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June 30,  2015
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Exhibitors & Sponsors Sought for MPCA Annual Conference

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) Annual Conference is right around the corner and it is time to secure sponsors and exhibitors.


The Annual Conference will take place from August 30 - September 1, 2015, at the beautiful Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. The conference provides a prime opportunity for organizations to share the goods, services, and expertise that Health Centers need to strengthen their operations and services.

The Sponsorship & Exhibitor Program enhances the overall quality of the Annual Conference for the more than 175 estimated attendees, and also provides your organization with an important opportunity to maximize marketing and networking. 


For information on registering to become a conference sponsor, exhibiting during the Exhibitors Showcase on August 31, and/or advertising in the conference materials, click here. 


National Health Center Week Toolkit Now Available

Are you a National Health Center Week planner? If so, be sure you utilize the Media Toolkit assembled by the National Association of Community Health Centers. Whether you are hosting an event or simply recognizing your staff and supporters, the toolkit will enable you to tell the story of your Health Center.

The goal for National Health Center Week (NHCW) is to increase public awareness of Health Centers. That can be as simple as posting to social media or writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, or as elaborate as a full week of events open to the public. A list of ideas to help kickstart your event planning can be found here.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to highlight your Health Center and while doing so, support the other 1,199 Health Centers nationwide.

P.S. Don't forget to post your events on the NHCW website (event posting password: healthy).


MPCA Holiday Business Hours


MPCA will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, in observance of Independence Day. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, July 6, 2015. Have a safe and memorable holiday. 

 

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UPCOMING MPCA EVENTS

Please note that you must be logged in to MPCA’s online community when registering for MPCA-hosted events to receive a discounted rate if your organization is an MPCA member. If you are subscribed to the MPCA eUpdate, you have a profile in MPCA's online community. If you have forgotten your password, please use the "forgot password" link under the sign-in box to reset your password. If you need further assistance, please contact info@mpca.net.


ICD-10 Boot Camp
July 7 - July 8, 2015
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI
Registration Deadline: July 2, 2015

Webinar: Serving America's Veterans: How Health Centers Can Answer the Call
July 15, 2015, 10 - 11:30 am

Learning the Principles of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
July 16, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm ET
Michigan Primary Care Association, Lansing, MI 
**Only three spaces remain - register today!**

Contract Training and Learning Lab
July 23, 2015, 8 am - 5 pm ET
Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing, MI
Hosts: Michigan Primary Care Association, National Association of Community Health Centers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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

 

More MPCA Events


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 

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 info@mpca.net with Job Posting in the subject field.

 


STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

MPCA Commends Supreme Court Ruling

Michigan Primary Care Association, the voice for Michigan Health Centers and other community-based providers, commends the June 25, 2015, Supreme Court ruling to uphold subsidies for Federally Facilitated Exchange (Federal Marketplace) enrollees in King v. Burwell. 


In a 6-3 decision written by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court considered whether tax credits made available to individuals with incomes between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty line are available only to individuals who purchase insurance through a State Exchange, or whether the tax credits are also available to individuals who purchase insurance through a Federal Exchange. The Court concluded that the tax credits are available to all eligible enrollees, noting “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.” 


An important aspect of the King v. Burwell decision is that the Court did not defer to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) interpretation of the law but instead conducted its own analysis of the law. This is important because it will prevent a future administration from changing the rule. Under the Court’s ruling, only Congress will be able to amend the law through legislative action. 


The ruling is a victory for Americans and especially for those who depend on Health Centers for affordable and accessible health care. Nationally, 6.4 million consumers receive financial help in the form of subsidies in the marketplace. In Michigan, subsidies are available to the 228,000 marketplace enrollees with an average tax credit of $273/month at an average premium after tax credit of $130/month. 


Certified Application Counselors and Navigators at Michigan’s Health Centers have played a crucial role in educating patients and community members about their health coverage options and provide ongoing enrollment and renewal assistance, advocacy for complex enrollment cases, and support for using their benefits to access care. Health Center Outreach and Enrollment staff have provided this assistance over 72,000 times since November 2014 and during that period helped 23,500 enroll in coverage. 


