Two bills introduced by state Rep. Ben Glardon to exempt construction of freestanding additions to county long-term care facilities from sales and use tax were approved by the House on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

House Bills 5824 and 5825 will allow county Medical Care Facilities (MCFs) to expand and modernize their campuses by building “small houses” for patients. These small houses operate under the same license as the existing primary building and are located on the same campus. “These small houses allow patients to live independently while still being served by the same nursing staff and the same level of care and safety,” said Rep. Glardon, R-Owosso. “This legislation grants MCFs the flexibility to expand their campus the way that best suits the needs and health of their patients.”

This legislation allows for the expansion of a facility without facing tax penalties simply because the expansion is not physically affixed to an existing facility building. There are 35 Medical Care Facilities in Michigan, including one in Shiawassee County, that serve citizens in all of the state’s 83 counties, regardless of ability to pay for care. MCF are county-owned facilities that serve the indigent on a first-come, first-served basis, as mandated by law, and are the safety net for vulnerable patients.

For more information, contact Rep. Glardon’s office by phone at (517) 373-0841 or by email to BenGlardon@house.mi.gov.

Rep. Glardon Bills on Long-Term Care Approved was last modified: December 5th, 2016 by Karen Elford