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Public Invited to Medicare and Medicaid Dual Eligibility Discussions
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Residents across the area are invited to join the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) at two forums to discuss the state’s proposed plan for those that are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid services.

Last year, Michigan was awarded a federal planning grant to examine “dual eligibility” and how to provide better integrated care and create a more efficient health care system. The proposed plan was released in Lansing on March 5, and will cover services and benefits for persons with both Medicare and Medicaid eligibility. The forums will give persons with dual eligibility an opportunity to review the proposed plan, and to ask questions of representatives from the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities administration.

“Medicare and Medicaid cover different services, use different financing models, and do not have systems in place to share care information and coordinate care between providers,” said Michael Vizena, director of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB). “Many persons with both Medicare and Medicaid coverage have complex care needs who often receive that care from multiple providers. As the state proposes a new system, it’s important to ensure that people will not lose necessary care, access to specialty providers and services, or choices as to who provides such care. The proposed plan must ensure that recipients get the quality care they need. We want to offer persons impacted by the plan an opportunity to learn about the plan and to assist them in providing input to the state."

Vizena said any plan for integrated care should build upon the current strength of the Medicaid managed care system, ensuring those knowledgeable of health care conditions are retained as care managers.

Representatives from the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration will participate in each forum to answer questions from the public and provide clarification on the impact of the dual eligibility plan for people with psychiatric illnesses, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities.

In Kent County, the forum will take place on Thursday, March 22 at the Hope Network Career and Education Center (map link) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The public is encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by calling 616.855.5205 or by email at cindym@network180.org. The Kent County forum will also be available via webinar by registering at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/594172746

The complete list of forum dates and locations follow:

  • March 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Hope Network Career & Education Center, 775 36th St., Wyoming
  • March 23, 10 a.m. – noon; Ottawa County Complex, 1220 Fillmore St., West Olive

For more information, please call 517 374-6848 or visit: www.macmhb.org.

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