medicaid http://wkar.org en Healthy Michigan Plan begins enrolling low income residents next week http://wkar.org/post/healthy-michigan-plan-begins-enrolling-low-income-residents-next-week <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Two notable developments related to health insurance take place in just a few days. M</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;"><u>onday </u></span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">is the last day for Americans to sign up for coverage on <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">healthcare.gov</a> </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">without incurring a penalty</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> on their federal taxes next year.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Healthcare.gov is the federal website functioning as an insurance exchange for 36 states, </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">including Michigan</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> The </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">next </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">day, April 1st, is the first day close to a half-million </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">low-income</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Michigan residents can enroll for coverage offered by the ‘<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/healthymichigan">Healthy Michigan</a>’ plan. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:18:47 +0000 Joe Linstroth 51351 at http://wkar.org Healthy Michigan Plan begins enrolling low income residents next week Medicaid Expansion Delay Creates $73 Million Hole In State Budget http://wkar.org/post/medicaid-expansion-delay-creates-73-million-hole-state-budget <p>Another fight related to Medicaid expansion could be coming soon in the state Legislature.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:41:09 +0000 Jake Neher 43666 at http://wkar.org Medicaid Expansion Delay Creates $73 Million Hole In State Budget Early Enrollment For Medicaid Expansion Delayed http://wkar.org/post/early-enrollment-medicaid-expansion-delayed <p>Most states that have decided to expand their Medicaid programs under the federal Affordable Care Act started signing people up Tuesday.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:23:33 +0000 Jake Neher 43161 at http://wkar.org Early Enrollment For Medicaid Expansion Delayed MI business advocate: biz health exchanges a 'solution without a problem' http://wkar.org/post/mi-business-advocate-biz-health-exchanges-solution-without-problem <p>Many Michigan businesses have voiced concern and disapproval of the federal <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/opa/affordable-care-act/index.html">Affordable Care Act</a>.&nbsp; Twice before on Current State, we’ve explored the issue with one of the state’s key advocates for small business.</p><p>Rob Fowler is CEO of the <a href="https://www.sbam.org/">Small Business Association of Michigan</a>, based in Lansing.&nbsp; He returns with his thoughts on the health insurance exchanges that will soon to be unveiled. Fowler isn't sure that businesses will benefit from them.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:25:53 +0000 Current State 42735 at http://wkar.org MI business advocate: biz health exchanges a 'solution without a problem' Michigan Becomes 25th State To Expand Medicaid. What’s Next? http://wkar.org/post/michigan-becomes-25th-state-expand-medicaid-what-s-next <p>Michigan is now the 25<sup>th</sup> state to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:16:01 +0000 Jake Neher 42395 at http://wkar.org Michigan Becomes 25th State To Expand Medicaid. What’s Next? Governor Snyder Says Some Medicaid Savings Could Go To Roads http://wkar.org/post/governor-snyder-says-some-medicaid-savings-could-go-roads <p>Governor Rick Snyder says extending Medicaid to more working poor people will save the state a lot of money – and that begs the question of what to do with the budget windfall.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:17:32 +0000 Rick Pluta 41791 at http://wkar.org Governor Snyder Says Some Medicaid Savings Could Go To Roads Medicaid expansion goes to Governor as Feds consider waivers http://wkar.org/post/medicaid-expansion-goes-governor-feds-consider-waivers <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he looks forward to signing a Medicaid expansion bill when he returns in a couple of weeks from a trade mission to Asia. In the meantime, the state will continue to negotiate with the federal government on the program. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:47:03 +0000 Current State 41780 at http://wkar.org Medicaid expansion goes to Governor as Feds consider waivers Medicaid Expansion Clears State Legislature, But Enactment Will Likely Be Delayed http://wkar.org/post/medicaid-expansion-clears-state-legislature-enactment-will-likely-be-delayed <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he intends to sign a bill that will extend Medicaid benefits to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders. The bill cleared the state Legislature Tuesday.