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April 4, 2014
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THANK YOU to Health Center Advocates for Signing "Access is the Answer" Petition

Last Monday, March 31, was the final day to reach the March goal set for the Access is the Answer petition, and Michigan Health Centers made a very successful final push to collect as many signatures as possible. With all numbers reported, 348 people from Michigan signed the electronic petition, and 11 Michigan Health Centers reported collecting a total of 3,552 hardcopy signatures. Thank you to the Michigan Health Centers, staff, board members, and other advocates who took part in this effort by signing and circulating the petition! The level support garnered by the petition makes a strong case to the President and Congress to address the looming funding cliff facing America's Health Centers.

Health Center Support Letters Collect 278 Signatures from Members of Congress

Closing on March 31, the Bilirakis-Pallone Health Center Support Letter was signed on to by six of Michigan's U.S. Representatives: Reps. Dan Benishek, John Conyers, John Dingell, Dan Kildee, Sander Levin, and Gary Peters. If your U.S. Representative signed on, please be sure to express your appreciation via a phone call, email, social media. At the closing of the Bilirakis-Pallone Health Center Support Letter, 225 Representatives had signed on. Also please remember to thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for co-sponsoring the Stabenow-Wicker Health Center Support Letter in the Senate, and thank Senator Carl Levin for signing. At the closing of the Stabenow-Wicker letter on April 1, 53 U.S. Senators had signed on. The amount of bi-partisan support from Members of Congress in both the House and Senate makes a powerful case for the crucial need to address the Health Center funding cliff as the FY 2015 federal appropriations process moves forward. The final list of signers for both letters, updated as of April 2, is available on NACHC's Federal Issues webpage. Please join us in thanking our Members of Congress who signed on for their support.




MPCA Requests Michigan Health Centers Submit 2013 UDS Datafile

If you haven't done so already, MPCA is requesting that all Michigan Health Centers please send their 2013 UDS Datafile in XML format at the earliest convenience. The UDS data is stored on HRSA's Electronic Handbook (EHB) website, which allows for the viewing of Health Center specific UDS reports and UDS data. Within the EHB, there is an option that allows for downloading or emailing your UDS data as an XML data file. (Please note: As FQHC Look-Alikes cannot access the XML file, please send the data in PDF form.) Select the option to email the UDS data file, which will then attach the XML file to and email, and MPCA requests that you send the UDS data file to Jon Villasurda, Policy Consultant, at Please click here to view the UDS Request PowerPoint slides to help you find the data in the EHB to send.

MPCA Welcomes New Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator

MPCA welcomes Lydia Ormsby to the staff as an Outreach and Enrollment Program Coordinator. Lydia will be assisting MPCA's Outreach and Enrollment team at our office in Lansing with coordinating outreach, education, and enrollment activities at Michigan Health Centers, building and strengthening enrollment collaborations with partner organizations, as well as assisting with MPCA's CHIPRA retention program.

MPCA Participating in Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program

MPCA is collaborating with the Great Lakes Clean Water Organization's Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program to offer a special discount to Michigan Health Centers for participation in the program. To-date, the community-based program has collected and properly disposed of more than 45.75 tons of unused/unwanted drugs to help keep our water clean. Several Michigan Health Centers and MPCA members are currently participating in the program, and now is the ideal time for your pharmacy to join the collaboration to increase awareness of the importance of properly disposing of unused/unwanted drugs. Click here to watch a documentary film for more information, and click here to sign up your Health Center's pharmacy as a partner.


More News from MPCA


CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Invests Millions of Dollars in Access to Health Care for Underserved Populations


(CVS Caremark) The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), announced the recipients of nearly 70 grants awarded to free and charitable clinics, school-based health centers (SBHCs) and community health centers as part of a $5 million commitment to increase access to health care in communities nationwide through partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC), the School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). Among the recipients is Cherry Street Health Services. Read more



Center for Family Health Presents Awards for Health Care Advocacy

(Center for Family Health Blog) The Center for Family Health recognized several outstanding community supporters and employees for their commitment around health care advocacy and accessibility to health care. Read more


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 Experiencing Steady Enrollment Through First Week

The State of Michigan began accepting applications for the Healthy Michigan Plan on April 1, 2014. From the first report of numbers on Wednesday, the Department of Community Health reported that 16,549 Healthy Michigan Plan applications were submitted electronically, of which 7,603 were automatically approved. Michigan residents can enroll at any time online, by phone, or in person at a local Michigan Department of Human Services office to find out if they're eligible for coverage. Continue to visit to learn more about eligibility, application information, costs of the program, and other frequently asked questions.

