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(888) 628-9454

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(866) 488-7386

Suicide Hotline for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
(800) 799-4889


ACTION ALERT: Please Make Sensible Changes to Section 298 Language in the FY18 DHHS Budget

REQUEST FOR URGENT ACTION: Please contact your House and Senate members urging them to make sensible changes to the final 298 boilerplate language.  Timing is critical, we have roughly three weeks to put pressure on lawmakers as they finalize the FY18 budget. We are asking that you reach out to your lawmakers between now and June 2, urging them to remove the Senate language in Section 234 and to not include health plan run pilot programs in the final version of section 298.

Below are quick talking points:

  • REMOVE LANGUAGE – Section 234 of the Senate DHHS budget, specifically language referring to total Medicaid benefit and financial integration by 9/30/20, which would transfer all Medicaid resources to Medicaid Health plans.
  • This language predetermines the outcome of the process without any input from pilots or other measurables and completely ignores the 298 workgroup process and the will of the people.
  • INCLUDE LANGUAGE – Ensure that the policy and management role for Michigan’s Medicaid behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability services and supports system remains public.

Concerns Regarding a Health Plan Run Pilot

  1. Health Plans do not have a good track record managing behavioral health services
  • Mild/moderate services track record
  • Duals initiative
  1. Less money available for services
  • Higher overhead cost
  1. What are we trying to accomplish?
  • What are we measuring? Outcomes/metrics?

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