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:14:35 +0000 Jake Neher 41731 at http://wkar.org Medicaid Expansion Clears State Legislature, But Enactment Will Likely Be Delayed MPRN’s Rick Pluta Updates Senate Medicaid Decision http://wkar.org/post/mprn-s-rick-pluta-updates-senate-medicaid-decision <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">A controversial measure that would expand Medicaid health coverage to more than 400-thousand Michigan citizens passed the state Senate last night. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:53:40 +0000 Current State 41426 at http://wkar.org MPRN’s Rick Pluta Updates Senate Medicaid Decision Calley Says He’ll Cast Tie-Breaking Vote On Medicaid, If Needed http://wkar.org/post/calley-says-he-ll-cast-tie-breaking-vote-medicaid-if-needed <p>If a vote on Medicaid expansion comes down to a tie in the state Senate, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says he’s willing to cast the tie-breaking vote to pass it.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:54:41 +0000 Jake Neher 41232 at http://wkar.org Calley Says He’ll Cast Tie-Breaking Vote On Medicaid, If Needed Michigan small business reactions to Medicaid expansion http://wkar.org/post/michigan-small-business-reactions-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beginning in 2014, much of the federal Affordable Care Act (</span>ACA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) takes effect. The landmark law aims to ensure that U.S. citizens have access to quality and affordable health insurance. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:29:22 +0000 Current State 40879 at http://wkar.org Michigan small business reactions to Medicaid expansion How will the Affordable Care Act affect Michigan's medical providers? http://wkar.org/post/how-will-affordable-care-act-affect-michigans-medical-providers <p>The Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, is well underway across the USA.</p><p></p><p>In Michigan, debate continues over expanding Medicaid coverage to thousands more people. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:08:23 +0000 Current State 40475 at http://wkar.org How will the Affordable Care Act affect Michigan's medical providers? State Rep. Singh shares thoughts on Common Core, Detroit, Medicaid expansion http://wkar.org/post/state-rep-singh-shares-thoughts-common-core-detroit-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This summer’s been busier than usual at the State Capitol, with ongoing discussions happening on hot button issues including Medicaid expansion, Common Core education standards, road funding and more.</span></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 18:26:32 +0000 Current State 40098 at http://wkar.org State Rep. Singh shares thoughts on Common Core, Detroit, Medicaid expansion Senate Panel Will Take Medicaid Vote Wednesday http://wkar.org/post/senate-panel-will-take-medicaid-vote-wednesday <p>A state Senate panel is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:43:19 +0000 Jake Neher 39945 at http://wkar.org Senate Panel Will Take Medicaid Vote Wednesday State Senate Panel To Kick Off Medicaid Debate This Week http://wkar.org/post/state-senate-panel-kick-medicaid-debate-week <p>A plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan will get its first hearing in the state Senate Tuesday.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:41:30 +0000 Jake Neher 39881 at http://wkar.org State Senate Panel To Kick Off Medicaid Debate This Week State Senate Group Unveils Its Plan For Medicaid http://wkar.org/post/state-senate-group-unveils-its-plan-medicaid <p>A state Senate work group has finished its own plan to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders under the federal health care law.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:43:51 +0000 Jake Neher 39665 at http://wkar.org State Senate Group Unveils Its Plan For Medicaid Rick Pluta discusses Medicaid expansion, Common Core standards http://wkar.org/post/rick-pluta-discusses-medicaid-expansion-common-core-standards <p></p><p></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:43:32 +0000 Current State 39407 at http://wkar.org Richardville: Draft Senate Medicaid Plan To Be Ready Next Week http://wkar.org/post/richardville-draft-senate-medicaid-plan-be-ready-next-week <p>There could be a vote in the state Senate in late August on a bill to extend Medicaid health coverage to thousands of un-insured working poor people.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:43:11 +0000 Rick Pluta 39301 at http://wkar.org Richardville: Draft Senate Medicaid Plan To Be Ready Next Week Senate Meets With No Vote On Medicaid Expansion http://wkar.org/post/senate-meets-no-vote-medicaid-expansion <p>The event generated some clamor, speech-making, and drew the dean of Congress.