Michigan Signs Memorandum of Understanding for Integrated Care Programs

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Thursday, April 2, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the new MI Health Link demonstration program. The MI Health Link demonstration program has been designed to integrate care for individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, often referred to as dual-eligibles, and is set to operate for three years, in four regions of the state, where the program will be implemented in two phases according to the regions. Read more


Health Centers Reminded to Submit Medicaid Provider Certification of Compliance


Per federal guidelines, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) requires that all Medicaid Provider entities that have made or received at least $5 million in Medicaid payments for the time period of January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, submit a document to MDCH to certify they are in compliance with Section 6302 of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005. The Certification of Compliance document should be completed, signed (by an individual in the organization who has the authority to sign such documentation), and returned to MDCH within 60 days of April 1, 2014. Click here to view the letter from MDCH and the attached Certification of Compliance.

U.S. Senator Stabenow's Community Mental Health Services Expansion Signed into Law

On April 1, President Obama signed into law legislation to expand access to community mental health services. The legislation, sponsored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), kick starts an eight state, two-year pilot program where states apply to participate in expanding mental health services at the community health level. Read more

ICD-10 Implementation Delayed until 2015

On April 1, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which delays cuts to physicians' Medicare rates and also puts off implementation of ICD-10 until 2015 at the earliest. Read more

U.S. Representatives Camp and Rogers  Announce Retirement

Congressman Dave Camp (R-Midland) joined the running list of long-serving Members of Congress to announce retirement this year, when he officially announced on March 31 that he would not seek re-election at the end of his term in 2014. Facing the prospect of giving up the Chairmanship of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Camp elected to step aside after a 24-year career in the U.S. Capitol, first being elected to the House of Representatives in 1991. Michigan State Sen. John Moolenaar, Chair of the Senate Health Appropriations Subcommittee and a staunch Health Center supporter, has officially announced he will be running to replace the 4th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Camp. Also announcing retirement is Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton), who was first elected in 2000. Between the 4 members of Michigan's Congressional delegation that have announced retirement this year, Reps. Camp, Dingell, and Rogers, as well as Sen. Carl Levin, they combine to have served more than 130 years in Congress.




More State & National News



LGBT Familes: Improving Access to Better Health Care
April 9, 2-3 pm ET
Host: The Fenway Institute

FTCA Deeming Application Technical Assistance Webcast: Risk Management & Tracking
April 9, 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

2014 UDS Changes Webinar
April 9, 2014, 2-4 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

2014 Practical Art of Health Center Finance
April 9-11, 2014
Miami Beach, FL
Host: National Association of Community Health Centers

FTCA Deeming Application Technical Assistance Webcast: Quality Improvement & Quality Assurance
April 10, 2014 2-3:30 pm ET
Host: Bureau of Primary Health Care

17th Annual Michigan Rural Health Conference
April 10-11, 2014
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Host: Michigan Center for Rural Health

Upcoming Health Observances


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FY 2015 Michigan State Loan Repayment Program Application Period
Funder: Michigan State Loan Repayment Program
Due: April 30, 2014

Population-based HIV Impact Assessments in Resource-Constrained Settings Under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Due: May 5, 2014

2014 National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Scholarship Program
Funder: HRSA's National Health Service Corps
Due: May 15, 2014

2014 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
Funder: HRSA's NURSE Corps
Due: May 22, 2014

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program States/Territories Part B Supplemental Grant Program
Funder: Health Resources & Services Administration
Due: May 28, 2014

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Using Populations with or at Risk for HCV (R01) – Cycle II
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: June 5, 2014

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Using Populations with or at Risk for HCV (R21) – Cycle II
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: June 16, 2014

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Using Populations with or at Risk for HCV (R34) – Cycle II
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Due: June 16, 2014





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