Issues in Healthcare

The MHA Board of Trustees addressed several critical policy and advocacy matters at its Feb. 12 meeting. They included a review of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget priorities
The MHA is working with various state and federal agencies to provide members with current information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 
Quinones will discuss the story, the cast of characters — pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors and parents — and threats facing America and its heartland.
The fiscal year (FY) 2021 executive budget recommendation was presented to the Legislature Feb. 6 by State Budget Director Chris Kolb, and a FY 2020 supplemental budget request was also released.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association is thankful that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive budget recommendation protects vital healthcare funding for hospitals.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the MHA submitted comments asking the Trump administration to withdraw a recently issued proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would have a direct impact on Michigan’s provider tax program that funds its Medicaid program.
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.
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