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The U.S. Economy at the 2022 Mid-point: Three Immediate Implications for Healthcare

“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?”

Paul Keckley, July 25, 2022


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MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Ballot Proposals

MI Vote Matters 2020

MI Vote Matters logoThe MHA Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races and issues for Election 2020. The series is designed to provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day.

Statewide Ballot Proposals:

Proposal 1 – Natural Resources Trust Fund Spending

If approved, this measure would amend the state Constitution to provide more flexibility in how revenue from oil, gas and mineral state-land lease royalties are allocated for environmental protection, the development and maintenance of parks, nature areas and public recreation facilities.

Proposal 2 – Electronic Communications Data Protections

If approved, this measure would add protections into the state Constitution to require a search warrant to access a person's electronic data or electronic communications.

LEARN MORE

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a well-respected, independent, nonpartisan public policy research organization, currently has available on its website three excellent analyses of each statewide ballot proposal. Each analysis provides an in-depth look at how the proposals will impact Michigan residents, free of any support for one side or another.

WHY IT MATTERS

The MHA has not taken an official position on either of the measures that appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. However, statewide ballot proposals serve an important role in public policy by putting the power to approve or reject changes to Michigan’s Constitution or state law in the hands of voters. For that reason, the MHA encourages voters to learn more about each proposal to make informed decisions on Election Day.

REMEMBER

View both sides of the ballot before submission, as ballot proposals often appear on the back side of a ballot.

For more election information and updates or to request Election 2020 informational materials, visit the MHA Election webpage or email election@mha.org. Join the MHA in talking about Election 2020 on social media using #MIVoteMatters.

MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Supreme Court

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The MHA Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races for Election 2020. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background.

MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT

This week’s MHA Race of the Week provides information on one of the most critical general election races: the Michigan Supreme Court. This judicial body is the cornerstone of Michigan’s legal system and is responsible for the general administrative supervision of all courts in the state. Every year, the Michigan Supreme Court reviews more than 2,000 cases, and its role in the application of law is crucial to Michigan residents. The decisions of these leaders often impact the community directly, as seen with recent rulings against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders related to COVID-19.

There are four candidates running for two terms during this year’s election: incumbent Chief Justice Bridget McCormack and Elizabeth Welch were nominated by the Democratic Party, and Mary Kelly and Judge Brock Swartzle were nominated by the Republican Party.

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in November 2012 and became Chief Justice in January 2019. Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, she was a law professor and dean at the University of Michigan Law School. For more information, visit bridgetmarymccormack.com.

Elizabeth Welch has a 25-year legal career as an attorney serving individuals, nonprofits and small businesses specializing in employment law.  She previously served as vice president of the East Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education and president of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. For more information, visit welchforjustice.com.

Mary Kelly has served over 30 years as a prosecutor in St. Clair County, while also having experience in private practice as a general practitioner with emphasis on domestic matters, civil litigation and criminal matters. She also has previously served on the Mercy Hospital Finance Board. For more information, visit marykellyforjustice.com.

Judge Brock Swartzle was appointed to the state appeals court by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2017 and won election in 2018. Prior to that, Swartzle was chief of staff for the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, as well as general counsel for the House, where he worked on numerous legal and policy issues, including the Detroit bankruptcy settlement package. For more information, visit brockforjustice.com.

WHY IT MATTERS

The Michigan Supreme Court may consider cases that have significant implications for medical liability laws that the healthcare community fought to have enacted in the 1990s. These laws established reasonable limitations on noneconomic damages, more specific criteria for expert witness testimony, and other common-sense measures that made liability insurance more affordable and significantly reduced frivolous lawsuits that were increasing healthcare costs and impeding doctors. The reforms allow scarce resources to be directed toward patient care and new staff recruitment rather than into the legal system. Erosion or elimination of these reforms would return Michigan to the medical liability crisis experienced in the 1990s, rather than allowing the state to move forward as a national center of excellence for healthcare.

CONCLUSION

The MHA typically favors a more conservative-leaning Michigan Supreme Court to support preserving medical liability reforms, since an unfriendly liability climate hinders hospitals’ ability to recruit and retain physicians, particularly in rural communities and urban centers and in certain specialties such as obstetrics/gynecology.

For more election information and updates or to request Election 2020 informational materials, visit the MHA Election webpage or email election@mha.org. Join the MHA in talking about Election 2020 on social media using #MIVoteMatters.

MHA Race of the Week – U.S. Senate

MI Vote Matters 2020

MI Vote Matters LogoThe MHA Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races for Election 2020. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background.

U.S. SENATE

This week’s MHA Race of the Week highlights the U.S. Senate race between Michigan’s Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and Republican John James. Like all states, Michigan is represented by two senators in the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress, which, along with the U.S. House of Representatives, serve as the nation’s legislative body. In addition to lawmaking duties, the Senate is responsible for the ratification of treaties and the confirmation of Cabinet secretaries, Supreme Court justices, federal judges and other executive officials, and ambassadors, among others. Michigan’s other Senate seat is held by Sen. Debbie Stabenow and is not up for election this year.

Peters was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014, following his service as an elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Michigan Legislature and local-level politics. Peters won election for the seat vacated by the retirement of Democratic incumbent Carl Levin. During his time in Congress, Peters has supported a variety of healthcare issues, including voting for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and, more recently, advocating for a variety of COVID-19 relief efforts through his role as Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Visit petersformichigan.com for more information.

