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MDCH Holds Forums for Stakeholder Participation Opportunities with Michigan's Integrated Care Demonstration


LANSING - The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is hosting a series of public forums for the state's plan to integrate care for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The forums will provide MDCH the opportunity to update participants on the status of Michigan's proposal and announce additional opportunities for stakeholders to be involved in the implementation process.

Through these forums, MDCH plans to share information about the status of the project, as well as receive feedback on the implementation process from dually eligible individuals, their families, providers, and other interested organizations. These forums will be organized on a quarterly basis and will be rotated amongst the four regions throughout the demonstration period. The first forum has been scheduled for June 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Forfa Auditorium of Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich.

Michigan's Integrated Care Demonstration seeks to improve quality and access to care by more effectively aligning Medicare and Medicaid services and bridging the divide between physical health, long term care, and behavioral health systems. The demonstration will take a person-centered approach in all aspects of the new care system, and will focus on increasing access to home and community-based services, ensuring continuity of care during the transition to the new system, and supporting self-determination and choice for individuals.

Individuals who enroll in the demonstration will begin to receive services in July 2014 with education, outreach, and enrollment activities occurring prior to this date. The demonstration will be launched in four regions: the entire Upper Peninsula; a region in the Southwest part of the state consisting of the following counties: Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren; Macomb as a single county region; and Wayne as a single county region. The demonstration will initially operate for three years. MDCH is currently in negotiations with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) towards the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CMS to outline state and federal responsibilities for the demonstration.

For additional information about the quarterly forums and to see the new forum locations as they are announced, visit,4612,7-132-2939__2939__2939-259203--,00.html. For transportation assistance, interpreting services, or other accommodations at the forum, contact the Integrated Care Division at (517) 241-4293 or

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