Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state of Michigan is holding public forums on ways to strengthen its Medicaid-funded behavioral health and developmental disabilities system. 

Forums start Wednesday in Detroit, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Others are scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids, January 22 in Marquette and January 30 in Saginaw. A virtual forum is planned for February 6.

The department will provide an overview of its proposal and answer questions.

Overdose deaths decrease in Michigan

Nov 25, 2019

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   The State of Michigan has reported its first decline in overdose deaths in six years.  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says overall overdose deaths declined by 3.2 percent in 2018.  Opioid related fatal overdoses also declined.

The decline in opioid-related overdose deaths in 2018 was largely driven by decreases in the number of deaths due to poisoning by heroin and commonly prescribed drugs, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP)--   A federal judge has denied Michigan's request to halt his preliminary injunction that preserved a Catholic adoption agency's ability to refuse to place state wards with LGBT couples. 

Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids declined the stay Tuesday. It had been sought by state Attorney General Dana Nessel and the state Department of Health and Human Services, while the case is appealed.

Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state wants to make it easier for people to apply for public assistance. 

This is all about the amount of assets a person can have and still qualify for food and cash assistance and State Emergency Relief. Starting November first, people can have up to $15,000 in assets and still be eligible for help. That’s thousands of dollars more than they could previously, and now the amount will be the same for all three programs.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is holding meetings around the state to discuss new Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements. 

Beginning January 1, 2020 plan beneficiaries will be required to report 80 hours of work or other activities, such as job searches, to MDHHS each month. Beneficiaries can be excused from the requirements in some circumstances. Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries who are not excused from the requirements and fail to report may lose their health care coverage.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's heath department has announced the state's first death associated with an outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses. 

The agency said Friday that it was notified Wednesday of the death of a man whose lung illness was linked to vaping. No other details were released.

Of the more than 1,000 confirmed or probable vaping-related cases in the U.S., 30 have been reported in Michigan since August.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials say they don't want new federal rules to discourage immigrants from applying for public assistance.  

Beginning mid-October, the government will take into consideration whether green card applicants have received Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. It is part of the Trump administration's aggressive plan to restrict legal immigration.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services has released a plan to help improve the health of mothers and babies. 

The 2020-2023 Mother Infant Health and Equity Improvement Plan was done in partnership with the Maternal Infant Strategy Group.

Areas of focus include health equity; optimal birth spacing; healthy girls, women and mothers; safe sleeping for infants; full-term and healthy weight babies; and mental, emotional and behavioral well-being.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan health officials say they're investigating six cases of breathing illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping products.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan health officials have launched a new statewide awareness campaign to educate people about possible sources of lead at their homes. 

The state Department of Health and Human Services says the goal of the campaign is to educate people about potential hazards in paint, dust, water and soil at older homes, as well as and how to mitigate, reduce or eliminate lead exposure. The campaign includes ads on social media and other places online.

A new website includes information and community resources.