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Thank You Advocates for Attending 2015 MPCA Legislative Forum
On March 4, staff, board members, and patients from Health Centers across the state convened in Lansing for the 2015 MPCA Legislative Forum. The agenda was full and fast-paced, with presentations from legislative leaders including Senator Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive); Senator Jim Marleau (R-Lake Orion), Chair of the Senate Community Health Appropriations Subcommittee; and Representative Mike Callton (R-Nashville), Chair of the House Health Policy Committee. MPCA also presented two annual awards. We honored Senator Goeff Hansen (R-Hart) with the Champion for the Medically Underserved Award in recognition of this work to secure funding in the fiscal year 2015 state budget to ensure breastfeeding mothers who are eligible for Medicaid coverage have access to quality breast pumps. We presented the Legacy of Leadership Award to Michigan Association of Health Plans Executive Director Rick Murdock for his leadership that helped catalyze the Healthy Michigan Plan becoming a reality. Over the course of the day, advocates took part in over 80 meetings and luncheon roundtables with State Legislators to discuss MPCA's policy priorities for the year: improving Michigan's workforce policies, implementing an all-payer claims database, and developing and implementing payment reform in Michigan. “By working with policy makers and legislators on these three transformative issue areas, together we can improve health, improve care, and reduce costs,” said Kim Sibilsky, MPCA’s CEO. Thank you to everyone for your advocacy and commitment! Click here for a Facebook photo album of pictures from the day.
MPCA Testifies in Support of APRN Legislation
During a Senate Health Policy Committee hearing on March 3, Dr. Brenda Coughlin, CEO/President of Health Delivery, Inc. testified on behalf of MPCA and Michigan Health Centers in support of legislation (Senate Bill 68) that provides for the licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (certified nurse midwives, certified nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists). Improving Michigan's workforce policies to ensure there are enough health care providers to meet current and future health care needs is one of MPCA's policy priorities for the year. Among MPCA's recommendations is for Michigan to provide full practice and prescriptive authority to APRNs commensurate with their formal training. During her testimony, Dr. Coughlin said, "As a physician and health care executive, I believe the plan to address Michigan’s health care workforce shortages must include more effective use of APRNs and the first step is the passage of SB 68." Click here to read Dr. Coughlin's testimony in its entirety. The committee did not take a vote on the bill and will hear additional testimony over the next several weeks. Click here for the Senate Fiscal Agency's analysis of the bill. Meanwhile, the Chair of the House Health Policy Committee, Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville), said he will hold a vote soon on an identical bill (HB 4207) introduced in the House.
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CMO Network Conference Call
March 11, 2015, 8-9 am ET
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Colorectal Cancer Screening (webinar)
March 18, 2015, 10-11 am ET
Quarterly EHR/EDR User Groups Webinar: Meaningful Use Audit Preparation (webinar)
March 18, 2015, 2-3 pm ET
Igniting Change in Dental Teams: Education & Opportunities for RDAs (webinar)
March 23, 2015, 10-11 am 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
340B Pharmacy Network 2015 Spring Meeting
April 23, 2015, 10 am-3 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI
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- Family Nurse Practitioner, Detroit Central City Health Center, Detroit, MI
- Billing Specialist, Cherry Health, Grand Rapids, MI
- Registered Dental Hygienist, Family Health Center, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
- Human Resource Manager, Covenant Community Care, Detroit, MI
- Site Manager, Baldwin Family Health Care, White Cloud, MI
- Open positions at MPCA
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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 email@example.com with Job Posting in the subject field.
U.S. Supreme Court Hears King v. Burwell
During oral arguments in the case King v. Burwell on March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared divided on whether people in all 50 states are eligible for premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions under the ACA. Should the High Court decide that only residents of states operating their own Marketplaces are eligible for tax subsidies under the ACA, the hundreds of thousands of Michiganders enrolled in a Marketplace plan and eligible for financial assistance would lose coverage or see their health premiums increase. Click here for a reaction from MPCA's CEO Kim Sibilsky about that possibility, as included in WILX-10 News' coverage of the hearing. Approximately 88% of the 340,900 Michiganders who have bought insurance through the Marketplace receive subsidies, and the average tax credit is $240 a month. The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its decision in June. Click here for the transcript of the hearing. Several House Republican leaders including Congressman Fred Upton from Michigan have said that should the Supreme Court rule in favor of the plaintiff, they will pursue a legislative fix that will eliminate the mandate to buy insurance but give consumers more control over alternative tax credits they could choose for coverage.
