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February 24, 2015
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Reminder: MPCA Hosting Conference Call Feb. 26 in Preparation for Legislative Forum

If you are registered to attend the upcoming 2015 MPCA Legislative Forum, please join us for a pre-conference call on February 26 at 3:30-4:30 pm ET to learn details about the policy priorities you will be discussing with your State Legislators during visits on March 4 and to ask any questions that you have. Being prepared for legislative visits is very important to ensure meetings run smoothly and that you are able to convey the importance of the issues and how they impact your Health Center. While MPCA policy staff will briefly discuss the policy priorities on the day of Legislative Forum, time constraints don't allow for indepth review at that time. If you've registered for Legislative Forum you should have received an email from us with the February 26th conference call-in number. If you have not, please email Ryan Grinnell at

MPCA is Hiring

MPCA is hiring for the positions of Communications Manager, Training & Events Coordinator (part-time), Information Systems Manager, Health Informatics Specialist, Clinical Quality Consultant, LC3S Initiative Program Specialist, and MI Collaborative Quality Initiative Nurse (contract position). Click here to learn more about these positions and please share with individuals who might be interested in applying.


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Pre-Legislative Forum Conference Call
February 26, 2015, 3:30-4:30 pm ET

Health Center 50th Anniversary Communications & Tools (webinar)
March 2, 2015, 1:30-2:30 pm ET

Pre-Legislative Forum Activities
March 3, 2015
2-3 pm ET: Health Center Board Member Committee & Training
3:15-4:45 pm: MPCA Board Meeting
5-6 pm ET: MPCA Membership Meeting
6-7:30 pm ET: MPCA Membership Dinner
Radisson Lansing at the Capitol, Lansing, MI

2015 MPCA Legislative Forum
March 4, 2015
Lansing, MI

Overview of Types of Fundraising Campaigns (webinar)
March 19, 2015, 11 am-12 pm ET

HHS Grants Guidance: Allowable/Unallowable Advertising & PR Costs (webinar)
March 25, 2015, 1:30-2:30 pm ET

Developing/Implementing the Health Center’s Quality Improvement Program: Part 1 & 2
April 16, 2015, 9 am-3:30 pm ET
James B. Henry Center, Lansing, 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.



MDCH 2016 Budget Proposal Presented to House, Senate Appropriations Subcommittees

Michigan Department of Community Health Director Nick Lyon presented the fiscal year 2016 budget recommendation for MDCH to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Community Health last week. Click here for the presentation slides, which also highlight the status of MDCH's fiscal year 2015 initiatives and priorities and provide an overview of the new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Michigan House Approves Negative Supplemental Bills for Balancing Budget

Last week the full Michigan House passed two negative supplemental bills to help address the state's current fiscal year budget shortfall. House Bill 4112 cuts and shifts spending for departments and agencies, including reducing fiscal year 2015 funding for the Michigan Department of Community Health by $148,416,900 gross ($134,444,600 General Fund). Among the changes are reducing base Medicaid cost assumptions by $290.2 million gross ($100 million GF), providing $20 million to Community Mental Health Services Programs to help them maintain their current services after Medicaid expansion, authorizing the expenditure of $20 million from the new 4-year $70 million federal State Innovation Model grant to test and implement Michigan's Blueprint for Health Innovation, and providing $7.4 million in federal grant funding to support the integration of dual eligibles. HB 4110 transfers money from the School Aid Fund for community colleges, freeing up that money in the General Fund. As reported by Gongwer, these supplementals combined with Governor Snyder’s executive order reduce spending by $522.6 million to cover the $330 million shortfall in the current year General Fund budget and provide additional support for the fiscal year 2016 budget, which would also face a shortfall without adjustments.

APRN Legislation Introduced in Michigan House

State Representative Ken Yonker (R-Caledonia) introduced legislation last week to establish licensure requirements and revise requirements for nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists. House Bill 4207 has been referred to the House Health Policy Committee. You may recall that Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) introduced a similar bill in the Senate on January 29 to establish criteria for Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) designation in Michigan. Senate Bill 68 is currently in the Senate Health Policy Committee where a hearing will take place March 3. MPCA will be providing testimony in support of SB 68 at that hearing. Click here to read more about SB 68 in the February 3 issue of the MPCA eUpdate. One of MPCA's 2015 policy priorities is improving Michigan's primary care workforce policies, which includes providing full practice and prescriptive authority to APRNs commensurate with their formal training. MPCA will continue to monitor HB 4207 and SB 68 and share updates in future issues of the MPCA eUpdate.

