The following statement can be attributed to MHA CEO Brian Peters.
Hospitals and health systems throughout Michigan appreciate the protections for vital healthcare funding and access to care that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included in her executive budget presentation. As we are near almost a year of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in our state, it is crucial that support continues for rural and critical access hospitals, obstetrical services, graduate medical education and the Healthy Michigan Plan. Maintaining these programs allow hospitals to continue to focus on caring for patients and improving the wellness of our communities.
We also do not want to lose sight of the short- and long-term impacts created by the pandemic. We are thankful for the additional funding that has supported testing, personal protective equipment, vaccinations and more over the past year and encourage considerations to address other pandemic consequences, such as funding to improve behavioral health. The prompt allocation of state and federal funds allows front-line caregivers to operate at the highest level. We look forward to the budget process and working with the Legislature in ensuring the improved health and wellness of all Michiganders.