Bill Restricts Advertising for Healthy Michigan Fund

MAB opposed Senate Bill 542, introduced by State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R-26), which prohibits the use of state funds to advertise or encourage enrollment in the Healthy Michigan Fund, a Medicaid extension program authorized through the Affordable Care Act. MAB opposes any legislation that restricts advertising and the free flow of information from government to the citizens.

MAB met with Senator Schuitmaker (R-26) to explain our opposition to the legislation prior to the committee hearing. The bill has been referred to the Senate Health Policy committee, chaired by State Senator Mike Shirkey (R-16), and passed the committee on a party-line vote. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) testified against SB 542, stating that many citizens who signed up for the Healthy Michigan Fund are new to the benefits and have never been on government assistance programs before. MDHHS also testified to the success of their agency’s public education campaign in collaboration with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Status: The bill has been referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee.