The MPA Government Affairs Committee works jointly with MPA staff to advocate for pharmacy legislatively, in alignment with MPA’s mission and current strategy, while providing a means of engagement for members interested in legislative affairs.
Leadership & Composition
This committee is made up of the MPA staff liaison, at least one representative from each MPA practice section (SMPA, MSPT, CSPM, MSCP, and MSHP), eight at-large positions, and not more than 12 members representing organizations belonging to the Corporate Pharmacy Council (with a limit of one member per organization), thus making the maximum committee size 25. Beyond the minimum practice section representation, it is also prudent for the MPA President to strive for diversity in practitioner type (e.g., new, independent, academic, long-term care, specialty, industry, etc.). Members, including the chair, are appointed by the MPA President to a one-year term in collaboration with the leadership of each practice section. Consideration for reappointment is dependent on interest expressed to MPA using its current volunteer form. Members who miss three consecutive meetings or more than 50% of scheduled meetings are subject to removal from the Committee. If any vacancies occur, it is the responsibility of the committee to report this to the MPA President so that he/she may appoint a member(s) to fill the vacancy/vacancies. The chair is responsible for setting the committee’s meeting schedule for the year and leading its meetings. The staff liaison is responsible for sending meeting invites, providing a meeting agenda, recording meeting minutes, and making meeting minutes available to the MPA EB and practice section Boards of Directors. The chair and liaison are jointly responsible for ensuring annual responsibilities and charges are fulfilled.
- Ensure activities/products of the Committee align with the MPA Mission & Strategic Plan.
- Identify a vice chair to serve as chair in the subsequent year (if needed) and in the absence of the chair in the current year.
- Participate in MPA’s Committee Day(s) and additional meetings of the Government Affairs Committee.
- Respond to requests referred to the Committee by the MPA EB and MPA practice section Boards of Directors.
- Consider and make recommendations regarding the House of Delegates resolution(s) referred to the Committee by the EB.
- Submit the annual Legislator Scorecard to membership.
- Assist in planning for the annual PAC Luncheon at the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, including, but not limited to, providing recommendations for the Hank Fuhs Good Government, Good Public Health Policy, and Legislator of the Year awards.
- Submit the annual committee report to the MPA EB by November 1, 2023.
2023 Charges (tentative)
- Review and discuss any potential pharmacy related legislation, or regulatory changes and make recommendations to the EB.
- Advocate for legislation to facilitate the expansion of pharmacist scope of practice, reimbursement and enhancing patient safety, focusing specifically in 2023 on: [TBD]
- Collaborate with governmental stakeholders and payer organizations to increase billing opportunities for pharmacist-provided services, including medical provider status for Michigan Medicaid and other third-party payers.
- Stimulate pharmacy professionals and others to take a more active and effective part in governmental affairs, political action, and civic responsibilities.
- Raise funds for Pharmacy PAC to distribute to elected officials supportive of pharmacy and the pharmacy profession.
- Produce one government-affairs- or advocacy-themed article for each issue of Michigan Pharmacist journal.