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Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health Friday Notes

Posted over 5 years ago by Rachel VanDenBrink

March 20, 2015

In this issue

MCMCH Budget Advocacy Opportunities

Bake Sale Bill Passes Senate

Maternal and Child Health Bills to Watch

MCMCH Budget Advocacy Opportunities

As the DCH Appropriations Subcommittees enter the decision-making phase of the 2015-16 budget process, now is a key time to make our voices heard on maternal and child health issues.

You can read the full presentation of the Governor's DCH budget recommendations here.

Please consider contacting a member of the House or Senate Appropriations Community Health Subcommittees (contact information listed below) to emphasize the value of these key items that are included in the executive budget recommendation:

Healthy Kids Dental expansion for ages 0-8 to Kent, Oakland and Wayne counties ($7.5 million GF)
Medicaid adult dental enhancement ($7.9 million GF)
Increase in autism services funding ($4 million GF)
Funding for fetal alcohol syndrome ($900,000 GF)

Continuation of current Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care and obstetrical
Commitment to state loan repayment with focus on primary care and obstetrical providers
Expansion of evidence-based home visiting programs in northern lower and upper peninsulas ($2.25 million GF)
$8.9 million for health and wellness initiatives including the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, the Michigan Model for Health and pregnancy prevention funding

We DO NOT support cuts proposed in the executive budget for:

Child and adolescent health services pilot to allow satellite locations of child and adolescent health centers to provide mental health and nursing services ($2 million GF)
Graduate Medical Education
Obstetrical stabilization fund for small and rural hospitals ($4 million GF)

If you need additional information or talking points on any of these issues, please do not hesitate to contact Amy at azaagman@mcmch.org. We will continue to push forward on these priorities but know that MCMCH member voices are important!

House Appropriations Community Health Subcommittee

Robert VerHeulen (R-Walker), Chair

(517) 373-8900 Phone


Vice Chair Rep. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek)

(517) 373-0555


Rep. Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Township)

(517) 373-0218


Rep. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo)

(517) 373-7317


Rep. Edward Canfield (R-Sebewaing)

(517) 373-0476


Rep. Laura Cox (R-Livonia)

(517) 373-3920


Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids), Minority Vice Chair

(517) 373-2668


Rep. Kristy Pagan (D-Canton Township)

(517) 373-2575


Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit)

(517) 373-6990


Senate Appropriations Community Health Subcommittee

Sen. James Marleau (R-Lake Orion), Chair

(517) 373-2417


Sen. Mike Shirkey

(517) 373-5932


Sen. Goeff Hansen

(517) 373-1635


Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., Minority Vice Chair

(517) 373-1734



Bake Sale Bill Passes Senate

Senate Bill 139, which would allow the sale of food out of compliance with new federal nutritional requirements on school grounds during school hours, was passed by the Senate Thursday, 36-1.
Sen. Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) voted in opposition.

The federal regulations allow states some flexibility to let schools have a limited number of non-conforming activities where food out of compliance with the nutritional requirements can be sold during school hours. However, the Michigan Department of Education decided not to allow any such sales.

SB 139 would allow at least three such sales per week. MCMCH joins fellow Healthy Michigan coalition members in opposition to the bills, which undermine efforts to combat childhood obesity.


Maternal and Child Health Bills to Watch

A new feature of MCMCH's Friday Notes, Bills to Watch will provide a recap of action on recently introduced bills of interest to members and maternal and child health advocates

SB 68 APRN LICENSES (Shirkey) Establishes licensure requirements of advanced practice registered nurses, revises requirements for nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists, and provides other general amendments.

-Introduced (1/29/2015) Health Policy

-Testimony in Senate (3/3/2015)

-Testimony in Senate (3/10/2015)

-Testimony in Senate (3/17/2015)

SB 112-114 CRIPPLED CHILDREN (Hertel) Revises reference to "crippled children" to "children and youth with special health care needs."
- Introduced (2/17/2015) Families, Seniors and Human Services
- Committee Hearing in Senate (2/25/2015)

- Placed on Order of the Third Reading in Senate (3/11/2015)

- Passed in Senate (3/12/2015) 37-0

SB 139 FUND-RAISING DURING SCHOOL (Colbeck) Allows certain fund-raising activities during school hours. This would allow bake and candy sales, which do not meet the federal healthy food in schools guidelines.

- Introduced (2/18/2015) Education

-Passed in Senate (3/19/2015), 36-1

SB 172 EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE ACT (Johnson, B.) Creates emergency contraceptive definitions and mandates education around the issue.

- Introduced (3/3/2015) Health Policy


Creates fund-raising registration plate for "Women's Health"

- Introduced (3/19/2015) Transportation


Contributors to this Issue
Bridge Magazine
Gongwer News Service

Quick Links . . .

Family Center Hosts Parent Mentor Training
The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center) will host a Parent Mentor Training in Gladwin on April 18 from 9am-1pm at the Central Michigan District Health Department. Details are available here. The Family Center is the statewide, parent-directed center within Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). The mission of the Family Center is to support and connect Michigan families of children and youth with special health care needs, provide family-centered leadership throughout Michigan's health care settings, and partner in decision making within the systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs.


Registration Open for Partners in Pediatric Care 2015

Partners in Pediatric Care 2015 is a course focusing on improving clinical care and developing effective working relationships between pediatric specialists and clinicians involved in pediatric primary care. Participants will learn how to better integrate primary and subspecialty care for children with acute or chronic disease.
Visit the conference websites to learn more and register:
May 8 - Marshall
May 29 - Traverse City

Workshop Proposals Sought for Parenting Awareness Conferences

The Parenting Awareness Michigan Steering Committee is seeking workshop proposals for the conferences scheduled on October 15 in Marquette and November 16 in East Lansing. Workshop proposal forms are available here. The PAM Conferences are geared to professionals and volunteers who work with parents and families.


Breastfeeding Boosts Chances Of Success, Study In Brazil Finds

Babies who are breast-fed may be more likely to be successful in life, a provocative study published this week suggests.
The study followed more than 3,000 babies into adulthood in Brazil. The researchers found those who were breast-fed scored slightly higher in intelligence tests in their 30s, stayed in school longer and earned more money than those who were given formula. Read more