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Medicaid expansion closed health gaps for low-income adults across racial and ethnic groups, study shows

| Oct 7, 2021 | Michigan

Michiganders from multiple racial and ethnic backgrounds say their health has improved and they have access to regular care through a doctor’s office, after enrolling in the state’s Medicaid expansion for low-income adults, a new study finds.  The improvements were especially pronounced among low-income white, Black and Latino Michiganders. Some...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: Health in the budget, Q&A w/ Robert Sheehan, Opioid use disorder legislation

| Oct 6, 2021 | Michigan

We have a really smart group of thoughtful minds here at State of Reform. I'm honored to get a chance to work with and mentor some of these folks. Emily Boerger, our managing editor, is one of those. She has put together so much of today's newsletter. She leads a...[ Read More ]

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 ]

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 ]

Spectrum Health and Mary Free Bed announce enhanced pediatric care collaboration

| Sep 29, 2021 | Michigan

Spectrum Health and Mary Free Bed leaders today announced an enhanced collaboration aimed at increasing access to excellent pediatric acute inpatient rehabilitation. Through a Joint Operating Agreement, Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will operate an acute pediatric inpatient rehabilitation unit at Mary Free...[ Read More ]

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