State Budget Director Massaron Addresses MHA Legislative Policy Panel

Dave Massaron

Dave Massaron, State Budget DirectorThe MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened May 19 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals.

The meeting was highlighted by a presentation from State Budget Director Dave Massaron, who reviewed the fiscal year 2022 executive budget recommendation and provided an update on the recently passed legislative budget proposals. Massaron also discussed the American Rescue Plan and efforts to address deficiencies in state health infrastructure in the areas of public health, healthcare access, facilities and behavioral health.

Moving to action items, the panel recommended that the MHA support planned legislation around pharmacy concerns related to patient safety, as well as planned legislation that would provide licensure as a dietitian or nutritionist.

The panel also received updates on issues at the state level, including behavioral health, COVID-19 vaccinations and certificate of need.

For more information on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.