Immunization Records Now Available Online for Medicaid Beneficiaries Through myHealthPortal and myHealthButton

LANSING, Mich. – Medicaid beneficiaries can now access their immunization records both online and via a mobile app, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has announced. Research has shown that engaging individuals in their own healthcare can lead to healthier behaviors and better health outcomes. To help empower Michigan residents in managing their own health, MDHHS has made it possible for Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan and MIChild beneficiaries to download and view immunization records available from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR). Prior to this enhancement, beneficiaries…

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Researchers Conclude Legionnaires Outbreak Linked to Change in Water Supply

Flint, Mich. – A research team with the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) has found that the majority of Legionnaires’ disease cases that occurred during the 2014-15 outbreak in Genesee County can be attributed to the change in the City of Flint’s drinking water supply to the Flint River. The team’s findings are based on detailed statistical analysis of multiple datasets. The researchers also found that the specific strain of Legionella isolated from Flint residences as part of FACHEP’s sampling in 2016 is not readily detected by…

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Treasury: Individual Income Tax Filing Season Officially Begins

Early Filers Prevent Cybercriminals from Stealing Refunds LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s individual income tax filing season has officially begun. Effective immediately, Michiganders can start filing their 2017 tax year state individual income tax returns online or through the U.S. Postal Service. All individual income tax returns must be e-filed or postmarked by Tuesday, April 17, 2018. “The easiest and quickest way for Michigan taxpayers to get their refund is to file electronically,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “This helps ensure tax returns are…

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Flint Mobile Food Pantry

LANSING, Mich. – Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for February at locations throughout Flint. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have announced the upcoming schedule for mobile food pantry stops to distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. Families in February will receive produce that includes apples, carrots, potatoes and onions. The program is funded through the more than $300 million in…

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