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The Michigan Senate approved Senate Bill (SB) 897 in a 26-11 vote held April 19. The legislation would institute work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Michigan, including individuals enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan.
Michigan hospitals collectively invested more than $3 billion in total community benefits according to a new report released by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA). 
The MHA submitted comments to a bipartisan group of United States Senators in response to their request for information to improve healthcare transparency. 
A new report from the Partnership for Michigan’s Health shows that healthcare directly employed more than 603,000 Michigan residents in 2016, making healthcare the largest private-sector employer in the state.
A bill instituting work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Michigan, including individuals enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, was the subject of a testimony-only hearing before the Senate Committee on Michigan Competitiveness.
Andrea Leslie, president, Spectrum Health United Hospital, Greenville, and Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital, Lakeview, spoke to members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services an behalf of small and rural hospitals in Michigan.
The latest episode of the MiCare Champion Cast, the MHA’s podcast on issues surrounding healthcare, provides updates on new opioid legislation and information on the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS.)
On March 1, Terry Lerash, president and CEO, Scheurer Hospital, Pigeon, addressed members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services about the state’s healthcare budget and the important role small and rural hospitals serve in communities and regions throughout Michi...
Gov. Rick Snyder presented his executive budget recommendation to the Legislature Feb. 7, encompassing fiscal year (FY) 2019. The budget recommendation protects key hospital and health system priorities related to access and education. 
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association applauds Gov. Snyder for his continued support of improved healthcare across Michigan, as evidenced by today’s Executive Budget Proposal.
Yesterday, legislation was introduced that would completely eliminate Michigan’s no-fault system, which gives drivers and families the care and assistance they need after an accident. 
After 114 days without a long-term budget, the federal funding crisis facing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has ended.
A new website — VerifyMICare.org — launched today by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) gives consumers and patients easy access to important information about the quality of healthcare provided at hospitals across the state.
As part of a national effort to bring attention to a lack of federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the MHA joined member hospitals, the American Hospital Association, and a coalition of state and national organizations and healthcare providers for a Day of Action ...
On Jan. 11, the state treasurer and the directors of the House and Senate fiscal agencies convened the state’s annual January revenue estimating conference. 
MHA Chief Innovation Officer & Senior Vice President Laura Appel was interviewed for a Dec. 24 MiBiz.com article about what’s to come for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2018.
As the 2017 congressional calendar winds down, members of the U.S. House and Senate are continuing to work on proposals that could have a significant impact on Michigan patients, hospitals and the healthcare community.
The Medical Services Administration recently released a final policy to increase physician payment rates for neonatal and pediatric critical and intensive care services, effective Jan. 1. 
Members of the U.S. House and Senate are working to reconcile their two versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which aims to simplify the U.S. tax code but also contains provisions that would have serious repercussions for patients and hospitals in Michigan.
Open enrollment for 2018 healthcare coverage through the individual marketplace started Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15, and Michigan hospitals are helping those who need assistance with the insurance enrollment process.
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