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MDHHS Increases Dental Benefits for Medicaid Beneficiaries

Update: Mar 27-Apr 7, 2023

On April 1, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the start of dental benefit enhancements for adult Medicaid beneficiaries. These enhancements serve to improve access to dental services and improve health outcomes as many additional services will now be covered for adults 21 and over. The services covered include:

  • X-rays
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Dentures
  • Deep teeth cleanings
  • Sealants
  • Root canals
  • Crowns
  • Care to keep your gums healthy

Not only is MDHHS expanding access to services for Medicaid beneficiaries, but MDHHS is also increasing reimbursement rates for dental providers. The new rates allow providers to be paid at 100% of the Average Commercial Rate, which aims to increase the number of treated Medicaid beneficiaries.

State Announces New EMS Protocols

Update: Oct 31-Nov 11, 2022

On November 2, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that emergency responders will now be permitted to carry emergency contraception and sexually transmitted infection treatment (post-exposure prophylaxis). These new protocols serve as another measure to improve Michigan’s sexual assault response to ensure survivors have access to appropriate medical care.

The Quality Assurance Task Force recently voted unanimously to approve new Medical Control Authority protocols proposed by the Whitmer Administration for critical follow-up care for sexual assault patients. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) also adopted the new protocols, advocating for more prevention and response tactics.

MDHHS will be providing training to all EMS agencies to better aid survivors. The protocols align with research that indicates there has been an increase in sexual assault survivors seeking medical care. Additionally, emergency department visits for sexual assault have been 15 times higher in the past decade.

This development comes after Governor Whitmer signed an executive directive 2022-05, for all state departments to identify opportunities to increase protections for reproductive healthcare.

Jury Convicts Whitmer Kidnap Plotters

Update: Oct 17-28, 2022

A Jackson County jury convicted three members of the Wolverine Watchmen on terrorism charges for plotting to attack Michigan’s Capitol building, hold government officials for ransom, and kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Joseph Morrison, Paul Bellar, and Pete Musico were originally charged under Michigan’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002 and were later found guilty of providing support for terrorist acts, as well as gang membership and felony firearms on October 26.

The three men will be sentenced on December 15.