MDCH Announces Additional Changes to Upcoming Michigan Managed Care RFP

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recently announced changes in the new upcoming request for proposal for the Comprehensive Health Plan Contract for Michigan's Medicaid Health Plans. Pharmacy services that have been covered by the Medicaid Health Plans in the past will now be carved out within the new contract, and all of the state's Medicaid recipients would get their prescription drugs through a single state vendor. The state also announced plans to restructure Medicaid dental services for adults, including those covered by the Healthy Michigan Plan, through a new statewide managed care contract that will be competitively procured following the Medicaid Health Plan rebid set to begin on July 1, 2016. These changes, combined with those previously announced regarding new Medicaid Health Plan regions and the conversion of the MIChild program from a stand-alone CHIP program to a Medicaid expansion group, signal that significant modifications are being made to the Michigan Medicaid managed care environment through the current bid process. MPCA is monitoring the Medicaid Health Plan bid process closely and will be providing regular updates during upcoming membership meetings and other network events as developments unfold. Read more

MDCH to Share Overview of SIM Test During February 26th Webinar

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is hosting a webinar on February 26 at 1-2 pm ET to provide an overview of Michigan's State Innovation Model (SIM) Test, share next steps for selecting regions to participate in the Model Test, and answer questions. Click here to register. If you would like to be added to the SIM listserv to receive updates about Michigan's SIM, email

Nearly 341,000 Michiganders Enrolled for Marketplace Coverage

At the end of the Health Insurance Marketplace 2015 open enrollment period on February 15th, 340,905 Michiganders had enrolled or renewed for coverage. That's a 25% increase over the number of Michigan residents who signed up through the Marketplace during last year's inaugural enrollment period. Approximately 200 certified enrollment staff at Michigan Health Centers were integral in answering questions and helping community residents enroll and renew Marketplace coverage as well as Medicaid, MI Child, and Healthy Michigan Plan coverage. As of February 23rd, 573,488 Michiganders are receiving affordable coverage through the Healthy Michigan Plan, and enrollment is open year around. Residents are encouraged to visit, a project of MPCA designed to help individuals understand how to apply for coverage in Michigan and then learn about their new benefits and make the most of their health coverage.

Phase Three of Access Is The Answer Advocacy Campaign Now Underway

During a February 19 national teleforum, the National Association of Community Health Centers launched phase 3 of the Access Is the Answer advocacy campaign. NACHC policy and advocacy staff provided an update on the Health Center funding cliff that will take effect in just over 200 days unless Congress acts. They also outlined action steps that are critical for advocates to take to help fix the cliff. Click here for more information and templates you can use NOW to help ensure Health Centers, including yours, have the support necessary to provide care to current patients and others who still lack access to care. Access Is the Answer!  

HRSA Issues Accreditation and PCMH Recognition Initiative Program Assistance Letter

On February 19, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) issued Program Assistance Letter (PAL) 2015-02 regarding the Accreditation and Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Initiative. This initiative consolidates various accreditation and recognition resources that HRSA and national partners have developed. PAL 2015-02 also outlines the process and requirements for applying for ambulatory health care accreditation and/or PCMH recognition. HRSA is hosting a webinar on March 5 at 10:30 am-12 pm ET and 1:30-3 pm ET to provide more information about the initiative and the new online process. 

Status of Michigan State Loan Repayment Program's FY16 Application Cycle

As you may recall, in December we were informed that an altered selection process for the fiscal year 2016 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) application cycle would be used, batching applications received on a monthly basis and reviewing the batch for award determinations. This essentially created a “first come, first served” award process for the MSLRP. We recently learned enough applications will be awarded from the January batch so that approximately one-third of the number of slots awarded last year are already taken - and few of those slots are at FQHCs. If any providers at your Health Center are planning to take advantage of the MSLRP, please make sure that applications are submitted as soon as possible. It appears to be guaranteed that program funding will be exhausted before the April 30th application deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Grinnell, MPCA's Workforce Consultant, at

New Online Resource Showcases Historic Legacy of Health Centers

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Health Center program and the vital movement in expanding access to quality and affordable primary and preventive health care services to millions of uninsured and medically underserved people nationwide. To showcase the unique history and accomplishments of America's Health Centers, NACHC has launched a new online resource featuring an interactive timeline of key milestones; archived videos and photographs; and infographics, badges, and other communications tools to spread the word about Health Centers. Please join MPCA for a webinar on March 2 at 1:30-2:30 pm to learn from NACHC more about the 50th anniversary communications campaign and the tools and resources available to help your Health Center celebrate this year. Participation in the webinar is free but advance registration is required.  


More State & National News



Advocacy 101 & Legalese Webinar
February 25, 2015, 3-4 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

The Millions Hearts Initiative – Health Center Participation and Impact (webinar)
February 26, 2015, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Health Resources & Services Administration

Remote Yet Resourceful: Integrating Behavioral Health in Rural Primary Care (webinar)
February 26, 2015, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

Using Dental Services and Benefits to Motivate Families to Enroll in Medicaid & CHIP (webinar)
February 27, 2015, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign


More Upcoming State & National Events hosted by organizations outside of MPCA that may be of interest and benefit for individuals affiliated with Michigan Health Centers.



More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center



2015 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

Funder: NURSE Corps
Due: February 26, 2015 (7:30 pm ET)

Population Health Initiative
Funder: RCHN Community Health Foundation
Letters of interest due: March 18, 2015 (5 pm ET)

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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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