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June 13, 2014
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Continued "Access is the Answer" Campaign Efforts Critical

The Access is the Answer campaign is an ongoing effort to convince Congress that they must act immediately to fix the looming Health Center funding cliff. With the Health Center Program facing a 70% federal funding cut at the end of fiscal year 2015, it is critical that Health Center advocates take time to make advocacy a priority by:

Please Post Your National Health Center Week 2014 Events Online

Posting the details of your Health Center's National Health Center Week 2014 events is a great way to get the attention of elected officials and potential sponsors. With the week-long celebration kicking off on August 10th—that's a little less than two months away—many Health Centers across the country, including Health Delivery Inc., Western Wayne Family Health Centers, Baldwin Family Health Care, and Sterling Area Health Center in Michigan, have already posted the details of their events on the National Health Center Week website. Please note the following special recognition days during #NHCW2014:

  • August 13: Public Housing Health Center Day

  • August 14: Health Care for the Homeless Day

  • August 15: Farmworker Health Day

Once again, NACHC is hosting its annual NHCW Picture and Video Contests, which are open to Health Center staff, board members, patients, and advocates. Click here for more information and consider submitting picture and/or video entries in August. 


2014 MPCA Annual Conference Tentative Agenda Available

Please mark your calendar to join us August 3-5 at the beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa for the 2014 MPCA Annual Conference, "Strength in Numbers." The Annual Conference is MPCA's premiere conference that not only provides valuable educational sessions, but also offers opportunities for you to network with your peers from Health Centers across the state. Online registration will open soon, but in the meantime please visit for:

  • Information about reserving your room at the Crystal Mountain Resort
  • A tentative agenda, which will be continually updated as more information becomes available, so please check back often
  • Nominating a Michigan Health Center colleague for an MPCA annual award (nominations due by July 1)
  • Sharing information about the Sponsorship & Exhibitor Program with organizations that might be interested in being a conference sponsor and/or networking with Michigan Health Center staff and board members at the Exhibitors' Showcase on August 4 

Registration Open for New PCMH Educational Webinar Series

MPCA is hosting a new webinar series designed for Health Centers in the early stages of transforming to the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care. During the "Building the Foundation for a Patient Centered Medical Home" series, participants will learn the history of the PCMH model and what is needed to build a solid foundation for achieving PCMH recognition no matter the accrediting body. Registration is open for the first webinar in the series, "PCMH 101: Where Do We Start in Patient Centered Care?" taking place on June 26 at 11 am-12:30 pm ET.

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MQIN Leadership Committee Meeting
June 17, 2014, 10 am-12 pm
MPCA, Lansing, MI

MPCA Executive Committee Meeting
June 17, 2014

MPCA Board Meeting
June 17, 2014, 1-3 pm ET
MPCA, Lansing, MI

Retirement Celebration Honoring Neal Colburn
June 17, 2014, 3 pm ET
MPCA, Lansing, MI
If you would like to send congratulations to Neal in advance, cards may be mailed to MPCA, 7215 Westshire Drive, Lansing, MI 48917; electronic congratulations may be emailed to Erin Rogers

QI Directors Network Call
June 19, 2014, 11 am-12 pm

MPCA Finance Network Meeting
June 23, 2014, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI

More MPCA Events


More Health Center News


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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.



Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment Over 287,000

As of June 9th, 287,281 Michiganders are enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan's expanded Medicaid program. Enrollment statistics are updated every Monday at 3 pm and posted on the MDCH website. MPCA has updated its enrollment analysis by county, which includes the percentage of enrollees by county that are enrolled in a health plan.

