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Overhaul to the Behavioral Health System Introduced

May 28, 2021

A bipartisan coalition of House members introduced legislation this week that seeks to modernize Michigan’s behavioral health system in order to improve services for residents. The plan would redesign the state’s current system with the goal of making it a more person-centered approach. It would replace the state’s 10 public Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs) […]

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Bipartisan Healthcare Reforms Introduced

Feb 26, 2021

This week, members of the House Democratic and Republican Caucuses introduced legislation aiming to improve the quality of health care, while making it more affordable and accessible. The plan focuses on three main goals: lowering the cost of prescription medicine, increasing access to care, and improving the standard of care. Some of the specifics within […]

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Department Launches Flu Vaccine Campaign

Aug 28, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services launched a statewide campaign urging residents to get their flu vaccine this fall. They are stressing the greater need this year in order for the state to prevent an outbreak of a second communicable disease, in addition to COVID-19, which could put the state’s economy and health care […]

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Governor Vetoes Medical Provider Immunity Bill

Aug 14, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation that would have provided automatic immunity during a state of emergency or disaster to medical providers, even when an emergency or disaster declaration doesn’t call for that.  According to the governor, the bill would have caused patients receiving treatment to be powerless to seek relief when they are harmed. To […]

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Governor Signs Directive Requiring Implicit Bias Training

Jul 10, 2020

On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-7, which directs the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to begin developing rules for implicit bias training as part of the knowledge and skills necessary for licensure, registration and renewal of licenses and registrations of health professionals. Implicit bias training was one of the recommendations […]

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Governor Signs Telemedicine Legislation into Law

Jun 26, 2020

In an effort to increase access to health care for Michigan residents, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a package of bills into law allowing for telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. The bipartisan package of bills changes the law to allow patients to visit their health care provider virtually from their home, school, or wherever their provider […]

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Senate Approves Health Care Worker Immunity Bill

May 08, 2020

This week, the Senate passed legislation providing immunity for health care workers during a state of emergency or disaster. Introduced by Senator Michael MacDonald (R-Macomb Twp.), the bill amends the Emergency Management Act to clarify provisions that provide health care professionals and facilities with immunity from civil or criminal liability during a declared state of […]

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Telemedicine Reforms Move Forward

May 08, 2020

A bipartisan package of bills was reported by the House Ways and Means Committee this week making changes to telemedicine in the state. Under current law, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must be done in real time. These reforms would change the law to allow patient data in the form of video […]

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