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What They’re Watching: Dominick Pallone, Michigan Association of Health Plans

| Jul 21, 2022 | Michigan

Dominick Pallone, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP), is mainly focused on behavioral health and Medicaid reform at the legislative level through specialty integrated plans (SIPs).  We sat down with Pallone at our 2022 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference to discuss MAHP’s work in...[ Read More ]

University of Utah Health Plans increases eligibility communications with Medicaid members as end of PHE nears

| Jul 15, 2022 | Utah

With the federal public health emergency (PHE) extended until mid-October, University of Utah Health Plans is focusing on outreach and communication efforts with providers, clinics, and their Medicaid members.  Their partners, the Utah Health Policy Project's Take Care Utah initiative, are using navigators to reach the most vulnerable in Utah...[ Read More ]

Whitmer pens letter to Congress with fellow governors to lower premiums federally

| Jul 13, 2022 | Michigan

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer—along with 13 other state governors—sent a letter to congressional leadership urging them to make advanced premium tax credits (APTCs) permanent federally last month. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) expanded and enhanced APTCs and is set to expire at the end of this current plan year.  ...[ Read More ]

Michigan 5 county drug death report shows mixed results

| Jul 13, 2022 | Michigan

Sparrow Health System’s Forensic Pathology Services released their Q1 2022 report on drug deaths in the 5 counties where they act as medical examiner. The report showed increases in deaths in many areas, but some slight decreases in total deaths and benzodiazepines deaths compared to Q4 2021. The report consisted...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Dulce Diez, Department of Health and Human Services

| Jul 12, 2022 | Utah

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Health Equity Director, Dulce Diez, said lowering the cost of primary care is the most important way to bridge the equity gap for underserved Utahns.  At our 2022 Utah State of Reform Health Policy Conference, Diez sat down with us to...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Tracy Gruber on the merger, transition, and future of new DHHS

| Jul 12, 2022 | Utah

Tracy Gruber is the Executive Director of the newly merged Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The merger of DHHS became official July 1st in efforts to streamline operations between the Department of Health and Department of Human Services.  In this Q&A, Gruber discusses the benefits of the...[ Read More ]