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Stabilization crisis services for Utah children expand to 8 counties

| May 23, 2022 | Utah

The Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital have expanded the Stabilization and Mobile Response (SMR) program to 8 additional counties. The program brings stabilization services and follow-up visits to children undergoing a mental health crisis—either in-person or through behavioral health—free of charge.  SMR is expanding...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Health Officer of Ingham County discusses COVID’s impact on health and misinformation

| May 19, 2022 | Michigan

Linda Vail is the Health Officer at Ingham County Health Department. Before that, she spent 11 years as Director of Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services.  She recently spoke about how misinformation has impacted health care at our 2022 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference. In this Q&A, Vail...[ Read More ]

SelectHealth reaches agreement to use U of U facilities for their Medicare Advantage members

| May 19, 2022 | Utah

SelectHealth announced an agreement with the University of Utah Health (U of U) earlier this month which adds U of U hospitals, clinics, and providers into the SelectHealth Medicare Advantage network. The agreement aims to meet the growing demand for services among SelectHealth Medicare Advantage members and will be effective...[ Read More ]

Utah health interim committee decides interim themes and discusses solutions for lowering drug prices

| May 18, 2022 | Utah

Interim talks in the Utah Legislature echo similar unresolved themes as the recently ended legislative session, including lowering the cost of health care while improving quality, expanding behavioral health services, and expanding the safety net.  The Health and Human Services Interim Committee met for the first time on Wednesday to...[ Read More ]

Michigan’s lawsuit on 1931 abortion ban upholds status quo of Roe as trial continues, but abortion access still hangs in the balance

| May 18, 2022 | Michigan

Planned Parenthood of Michigan’s lawsuit to block a 1931 state law banning abortion was granted a preliminary injunction on May 17th, which will maintain the status quo set by Roe v. Wade until after the Michigan case is decided—even in the event that Roe is overturned.      The lawsuit...[ Read More ]

MDHHS issues a slew of RFPs to protect underserved Michiganders

| May 17, 2022 | Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently issued a slew of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) aimed at increasing access to facilities and services for underserved communities in Michigan.  Within the last month, MDHHS has issued 7 RFPs including for programs on the social determinants of health (SDOH),...[ Read More ]