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MDHHS says Michigan opioid overdoses involving cocaine are on the rise

| Sep 8, 2022 | Michigan

A new data brief published by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) shows a rising trend of opioid overdoses involving cocaine laced with fentanyl.     The rate of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responses to opioid overdose with cocaine involvement was nearly one-third greater in 2021 compared...[ Read More ]

Bivalent Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines available for booster shots in Michigan starting this week

| Sep 8, 2022 | Michigan

To better help fight the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for booster doses. This was followed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for use of the Pfizer...[ Read More ]

5 Things Michigan: MDHHS activity, Q&A w/ MLPP's Alex Rossman, U of M nurses protest working conditions

| Sep 8, 2022 | Michigan

This month's newsletter includes a rundown of recent notable activity at MDHHS, a conversation with Alex Rossman, External Affairs Director at the Michigan League for Public Policy, and information about the nurse strike at the University of Michigan. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. MDHHS works...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Melanie Brim, Michigan Health Council

| Sep 6, 2022 | Michigan

In addition to her organization's work to expand clinical training capacity for health professionals in Michigan, Melanie Brim, President & CEO of the Michigan Health Council (MHC), says MHC's implementation of implicit bias training earlier this year is a key solution for improving health equity. MHC's implicit bias training program...[ Read More ]

Q&A: MLPP’s Alex Rossman talks health insurance affordability and the Inflation Reduction Act

| Sep 1, 2022 | Michigan

Alex Rossman is the External Affairs Director at the Michigan League For Public Policy (MLPP). In this Q&A, he discusses how the Inflation Reduction Act will impact the health insurance marketplace and Michiganders.     State of Reform: How will Whitmer’s recent directive to health insurance companies to lower costs,...[ Read More ]

Rep. Filler introduces bill to make preadmission screening process for inpatient psychiatric care more efficient

| Aug 31, 2022 | Michigan

On Aug. 17th, Rep. Graham Filler (R-St. Johns) introduced a bill to streamline the screening process for potential admission to inpatient psychiatric care for behavioral and mental health patients.     House Bill 6355 would require preadmission screening units operated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or...[ Read More ]