MHA Legislative Policy Panel Holds First Meeting of Program Year
Posted on October 03, 2017
The MHA Legislative Policy Panel recently convened its first meeting of the 2017-2018 program year and developed recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals. Jean Meyer, president and CEO, St. John Providence Health System, Warren, is serving as chair of the panel this program year. Among the discussion topics were auto no-fault insurance reform, the Graham-Cassidy proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, and a wrap-up of the 2017 Health PAC fundraising campaign.
The panel recommended that the MHA support House Bill (HB) 4938, which would declare Michigan to be part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Passage of HB 4938 would allow qualified nurses to obtain a multistate license granting them privileges to practice in other states that are part of the compact. Panel members have historically supported the NLC and chose to continue to do so.
The panel recommended the MHA oppose HB 4877, which would add fetuses to the current state child abuse law, closing the legal loophole from a recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision that determined the use of narcotics while pregnant is not a crime. The panel opposed the bill because it could cause women who use narcotics to forgo basic prenatal care to avoid prosecution for child abuse.
Draft legislation regarding the creation of a non-opioid directive was also discussed. The panel recommended that the MHA support the legislation, which would allow patients to request that opioid medications not be used in their treatment. This legislation is targeted at removing a potential trigger for relapse in recovering opioid addicts, reducing the risk of vulnerable patients being exposed to opioids, and decreasing the possibility of the diversion of prescriptions for nonmedical use. For more information, contact Paige Fults at the MHA.
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