Shirkey testifies on his bill to aid local hospital’s transition

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LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey testified before the House Health Policy Committee Wednesday on his bill to ease a Coldwater hospital’s upcoming merger.

Senate Bill 450 would enable the Community Health Center (CHC) of Branch County to become a nonprofit entity and make the transition to ProMedica Health Systems more seamless.

“If we do nothing, the CHC will become a new entity under the transaction and would need to once again take the many steps necessary to continue operation, such as re-acquiring all of their licenses, filing a new certificate of need with the state, enrolling with Medicare and Medicaid and other insurers as a new provider, and so on,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake.

“This bill will spare the CHC and its patients many headaches that would otherwise be caused by bureaucratic red tape as the center seeks to merge with ProMedica.”

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