Good Afternoon, Chairman Canfield and Members of the Subcommittee. I am Alison Hirschel, Director of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative (MEJI) and I also teach Elder Law at the University of Michigan Law School. MEJI provides free legal services and advocacy for vulnerable, low income older adults and people with disabilities. We are also proud to house the State Long Term Care Ombudsman
After two decades of promoting equal access to justice through fellowships, research, seminars, and programs, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program has been re-established as the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law.
The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative is pleased to announce that effective April 1st, 2017, Dan Wojciak will serve as the new MI Health Link Ombudsman (MHLO). The MHLO offers free, confidential advocacy and problem-solving to MI Health Link (MHL) beneficiaries and advocates for structural improvements in the MHL program. Dan's promotion recognizes his superb work
The State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, formerly housed within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is now the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, a program of Michigan Elder Justice Initiative, a non-profit based in Lansing. Read more here.
Michigan faces lower enrollment rates and higher disenrollment rates than expected during the first year of its demonstration project to coordinate care for dually enrolled Medicare and Medicaid patients.
MEJI has been selected to serve as the Ombudsman of Michigan's new MI Health Link program. The MI Health Link Ombudsman (MHLO) will serve as a confidential and conflict-free problem solver on behalf of all MHL enrollees.