LANSING (WWJ) – There’s a statewide push to help those getting government healthcare to navigate the sometimes mind-boggling amount of red tape.

A series of public forums, hosted by the Michigan Department of Community Health, are aimed at getting the public’s input on a planned integration of care for those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

WWJ’s Pat Sweeting spoke with Democratic state Rep. Lesia Liss of Warren, Minority Vice Chair of the State House Health Finance Committee.

“We’re holding this forum because we need to bring back to the department all the public comments,” said Liss. “And we have a deadline. April 4th is the deadline at which the department needs to hear back from the public.”

“This is all based on the grant that they received – a million-dollar grant to make sure integration happens here in the state of Michigan,” said Liss.

Michigan’s proposed integrated care model covers all Medicare and Medicaid services and benefits, including inpatient, outpatient and primary care, skilled and custodial nursing facility care, behavioral health and developmental disabilities services, hospice, home health care, other community-based long term supports and services, durable medical equipment and prescription drugs.

Take a look at the plan here (.pdf format).

These meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2012, from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Lansing (formerly the Causeway Bay Hotel)
  • Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

Liss said additional public forums will be set for March 19 and 22.

Those who wish to submit comments may do so by sending an e-mail to

Get more information at this link.


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