Cuts planned for Healthy Michigan Fund

LANSING — The Michigan Legislature is in the process of budgeting for fiscal year 2011-12. The governor’s budget proposal reduced funding in the Healthy Michigan Fund (HMF) for the cancer prevention program (-$324,000) and the smoking prevention program (-$300,000). The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Department of Community Health eliminated the HMF entirely. The House Appropriations subcommittee on the Department of Community Health eliminated most of the HMF, only leaving funding for diabetes. Decisions on what will end up in final budget will happen when a conference committee is named in mid-May.

The coalition of organizations that support funding for the HMF released the attached statement on April 25, 2011. The American Cancer Society also released a statement with cancer-specific information. It would be helpful if your organization could submit letters to the editor of papers statewide in reaction to these cuts/eliminations from individual volunteers, members, and especially anyone who has personally benefitted from the services of the HMF.

An action alert to contact lawmakers will be forthcoming.

Affordable Care Act

The Michigan Consumers for Healthcare Advancement is a coalition that formed to advocate for state implementation of the Affordable Care Act from a consumer’s perspective. To learn more and to join or sign up to receive updates please visit www.healthcareadvancement.org/

The next meeting of the Michigan Consumers for Healthcare Advancement Coalition, will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. at the offices of Chalgian & Tripp, the East Lansing law firm, at 1019 Trowbridge, E. Lansing, MI 48823 (near the corner of Trowbridge and Harrison and very close to the exit off 127/496). The firm has a community room that they allow community and advocacy groups to meet in.