State Budget

Protecting Healthcare Funding and Access

Every year, a top priority of the MHA is working with the Legislature and various state agencies to ensure that healthcare funding is protected, and access to coverage and affordable, high-quality care is maintained. Millions of Michigan residents are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, and these public payers make up a large portion of hospital reimbursement.

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. Midsize vital hospitals face barriers including rising costs, demographic shifts and severe workforce challenges. However, they do not qualify for substantial state policy benefits. These facilities require crucial funding to ensure financial sustainability. Learn about these hospitals and the unique challenges they face.