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Genesee County to Celebrate International Women’s Day

FLINT – The Flint Area Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in collaboration with the International Center of Greater Flint, will host a community event celebrating International Women’s Day, from 5 – 7 p.m. March 7, at Factory One, 303 W Water St, in downtown Flint. International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 has been observed since 1911 and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. More than one hundred Genesee county women from various cultural backgrounds are expected to attend the Flint event which will feature a “flavors of the world” dining experience, international entertainment, a multicultural/ multi-generational panel discussion, and networking. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Details: Contact Phyllis at the International Center of Greater Flint at 810-877-3348, or Linda at the Links, Incorporated at 810- 423- 3956. Limited tickets are still available. — R.S.

Deadline extended for providers to enroll in the Michigan Medicaid program

LANSING – Recently, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced federal regulations under the Affordable Care Act and 21st Century Cures Act that require all providers who serve Michigan Medicaid beneficiaries, including providers participating in a Managed Care Organization’s (MCO) provider network, to be screened and enrolled in the Michigan Medicaid program. The regulations prohibit payment to providers who are not appropriately screened and enrolled. Due to the overwhelming response from providers, the deadline is being extended for both the implementation dates of March 1 for denying claims for typical non-enrolled providers, and May 1 for denying pharmacy claims for non-enrolled prescribers. Despite the delays, MDHHS encourages providers to enroll as soon as possible using the state’s online Medicaid enrollment and billing system, Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS). MDHHS will monitor enrollment processing time and determine new enforcement deadlines. Enrollment in CHAMPS is solely used for the purpose of screening providers participating in Medicaid.

For information about the provider enrollment process, visit and click on provider enrollment. — R.S.

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