MPCA Testifies Before Michigan Senate Panel Regarding Medicaid Funding

Doug Paterson, Director of State Policy at Michigan Primary Care Association, testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health on March 15 in support of Governor Snyder’s recommendations for Medicaid funding in the FY 2013 state budget. Below is an excerpt from his testimony.

“We commend the Governor for maintaining the integrity of Medicaid, recommending no cuts to services, rates or eligibility groups. In fact, the Governor’s budget proposes increases in rates for primary care providers up to Medicare rates which, in our opinion, will help stem decreases in the numbers of providers accepting Medicaid that places an even heavier burden upon our safety net providers like Federally Qualified Health Centers. We also commend the Governor for his commitment to expanding the Healthy Kids Dental Program statewide over the next three years. This will help thousands of children in our state get needed dental care. We ask for this committee’s support of these proposals.”

Paterson also provided testimony on MPCA’s recommendations for Graduate Medical Education funding.

“Our recommendation is that you restore and even increase the funding for Graduate Medical Education, but that in doing so you direct MDCH to revise its methodology for calculating the amount to go to each institution receiving funding. The methodology should provide additional funding for systems that 1) continue or establish residencies focusing on primary care providers (pediatrics, family practice, internal medicine, and obstetrics) 2) recruit residency candidates who commit to stay in Michigan and 3) contain practice opportunities through collaborative agreements with safety net providers for residents to practice in underserved areas or serve historically underserved populations.”

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