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MPCA Policy Priorities Focus on Increasing Access & Improving Patient Care

Monday, March 14, 2016  
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Lansing, MI, March 14, 2016 Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) —the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan—has announced its policy priorities for 2016.


  • Implementation of Evidence-Based Models to Increase Dental Access: Dental Therapists;
  • Expand Integration of Physical and Behavioral Health through Integration of Medicaid Managed Care Payment; and
  • Support Health Information Exchange and Interoperability Initiatives for Meaningful Use of Health Information Exchange.


The priorities were developed by the MPCA Health Policy Committee and were unanimously approved by the MPCA Board of Directors and MPCA Members.

“MPCA and Michigan Health Centers are committed to increasing access to quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive care for all of Michigan,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “The policy priorities for 2016 not only enable increased access, but raise the standard of care patients receive at Health Centers, and from other health care providers in the state.”

The three policy priorities were announced during MPCA’s annual Legislative Forum, which was held on March 8, 2016. During the Legislative Forum, Michigan Health Center leaders met with their state legislators and discussed the priorities and how implementation of the policies would improve the delivery of care.  

A complete description of the issue, background, discussion and recommended action for each policy priority can be read at

Currently, 39 Michigan Health Centers serve more than 615,000 residents at more than 250 delivery sites. The doors of Health Centers are open to all, regardless of insurance status and with fees based on household income.
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About Michigan Primary Care Association

For over 35 years, the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers. MPCA is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit or call 517.381.8000.




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