Omnnibus Budget Heads to Governor Snyder for Signature

The Michigan Legislature finalized legislative action on the fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget this week. The House and Senate voted 100-10 and 24-12, respectively, on Thursday in favor of the omnibus budget containing all state department budgets with the exception of K-12 school aid, community colleges, and higher education. Earlier in the week the House-Senate conference committee approved its recommended FY 2015 appropriations bill (SB 763) for the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), which includes many positive provisions important to MPCA and Michigan Health Centers and the patients they serve. The omnibus budget now heads to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature. “While the budget is not yet final, given the somewhat concerning Revenue Estimating Conference projections that state revenues would be down for next year, all of this is very good news,” said Doug Paterson, Director of State Policy, MPCA. “We especially would like to thank Senator John Moolenaar, Senator Roger Kahn, and Representative Matt Lori for their leadership during this budget process in including provisions that preserve and increase access to care.” 


Governor Snyder Signs HICA Fix Legislation

This week Governor Rick Snyder signed the package of bills (Senate Bills 893 and 913) that fix the shortfall in the state budget created by the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) failing to generate sufficient revenue. The bills were folded into the fiscal year 2015 budget for the Michigan Department of Community Health, as passed by the House-Senate conference committee (see article above), and subject medical services provided by Medicaid health maintenance organizations (HMOs) to the 6% Use Tax.

Governor Snyder Delivers Special Message on Aging

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder delivered a Special Message on Aging to the State Legislature, highlighting that living a healthy lifestyle, staying active and engaged, achieving financial security, and maintaining independence are critical for a high quality life as we age. By 2030, nearly one in four Michigan residents will be age 60 and older. Read more and watch a video recording of the Governor's Special Message. 

State Innovation Model Stakeholder Survey Open through June 25

Michigan's State Innovation Model (SIM) preliminary capacity survey is now open. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) will use the survey responses for planning purposes only. Responding to the survey does not guarantee selection as a test site, nor does it bind the respondent in any way. Should Michigan receive a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, there will be an additional formalized assessment process, which may include a site visit, to guide investment decisions. The survey will close at the end of the day on June 25, 2014. Leaders of organizations that are interested in playing a leading role within a Community Health Innovation Region or Accountable System of Care are encouraged to respond to the survey. Click here for more information and to access the survey.

U.S. Senate Subcommittee Approves Increased Funding for Health Centers in FY 2015

A major step in the fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations process took place this week when the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) approved its FY 2015 spending bill. The bill provides $5.1 billion in total program funding for the Health Centers program in FY 2015. This is exactly the request that Health Center advocates carried to Capitol Hill while they were in Washington, DC, for NACHC's Policy & Issues Forum in March, and for which broad bipartisan support was demonstrated in this year's Stabenow-Wicker Health Center Support Letter. Should the legislation become law, it will allow Health Centers to expand their capacity to deliver access to primary care to an estimated 11 million additional patients. Click here for a statement from NACHC. The bill now heads to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration, and it is unknown as this time when that will take place. It is also unknown when, or if, the House Appropriations Committee will consider its FY 2015 LHHS bill. As reported by NACHC, it is possible the House may only release a draft of its bill, a scenario similar to what has been done in recent years.

HRSA Releases Program Assistance Letters to Clarify Health Center Program Oversight and Scope Alignment Validation

This week the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) released Program Assistance Letters to clarify/update program guidance regarding its progressive action process (PAL 2014-08); and to describe how HRSA will migrate Health Center scope of project information to the updated Forms 5A and 5B and the process for Health Centers to review their updated forms, make limited allowable updates, and certify the resulting services and sites (PAL 2014-07). HRSA is hosting a Scope Alignment Technical Assistance webinar/call for Health Centers on Wednesday, June 18 at 3:30-4:30 pm ET to discuss the updates to forms 5A and 5B, in addition to the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHB) process for updating and certifying your scope while Scope Alignment Validation (SAV) is open in the EHB from June 30 to July 23, 2014.

