Several pieces of legislation, as listed below, remain on MAFP's radar in anticipation of the Michigan legislature returning to Lansing in September following the summer recess. It is important to note that the fall legislative session will only consist of approximately one month of activity before legislators adjourn again in October to prepare for the November general election, followed by the unprecitable lame duck post-Thanksgiving. Therefore, it is important that Family Medicine advocates remain persistently active leading into this final stretch of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle to amplify the discussions that the MAFP advocacy team continue to have with key legislators in one-on-one meetings.
- Senate Bill 826: MAFP strongly opposes bill that sets forth requirements for naturopathic licensure, education, and scope-of-practice because it puts public health and safety at risk. The MAFP advocacy team will continue meeting with key legislators throughout the summer and fall to educate them on our concerns with the bill, and we encourage all Family Medicine advocates to contact their state representatives to urge a "NO" vote when SB 826 comes up for a vote, either in the House Health Policy Committee or on the House floor—click here for talking points.
- House Bills 6016-6023: This eight-bill package, which calls for updating HIV testing and punishment laws, did not receive a hearing in the House Health Policy Committee before summer recess but is expected to be on the committee agenda in September.
- House Bills 4134-4135: These bills introduced by Representative Ed Canfield, MD (R-Sebewaing) would prohibit maintenance of certification as a requirement for licensure and reimbursement. The bills are still before the House Health Policy Committee, where they were referred in January 2017. MAFP supports this legislation and will continue to advocate for a committee hearing before the end of the year.
Be assured that as new bills are introduced in the Michigan legislature, the MAFP advocacy team will analyze them for any potential impact on the delivery of, and access, to primary care and report its analysis to the membership.