Issues in Healthcare

The MHA encourages its staff, members and other stakeholders in the healthcare community to vote in the state’s primary election Tuesday, Aug. 7. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the American Hospital Association’s lawsuit in federal court challenging a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy to impose a $1.6 billion cut to the 340B drug savings program.
The MHA Keystone Center will conduct a webinar regarding updates to the Michigan opioid laws from 10 to 11 a.m. July 27. The education session is free of charge for members, but registration is required.
On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, an omnibus package of legislation to address the opioid drug addiction crisis. The House Energy and Commerce Committee published a summary of the package at its website dedicated to the opioid issue. 
The MHA has been working with the state of Michigan, at the request of member hospitals, to develop a way to verify whether physicians have registered with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).
The AP reported on a two-bill legislative package passed by the Michigan Senate that would reform major components of Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law.
The MHA voiced its support of a bill that would regulate genetic counseling in Michigan in a June 9 story on MiBiz.com.
The Legislature took one step closer to finalizing the state healthcare budget during a Joint House and Senate conference committee held June 7 to approve the conference report on Senate Bill (SB) 856, the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget for the Michigan DHHS. 
The Michigan Legislature on June 7 fast-tracked the approval of a revised version of Senate Bill (SB) 897, which would require able-bodied individuals between 19 and 62 years of age to work an average of 80 hours per month to continue qualifying for healthcare coverage under Medicaid expansion. ...
On June 7, the Senate Insurance Committee reported out House Bills 5217-5219, the bill package to curtail the use of air ambulances, primarily rotary aircraft, for nonemergency patients.
Today, the Michigan Legislature approved legislation requiring 80 hours of work a month for hundreds of thousands of Healthy Michigan Plan recipients.
The Michigan Senate approved a two-bill legislative package June 7 to reform major components of Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law. 
As an advocate for Michigan hospitals & the patients, families and communities they serve, the MHA has been a strong proponent of Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system.
To assist members in preparing for the possibility of violence occurring in their facilities, the MHA hosted a workplace safety member forum May 22.
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened its final meeting of the program year May 24 and developed recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.
On May 23, the MHA teamed up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Osteopathic Association, the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network to announce the creation of the Be Rx Safe campaign.
Several MHA-member hospital trustees and chief executive officers gathered at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center May 15 for a day-long education session on health policy topics and other state issues.
State Treasurer Nick Khouri and the directors of the House and Senate fiscal agencies met May 16 for the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, during which the latest state revenue projections were officially presented.
MHA members made visits to Capitol Hill as part of the May 6-9 American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, DC.
The Michigan House Appropriations Committee began work on Senate Bill (SB) 897 during a regularly scheduled meeting May 2, where committee members heard testimony on the bill. 
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