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Medicaid Health Plans prescription drug coverage topic of Oct. 8 meeting

LANSING — The public can attend an Oct. 8 meeting regarding the list of prescription drugs covered under Michigan’s Medicaid Health Plans.

The Michigan Medicaid Health Plan common formulary stakeholder meeting is from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Lansing Community College West Campus Auditorium, 5708 Cornerstone Drive in Delta Township near Lansing.

In 2016, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services developed the list of prescription drugs – known as a common formulary – to streamline drug coverage policies for Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries and providers. The prescription drugs are common across all contracted health plans for the department’s current Comprehensive Health Plan contract.

Health plans may be less restrictive, but not more restrictive, than the coverage parameters of the common formulary.

Anyone who plans to attend is asked to notify KrepsD@michigan.gov no later than Sept. 28. Find more information at michigan.gov/MCOpharmacy. G.G.

Business expansions create 136 jobs in SE Michigan

LANSING — Two global robotics suppliers are planning expansions in Southeast Michigan with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund support, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. Investments by FANUC and Nachi are expected to generate $63.1 million in private investment and create 136 jobs.

FANUC America Corporation, a subsidiary of FANUC CORPORATION in Japan, is the leading supplier of robotics, CNC systems, factory automation and Industrial IoT solutions. Based in Rochester Hills, the company has more than 1,400 employees in North and South America.

Following an expansion in 2016 to a system integration and logistics facility in Pontiac, FANUC America’s accelerated growth has led the company to construct a new facility in the city of Auburn Hills that will be used for engineering, product development, manufacturing and warehousing. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of more than $51 million and create 100 jobs, resulting in a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Illinois.

The city of Auburn Hills has offered a property tax abatement valued at $3,504,000 in support of the project.

Nachi Robotic Systems, Inc. is a robotics and automation provider to the automotive, agriculture, health care, electronics manufacturing and general manufacturing sectors. Founded in 1989 with branch offices in Canada and Mexico, Nachi provides new robots, automation, service, parts and training to its customers. The parent company, Nachi America, Inc., is headquartered in Greenwood, IN.

Nachi is at capacity at its facility in the city of Novi and plans to lease a larger, newer facility in Novi that will house office, shop, laboratory, and warehouse space. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $12 million and create 36 jobs, resulting in a $360,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana.

The city of Novi has offered a 50-percent property tax abatement in support of the project. For information on careers with Nachi, visit www.nachirobotics.com/ company-information/careers-in-robotics/. — G.G.


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