Michigan and Illinois announced a partnership that allows Illinois to access Michigan’s Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), the technology that supports state Medicaid programs.
It's called the Illinois Michigan Program Alliance for Core Technology (IMPACT) project, allowing Illinois to modernize their outdated system and save taxpayers millions of dollars.
Angela Minicuci is a Public Information Officer with the Michigan Department of Community Health and tells WOOD Radio, administrative costs will go down for both states and increased program dollars will help provide better services.
"We've partnered with Illinois to build the same system that we have here in Michigan, using the provider that built it for us. This allows us to save on costs related to operations and administrative fees."
Minicuci added that even though both states have access to the same system, patient information will not be compromised. "The information within the Michigan Medicaid program itself, is not being shared with Illinois. It's not the information that's being shared, it's just the system framework."
Both states are expecting significant savings and with the shared system, Michigan will save 20 percent on operation and maintenance costs- a savings of $10 million over a five year period.