The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
The MHA is extremely pleased by the actions taken by Governor Whitmer, the state House of Representatives and the state Senate to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when Michigan’s healthcare community is in desperate need of financial, regulatory and staffing support, Lansing is meeting the challenge. The $50 million in new, immediate funding passed by the legislature will aid hospitals in expanding capacity and capabilities to effectively respond to this crisis.
The issuance of Executive Order 2020-13 by Governor Whitmer also provides much-needed regulatory flexibility on issues related to infrastructure and staffing during these challenging times. If needed, providers will now be able to add capacity, as standards for beds, activation for mobile and temporary ED units and activation of additional healthcare personnel are addressed.
We again thank Governor Whitmer for her leadership in making decisions that aid our hospitals during this outbreak. The MHA will continue to collaborate with our elected officials and work closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs as infrastructure and staffing needs arise over the coming days and weeks.