“The labor market is tight. Inflation is at a 40-year high. Consumers are worried but still spending. And this week, 5 key indicators of the economy’s strength/vulnerability will be reported. … Collectively, these indicators are likely to show an economy in stress. … So, what’s that mean for healthcare?”
The MHA encourages its staff, members and other stakeholders in the healthcare community to vote in the state’s primary election Aug. 2. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sample ballots are available through the Michigan Secretary of State website, and additional information and resources can be found on the MHA Election 2022 webpage. Voters may only vote in one party section for the entire ballot. Ballots with votes in more than one party section will not be counted. Voters are also encouraged to vote in nonpartisan sections of their ballots.
Those who would like to ensure they are properly registered or need to verify their precinct number may click on “Your Voter Information” on the Michigan Secretary of State website and type in the requested information. The November 2018 passage of the state constitutional amendment, Promote the Vote Ballot Proposal, allows citizens to register to vote up to and on Election Day at their local clerk’s office.
The 2022 gubernatorial and midterm elections are critical to Michigan’s healthcare future. In addition to choosing the next governor, secretary of state and attorney general of Michigan, voters across the state will decide political contests that impact the legislative and regulatory environments faced by hospitals and the patients they serve, including two Michigan Supreme Court seats and all seats in both the U.S. House of Representatives, the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate. Based on the political makeup of legislative districts, the results of the primary election often determine who will take office in January.
Following the August primary and the Democratic and Republican state conventions at the end of the month, the MHA will once again offer members a series of nonpartisan communication tools designed to encourage voter education and participation at the local level for the Nov. 8 general election. The MHA will also feature regular election updates on its Facebook and Twitter feeds using the hashtag #MIVoteMatters. Members with questions should contact Sean Sorenson-Abbott at the MHA.
As the Nov. 3 election approaches, the MHA is reminding hospitals that voters may make an “emergency” request for an absentee ballot if he or she cannot attend the polls because of personal disablement, such as hospitalization.
All emergency requests for absentee ballots must be made between 5 p.m. ET Oct. 30 and 4 p.m. ET Nov. 3. If an emergency absent voter ballot is requested, the patient may authorize in writing, with a signature included, the person delivering the application to pick up and deliver the ballot. Some clerk offices also have a person authorized to handle this task.
If a voter’s signature has changed due to illness, a patient should contact their clerk and update their voter record with a new signature. A voter who is unable to sign may also use a signature stamp. Clerks have been advised in reviewing signatures that voters’ signatures may have changed over time and to contact the voter as soon as possible if there is a mismatched signature. Additionally, a voter who is unable to read print due to a disability is eligible for an accessible absent voter ballot that can be completed electronically, printed and returned, although the ballot envelope must still be signed.
Members with questions may contact Paige Fults at the MHA.
MHA members are invited to join the virtual forum on the 2020 election and politics presented by David Wasserman, house editor for The Cook Political Report, from 11 a.m. to noon EDT Sept. 23. Because political candidate positions on healthcare are critical as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the U.S., Wasserman will share his observations on:
- The undetermined long-term health effects of COVID-19.
- The disappearance of job-based health coverage due to massive unemployment.
- The expectation that Medicaid enrollment will skyrocket.
- The risk of virus transmission by reopening schools and businesses.
Wasserman is a well-known for his knowledge of the national political landscape and will comment on the race for the White House, Michigan’s Senate race, and how healthcare will or will not be a determining factor in this election year.
Online registration should be completed no later than Sept. 21 to participate. Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Members with questions about registration may contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.
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