The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded the bipartisan passage of legislation to reform Michigan’s Medicaid program and provide insurance access to the uninsured. House Bill 4714, introduced by Representative Matt Lori (R-Constantine), passed the Michigan House yesterday, June 13th, by a vote of 76 to 31.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its support for Governor Snyder’s plan to modernize the state’s health insurance marketplace by transitioning Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan into a nonprofit mutual insurance company as proposed in Senate Bills 1293 and 1294.
As the dust settles after the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic 5-4 decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Act”), employers face many questions about the law and how its implementation will affect their operations and bottom line.
While the ruling is clearly not the end of the debate over health care reform, there is no question that employers should begin planning for full implementation of the 2,800-page Act, since the major provisions of the Act take effect in January 2014 and other provisions take effect later this year and next.
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld nearly every provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act), meaning that the health care industry and employers will need to prepare for full implementation of the Act this year and next in anticipation of a new health delivery and health benefits world in 2014. The only provision of the Act not
affirmed by the Court affects state decisions on whether to
participate in Medicaid expansion, and that likely will only have an impact on a state-by-state basis after 2016.
The following statements were issued today by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.”
Statement from Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President, Business Advocacy & General Counsel:
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Monday, February 13th, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The brief, filed along with 14 other state chambers and business organizations, requests that the constitutionality of the act be decided quickly to relieve the uncertainties created by the new law for job providers and individuals.
The following statement was issued today by Rich Studley, President and CEO, Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President of Business Advocacy and Associate General Counsel, and Wendy Block, Director of Health Policy and Human Resources for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, in response to Governor Snyder’s special health care message.
Statement from Rich Studley: