MVBH Coalition and MI Health Link update

Posted: June 11, 2015

Written by: Steven Hernandez 

The Michigan Voices for Better Health (MVBH) coalition is growing! Michigan Consumers for Healthcare is pleased to be working on this project and the implementation of MI Health Link. For those who are new to the coalition or are looking for more information regarding this project; we are explaining a few key terms that will allow for clarity about what MVBH isand how it connects with MI Health Link.

What is MI Health Link? That is a crucial question that many advocates and providers are seeking to address. The MVBH Coalition which is comprised of consumers, advocates and providers was developed to get those answers. Its primary focus is to share information about the implementation of the MI Health Link demonstration and to create a forum for stakeholders to identify and pursue advocacy issues. The three core partners of the MVBH team are: Michigan Disability Rights Coalition: mymdrc.org, Michigan Consumers for Healthcare: consumersforhealthcare.org, and the Michigan Poverty Law Program: mplp.org MI Health Link is a new health care option for Michigan adults, ages 21 or over, who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, and live in the counties of Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Macomb, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Wayne or any county in the Upper Peninsula.

MI Health Link offers a broad range of medical and behavioral health services, pharmacy, home and community-based services and nursing home care, all in a single program designed to meet individual needs. Those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and qualify for MI Health Link will be given their enrollment options through a letter from Michigan ENROLLS. The state of Michigan has put together a tremendous website which provides very specific information which can be accessed here: www.michigan.gov/mihealthlink Due to the complex nature of the MI Health program there is a great need for information sharing and coordination.

The MVBH coalition has resolved to hold regular coalition meetings during the implementation of MI Health so that advocates and consumers can share information from the field, issues and successes with implementation. The next coalition meeting (with conference call capability) will be held on June 17th at Kalamazoo Foundation Community Room. The meeting will cover state of implementation, successes and challenges from the field and discussion of important resources.

Where: 402 East Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI

When: 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Conference Call Line: 1-855-882-2236 (No Pin Required)