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:01:51 +0000 Rick Pluta 38583 at http://wkar.org Senate Meets With No Vote On Medicaid Expansion Committee To Begin Work On Medicaid Expansion Next Week http://wkar.org/post/committee-begin-work-medicaid-expansion-next-week <p>A state Senate panel is expected to start discussing a bill next week to expand Medicaid in Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:23:57 +0000 Jake Neher 38350 at http://wkar.org Committee To Begin Work On Medicaid Expansion Next Week Snyder Admits A Vote On Medicaid Next Week Is Unlikely http://wkar.org/post/snyder-admits-vote-medicaid-next-week-unlikely <p>Governor Rick Snyder has said he doesn’t expect a vote next week to expand Medicaid in Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:17:02 +0000 Jake Neher 38298 at http://wkar.org Snyder Admits A Vote On Medicaid Next Week Is Unlikely Republican-controlled Senate postpones vote on Medicaid expansion http://wkar.org/post/republican-controlled-senate-postpones-vote-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Snyder is <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577-306576--,00.html">calling</a> on state Senate Republicans to return to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing. That’s after the Senate adjourned for its summer recess&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">without voting on a Medicaid expansion under the new federal healthcare&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">law.</span></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:11:06 +0000 Current State 37977 at http://wkar.org Medicaid Impasse Complicates Other Political Deals In Lansing http://wkar.org/post/medicaid-impasse-complicates-other-political-deals-lansing <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned the deadlock over expanding Medicaid to cover more un-insured working people could be repeated on other tough questions.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:23:21 +0000 Rick Pluta 37993 at http://wkar.org Medicaid Impasse Complicates Other Political Deals In Lansing State Lawmakers A Step Closer To Approving Medicaid Expansion, Overhaul http://wkar.org/post/state-lawmakers-step-closer-approving-medicaid-expansion-overhaul <p>State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan after months of debate.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:40:51 +0000 Jake Neher 37479 at http://wkar.org State Lawmakers A Step Closer To Approving Medicaid Expansion, Overhaul Controversial 4-Year Limit Dropped From Medicaid Expansion Bill http://wkar.org/post/controversial-4-year-limit-dropped-medicaid-expansion-bill <p>State lawmakers have dropped a proposal to limit able-bodied adults to four years on Medicaid.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:54:15 +0000 Jake Neher 37404 at http://wkar.org Controversial 4-Year Limit Dropped From Medicaid Expansion Bill Snyder Calls In Federal Help For Medicaid Talks http://wkar.org/post/snyder-calls-federal-help-medicaid-talks <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he’s going to re-double efforts to get the Legislature to agree to expand Michigan’s Medicaid program.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 19:10:03 +0000 Rick Pluta 36810 at http://wkar.org Snyder Calls In Federal Help For Medicaid Talks Snyder Says Expanding Medicaid This Summer Is A Top Priority http://wkar.org/post/snyder-says-expanding-medicaid-summer-top-priority <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he wants lawmakers to reach an agreement in the coming weeks on a plan to overhaul and expand Medicaid.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 19:04:16 +0000 Jake Neher 36809 at http://wkar.org Snyder Says Expanding Medicaid This Summer Is A Top Priority Debate Over Medicaid Expansion, Reform Continues In Lansing http://wkar.org/post/debate-over-medicaid-expansion-reform-continues-lansing-0 <p>Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says it’s “very skeptical” the federal government will let Michigan put a time limit on Medicaid.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:43:42 +0000 Jake Neher 35986 at http://wkar.org Debate Over Medicaid Expansion, Reform Continues In Lansing Debate Over Medicaid Expansion, Reform Continues In Lansing http://wkar.org/post/debate-over-medicaid-expansion-reform-continues-lansing <p>Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says it’s “very skeptical” the federal government will let Michigan put a time limit on Medicaid.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:43:30 +0000 Jake Neher 35985 at http://wkar.org Debate Over Medicaid Expansion, Reform Continues In Lansing Snyder Administration Has Concerns About Medicaid Plan, But Says It’s A Good Start http://wkar.org/post/snyder-administration-has-concerns-about-medicaid-plan-says-it-s-good-start <p>Governor Rick Snyder’s administration is applauding state House Republicans for offering a plan to overhaul Medicaid in Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:55:46 +0000 Jake Neher 35661 at http://wkar.org Snyder Administration Has Concerns About Medicaid Plan, But Says It’s A Good Start