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MIHIN’s ‘trailblazing’ Interoperable Referral Pledge promises future work to create a unified network ecosystem

| Aug 1, 2022 | Michigan

The Michigan Health Information Network (MIHIN) recently facilitated a “trailblazing” Interoperable Referrals Pledge (the Pledge) among 6 of the state’s prominent social care companies to figure out how to create a system of interoperable referrals. Lisa Nicolaou, Cross Sector Data Sharing for Social Needs Program Director at MIHIN, said though...[ Read More ]

School mental health program receives $50 million from FY 2023 state budget to expand

| Jul 27, 2022 | Michigan

In the recently signed FY 2023 Michigan state budget, the Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) school mental health program received $50 million to expand services to more schools.  The funding will allow the program to modify how they engage with schools, increase utilization of...[ Read More ]

Whitmer signs key public health bills on tobacco sales and naloxone access

| Jul 22, 2022 | Michigan

With the Michigan Legislature on summer break, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed 2 pieces of public health legislation yesterday. One package raises the state age of requirement to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, and House Bill 5166 expands access to naloxone treatment.      “I am signing several bipartisan bills...[ Read More ]

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 ]

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 ]