LANSING – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting two public information forums on the new MI Health Link program that integrates care for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The forums will both be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Detroit and Clinton Township. MDHHS will also provide a conference line for those interested to participate by phone.
Through these forums, MDHHS plans to share information about the status of the program, answer questions, and receive feedback from dually eligible individuals, their families, providers, and other interested stakeholders. These forums will continue on a quarterly basis throughout the demonstration period and will be rotated amongst the four regions where MI Health Link is available.
MI Health Link seeks to improve quality and access to care by more effectively aligning Medicare and Medicaid services and bridging the divide between physical health, long term care, and behavioral health systems. The demonstration will take a person-centered approach in all aspects of the new health care delivery system, and will focus on care coordination, providing access to home and community-based services, ensuring continuity of care during the transition to the new system, and supporting self-determination and choice for individuals. As a demonstration program developed in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, MI Health Link will initially operate for three years.
MI Health Link is operational in four regions of the state: the entire Upper Peninsula; a region in the Southwest part of the state consisting of the following counties: Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren; Macomb as a single county region; and Wayne as a single county region. Enrollment is being phased-in across the regions. Education, outreach, and enrollment activities will continue throughout the demonstration period.
Thursday’s informational forums will be held at the following locations: the Banquet Room of the Greater Grace Temple at 23500 W Seven Mile Rd. in Detroit, Michigan, from 10 a.m. to noon; and at the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Inc. (MORC) located at 16200 Nineteen Mile Rd. in Clinton Township, Michigan from 2 to 4 p.m.
For directions to Greater Grace Temple and Macomb-Oakland Regional Center Inc., information about participating by phone, or other information about MI Health Link and the quarterly forums, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2945_64077—,00.html.
For interpreting services, or other accommodations at the forum, contact the Integrated Care Division at MSA-MHL-Feedback@michigan.gov.
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