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MPCA Applauds Passage of FY 2015 State Budget

Tuesday, July 1, 2014  
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The following statement is attributed to Michigan Primary Care Association’s Chief Executive Officer Kim Sibilsky as it relates to Governor Rick Snyder signing the fiscal year 2015 state budget on June 30, 2014.

On behalf of Michigan Health Centers and the 600,000-plus patients they serve, Michigan Primary Care Association applauds Governor Snyder, the leadership of both legislative houses, and the Legislators involved in determining the Department of Community Health appropriations for passing a state budget that invests in increasing access to health care services for Michiganders who are most in need.

More hardworking Michigan adults will have access to health insurance coverage through full funding of the Healthy Michigan Plan. Already, over 300,000 Michiganders have gained affordable coverage, which is so critical to accessing health care.

More Michigan children will have access to dental care through expansion of the Healthy Kids Dental program to Kalamazoo and Macomb counties.

More Michigan moms will have access to prenatal care through improved rates for obstetricians and funding for small hospitals to provide obstetrical services. More Michigan moms will also have access to breastfeeding support through Medicaid coverage of breast pumps.

More health care professionals who are willing to serve in underserved areas of the state will have opportunities to do so through investments in the State Loan Repayment Program and Graduate Medical Education.

And, more Michiganders will have access to improved mental health coverage and systems through funding to implement the Mental Health and Wellness Commission’s recommendations.

MPCA and Michigan Health Centers appreciate and look forward to new opportunities for collaboration and partnerships as a result of the fiscal year 2015 budget, which begins on October 1, 2014.

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