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June 16,  2015
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MPCA Update on King v. Burwell Ruling 

By the end of the month, Federally Qualified Health Centers could see the negative impact of an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell. The lawsuit challenges an IRS rule which makes a federal tax credit available to low- and middle-income individuals who purchase health insurance on Health Benefit Exchanges regardless of whether the exchanges are run by the States or the federal government. This IRS rule was challenged on the ground that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes tax credits only for individuals who purchase insurance through state-established Exchanges. 

According to an issue brief published by the Urban Institute, an adverse ruling would eliminate tax credits and cost-sharing reductions in 2016 and increase the number of uninsured. From a national perspective, $28.8 billion in tax credits and cost-sharing reductions would be lost and of the nine million insured, two-thirds would become uninsured. In Michigan, one of the 34 states that participate in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM), 321,000 people would lose $905.9 million in tax credits and cost-sharing reductions averaging a loss of $2,820 per person. The number of uninsured people in Michigan would likely rise by 277,000. 

Health Centers have been a key provider to patients with private and Medicaid coverage under the ACA. An adverse ruling significantly impacts Health Center operations as they are required by law to serve all patients for free or on a sliding-scale basis.

MPCA is monitoring and engaging national advocates such as Community Catalyst, National Health Law Program, In the Loop, Families USA and many others to prepare for an adverse ruling. In the meantime, the following talking points have been developed to share with beneficiaries should you receive questions:


  • The decision will come down before the end of June, and although we don't know exactly when, we will be monitoring it closely so accurate information can be communicated;  
  • Right now, your tax credit remains in place and unchanged. It's important that you keep paying your premium to ensure you stay enrolled; and
  • Even if the Court rules that consumers in FFMs cannot get tax credits, you will not have to pay back your tax credits.


On June 18, Families USA is hosting a webinar at 3 pm ET to discuss the Supreme Court's upcoming decision, the impact of this case and the future of the Affordable Care Act. 

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Tatko, Enabling Services Director, MPCA at 517.827.0882 or via email at

Population Health Management Webinar Scheduled for June 24

Currently, there are more than two million heart attacks and strokes each year, and the diseases are the first and fourth leading causes of death, claiming over 800,000 lives annually.


Hypertension and diabetes are the biggest contributors to these diseases, but are not managed as well as they could be. The tactical issue for physicians lies in the ongoing identification and management of patients who have hypertension and diabetes, as well as uncovering those at risk or on the cusp.

During the Population Health Management (Diabetes and Hypertension) with EHR Technology webinar on June 24, 2015, from 10:30 - 11:30 am ET, learn how to utilize your existing EHR technology to help health care teams monitor and regulate this population. 


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Webinar: Population Health Management (Diabetes and Hypertension) with EHR Technology
June 24, 2015, 10:30 - 11:30 am ET

ICD-10 Boot Camp
July 7 - 8, 2015
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI

Learning the Principles of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Among Peers
July 16, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI

Save the Date: 2015 MPCA Annual Conference
August 30 - September 1, 2015
Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI


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More Career Opportunities


MPCA posts job openings at Michigan Health Center Program grantees, Michigan FQHC Look-Alikes, and MPCA active member organizations. To submit a job opening for posting in the online MPCA Career Center and in the MPCA eUpdate, email the job title, a brief overview, a bulleted list of qualifications, and instructions on how to apply to with Job Posting in the subject field.



Public Hearing Scheduled for Healthy Michigan Plan Waiver

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is hosting a public hearing to share information about the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) waiver, provide a status update on the process, and receive comments and feedback on the implementation from enrolled individuals, providers, advocates, and other interested organizations.


The hearing is scheduled for June 24, 2015, from 9 to 11 am ET at the Capitol Commons Center Building in Lansing. A live web broadcast of the hearing will also be available. *Note: Conference phone number and web broadcast link was not available at time of publishing. 

Additional information on the hearing, conference phone number and web broadcast link is available here.

New Fund Focuses on Growing Michigan's Food Access

A new public-private partnership loan and grant fund has been created to address the lack of healthy food access in rural and urban communities. The Michigan Good Food Fund will support food entrepreneurs across the state. 

The Fund, launched on June 10, 2015, addresses the significant need for healthy food access in rural and urban communities alike, specifically for residents who live in lower-income communities with limited healthy food access.

Created by a coalition of food sector, nonprofit, higher education, government and philanthropic partners, the fund provides financial capital and business assistance to businesses that grow, distribute and sell fresh and healthy food that reach low-income populations. This effort will increase access to healthy food, improve the health of all Michigan residents and drive economic development and job creation. Read more

1965 - 2015: Celebrate 50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid 

On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. Today, more than 54 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid provides coverage to nearly 71 million Americans.

Help share 50 years of transformative health care delivery as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promotes the hashtag #KeepingUSHealthy on Twitter. Daily posts will highlight people, places, progress - retweet and share your own story.

The public is also invited to share their stories to help CMS commemorate its golden anniversary. For more information on this celebration, visit Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Proposed Changes in 2015 UDS Reporting Released 

The Bureau of Primary Health Care released Program Assistance Letter 2015-05 which outlines approved changes for the calendar year 2015 Uniform Data System (UDS) data to be reported by Health Center Program grantees and Look-Alikes in early 2016. Changes include the addition of reporting dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid patients, International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD-10) reporting information, the addition of a new oral health measure, and an update to the diabetes control measure. Read more

More State & National News



HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Conference Call
June 18, 2015, 7:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Host: Health Resources and Services Administration

Webinar: King v. Burwell
June 18, 2015, 3 - 4 pm ET
Host: Families USA

10th Annual Health Care Heroes Dinner
June 19, 2015, 5:30 pm ET (doors open), 6 pm ET (dinner starts)
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Lansing, MI
Host: Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network

New MBA and MI Bridges Navigation Training
June 22, 2015, 9 am - 12 pm ET
United Way of Bay County, Bay City, MI
Host: School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan

Webinar: The In's and Out's of Immigration Status and Medicaid
June 30, 2015, 2 - 3 pm ET
Host: School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan

New Dimensions on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending
July 21, 2015, 8:30 am - 2 pm ET
The Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center, Washington, DC
Webcast Available
Hosts: Altarum Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Treating the Whole Community "The Mind-Body Connection"
August 21, 2015
Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids, MI
Host: Western Regional Center, Michigan Area Health Education Center

2015 Nursing Leadership Summit
September 10 - 11, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Detroit - Dearborn
Host: Michigan Center for Nursing
Registration now open! 
Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to June 30, 2015


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 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



Health Workforce Research Center Program
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: July 23, 2015

Dental Preventive and Clinical Support Centers Program
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service
Due: August 5, 2015


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The MPCA eUpdate is a weekly e-newsletter intended to keep Michigan Health Centers, MPCA members, partners, and friends updated on the latest happenings impacting Health Centers and providing care to the underserved. Please feel free to forward this to interested individuals, or they may request to be added to the distribution list. Information from outside organizations does not represent an endorsement by MPCA, and opinions expressed by outside authors are not necessarily official positions or policies of MPCA. This project is 80% supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the $1,186,260.00 grant number U58CS06824 titled “State and Regional Primary Care Associations”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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