MDCH Seeking Input on Integrating Care for People Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

Contact: Angela Minicuci (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2011

LANSING - Working to improve the quality, care coordination, and access to care for people eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Medical Services Administration (MSA) announces a request for input (RFI) open to all Michigan residents and organizations.

By working together to provide better coordination of services, MDCH will establish a simpler process for beneficiaries and improve care for patients. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Michigan a nearly $1 million innovation contract to develop a way to improve care and services for people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Michigan is one of 15 states to receive a CMS contract to do so.

 "Our main priority and focus in this project is providing quality care" said Olga Dazzo, Director of the MDCH. "We are committed to ensuring that Michigan residents have better access to care that ultimately will provide them with better, more person-centered care."

Following a series of stakeholder interviews and public forums, MDCH is releasing this RFI as the next step in a phased stakeholder process which Public Sector Consultants, Inc. (PSC) is working with the department to conduct. The RFI is available online at the project's website,, and is open to all Michigan residents until Oct. 7. In addition to the RFI, the department has established an email address through which comments can be submitted at any time. This email address is 

Once the comments received via the RFI are compiled, work groups will be convened to provide more in-depth input based on the findings. The topics for work group consideration have yet to be defined and will be based largely on the input received during the forums and through the RFI. Information about the work groups will be posted to the project's website as it becomes available.

For more information about the stakeholder process, please visit