James is currently president of the family-owned business James Group International. He is a graduate of West Point and served for eight years as a Ranger-qualified aviation officer in the U.S. Army. This is his second time running for elected office. He seeks to reform aspects of the ACA, while protecting people with pre-existing conditions. In 2018 James lost to Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow. For more information, visit johnjamesforsenate.com.

WHY IT MATTERS

Collectively, Congress is responsible for a number of lawmaking and budgetary decisions critical to Michigan’s healthcare community and residents. In addition to setting the course on federal funding that impacts Michigan’s Medicare and Medicaid populations, among other issues, Congress is responsible for making policy decisions that can vastly impact the delivery and access to healthcare in the state, as well as confirmation of Supreme Court nominees. Due to the major financial and policy decisions made in Washington, DC, Michigan relies on its federal officials to advocate and protect the needs of state residents, which is why electing healthcare champions to federal offices is so important.

CONCLUSION

The MHA and the American Hospital Association have been significant supporters of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters. He has proven to be a healthcare champion since 2008 when he first began serving in Congress and carried those values over to the Senate. The current Senator’s years of service to Michigan’s hospital community were recognized in summer 2020, when he received the MHA Special Recognition Award as a gesture of appreciation for protecting healthcare access for Michigan residents.

For more election information and updates or to request Election 2020 informational materials, visit the MHA Election webpage or email election@mha.org. Join the MHA in talking about Election 2020 on social media using #MIVoteMatters.

News to Know – Week of Oct. 5, 2020

MHA members are encouraged to use its complimentary MI Vote Matters informational posters and 2020 Candidate Guide to highlight the importance of voting in the upcoming election. Copies of the guide and/or various sizes of laminated posters can be requested through an online order form, and up-to-date election information is available on the MI Vote Matters webpage. Join the conversation on how the election affects healthcare by using the hashtag #MIVoteMatters on social media. Questions regarding the election should be directed to Chris Mitchell at the MHA.

News to Know – Week of Sept. 21

Important healthcare news for the week of Sept. 21:

  • As the MHA recently reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a final rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for fiscal year 2021, which begins Oct. 1. The MHA will distribute an updated impact analysis to hospitals in the next few weeks. Hospitals are invited to participate in a national webinar on the IPPS update hosted by DataGen from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 30. The webinar is available free of charge but registration is required. Members with questions may contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.
  • Nov. 3 is Election Day, and the MHA’s MI Vote Matters campaign has materials available for members’ use to encourage their communities to exercise their right to vote and to support healthcare priorities. Members may request complimentary copies of MI Vote Matters informational posters and the 2020 MHA Candidate Guide for use in their facilities and communities. A dedicated MI Vote Matters webpage is regularly updated with 2020 election information, and social media conversations are easy to start with the hashtag #MIVoteMatters. Questions regarding the election should be directed to Chris Mitchell at the MHA.

News to Know – Week of Sept. 14

Important healthcare news for the week of Sept. 14:

In preparation for Election Day 2020, the MHA’s MI Vote Matters campaign encourages voters to engage in the election and to support healthcare priorities on Nov. 3. Members can request complimentary copies of MI Vote Matters informational posters and the 2020 MHA Candidate Guide through an online order form. The MHA MI Vote Matters 2020 election webpage is updated with the latest information as it becomes available, and people can use #MIVoteMatters to join the election 2020 conversation on social media. Members with questions or information on candidates who support healthcare and hospitals should contact Chris Mitchell at the MHA.

MHA Launches MI Vote Matters Campaign to Encourage Voter Participation Nov. 3

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The upcoming general election will set the stage for critical healthcare policy decisions for Michigan and the nation in the years ahead. In November, Michigan voters will help elect the next president of the United States, decide who will represent the state in the U.S. Senate and all 14 Michigan seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, plus cast ballots for all 110 seats of the Michigan House of Representatives, among other contests.

The MI Vote Matters campaign seeks to encourage voters to engage in the election and elect candidates who value healthcare and the needs of patients, urging hospital staff members, volunteers, patients, visitors and others to vote Nov. 3. As part of the MI Vote Matters campaign, the MHA has prepared the following informational resources for members.

  • MI Vote Matters informational posters geared toward patients, families, visitors and staff. Available in three sizes, each poster is laminated and can be affixed behind any plastic or plexiglass barrier.
  • The 2020 MHA Candidate Guide, a list of all candidates by office and district.

Due to COVID-19, some materials that were offered during previous elections, such as table tents and brochures, will not be available to comply with infection control procedures.

A packet containing samples of these resources will be mailed the week of Aug. 31 to members of the MHA’s Hospital Affiliated Legislative Officers committee, as well as public relations executives at MHA-member organizations. During the course of the election season, complimentary copies of the materials will be available to MHA members by request through an online order form. Questions about materials may be directed to the MHA by emailing election@mha.org or calling (517) 703-8601.

In addition, the MHA MI Vote Matters 2020 election webpage has been activated and will be updated with the latest information about the election, including a list of the proposals on this year’s statewide ballot. Members are also encouraged to use #MIVoteMatters to join the election 2020 conversation on social media.

MHA members are also encouraged to contact candidates and notify the MHA if a particular candidate could be considered a healthcare champion by supporting healthcare and hospitals. Members with feedback or questions should contact Chris Mitchell at the MHA.