U-M receives initial Affordable Care Act funding for work force, health centers
U-M has received nearly $8.5 million in grant funding under the federal health care reform law to help the state prepare for the increased number of people expected to have health insurance as health reforms take effect.
That is according to a report from the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) that looks at grants awarded under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) across the nation and state.
CHRT's issue brief shows that U-M received about $6.8 million in the health work force grant funding category through the end of the 2011 federal fiscal year, accounting for 25.8 percent of total grant funding coming to Michigan institutions in this category (about $26.5 million).
In addition to the $6.8 million in work force grants, U-M received about $1.5 million in fiscal year 2010 in the health centers funding category.
"A lot of attention on health reform has been focused on the health insurance expansion, but expanding coverage alone will not increase access to care or move us closer to a more efficient and effective health care system," says CHRT Director Marianne Udow-Phillips. "The ACA's grant-making focus shows that the federal government was concerned about the ability of states to care for their citizens, with enough doctors, nurses and locations for care."
Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a total of $1.03 billion for ACA projects in the shortened FY 2010 (March 23-Sept. 30, 2010). ACA funding more than doubled in FY 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011) as more than $2.5 billion was awarded during the first full fiscal year of ACA implementation.
In Michigan, organizations have received more than $82.5 million in initial ACA grant funding through the end of federal FY 2011, placing Michigan among the top 15 states.
The majority of the funding was targeted to work force building, and helping the state educate and train more nurses and physicians. Other funding has gone to community health centers, community-based disease prevention programs, and programs to help the state prepare for changes coming to the health insurance market. The funding is helping Michigan prepare for the increased number of people expected to have health insurance, particularly Medicaid.
HHS awarded more than $1 million to U-M for nursing programs and traineeships, including $70,403 for Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships and $1,182,471 for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. U-M also received funding for the Advanced Education Nursing Grant Program in its Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
The funding is critical to graduate nursing students. These grants, available due to the ACA funding, allow nursing students to continue their education when they otherwise may not have been able to, says Susan Pressler, associate dean for graduate studies at the School of Nursing.
During the 2011-12 academic year, 20 master's students and two doctoral students received funding from the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program and 28 students (two Doctor of Nursing Practice students, 17 master's students and nine doctoral students) received funding from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program.