Michigan getting $70M for health improvements

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is getting $70 million in federal funding during the next four years to support health care system enhancements that are designed to benefit families.

Gov. Rick Snyder's office on Tuesday announced that the money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will fund Michigan's Blueprint for Health Innovation. The plan aims to help the state strengthen coordination of care, cut costs and improve health outcomes.

Snyder says in a statement that it will "make a meaningful difference in the lives of many residents."

The funding will support changes in health care payment and care delivery systems. Focuses include patient- and family-centered health homes; efforts to improve behavioral health and long-term care; and integration between and among health care and community resources.

Snyder says the "innovative approaches will help ensure better outcomes for patients while providing value to individuals and businesses who pay for health care."

Snyder's office says the Blueprint for Health Innovation is Michigan's final product of the State Innovation Model planning process.

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