Genesee Health Plan receives grant for $219,492 to help people enroll in health care
Dec03

Genesee Health Plan receives grant for $219,492 to help people enroll in health care

By Tom Travis Genesee Health Plan (GHP) has received a three-year federal Navigator Cooperative Agreement Award of $219,492 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The grant will fund what are called Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchanges to help people access a variety of federally-funded health care services, including Obamacare and Medicare during open enrollment periods. Open Enrollment through...

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Council aims to hold “community listening meetings” for ARP funds, as rules for use emerge
Dec03

Council aims to hold “community listening meetings” for ARP funds, as rules for use emerge

By Tom Travis In a 5-0 vote Wednesday city council voted to hold four community listening meetings throughout the city for residents to say how they think the $94 million federal stimulus American Rescue Plan allocated to the city should be spent.  The first half of the allocation already has arrived,  with the second half expected within the next 60 days. However, after a presentation by a representative from U.S. Rep. Dan...

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Education Beat:  Pontiac School District officials share their fiscal recovery story with Flint Board of Education
Nov26

Education Beat: Pontiac School District officials share their fiscal recovery story with Flint Board of Education

“It doesn’t look good when you’re divided … it makes you look dysfunctional.”  –Shaquana Davis-Smith, treasurer, Pontiac Board of Education “We’re not going to present a united front as if everything is OK, because it’s not OK.”  –Laura MacIntyre, treasurer, Flint Board of Education  By Harold Ford At a special meeting of the Flint Board of Education (FBOE)  Nov. 16,  five Pontiac School District (PSD) officials shared their...

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Council votes to establish a Revenue Estimation Commission
Nov24

Council votes to establish a Revenue Estimation Commission

By Tom Travis The Flint City Council passed a resolution, on a 8-0 vote Monday night  to establish a Revenue Estimation Commission (REC). The REC is required by the city’s charter (Section 7-104). The REC’s responsibilities include, “reporting to the public, the Mayor and City Council on the anticipated revenue for the City of Flint. The reports are to detail each source of revenue along with the purpose and/or...

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City considers spending $3.9 million for “compliance and implementation” consultant for American Rescue Plan stimulus funds
Nov21

City considers spending $3.9 million for “compliance and implementation” consultant for American Rescue Plan stimulus funds

By Tom Travis The City of Flint is considering contracting with compliance consultant Ernst & Young of Detroit for compliance and implementation of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) stimulus money. According to a pending resolution by the Flint City Council, the contract would not exceed $3,994,074 for budget years FY2022 to FY2027. Meeting as the Finance Committee, the council discussed the proposal at a Friday night meeting....

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Ward boundaries redrawn for all nine of Flint’s wards; public review open over the next 90 days
Nov18

Ward boundaries redrawn for all nine of Flint’s wards; public review open over the next 90 days

By Tom Travis The Flint city council and community members have 90 days to  discuss and review the city’s redrawn ward boundaries, according to City Attorney Angela Wheeler.  The city council will give final approval to the new boundaries. The city’s  nine wards are being redrawn based on new Census 2020 data and as required by the city’s charter. At a Tuesday evening special city council meeting held in the Dome...

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