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Prescription drugs covered by Medicaid health plans topic of October meeting

The public is invited to attend a virtual meeting hosted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on Tuesday, Oct. 3, regarding the list of prescription drugs covered under Michigan’s Medicaid health plans known as the Medicaid Health Plan Common Formulary. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an annual forum for the public, stakeholders, and interested parties to comment on the prescription list. This forum is in addition to the quarterly written public comment periods.

The annual Michigan Medicaid Health Plan common formulary stakeholder meeting will be held virtually from 9:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom. The Zoom can be accessed by clicking this link and the password is: s1GJxM. Participants may also access the meeting by phone by dialing 636-651-3128 and entering access code 287658.

“It is important for Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries to have the opportunity to comment on whether prescription drugs on the list will meet their health needs,” said Farah Hanley, MDHHS chief deputy for health. “We welcome their participation in this public meeting and look forward to hearing their input – as well as feedback from providers and other stakeholders.”

MDHHS created the common formulary in 2016 to streamline drug coverage policies for Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries and providers. The common formulary is required in state law and in the Medicaid health plan contract to ensure that prescription drugs are common across all contracted plans.

Medicaid health plans may be less restrictive – but not more restrictive – than the coverage in the common formulary for products not on the Michigan Preferred Drug List, which is a subset of the drugs listed on the common formulary.

As of Oct. 1, 2020, the common formulary coverage for products began aligning with the Michigan Preferred Drug List – including any prior authorization and step therapy requirements.

Anyone who plans to attend should notify no later than Monday, Sept. 29, and should request special accommodations if needed to join the meeting.

Find more information about the common formulary including the list of covered prescription drugs at

Those unable to attend can submit questions or comments to the Common Formulary mailbox at


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CEO Carol Zuniga

Hegira Health announces organizational restructure, New CEO Carol Zuniga

Changes take effect Oct. 1, Current CEO Ed Forry, will take new president role

Hegira Health, Inc., a top behavioral healthcare provider in Wayne County, announces a new corporate structure starting Oct. 1, 2021. Hegira Health CEO Ed Forry worked with his Board of Directors on a succession plan that reconfigures the corporation's executive management. In May, the board unanimously approved the plan, which includes the promotion of Executive Director Carol Zuniga as the new CEO and Ed Forry, who has held the top position for 48 years, continuing in the corporation as President and Vice Chairman of the Board.

Hegira Health CEO Ed Forry communicated last week to Hegira Health staff, “It is with great pleasure and confidence that I announce the promotion of current Executive Director Carol Zuniga to the Chief Executive Officer position on October 1, 2021. The board’s goal is to provide a seamless transition of the CEO's role and authority to Carol Zuniga, who will be fully vested with the responsibilities and authority as prescribed by our board to operate, manage, and oversee all aspects of the corporation.” He added, “As President, I shall continue to provide consultation and leadership in expanding and enhancing Hegira Health’s scope of business, increasing the footprint of Hegira Health, and creating growth and development. I believe this transfer of CEO responsibility and authority to Carol Zuniga will continue to create a strong and viable environment for the future advancement and growth of Hegira Health.

Hegira Health Chairman of the Board Pat O'Neil, Executive Director Carol Zuniga and Current CEO Ed Forry.

Hegira Health Chairman of the Board Pat O'Neil, Executive Director Carol Zuniga and Current CEO Ed Forry.

Carol is recognized throughout Michigan for her leadership, creativity and knowledge of healthcare programming and funding and brings nearly 28 years of clinical and management experience with Hegira Health to her new position.”


Carol Zuniga has more than three decades of experience in the healthcare industry and has dedicated her career to ensuring that quality behavioral health care services are readily available to residents of all income levels across southeastern Michigan. Originally from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Zuniga graduated from Radford University (Radford, VA), where she completed her MS in Clinical Psychology; and from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), where she received her BS in Psychology. She has been licensed as a Limited Licensed Psychologist (LLP) in the State of Michigan since 1987.

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