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Section 1009 Report Released

The Section 1009 Report on recruitment and retention challenges has been released to the public.  Download the Report’s Executive Summary.  The entire Report is available here.

By way of background, the Section 1009 Workgroup was established pursuant to boilerplate language in the current MDHHS budget bill.  We are encouraged by the Report’s statement of immediate actions needed to improve wages and benefits which are outlined on pages 3 and 4 of the Executive Summary.  In particular, the Report states that the Michigan Legislature and the Governor need to make additional investments in Medicaid funding to assure that direct support staff earn a starting wage of at least $2.00 per hour above the state’s minimum wage.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments regarding the Section 1009 Report.

Partnership for Fair Caregiver Wages - Advocacy Brief

The Partnership for Fair Caregiver Wages continues its strong advocacy for additional Medicaid funding to increase staff wages. MALA is pleased to be an active member of this coalition. Download the advocacy brief from the Partnership for more information on its efforts and a summary of direct support employer survey results from last year. Updated survey results for this year will be available soon.

MALA Expands Insurance Options and Resources

As previously announced, Michigan Assisted Living Insurance Services is now affiliated with Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) LLC and Marsh, Inc., the world's largest insurance organization. The various programs include coverage for professional liability, employment practices liability, property, auto and worker's compensation insurance.

With MMA's relationships and resources, MALA members now have access to an increased number of insurance companies with expertise in insuring assisted living, residential services and other human services. In addition, we understand that protecting an organization's assets is about more than buying insurance. We focus on risk management and loss control techniques to prevent losses.

MALA and MMA will review at no cost your existing insurance policies to assess whether your organization is properly protected at a competitive cost. Please contact MALA if you are interested in a review of your existing insurance program.

MALA is pleased to also be endorsing Lau & Lau Associates, LLC as an exciting new resource for health insurance and employee benefits. With more than 70 years of experience, Lau & Lau has extensive experience in financial and employee benefit planning services.

Lau & Lau's key competencies include health and welfare benefits, cost containment strategies, regulatory compliance, executive benefit strategies and business planning. If you are interested in learning more about Lau & Lau Associates, please call MALA at 1-800-482-0118.

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