“Subsidies provide an opportunity for many uninsured to gain access to primary and preventative care, many receiving insurance for the first time in their lives,” stated Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “The Supreme Court ruling not only emphasizes the importance subsidies provide for the uninsured, but enables Michigan residents to continue receiving the necessary primary, preventative, behavioral, dental and pharmacy services the Affordable Care Act provides.”  


The ruling affirms what many in the Health Center community believe, in both mission and practice: that all people deserve affordable health care and coverage to ensure good health. Sibilsky adds, “MPCA will continue to focus on building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care.”

For a concise description of the King v. Burwell decision, click here to read the National Association of Community Health Centers’ blog post, “Victory for the ACA: Moving Forward After King v. Burwell.” For a more detailed but accessible analysis of the decision, click here to read a post published on the Health Affairs blog. 


Save the Date: Medicaid 50th Anniversary Celebration

You are invited to the Medicaid 50th Anniversary Celebration at the House Office Building in Lansing, Michigan on July 30, 2015. A program, currently being finalized, will include Governor Rick Snyder (invited), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon (invited), and former U.S. Representative John Dingell (invited). For now, block off 10 am to 12 pm ET on your calendar and make plans to celebrate this monumental anniversary in health care history.

Help celebrate 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid Services by following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid on Twitter as they tweet 50 Facts in 50 Days.


Update from the Healthy Michigan Plan Hearing

On June 24, 2015, a public hearing was held to share information about the second waiver that will be requested from the Centers for Medicare & MEdicaid Services (CMS) for the Healthy Michigan Plan. The hearing, held by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), followed the Department's submission of a waiver concept paper to CMS on May 27, 2015. During the hearing, MDHHS provided a status update on the concept paper and waiver and encouraged questions and comments from beneficiaries, providers, advocates, and other interested organizations.

Please note the following:

  • By law, the second waiver request must be submitted to CMS by September 1, 2015.
  • If the second waiver is not approved by December 31, 2015, the Healthy Michigan Plan will end on April 1, 2016. 
  • A new website for the Healthy Michigan Plan is available here.
  • Questions and comments can still be submitted. Send to healthymichiganplan@michigan.gov.
The presentation from the hearing is available online, as well as Plan information and history, FAQs, and more. 

More State & National News

 


UPCOMING STATE & NATIONAL EVENTS 

Webinar: Care Coordination in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports
July 1, 2015, 1 - 2 pm ET
Host: AARP Public Policy Institute

Save the Date: Medicaid 50th Anniversary Celebration

July 30, 2015, 10 am - 12 pm ET
Mackinac Room, House Office Building, Lansing, MI
Host: MCAC

Web-Based Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care
Program Begins October 16, 2015
Host: University of Michigan School of Social Work
Registration now open!

Developing/Implementing the Health Center's Quality Improvement Program
October 21, 2015, 9 am - 4 pm ET
Marriott Indianapolis North, Indianapolis, IN
Host: MidWest Clinician Network


14th Annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety & Health Conference
November 17 - 18, 2015
Decorah, IA
Host: Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
Abstracts Due: August 3, 2015

39th Annual Rural Health Conference

May 10 - 13, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
Host: National Rural Health Association
Call for PresentationsSubmission Deadline - July 31, 2015

 

More upcoming State & National events

 


 

REPORTS & RESOURCES

 More Resources in MPCA's Education & Resource Center

 


GRANTS

Evidence-Based Practices - Mental Health Care and Services

Funder: Ethel & James Flinn Foundation
Due: July 16, 2015, 4 pm ET

FY 2015 Affordable Care Act Health Center Expanded Services Supplemental Funding
Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration
Due: July 20, 2015

 

Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
Funder: Notah Begay III Foundation
Due: July 20, 2015

Demonstration Grants for Indian Health
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service
Due: August 19, 2015

Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities (R01)
Funder: National Institutes of Health

Due: October 21, 2015

 

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. 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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