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On May 16, legislative leaders announced that they would hold off on voting on two auto no-fault bills to continue negotiations with Gov. Gretchen Witmer over the weekend.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services reported its fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget May 14.
The Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bill 4397, which would reform the auto no-fault insurance system, in the early morning hours of May 9, just hours after the Senate passed its own version.
It’s a sad day in Lansing when legislators are celebrating jamming through a bill on a serious and complex issue under the cover of darkness.
On May 7, Chris Mitchell, the MHA's executive vice president, advocacy & public affairs, spoke with WJR's Guy Gordon about the association's concerns with Senate Bill (SB) 1, a proposal that would eviscerate Michigan's auto no-fault insurance law.
On May 7, the Michigan Senate approved legislation that would eviscerate Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance law.
The U.S. District Court has ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must promptly resolve the harm caused by its unlawful cuts to Medicare reimbursement for certain hospitals enrolled in the 340B Drug Discount Program in 2018 and 2019.
We were optimistic about the Michigan Senate’s renewed efforts to tackle auto no-fault reform this year. Unfortunately, Senate Bill 1 is a shocking step backwards.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health/Human Services reported its fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal April 25. 
The MHA on April 23 provided testimony at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in support of legislation that would increase penalties for assaulting healthcare workers.
The full state House of Representatives passed two clean-up bills related to the opioid bill package regarding hospice patients that passed during the last session.
MHA CEO Brian Peters wrote an opinion piece published by the The Oakland Press April 6, 2019, on the importance of protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the consequences a Medicare for All system could hold for patients.
As Michigan experiences its worst measles outbreak in decades, hospitals across the state that specialize in children’s health today urged parents to have their children vaccinated to protect them and others against measles and other serious diseases that can sicken and kill people.
U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Thune (R-SD) have introduced federal legislation that would permanently prohibit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  from enforcing its direct supervision policy for certain outpatient therapeutic services.
The MHA joined the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM), state legislators and community members March 20 for a news conference in the Michigan State Capitol in conjunction with the Michigan Senate’s approval of Senate Resolution 0028 to commemorate March 20, 2019, as Hunger Solutions Day.
On March 15, the MHA hosted a webinar with the Honigman law firm on new air ambulance requirements taking effect March 19.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) hosted a hearing March 12 to gather public comment on the permanent rules to replace the emergency rules for reporting of poisonings due to the use of prescription or illicit drugs. 
Approximately 90 women die each year in Michigan during pregnancy, at delivery or within a year of giving birth, and 44 percent of pregnancy-related deaths are considered preventable.
On March 12, a bipartisan group of representatives introduced House Bills 4327 and 4328, which would increase the penalties for those committing assault against healthcare professionals or medical volunteers.
As reported in December, amendments to the Public Health Code requiring hospitals to prioritize ground transportation over air for nonemergency patient transport will take effect March 19. 
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