Both of Michigan’s legislative branches are under Democratic control for the first time in 40 years, and healthcare leaders gave an update on how new lawmakers are impacting industry initiatives during the 2023 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Monique Stanton noted that the … Read more

In our first Michigan newsletter of 2023, we feature some of Reporter James Sklar’s coverage of the initial health-related legislation being discussed by lawmakers, input about the state’s new coverage of doula services through Medicaid, and important takeaways from Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State address regarding the future of abortion policy in Michigan. We … Read more

I’m happy to introduce our new Reporter covering Michigan, James Sklar! James is based in Lansing and has a seasoned background in policy advocacy and law. You’ll be seeing his byline more as he continues his coverage for us in Michigan. Welcome, James! We are so thrilled to have you joining us. This edition of … Read more

This month’s newsletter includes a run-down of some of the new health legislation being considered by the Michigan Legislature, information about the state’s new constitutional amendment safeguarding the right to an abortion, and the state’s plan to relaunch its family planning services through Medicaid. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. Newly … Read more

Here is this month’s edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” in the Michigan health policy landscape, including some legislation we’re watching, new data and recommendations from MDHHS on rising opioid overdose rates, and information on the state’s procurement of children’s crisis stabilization providers. Thanks for your engagement with us. As always, feel free to send me story … Read more

This month’s newsletter includes a rundown of recent notable activity at MDHHS, a conversation with Alex Rossman, External Affairs Director at the Michigan League for Public Policy, and information about the nurse strike at the University of Michigan. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. MDHHS works to increase COVID health equity, … Read more

This month’s edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” includes coverage of notable bills in the legislature, newly instituted implicit bias training for health care workers, and some key items from Michigan’s FY 23 budget, which is currently awaiting Gov. Whitmer’s signature. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with feedback, story ideas, or just to connect. … Read more

This month’s edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” includes a run-down of bills we’re watching in the legislature, additional coverage from our conference, and a conversation with Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. State-based exchange, lead poisoning bills considered in legislature The Michigan Legislature … Read more

The Michigan House Health Policy Committee recently heard a bill on May 26th that would replace the federal, private individual and small group marketplaces with a state-based health insurance exchange.  House Bill 6112 would create the nonprofit MIHealth Marketplace and the MIHealth Marketplace board, which aims to give Michigan more flexibility and control over the … Read more

The Michigan Legislature is working to ensure patient safety when seeking out registered dietitian nutritionists and nutritionists.  In the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee meeting on May 12th, the committee heard testimony of Amendment S2 on Senate Bill 614, which would prescribe the scope of practice and outline the licensing requirements for dietitian … Read more