In March 2010, national health
care reform legislation that originally developed in the U.S.
Senate passed the U.S. House of Representatives and was then
signed into law by President Obama, marking a historic day in
the progress towards healthcare coverage for all Americans. The
MHA Health Reform Resource Center will monitor provisions of the
law that affect Michigan hospitals and health systems and
provide tools, information and resources for members as reform
A key provision of the Affordable Care Act is expanding health insurance coverage, which is partially addressed by expanding state Medicaid programs. The MHA strongly supports expanding Michigan’s Medicaid program under this provision, which would increase eligibility to adults up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level and potentially cover about 450,000 additional residents.
Earlier this year, the MHA convened the
Expand Medicaid coalition, which held a joint news conference Feb. 6 where Gov. Rick Snyder appeared with the coalition and announced his support for Medicaid expansion.
Nevertheless, there is still significant work to be done.
The MHA and the Expand Medicaid coalition have launched a steady drumbeat of activity since early February and ask that members continue to engage. Hospitals should continue contacting their legislators, submitting letters or viewpoints to your local media outlets, sharing the Expand Medicaid social media pages and more.
Hospitals/health systems can act today. Here's how:
here to locate and contact legislators and explain why expansion is critical to your community
- link to www.expandmedicaid.com
on your websites and use the tools available such as the
Saves Money, Saves Lives
and studies with hospital board members and others
- invite your lawmaker to your hospital or facility to learn how Medicaid expansion will help their community
- follow/like the Expand Medicaid
and Twitter accounts and share its posts and retweet via your social media channels
Members with questions about legislative issues may contact
Members with questions about Expand Medicaid coalition efforts may contact
MHA Member Tools and Reform
Affordable Care Act -
If you have any questions regarding the MHA's views on
national healthcare reform, please contact
Laura Appel, executive
director, Health Reform Resource Center, at the MHA at (517)