Michigan Business and Professional Assoc. Applauds House Appropriations Action on Funding for He

Michigan Business and Professional Association Applauds House Appropriations Action on Funding for Health Care Exchange
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Feb. 27, 2013 - PRLog -- The Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) applauds the action of the State House Appropriations Committee on HB 4111, which would accept $30.67 million in federal grant money to set up a federal-state Health Care Exchange, which is required under the Affordable Care Act.

According to MBPA President and CEO Jennifer Kluge, the $30 million federal planning grant will help the state fund the development of a health care purchasing exchange for individuals and small businesses.

“Health care reform is coming, there’s no denying it. Michigan should have as much input as possible into the creation of the partnership exchange in order to retain at least some control over what happens with health care in Michigan,” said Kluge.

“We have been steadily encouraging the House to appropriate these funds so the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs can begin their work on keeping Michigan in step with the law,” said MBPA Government Relations Vice President Bonnie Bochniak. “We are encouraged that this has made it through the House Appropriations process and hope for the same positive action on the House floor.”

Based in Warren, Mich., the MBPA is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employ over 160,0000 persons. Members include attorneys, physicians, architects, accountants, construction companies, banks, retail, wholesalers, manufacturers and the like.  Member businesses receive numerous benefits including free legal and financial consultations; discounted technology, automotive and office products; employee training and recruitment assistance; and competitive group insurance rates. The MBPA is a sister association to the Michigan Food & Beverage Association (MFBA).

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Jennifer Kluge      586-393-8800 Office
         586-202-1441 Cell

Bonnie Bochniak   (517) 203-9851 Cell

Sue Voyles      734-667-2005 Office
         734-635-3831 Cell
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