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Michigan Chosen for NGA Foster Care Academy
Gongwer News Service, May 10, 2006
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In an effort to better transition foster care children to adulthood, senior state officials will participate in the National Governors Association's Best Practices Policy Academy on Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care, Department of Human Services officials announced Wednesday.

Michigan was one of six states chosen for the program, which runs through March 2007.

Officials plan to develop an action plan to better assist older foster youths and young adults. The plan will compliment a similar task force convened in part by Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan that plans to present recommendations to the House and Senate in late September to enhance foster care service.

DHS data shows that almost 500 teenagers "aged out" of the foster care system over the past year without a permanent family.

 

Health Policy Panel Approves WIC Lead Testing
Gongwer News Service, May 16, 2006

The House Health Policy Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would require that children under the WIC program receive testing for lead in their systems.

SB 1198 is supported by the Michigan Association of Health Plans, the Department of Human Services, Michigan Nurses Association and the American Federation of Teachers. Bill sponsor Sen. Martha Scott (D-Detroit) said because 80 percent of the children on Medicaid receive WIC funding, it made sense for them to be tested at the facilities.

The panel also took up and approved HB 5962, which would allow Blue Cross/Blue Shield to view claims based on healthcare operations, treatment and research, in order to give a client a better view on their healthcare costs, said bill sponsor, Rep. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg). The organization would still have to comply with individual privacy standards, he said.

BCBSM and the Office of Financial and Insurance Services supports the bill.

    

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