MMHCA partners with State of Michigan
to create COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline!!!
You can help!
Please read, complete, and submit this MMHCA Survey by COB Monday, April 6th.
Go to “Survey Monkey” for the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/28997ZX
MMHCA – Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association is directly engaged with MDHHS, our State Lobbyist Andrea Cascarilla, and Governor Whitmer’s office to quickly develop a mental health support component for the State’s COVID-19 Hotline.
MMHCA dedicates this initiative to Representative Isaac Robinson who passed away due to suspected COVID-19 complications. He was a strong supporter of LPCs and invaluable with passage of HB 4325-PA19 of 2019.
Michigan needs your help! Are you willing and able to provide services to your fellow Michiganders? This may range from crisis hotline volunteering services to client referral for Telehealth therapy.
If you are interested:
Please quickly complete and submit the questionnaire by COB on Monday, April 6th.
Go to “Survey Monkey” https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/28997ZX
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network want to make it easier for you to care for your patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also want to encourage our members to continue to seek care with you during this crisis and we want to make them feel safe while doing so. To this end, effective immediately, we are:
• Extending the waiving of member cost-sharing on select telehealth services through at least June 30
• Expanding no cost telehealth services to now include common behavioral health therapy for members with our behavioral health benefits
• Clarifying the specific telehealth services that have no member cost sharing
• Announcing that ALL Blue Cross and BCN members – including all self-funded groups – now have coverage for telemedicine services (those offered by our network providers); most, but not all members also have access to Blue Cross Online Visits’ (operated by Amwell)
The expanded list of no cost telehealth services for members includes the most common medical office visits and hospitalization follow-up visits as well as common behavioral health therapy. To make this easier for our providers, we’ve published a list of codes that have no member cost sharing through June 30, 2020.
These changes apply to:
• Blue Cross PPO (commercial)
• BCN HMOSM (commercial)
• Medicare Plus BlueSM PPO
• BCN AdvantageSM
Telehealth services that are covered under the Blue Cross and BCN Telemedicine Services Medical Policy that are not listed in the attached list of codes, are still covered but will require standard member cost sharing. A copy of our Telemedicine Services Medical Policy and our telehealth guides are available on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information updates for providers webpage. You can find this webpage within BCBSM Newsletters and Resources and BCN Provider Publications and Resources. While the information within our secure provider website is more comprehensive, information is also available on our public website at bcbsm.com/coronavirus. Click on For Providers.
Telehealth procedure codes for COVID-19
Governor Announces New Programs to Increase and Expand Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19; Benefits increased for all unemployed workers, expanded to self-employed and low-wage workers
Contact: Jason Moon, 517-282-0041
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits. Workers include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week for up to four months and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks.
“The State of Michigan is dedicated to implementing measures to protect the health of all our residents and we understand financial health is critical as we meet this challenge together,” said Whitmer. “This increase and expansion of unemployment benefits will provide a measure of security for Michigan working families who lost their income due to the pandemic. We are committed to ensuring emergency financial relief for unemployed residents who continue to stay home and stay safe.”
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) will provide additional guidance regarding eligibility and application details in the coming days as it implements these new programs.
Benefits Extended to Self-Employed, Low-Wage, and Other Workers Affected by COVID-19
Under the CARES Act, individuals who are not already eligible for Michigan’s unemployment programs will now be provided a set amount of $600 a week for up to four months on top of the state benefit. Benefits are available for up to 39 weeks. These newly eligible individuals include self-employed workers, independent contractors, low-wage workers and those with a limited work history.
Benefits Increased for All Unemployed Workers
Under the CARES Act, weekly benefits for all unemployed workers will be increased by a set amount of $600 a week for up to four months. This applies to workers already in the unemployment system and eligible employees about to apply. These workers do not need to reapply and those about to apply do not need to take additional steps and should file as usual. If a worker’s application has previously been denied by the UIA in the past three weeks there is no need for them to reapply at this time. They will be notified by the agency with any additional action that may need to be taken.
“We appreciate the patience Michigan residents have shown with the unemployment system over the last few weeks as we continue to provide emergency financial assistance during this historical demand. I want to assure every eligible worker in our state who needs to apply for unemployment benefits that they will receive them,” said Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity Director Jeff Donofrio. “We continue to urge workers to apply online at Michigan.gov/UIA and to utilize our new filing schedule based on their last name. UIA staff is working as hard and fast as they can to process claims and we continue to reallocate resources and upgrade technology to serve our customers.”
