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MAFP recently signed on to an amicus brief on a case pending in Genesee County, involving an oil company that owns a retail store and wants to block a local ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to residents under 21 years of age.
On June 22, U.S. Senate Republicans released a draft bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that is similar to the House-passed bill, but with a few noteworthy tweaks, including ending Medicaid expansion beginning in 2024 and cutting spending on Medicaid by approximately $880 billion.
On June 20, the Michigan House passed legislation that would require physicians and other healthcare professionals to provide information to parents who receive a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of spina bifida, as well as any person who has received a positive spina bifida test result.
Michigan Legislature Clears FY 2018 Budget
After reaching a compromise with Governor Rick Snyder for addressing changes to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System, the Michigan Legislature completed its work on the state's Fiscal Year 2018 budget before adjourning for the summer.
On June 20, CMS issued a proposed rule that would make changes to the second year (Calendar Year 2018) of the Quality Payment Program aimed at simplifying reporting requirements and easing administrative burdens.
MAFP sent a letter to Governor Rick Snyder on June 12, encouraging him to continue his support of Healthy Michigan, the state’s Medicaid expansion program that has extended affordable health insurance benefits to more than 600,000 working adults in Michigan.
The Michigan Legislature has made passage of legislation aimed at addressing the opioid crisis a priority this year, and prior to the summer adjournment, both chambers came closer to advancing bills they believe will help curb the epidemic.
Congratulations to the students and residents from Michigan selected by AAFP Foundation to receive Family Medicine Leads Scholarships to attend the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, July 27-29, in Kansas City, and to those selected to participate in the 2017-2018 class of the Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute.
In a late afternoon vote on June 20, the Michigan House overwhelmingly approved a package of bills (House Bills 4170-4174) that would establish a physician order scope of treatment form and process, which health professionals and facilities would be expected to follow to honor the wishes outlined on the form.
MAFP President-elect Loretta Leja, MD (Cheboygan) and CEO Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE attended Karoub Associates' legislative get-together on June 1 at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference—an annual four-day event hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel where important discussions take place for advancing statewide initiatives.