MHA Media Statement: Association Pledges to Work with Elected Officials on State Budget, Health Policy Following Executive Budget Presentation
Posted on March 05, 2019
The following statement may be attributed to MHA CEO Brian Peters.
We commend Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team on the first executive budget recommendation of the governor’s administration. While today’s presentation focused mainly on education and roads, we are encouraged to see that the fiscal year 2020 executive budget recommendation maintains funding for Medicaid, including a number of initiatives designed to promote the health and wellness of Michigan residents. We also applaud the governor’s continued support of the Healthy Michigan Plan, which to date allows more than 675,000 Michiganders to access affordable healthcare coverage.
As always, the MHA is committed to working with legislators and state officials throughout the budget process, particularly when it comes to two MHA board-identified funding priorities: behavioral health and small and rural hospitals. Michigan’s healthcare system is facing a true crisis when it comes to serving adults and children with behavioral health needs, including those with substance use disorders. In addition, our state’s network of small and rural hospitals, including Michigan’s 36 critical access hospitals, continues to face a unique set of financial challenges that we need to address to protect the vital safety net of services and care they provide.
During the budget process and beyond, our elected officials will be faced with making decisions on complex health policy issues among other duties, and, as an association, we pledge to work with and educate our lawmakers to show them firsthand the important role Michigan hospitals and healthcare systems serve in securing a healthy future for state residents.
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