Department of Health and Human Services

Bill would create state committee to review rare diseases

BY: - February 20, 2020

The Michigan House Health Policy Committee met Thursday to discuss two bills introduced earlier this month by Chair Hank Vaupel (R-Fowlerville) regarding mental health and rare diseases in Michigan. House Bill 5465 would create a new act establishing a rare disease review committee within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The committee would […]

Whitmer draws attention to teen dating violence

BY: - February 18, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included some startling statistics when she declared February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The release, which contained information from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, stated that almost 1.5 million high school students in the United States are physically abused by dating partners every year. Even more startling — […]

DHHS Chief Gordon: Foster care should be ‘treated as a last resort’

BY: - February 15, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget includes investments her administration says would result in fewer kids being moved into the foster care system. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would see a boost of $8.6 million, with $5.4 million coming from the state’s General Fund, to address problems that often lead […]

COMMENTARY

Column: After economic and criminal justice wins, here’s what Michigan leaders should focus on in 2020

BY: - February 6, 2020

What a difference a year makes. This time last winter, Michigan was enduring a historic cold snap. And we were coming off of a major election, starting a new legislative session and a new governor’s term. And the Michigan League for Public Policy was launching our Owner’s Manual for Michigan to help guide them.  We’ve certainly seen […]

Whitmer: Trump plan will ‘decimate’ Medicaid, hurt Michiganders 

BY: - February 4, 2020

A President Trump administration plan that would dramatically revamp Medicaid is being blasted by Michigan officials.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called on the Trump administration to withdraw a proposed regulation that would slash health care funding and access for many low-income Michiganders. It would dramatically curtail the long-utilized flexibility granted to states to finance their […]

Immigration activists decry Supreme Court’s public charge ruling

BY: and - February 2, 2020

Activists are warning of the consequences from the U.S. Supreme Court allowing the President Trump administration to deny resident status for immigrants who rely on public assistance like Medicaid or housing subsidies. According to the new interpretation of the public charge rule, immigrants applying for green cards are prohibited from using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

New: Little-noticed Whitmer admin change restores child support for some low-income families

BY: - December 20, 2019

Come January, qualifying Michigan low-income families who receive both child support and cash assistance will begin seeing additional funds – up to either $100 or $200 – each month. The new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer administration policy will be a significant change for the families enrolled in Michigan’s Family Independence Program (FIP), which provides temporary cash assistance benefits […]

Trump rules could end food stamps for 180K Michiganders

BY: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration this week finalized a regulation that could knock about 50,000 Michiganders off food stamp benefits.  It’s one of three controversial policies the administration is pursuing that aim to limit eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that could ultimately result in roughly 180,000 Michiganders losing food assistance. The […]

Michiganders sue Trump dept. over Medicaid work requirements

BY: - November 22, 2019

Four Michigan residents filed a lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), challenging the President Trump administration’s approval for a waiver that conditions Medicaid coverage in Michigan upon work requirements.  The requirements are set to take effect on Jan. 1 and the state has been preparing recipients for the changes. […]

Michigan pauses sales on marijuana vaping products for increased testing

BY: - November 22, 2019

Updated 4:07 11/22/19 with additional information from the MRA Amid an outbreak of lung injuries likely tied to marijuana vaping products, the state has hit pause on the sales of those products pending additional testing.  The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued new rules on Friday, effective immediately, and will include additional testing of marijuana vaping […]

Overdose and opioid-related deaths decrease in 2018, 1st time in 6 years

BY: - November 22, 2019

After several years of increases in overdose deaths, Michigan experienced an overall decrease in 2018, including a slight decline in opioid-related overdose deaths. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced Friday there were 2,599 overdose deaths last year, 2,036 of which were opioid-related.  This is the first decline in overall overdose deaths […]

Audit shows state Medicaid cost reimbursement processes aren’t working

BY: - November 18, 2019

A recent Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) audit shows the department’s Medicaid cost reimbursement system for long-term care facilities is “inefficient.”  Medicaid reimbursement is the payment given directly to the provider for medical services from the DHHS covered by Medicaid.  The audit, done by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), assessed […]