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Here is your Government Affairs Update for June 3, 2022

Legislative Policy Updates

Mental Health Parity Legislation

House Bills 6137, 6138 and 6139, bipartisan legislation introduced in the House on Tuesday, May 24 would impose a reporting requirement on the MI Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the contracted health plans and prepaid inpatient health plans. The reporting requirement includes a comparative analysis and other information regarding the design and application of non-quantitative treatment limitations that apply to mental health and substance use disorder benefits and is being put forward in an effort to ensure carriers are in compliance with federal health parity laws.

The legislation was referred to the House Health Policy Committee for further consideration.

Student Mental Health Apprenticeship Retention and Training (SMART)

On Thursday, May 26, Senate Bill 1012 – legislation, introduced by Senator Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington) that would establish a student mental health apprenticeship retention and training (SMART) internship grant program to be administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) – passed out of the Senate unanimously.

It heads to the House for further consideration.

State Budget Updates

School Aid Supplemental – Response to Oxford School Shooting

On Thursday, May 26, the legislature finalized House Bill 6012 – an over $37 million school aid supplemental that would provide, among other things, around $6.8 million for Oxford High School, following the tragic school shooting in December.

The measure heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.

Legislature Schedule

The Michigan House and Senate are adjourned until Tuesday, June 7, as lawmakers and others headed to Mackinac Island the week following the Memorial Day holiday for the annual Detroit Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Conference.


Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative Update

Proponents of a ballot initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour said they are going to wait to turn in signatures later this month, which would cause them to miss the deadline for the 2022 ballot. Supporters hope at that point they will have enough legitimate signatures to be put on the 2024 ballot.

Senate Fiscal Agency April Revenue Report

The Senate Fiscal Agency released their April revenue report on June 1, continuing a trend of beating established revenue estimates. In April, collections came in at $3.7 billion for the General Fund and School Aid Fund – a 30 percent increase from April 2021 and over $1 billion more than estimated during the January Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference.

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