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NACHC: House and Senate Lawmakers Hail Community Health Centers as a “Bipartisan Solution”

For Immediate Release
March 24,2016
Contact:
Amy Simmons Farber 202 309 0338

An overwhelmingly bipartisan coalition of House and Senate lawmakers called on key subcommittee chairs “to recognize health centers as providers of high quality, cost-effective primary care” and to ensure continued funding for a model of care that offers a “bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing the U.S.

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New Fund Focuses on Growing Michigan’s Food Access

A new public-private partnership loan and grant fund has been created to address the lack of healthy food access in rural and urban communities. The Michigan Good Food Fund will support food entrepreneurs across the state.

The Fund, launched on June 10, 2015, addresses the significant need for healthy food access in rural and urban communities alike, specifically for residents who live in lower-income communities with limited healthy food access.

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Healthy Michigan Plan Waiver

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is hosting a public hearing to share information about the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) waiver, provide a status update on the process, and receive comments and feedback on the implementation from enrolled individuals, providers, advocates, and other interested organizations.

The hearing is scheduled for June 24, 2015, from 9 to 11 am ET at the Capitol Commons Center Building in Lansing. A live web broadcast of the hearing will also be available. *Note: Conference phone number and web broadcast link was not available at time of publishing.

Additional information on the hearing, conference phone number and web broadcast link is available here.

Posted from MPCA.net

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CMS Proposes Rule to Strengthen Managed Care for Medicaid and CHIP Enrollees

On May 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to modernize Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care regulations to update the programs’ rules and strengthen the delivery of quality care for beneficiaries.

This proposed rule is the first major update to Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations in more than a decade. It would improve beneficiary communications and access, provide new program integrity tools, support state efforts to deliver higher quality care in a cost-effective way, and better align Medicaid and CHIP managed care rules and practices with other sources of health insurance coverage.

Overall, this proposed rule supports the agency’s mission of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. Read more

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Meet Up and Eat Up – Summer Meals for Kids

The Michigan departments of Education (MDE); Health & Human Services (DHHS); and Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) – along with their local partners – announce the availability of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for children across the state.

This program is crucial for the hundreds of thousands of Michigan students who rely on the federal school meals program during the school year. Once the final school bell rings, over 700 SFSP sites across Michigan help to bridge that gap until the start of school next fall.

Last year, 563,000 low-income Michigan children received meals during the school year, but less than 100,000 of those children (17.5%) ate meals or snacks at approved summer meal sites in their neighborhoods.

“Too many families across Michigan are struggling, and we can’t have children going hungry in the summer when programs like this are available,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, in stressing the importance of these crucial summer food programs for children. “Making families aware and informed is vital to keeping kids fed and healthy.”

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