The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether a worker receives benefits or their benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19. The eligibility window to apply has also been increased from 14 to 28 days from the date of their work stoppage.
New Filing Schedule:
Online Filing Schedule – Michigan.gov/UIA. Workers are encouraged to go online during off-peak times between 8PM-8AM
- Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
- Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
- Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DHHS Contact: Bob Wheaton 517-241-2112
Governor’s Office Media Contact: BrownT56@michigan.gov
MICHIGAN LAUNCHES COVID-19 VOLUNTEER WEBSITE
Medical professionals, everyday residents asked to save lives
LANSING, MICH. As Michigan’s healthcare system faces tremendous strains due to the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are calling on medical professionals and everyday Michiganders to volunteer their talents and time to save lives.
Today Gov. Whitmer and MDHHS launched a new volunteer website, www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19, where trained medical professionals can register to serve their fellow Michiganders by assisting hospitals in fighting COVID-19. Other state residents also can use the site to find out how they can help in their local communities, give blood, donate money or needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections.
“We’ve seen an incredible amount of strength and courage of Michiganders during this time of uncertainty, whether it’s from communities donating food, money, and resources to those that need it or from businesses using their technology to manufacture personal protective equipment,” said Gov. Whitmer. “To bend the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state, we must all work together as Michiganders. Whether you’re a medical professional looking to volunteer, or someone who can give blood or donate to your local food bank, everyone can help out. We will get through this together.”
This website will serve as a single clearinghouse for Michiganders to join the fight against COVID-19. The state will work with hospitals and health systems that are short-staffed to fill gaps if and when necessary.
Residents with a background in public health, healthcare fields, or community organizing may assist with contact tracing. Contact tracing involves speaking with COVID-19-positive patients to determine the people they interacted with and locations they visited in the days prior to becoming infected.
“The time is now to save lives,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Doctors, nurses, medical assistants – please volunteer where we need you most. You can save lives. Michiganders in good health who want to serve seniors who are alone – safely, from a distance – please volunteer. You can save lives, too. If you’re ready to use your cell phone to trace infections to their source, please volunteer. You can save lives, too. Visit www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19.”
Easy-to-use-buttons on the website allow users to link to volunteer opportunities in their community, donate or give blood. The Michigan Community Service Commission within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is a partner in the new website as the state’s expert at using service as a strategy to address Michigan’s most pressing issues and empowering volunteers to strengthen communities.
The American Red Cross is also partnering with the state on the new site. As the demand for blood remains high during the pandemic, Whitmer and the Red Cross encourage eligible, healthy Michigan donors to go to RedCrossBlood.org and schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead. The Red Cross has implemented COVID-19 mitigation measures at blood drives.
Information around COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
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Archived Proposed Medicaid Policy Distributed for Public Comment and Consultation Summaries
Archived proposed Medicaid policy distributed for public comment and consultation summaries are available electronically upon request. If you would like to view historical versions of proposed Medicaid policy that were released for public comment or you would like to obtain a consultation summary of any bulletin, e-mail email@example.com with your request. Please identify the project number of the proposed Medicaid policy or consultation summary if known. If this information is unknown, reference the month, year, and subject of the bulletin or the consultation summary in your request. The documents will be e-mailed to you.
NOTE: Comments will not be accepted for proposed Medicaid policy after the public comment period has closed.
Notices of Proposed Policy
|Comment Due Date
|April 24, 2020
||COVID-19 Response: Telemedicine Policy Expansion; Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs)/Community Mental Health Services Programs (CMHSPs) Implications
|April 22, 2020
||COVID-19 Response: Relaxing Face-to-Face Requirement
|April 21, 2020
||Financial Eligibility for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
|April 16, 2020
||General Telemedicine Policy Changes; Updates to Existing Policy; Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinic Policy Changes
|April 16, 2020
||Opioid Health Home (OHH)
|April 15, 2020
||Coverage of Psychiatric Collaborative Care Model Services
|April 15, 2020
||Reimbursement for Custom Fabricated Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Wheelchair Seating when Beneficiary Dies Prior to Delivery
|April 14, 2020
||Behavioral Health Home (BHH)
|April 8, 2020
||Behavioral Health Telepractice
|April 8, 2020
||Rural Access Pool Restoration and Critical Access Hospital Reimbursement