News & Announcements

MAFP Testifies in Strong Support of Prior Authorization Reform Legislation Before Michigan Legislative Committee
03/03/2022

On behalf of the MAFP membership and the Health Can't Wait coalition, Jessica Heselschwerdt, MD, testified before the Michigan House Health Policy Committee in support of prior authorization reform legislation (Senate Bill 247). Supported by several of her real-world patient examples, Dr. Heselschwerdt explained that the current cumbersome prior authorization process is most detrimental to the health of patients and needs "consistency, transparency, and common-sense guardrails" called for by SB 247.

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MAFP Leaders Attend Regional Conference of AAFP Chapters
02/28/2022

Over the weekend of Feb. 18-20, several Michigan Academy of Family Physicians leaders traveled to Milwaukee for the first in-person Ten State Conference since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This conference is a learning and networking event for chapter executives and family medicine board leaders from several Midwestern and Eastern states.

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MAFP Resolutions Taken Up by AAFP Congress of Delegates
02/18/2022

When the 2021 American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates met virtually earlier this month, it considered numerous resolutions proposed by chapters. While some resolutions were singled out for further discussion during the next in-person Congress of Delegates, others—including three passed by the MAFP membership at the 2021 Annual Meeting held last August—are deemed to have been acted upon by the Congress through unanimous consent.

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Member Advocacy Policy Win: Obesity Medication Policy Change
02/18/2022

Thanks to the diligent advocacy work of Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, FAAFP and Erin Hendriks, MD, FAAFP and support of Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has added certain anti-obesity medications to the Michigan Preferred Drug List effective Feb. 1, 2022. This policy issue was brought to the attention of MAFP by way of a resolution that Drs. Oshman and Hendriks authored and introduced at the 2021 Annual Meeting.

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Gov. Whitmer Proposes Increased Funding for MDHHS Programs, Services in FY 2023 Budget
02/18/2022

This week the director of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services presented before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services in both the House and Senate, outlining the Governor’s spending priorities for the department, which equate to a 4.6% Gross and 11% General Fund increase over the FY 2022 enacted budget. Gov. Whitmer's main budgetary priorities call for investing in protecting the most vulnerable residents, cost-effective prevention programs, expanding access to behavioral healthcare services, and critical COVID-19 response efforts.

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Michigan Residency Programs Recognized for 100% Membership
02/17/2022

For the 2021-2022 academic year, 31 of Michigan’s 38 family medicine residency programs are being recognized for achieving 100% resident membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians/Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. As of Feb. 3, 2022, nearly 94% (705/751) of Michigan's family medicine residents are members of the Academy.

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MAFP Statement on Gov. Whitmer's 2023 State Budget Recommendation
02/09/2022

Following the release of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's fiscal year 2023 state budget recommendation, MAFP President Srikar Reddy, MD, FAAFP issued a statement in support of the governor's funding priorities aimed at protecting and improving the health of individuals, families, and communities. MAFP encourages additional investments in the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program and MIDOCS, as well as full use of the federal funds granted to the state for COVID-19 relief and vaccine distribution.

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Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State Sets Stage for MAFP Advocacy Work in 2022
02/04/2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kicked off the Fiscal Year 2023 budget process by previewing her priorities during her State of the State address delivered on Jan. 26 Several of her priorities align with MAFP advocacy priorities—most notably, improving access to mental healthcare services. This calls into play the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program; several bills are currently working their way through the Michigan Legislature to include mental health professionals as eligible MSLRP participants. Stay tuned for MAFP's analysis of healthcare line items in the governor's FY 2023 executive budget recommendations, to be released on Feb. 9, and their impact on patients, the practice of medicine, and grassroots discussion during Michigan Family Medicine Advocacy Day in downtown Lansing on Mar. 23.

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MAFP Calls for Investing State’s COVID-19 Relief Funds in Healthcare Workforce
01/21/2022

As 2022 kicks off, the focus in the Michigan Legislature is centered on how to best utilize the state’s revenue surplus and additional federal COVID-19 relief funds. To that end, MAFP has been meeting with legislators to highlight the importance of investing in the recruitment, retention, and training of the state’s healthcare workforce. Specifically, your Academy prioritizes expenditures that can help tackle healthcare workforce shortages without requiring long-term funding, such as by investing in the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program, the MIDOCS program, and a new preceptor tax incentive—an innovative initiative that MAFP has been advocating for to grow the state’s pool of primary care preceptors.

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Meet Michigan's 2022 NCCL Delegation
01/07/2022

The MAFP Board of Directors has appointed five members to represent Michigan as delegates to American Academy of Family Physicians' 2022 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), Apr. 28-30, in Kansas City, Missouri. Each delegate will propose, discuss, and vote on resolutions through the lens of their member constituency: interntional medical graduates, LGBT physicians/allies, minority physicians, new physicians, women physicians.

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