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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. 
On March 5, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her fiscal year (FY) 2020 executive budget proposal to the Legislature. 
The MHA has released a new infographic highlighting Michigan’s 36 critical access hospitals (CAHs). The publication is part of the MHA’s public information campaign launching this spring, MiRuralCareMatters.
The latest report from the Partnership for Michigan’s Health shows that healthcare directly employed more than 602,000 Michigan residents in 2017, demonstrating that healthcare continues to be the largest private-sector employer in the state.
The MHA and executives from two MHA-member hospitals provided an informational presentation before members of the Senate Committee on Health Policy and Human Services Feb. 14.
On Feb. 5, a bipartisan group of senators introduced Senate Bill (SB) 80, which would increase the penalties for those committing assault against emergency department personnel.
On Jan. 25, Detroit’s WJR News Talk Radio broadcast the Paul W. Smith “Live from Lansing” show as part of its annual coverage of legislative and policy issues facing the state.
The MHA Board of Trustees has designated workplace safety as a major area of focus for the 2019-2020 program year, and the association and the MHA Keystone Center are planning several initiatives to address the issue.
On Jan. 15, Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) introduced House Bill (HB) 4042, a bill that would allow Michigan to enter an interstate nurse licensure compact.
Twice a year, the state of Michigan conducts Consensus Revenue Estimating Conferences that include the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies and the state treasurer. 
The 2019-2020 state Legislature is underway, as committee assignments in both chambers have been released and bills are being introduced.
Initial bill introductions in the new state Legislature have placed an early focus on auto no-fault insurance reform.
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have issued new and revised rules as part of the ongoing effort to fight Michigan’s opioid crisis. 
Members of the 100th Michigan Legislature were officially sworn into office Jan. 9, marking the start of the 2019-2020 legislative calendar.
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