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House Health Policy Committee discusses bills on workforce and opioid treatment expansion

| Oct 5, 2021 | Michigan

Michigan’s House Health Policy Committee held a meeting last week to discuss several pieces of health-related legislation, including bills that aim to build workforce capacity and policies that would expand access to treatment for those with opioid use disorder (OUD).      The committee first discussed House Bill 4316 and...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Community Mental Health Asso. director discusses his opposition to bills on behavioral and physical health integration

| Oct 5, 2021 | Michigan

Robert Sheehan is the executive director of the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA). CMHA works to support their members in community mental health centers across Michigan by “informing, educating, and advocating for mental health, emotional disturbance, intellectual and developmental disability, and substance abuse disorder.”  In this Q&A, Sheehan...[ Read More ]

OHSU receives $6.9 million to expand research on workplace safety and wellness

| Sep 30, 2021 | Oregon

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) awarded $6.9 million to the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). This grant renews a five year grant program for Oregon’s version of a Center of Excellence which started in 2011. OHWC aims to expand...[ Read More ]

Gov. Whitmer signs final FY 2022 budget, MDHHS sees a "continuation budget"

| Sep 29, 2021 | Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 82 and House Bill 4400 on Wednesday which finalizes the $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 state budget. The bills allocated $31.7 billion to the Health and Human Services budget — which is around $237 million less than FY 2021.  Steve Angelotti, associate director...[ Read More ]

National Guard and contracted health workers are "phenomenal" at assisting Oregon hospitals

| Sep 29, 2021 | Oregon

On Aug. 13, Gov. Kate Brown announced the deployment of the National Guard to hospitals across Oregon to assist frontline health care professionals in the midst of a COVID-19 surge and staffing shortage. Shortly after, she announced a deal with medical staffing agencies to supply contract nurses to Oregon hospitals. ...[ Read More ]

Utah's high Medicaid enrollment rate might lead to redetermination backlog and lost coverage after pandemic

| Sep 28, 2021 | Utah

The Urban Institute recently released a study showing the increase in Medicaid enrollment growth rates in states across the country, due to “unprecedented” job loss and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s prohibition on disenrolling beneficiaries.  The study found that Utah had the highest enrollment growth rate in the country...[ Read More ]

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