Issues in Healthcare

On Jan. 30, the MHA sponsored the WJR News Talk Radio broadcast of the Paul W. Smith “Live from Lansing” show as part of its annual coverage of legislative and policy issues facing the state.
Michigan’s House and Senate policy committees took up multiple pieces of legislation that impact hospitals during the week of Jan. 27.
On Jan. 29, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her strategic goals for the upcoming year during her second State of the State address, with a significant focus on healthcare.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is grateful Gov. Whitmer is bringing attention to maternal health in Michigan following her 2020 State of the State address. 
Members of the Bronson Healthcare team testified before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee Jan. 23 to advocate for House Bill (HB) 4862 on behalf of medical providers living with critical incident stress.
Michigan’s 7.2 million licensed drivers know little about the state’s new auto no-fault insurance law that takes effect July 1, new research finds.
The state treasurer and the directors of the House and Senate fiscal agencies convened the state’s annual January revenue estimating conference Jan. 10.
Hospital members testified Jan. 8 before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), on bills that would make major changes to the Certificate of Need program in Michigan. 
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the supplemental budget Dec. 20, restoring vital hospital funding in fiscal year 2020, which began Oct. 1.
A small group of federal lawmakers announced they have reached an agreement on legislation to address surprise medical billing, which would prohibit balance billing in certain scenarios and set government-mandated rates for out-of-network services.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is pleased that policymakers have reached an agreement that restores vital hospital funding in the fiscal year 2020 budget.
Hospital leaders testified Dec. 5 before the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), on bills that would make major changes to the Certificate of Need (CON) program in Michigan. 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled two major transparency policies for hospitals and insurers Nov. 15.
Following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s line-item vetoes to the state budget issued Sept. 30, policymakers have now gone on legislative break until December without restoring funding for any impacted programs in Michigan.
On Nov. 7, the Michigan House Health Policy Committee approved legislation to address the issue of surprise medical bills.
The Michigan Legislature continued its focus on policy bills during the week of Oct. 28, taking up multiple issues that impact hospitals.
As a result of the governor’s line-item vetoes to the state budget issued Sept. 30, the MDHHS issued bulletin MSA 19-32, a proposed policy to discontinue the Rural Access Pool for small rural hospitals and sole community hospitals effective for fiscal year 2020, which began Oct. 1.
On Oct. 30, the House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township), heard testimony on behavioral health and its impact on Michigan patients and hospitals from the MHA and Trinity Health Michigan Region.
The Michigan Legislature once again took up multiple bills that impacted hospitals over the week of Oct. 21. 
Michigan’s House and Senate policy committees took up multiple pieces of legislation that impacted hospitals during the week of Oct. 14. 
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