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Dispute Resolution Center to christen its new offices Oct. 29

The Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center (WCDRC) will hold an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in celebration of its new offices in The Dearborn Atrium, located at 835 Mason, Suite C-300. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m.

WCDRC, one of 18 community-based nonprofit mediation centers in Michigan, provides mediation services to resolve a wide variety of domestic, general civil, and school conflict issues in Wayne County.

“We are one of the largest mediation centers in Michigan,” said Bernard Dempsey, WCDRC’s executive director. “Last year, we handled more than 2,300 cases and helped more than 5,000 individuals who were referred by various courts, schools and agencies in Wayne County.”

The event on October 29 will include a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. with Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr., various local officials, and representatives of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments, tour the office which includes private mediation rooms, and receive information about mediation training available for individuals interested in becoming volunteer mediators.

To learn more about WCDRC, visit www. wcdrc.org or call (313) 561-3500.


Whitmer OKs Medicaid reporting changes, rips lack of funding

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Monday easing monthly reporting rules for able-bodied adults who will have to meet work requirements to qualify for coverage under Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program.

She also accused Republican lawmakers of not allocating needed funding to implement the new requirements.

“These changes will reduce the number of people who must jump hurdles to provide proof of what they are already doing,” the Democrat, who opposes the work-related rules, wrote in a letter to legislators. While the changes will reduce the potential impact, she said, “the likely coverage loss under this legislation remains enormous.”

Whitmer criticized the GOP-led Legislature for not including $10 million in the budget that she requested to help put in place the work requirements, which will take effect in January. The funds would be used for a public-information campaign along with training and referral services for enrollees without jobs, Whitmer said.

She urged lawmakers to approve the funding and to enact a provision that would automatically suspend the work requirements if data show in early 2020 that a “significant” number of people are on track to lose their government-provided health insurance due to the compliance requirements.

Spokespeople for Republican legislative leaders could not immediately be reached for comment.

Abled-bodied adults ages 19 through 61 who want to maintain their Healthy Michigan coverage will, on a monthly basis, have to show workforce engagement averaging 80 hours a month — through work, school, job training or vocational training, an internship, substance abuse treatment or community service. The requirements were enacted by the Republican-led Legislature and then-Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018.