HRSA Announces Health Infrastructure Investment Program Funding Opportunity for Health Centers
Last week the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the fiscal year 2015 Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) funding opportunity. This funding opportunity supports existing Health Center Program grantees' efforts to increase patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations through facility renovation, expansion, or construction. HRSA anticipates awarding up to $150 million to support an estimated 150 to 175 awards. The deadline to apply at Grants.gov is April 21, 2015 (11:59 pm ET) with supplemental materials due via the HRSA Electronic Handbook by May 21, 2015 (5 pm ET). HRSA is hosting a question and answer application assistance call on March 24 at 2-3 pm ET. Read more
As You Prepare for 'Fix the Cliff' Discussions, Ask Yourself These Four Questions
Nearly 2,500 Health Center advocates from across the country, including from Michigan, are heading to Washington, DC, March 18-22 for the 2015 Policy & Issues Forum hosted by NACHC. On Thursday of that week—March 19—Health Center staff, board members, patients, and Primary Care Association staff will meet with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to elevate awareness of the critical need to sustain what Health Centers have gained over the last 50 years by fixing the funding cliff. Before then, every Health Center advocate should ask himself or herself four important questions. "When every advocate in the country can answer YES to all four of these questions, fixing the cliff will be a priority for Congress. If you’re coming to the P&I, taking action on these items now will make your meeting far more productive. Even if you’re not coming, this is the time for action," writes NACHC Director of Federal Affairs John Sawyer in a blog post.
Fix the Cliff Advocacy Call-in Day March 19
If you aren't attending the Policy & Issues Forum in Washington, DC, March 18-22, your voice is needed from back home! Please mark your calendar to take action on March 19 for Call-in Day. By calling your Members of Congress on March 19—the day when thousands of Health Center advocates will be meeting in-person with Members of Congress and their staff in their offices in DC— you will elevate awareness on Capitol Hill of the need to act now to fix the funding cliff. Watch for more information coming soon from NACHC, including the phone number to call and sample wording you can use to raise your voice in support of Health Centers. For more information and resources about the Health Center funding cliff, click here.
Please Ask Your U.S. Representative to Co-Sign Health Center Dear Colleague Letter
U.S. Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Gene Green (D-TX) have once again stepped up to lead the Health Center Funding Dear Colleague Letter in the U.S. House of Representatives. The letter is a general support letter for Health Center funding and outlines the importance of congressional action to address the looming Health Center funding cliff. A large number of co-signers is needed to demonstrate strong bi-partisan support for Health Center funding. Please click here to email your U.S. Representative to ask him/her to co-sign the Bilirakis-Green Health Center Dear Colleague Letter. The deadline to co-sign is March 23. Already, Representative Sander Levin of Michigan has signed on to publicly show his support of Health Centers.
NHSC Sites in Michigan Seeking Providers—2015 Application Period Closes March 30
The competitive application period for the 2015 National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program closes on March 30, 2015 (7:30 pm ET). Currently, NHSC sites in Michigan are looking for 45 primary care physicians, 28 dentists, 11 physician assistants, 11 nurse practitioners, and 15 licensed clinical social workers to serve in underserved communities. Click here to search the NHSC Jobs Center. The NHSC is hosting a conference call on March 11 at 8-10 pm ET to share more information and answer questions. Meanwhile, the application period for new NHSC sites will open in March.
U.S. Representative Miller Not Seeking Re-election in 2016
Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller announced last week that at the end of her current term, which concludes at the close of 2016, she won't run for re-election. She represents Michigan's 10th House District, serving Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, St. Clair, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties. Click here to watch a video statement released on her Facebook page.
More State & National News
Finding and Acquiring the Best Funding Sources for Your Project (webinar)
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 2-3 p.m. EST
Presenter: Capital Link
MI Health Link Virtual Trainings
March 17, 2015, 10-11:30 am ET (for Wayne County Providers only)
March 31, 2015, 2-3:30 pm ET (for Macomb County Providers only)
Host: Michigan Department of Community Health
10th Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit
April 8-10, 2015
Host: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
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.
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Population Health Initiative
Funder: RCHN Community Health Foundation
Letters of interest due: March 18, 2015 (5 pm ET)
2015 Health Infrastructure Investment Program
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
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