Healthcare-related Legislation Moves Forward in Michigan Legislative Committees
Posted on January 31, 2020
Michigan’s House and Senate policy committees took up multiple pieces of legislation that impact hospitals during the week of Jan. 27. Bills taken up included changes to prior authorization for healthcare services, critical incident stress management (CISM) expansion and a resolution relating to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
On Jan. 30, the Senate Committee on Health Policy and Human Services held a hearing on a pair of MHA-supported bills, Senate Bill (SB) 612 and House Bill (HB) 4862. SB 612, sponsored by Senate Health Policy Chairman Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), would make changes to the prior authorization process for commercial insurers. Most notably, SB 612 would shorten the timeline for insurer approval to 48 hours and require online publication of prior authorization policies and notices of any changes to those policies. The MHA will continue to monitor the legislation and keep members apprised as it progresses.
HB 4862, sponsored by Rep. Douglas Wozniak (R-Shelby Twp.), would expand protections for healthcare workers using CISM services. CISM is a formalized step-by-step process carried out by a team of trained peers and used by many Michigan hospitals to help employees who are involved in traumatic events. The committee unanimously voted to report HB 4862 to the Senate floor without changes, and the MHA will continue to advocate for the bill’s passage.
Lastly, the House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Handy Twp.), reported MHA-supported Senate Concurrent Resolution 8 to the House floor. The resolution would declare ACEs a critical health issue, commit the Legislature to action and encourage the governor to direct agencies to assess and report progress on reducing ACEs. The MHA applauds the goal of the resolution and looks forward to working with members on this critical health issue.
For more information, please contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.
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