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Michigan Signs Memorandum of Understanding for Integrated Care Program

Wednesday, April 2, 2014  
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The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the new MI Health Link demonstration program. The program has been designed to integrate care for individuals who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, often referred to as dual-eligibles, and is set to operate for three years, in four regions of the state, where the program will be implemented in two phases according to the regions. The first phase of implementation consists of two regions—the entire Upper Peninsula and a region in Southwest Michigan consisting of the following counties: Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren. The second phase consists of Macomb and Wayne counties as single county regions.

"Our primary goal with MI Health Link is to improve quality and access to care for this vulnerable group of people who currently have to navigate two very different systems in Medicare and Medicaid," said MDCH Director James K. Haveman in a press release announcing the MOU. “We appreciate the federal government’s thoughtful consideration of this program and its impact on improving care for Michigan residents.”

Click here to visit the MDCH demonstration program website. To learn more about details of the program, click here.

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