Q&A: Mich. primary-care leader on healthcare reform

Crain's Detroit Business talked to Kim Sibilsky, executive director of the Michigan Primary Care Association, about the ramifications of healthcare reform and top healthcare issues for 2013.

The fact that more people are uninsured today than they were a year ago. … We've been deeply involved in attempting to get health centers expanded … (with) six new health centers at this point funded this year. (But) I'm seeing a much closer camaraderie and partnership between different sectors of the health care world: hospitals working with health centers, (and) community health organizations working really closely with our folks as well.

Another way is exemplified by the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority's recent grant that they received to establish residency training programs at the health centers.How do you prepare for the hundreds of thousands of newly insured people under health care reform?

So then … we should be able to serve another 100,000 people within a year and a half or so, and that's just through health centers. The Affordable Care Act has money to help health centers expand through new access grants, a new round that is coming out very shortly, and another round coming out within a year.

What are you working on personally on a day-to-day basis?

What will you be working on in the new year?

If that grant round (for access grants) comes up soon, which we expect that it will, we would love to see in the new year another six new access points at least. … We keep doing the same types of things we've been doing, but doing them better.


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