Michigan Chosen for NGA Foster
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
DHS data shows that almost 500 teenagers "aged out" of the
foster care system over the past year without a permanent
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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