June 25, 2021—The Michigan House of Representatives passed its Fiscal Year 2021-2022 state budget proposal this week, meeting the July 1 budget finalization deadline imposed by a recently enacted state law. Left on the table is roughly $3 billion of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act and another $3 billion in General Fund Dollars. Appropriations for higher education are yet to be funded in the House proposal.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services budget, which funds many items of importance to family physicians, saw changes from the bill’s previous version. The House agreed with Gov. Whitmer’s recommendation for Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies funding, calling for 1-year of postpartum Medicaid coverage for new mothers and their babies. Coverage is currently capped at 6 months. Other MAFP priorities, such as funding for MIDOCs, the Michigan State Loan Repayment program, and the Healthy Michigan Plan, are also included in the House budget bill.
The Senate has yet to release its budget proposal and is scheduled to meet just one more day (June 30) before the July 1 budget deadline. It is currently unknown if the Senate will seek an extension or pass a budget before breaking for the summer in-district work period.
MAFP continues to work with legislators as the budget process continues and will report, in the July 9 issue of Family Medicine Update, any progress made. If you have any questions about the state budget and line items of importance to family medicine, contact MAFP Director of Government Relations Matt Black email@example.com.