|Call to Action This afternoon both the House and Senate adopted the conference committee report for SB 139, the FY20 budget bill for the MI Department of Health & Human Services. The chambers also assigned immediate effect to the bill. Next, the bill will be enrolled for presentation to the Governor for her review and action before the fiscal year begins on October 1.
The FY20 DHHS budget passed by the legislature contains 298 language that would permit health plans to circumvent the existing public mental health system and contract for services outside of the existing network. This draconian move would allow health plans to make cost the primary focus, rather than placing the care of patients across Michigan first. Further, the plan put forth in the conference committee’s recommendation goes against nearly every core premise of the pilots called for in last year’s approved budget. It destroys the idea of a pilot and moves to a full state carve into a privatized system – long before the pilots are completed and fully evaluated.
This recommendation also allows health plans to retain all savings until they make up for costs that they are allowed to determine. This move will virtually prohibit any savings generated by the pilots from moving to the state’s public mental health system – which was the intent of the behavioral health pilot programs.
The FY20 DHHS budget section 298 language put forth by the state Legislature and for-profit health plans would irreparably damage the state’s existing public mental health system, putting hundreds of thousands of individuals at-risk.
REQUEST FOR URGENT ACTION: We are asking that you contact the Governor expressing your concerns related to the 298 language contained in the FY20 DHHS budge. Timing is critical, the Governor must sign the budget before Tuesday, October 1 to avoid a government shutdown.
We also need you to ask that the members of your Board of Directors, your staff, and your community partners make those same contacts – SIMPLY FORWARD THEM THE ACTION ALERT.