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MDHHS and DIFS Issue COVID-19 Testing, Vaccine, and Treatment Update

Update: May 8-19, 2023

With the Public Health Emergency ending on May 11, 2023, MDHHS and DIFS issued guidance to the public about the future of COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatments related to cost and accessibility in the state of Michigan.

Both departments reminded individuals that testing and vaccines continue to be available to the public at little to no cost.

For specific information on available testing, vaccines, treatments, and data, please see the following links:

MDHHS Update on End of PHE.

DIFS Update on End of PHE.

New Medicaid Director Announced at MDHHS

Update: May 8-19, 2023

Meghan Groen has been selected to head the state’s Medicaid program, effective immediately.

Groen has 20 years of experience in government, policy and nonprofit administration, most recently as senior advisor to DHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. In addition to her Medicaid Director duties, Meghan will also oversee physical and behavioral health and long-term care and aging programs. Prior to joining MDHHS, Groen served as the deputy policy director and health policy advisor for Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

MDHHS Releases Title V Block Grant Application

Update: May 8-19, 2023

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has asked for public comment on the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant application. Specifically, this grant provides funding to states to improve the health of mothers, infants and children, including children with special health care needs. Title V state action plans address the priority areas including low-risk cesarean delivery, breastfeeding, infant safe sleep, oral health, lead prevention, mental health, and more. The Title V draft FY 2024 application and FY 2022 annual report are available online. MDHHS welcomes comments on the application by 5 p.m., Friday, June 9. Comments can be submitted to