VA Bills Move Through U.S. House, Senate

This week the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed similar bills aimed at reforming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' health care delivery system. On Tuesday, the House passed legislation introduced by Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL); on Wednesday, the Senate passed legislation introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and John McCain (R-AZ). Among other provisions, the Sanders-McCain bill would allow the VA to contract with non-VA health care providers—including Federally Qualified Health Centers—to increase veterans' access to care. The House and Senate bills differ when it comes to how to reimburse non-VA providers for care provided to veterans, as well as on the process under which veterans would be referred outside the VA for care. Lawmakers will now begin working out the differences between the two bills to pass a single, unified bill. As reported in this week's Washington Update, NACHC is carefully reviewing the implications for Health Centers and providing ongoing feedback to Capitol Hill. Several Health Centers have already shared their past experiences and recommendations for improved relationships between Heath Centers and the VA, which has been tremendously helpful in informing NACHC's initial feedback on legislative proposals. If you would like to share your Health Center's experience/recommendations, please email Jennifer Taylor at NACHC. 

New Bureau of Health Workforce Established

The new Bureau of Health Workforce within the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) was created in May 2014 to integrate HRSA workforce programs previously housed in the Bureau of Health Professions and the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Services. Read more

U.S. Treasury Awards New Markets Tax Credit Allocations to Revitalize Low-income Communities; Health Centers with Capital Improvement Plans Should Act Now!

Last week the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund announced $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit allocations to 87 Community Development Entities (CDEs) across the country. This funding is aimed at revitalizing low-income communities and increasing economic opportunity nationwide. As explained by Capital Link, "CDEs that received awards are now actively seeking projects to finance, including near-term Health Center expansions or renovations." Click here for the list of allocation recipients, which identifies their potential service areas. Congratulations to the following CDFIs, with which MPCA has worked, for receiving awards: Capital Impact Partners (formerly NCB-Capital Impact), IFF, The Low Income Investment Fund, Primary Care Development Corporation, and the Reinvestment Fund.

PCDC Now Offering Financing to Michigan Health Centers for Expansion

The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), a nationally recognized Community Development Financial Institution, is now offering financing to Michigan Health Centers through the Collaborative for Healthy Communities, a $130 million partnership to finance the expansion of Health Centers and provide new sources of capital for Health Centers across the country. PCDC joins with The Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, The Kresge Foundation, Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), Rockefeller Foundation, and The Reinvestment Fund (TRF). Contact information is now posted on the MPCA website. Click here to learn more about PCDC's Capital Investment services.

More State & National News



Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative Updates (webinar)
June 16, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Healthy Food Access and Healthcare (webinar featuring a supermarket operator and Health Centers discussing their innovative programs helping people access better nutrition and health care)
June 17, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: The Reinvestment Fund

The Medicare FQHC PPS (webinar)
June 18, 2014, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

The Impact of a Capital Project on Your Health Center (webinar)
June 18, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Scope Alignment TA Session for Health Centers
June 18, 2014, 3:30-4:30 pm ET
Host: Health Resources & Services Administration/Bureau of Primary Health Care

Building Fund Development Capacity (webinar)
June 19, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Capital Link

Health Centers Serving LGBT Populations Enrichment Webinar
June 24, 2014, 1:30-2:30 pm ET

New Medicare PPS for FQHCs: Operational Requirements (national provider call)
June 25, 2014, 1:30-3 pm ET
Host: Health Resources & Services Administration/Bureau of Primary Health Care

Community Health Vote 2014: Best Practices for Voter Registration and GOTV at Health Centers (webinar)
June 25, 2014, 2-3 pm ET
Host: Nonprofit VOTE
Host: Michigan Oral Health Coalition


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



FY14 Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative
Funder: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Due: June 16, 2014

Connecting Kids to Coverage: Outreach and Enrollment Grants Focused on Increasing Enrollment of American Indian/Alaska Native Children
Funder: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Due: June 30, 2014

Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center Program
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: June 30, 2014

Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces
Funder: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services/Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight
Applications Due: July 10, 2014
HHS is hosting pre-application webinars on June 12June 17June 24, and July 1 (each at 1:30-3:30 pm ET)

2014 Brighter Futures Community Grant
Funder: Delta Dental Foundation
Due: September 15, 2014


More Funding Opportunities


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 by subscribing at

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.MPCA's federal grant program titled "State and Regional Primary Care Associations” allows MPCA to provide technical assistance and support to Health Centers in Michigan and is 100% funded by federal dollars at a current annual level of $1,069,988.00.


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