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News & Announcements
Federal Judge Rules ACA Unconstitutional
On December 14, a federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional based on Congress’ repeal of the individual mandate in 2017. While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assured that the ruling “is not an injunction that halts the enforcement of the law and not a final judgment,” it raises uncertainty of the ACA’s future and its many protections for millions of people across the country.
MAFP is participating in a Twitter chat hosted by Michigan State Medical Society on Tuesday, December 11, 12-1 pm ET, to educate and encourage Michiganders to write their lawmakers on the value of Michigan's Auto No-Fault System. The system continues to be the center of ongoing debate and is likely to be a legislative focus during Lame Duck. MAFP's Advocacy Committee Chair, Glenn Dergansky, DO, FAAFP, will represent MAFP by tweeting from @MIFamilyDocs. You're invited to join, too--just follow and use the hashtag #NoFaultSavesLives.
For dates of service on or after January 1, 2019, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will prohibit contracted Medicaid Health Plans and Dental Health Plans from making payments to typical providers not actively enrolled in Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS)— the state’s online Medicaid enrollment and billing system.
When the AAFP Congress of Delegates met in October, it approved a new "transitional membership" category that, effective December 18, will be available to graduates of allopathic or osteopathic medical schools who have not yet entered an ACGME- or AOA-approved residency program.
The House Health Policy Committee convened on December 4 and 5 for what were likely the last committee meetings of the 2017-2018 legislative session, according to Chairman Hank Vaupel. During these meetings, the committee considered and passed several bills of interest to Family Physicians.
On December 4, the Michigan House Health Policy Committee passed a package of bills introduced by Representative Ed Canfield, DO that would exempt Family Physicians from Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. The bills now head to the Senate Health Policy Committee for consideration.
First Case of AFM Confirmed in Michigan
On December 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that a case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) was confirmed in a child in Wayne County. This marks the first confirmed AFM case in Michigan. Seven suspect cases in the state are currently under investigation.
Marijuana Legal in Michigan as of Dec. 6
On November 26, the State Board of Canvassers certified Michigan’s November 6 election results. This means that Proposal 1, which legalizes recreational marijuana use by adults 21 and older, becomes law on December 6.
ABFM 2019 Spring Exam Application
The application process for the American Board of Family Medicine April 2019 Certification Exam and the Longitudinal Assessment Pilot (FMCLA) will be available beginning December 7, 2018.