successfully pursued amendments to ensure additional protections for physicians and patient data.  As a result, prescribers and dispensers will not be investigated until the Michigan State Police has consulted with relevant medical professionals, during which HIPAA must be followed to protect patient information and confidentiality. The legislation is expected to be approved by the House during the week of Dec. 17 and presented to Gov. Rick Snyder for signature.
  • SB 331 would create a licensure process for genetic counselors and provide basic restrictions on the practice of genetic counseling. The MHA has supported the legislation throughout the process, and the bill was reported by the House Health Policy Committee Dec. 12. It is expected to be finalized during the last week of lame duck and presented to the governor for his signature.
  • House Bills (HBs) 4066 and 4067 would create the interstate medical licensure compact to allow allopathic and osteopathic physicians to receive licensure through an alternative process that will authorize them to practice medicine in multiple states. The MHA supported the legislation as it was passed by the Senate Health Policy Committee. The Senate approved the bill Dec. 13, and it will go before the House for concurrence before being presented to the governor for signature.
  • HBs 5152 and 5153 call for the creation of a nonopioid directive form to allow patients to opt out of being administered or prescribed an opioid. The form would be designed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and, upon presentation, be included as a part of a patient’s medical records until revoked. Earlier this year, the MHA was successful in advocating for the allowance of opioids in time of emergency, as well as liability protections for healthcare professionals who follow the directives of the nonopioid forms. The bill was reported favorably by the Senate Committee on Health Policy and is expected to be approved by the full Senate during the final week of lame duck. 
  • A fiscal year (FY) 2018 supplemental appropriation bill is expected to be approved in the final days of the lame-duck session. The MHA has pursued a $3 million appropriation to help bring funding for the state’s Obstetrical Stabilization Fund and the Small and Rural Access Pool to the same level outlined in the FY 2019 state budget.

The MHA will continue to share updates and alerts with members as major topics impacting Michigan’s healthcare community are considered by the Legislature. For more information, contact Chris Mitchell at the MHA.


  • Legislative Schedule Enters Final Week of 2018 Session

Tags: lame-duck, MAPS, small and rural, opioid, advocacy, professional licensing, obstetrical stabilization fund

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