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New Medicaid Director Named

May 17, 2019

Kate Massey has been appointed as the new Medicaid director by Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Most recently, Ms. Massey was chief executive officer for Magellan Complete Care of Virginia. She previously served as vice president for Medicaid and Medicare for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. Ms. […]

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Innovative Health Care Model to Continue

Feb 15, 2019

The Federal Government has approved the final year of the State Innovation Model, which works to create a person-centered health system in Michigan. This is the fourth year and final year the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS) will provide funding for the State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative.  During this final year, the Michigan […]

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The Gift of Donating

Aug 22, 2018

I learned a hard reality when I lost a close friend at the young age of 30.  She battled a blood disease for years and I watched her fight for her life in every way possible.  At the end, the sad reality was there was not a bone marrow match for her on the bone […]

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Primary & Behavioral Health Grant Announced

Aug 17, 2018

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) received up to $10 million in grant funds to promote integration of primary and behavioral healthcare. The program, funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will improve access to and quality of care to Michiganders by strengthening the coordination of physical […]

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Governor Signs Medicaid Work Requirement

Jun 29, 2018

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation into law creating a work requirement for certain recipients of the Healthy Michigan Program. “Signed into law in 2013, the program expanded the pool of residents eligible for Medicaid and includes those with an income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level. The state requested and received a […]

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Medicaid Work Requirement Passes

Jun 08, 2018

This week, the House passed controversial legislation creating a work requirement for some Michigan residents receiving Medicaid. Under the proposal, beginning in 2020 an able-bodied adult would need to be employed, preparing for a job, or engaging in community service for at least 80 hours per month to retain Medicaid coverage. The requirement generally would […]

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Legislation Introduced Creating Prescription Board

Mar 09, 2018

Representative Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) and Representative LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) have introduced two bills making reforms to prescription drugs in Michigan. The legislation creates the Prescription Drug Consumer Protection Board, consisting of thirteen people. Members on the board include consumer health advocacy groups, a pharmacy benefit manager, health insurers, and state department heads. The bills […]

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Federal Government Approves State Innovation Model

Feb 02, 2018

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) received federal approval for the continuation of Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) funding for its State Innovation Model (SIM). In 2015, CMS awarded DHHS nearly $70 million over four years to test and implement a model for delivering and paying for health care […]

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