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Michigan

December 31, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 12/31/2013

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“The most effective and humane way to deal with the problem of recidivism is through a comprehensive system of smart justice that recognizes the connection between enforcement and prevention,” Calley said in a statement. “Mental health courts play a critical role in that system. They have demonstrated their value by ensuring public safety, easing the strain on our corrections system and providing mentally ill offenders with needed treatment.”

 

State gets $1.6M for kid’s health coverage

LANSING — The federal government said Michigan is getting $1.6 million for children’s health care as a bonus for improving their access to treatment and Medicaid coverage.

The grant announced Monday comes from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The agency said Michigan was one of 23 states that received bonuses totaling about $307 million.

This is the last year for the bonuses, authorized by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.

The federal agency said states could qualify for bonuses by implementing procedures to simplify Medicaid and other children’s health insurance enrollment and renewal processes.

It said that nationwide, the proportion of uninsured children declined from 8.6 percent in 2009 to 7.5 percent in 2011.

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