Hospital Trustees Updated on Legislative Issues
Posted on May 18, 2018
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. The session was held the day before the May Revenue Estimating Conference (see related article). Adam Carlson, senior advisor to the state budget director, informed the group of the likely disposition of expected revenue that was identified above the estimation at the January revenue conference. Gov. Rick Snyder is focused on paying down debt and increasing the state “rainy day fund” to $1 billion before the end of his term this year.
The group also heard from Elizabeth Gorz, the governor’s senior policy advisor on healthcare, which led to a lengthy discussion of the Medicaid work requirement issue. This issue could cause coverage to be lost for people who will be unable to comply with the new requirements or, though working the required hours, fail to demonstrate continuing compliance.
Other discussion included review of the status of the Affordable Care Act after a year of threatened federal action to repeal and replace it, as well as new requirements hospitals and prescribers face as a result of the 13-bill legislative package that passed in 2017 to combat the opioid crisis.
The MHA is planning future education sessions specific to trustees. For more information about how hospital trustees can become more engaged in health policy and advocacy at the state and federal levels, contact Laura Appel at the MHA.
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