11:40 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Documentarian makes case to ban vaccine preservative

Filmmaker Eric Gladen will screen 'Trace Amounts' in East Lansing on Wednesday.

The filmmaker behind a new documentary on vaccines and exposure to mercury will be in East Lansing this week to talk about his project. Eric Gladen's movie is called “Trace Amounts: Autism, Mercury, and the Hidden Truth.” He points to the use of a preservative containing mercury called thimerisol in vaccines as being the reason for the growth in cases of autism and other conditions.

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12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Autism's mysterious, complex past

Dr. Jeffrey Baker says autism appeared on the medical scene in 1943.
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April is Autism Awareness Month. It’s a condition that’s much examined by the medical community, but still elusive in its causes and treatments. 

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4:42 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Mackinac Bridge Now Bathed In Blue For Autism

The Mackinac Bridge is being lit blue at night for the rest of April as part of an autism awareness campaign.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Current State #57 | April 2, 2013

Today on Current State: policy operative Richard McClellan; the Great Lakes Energy-Water Nexus; and Michigan's steps toward autism benefits. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Michigan set to roll out new autism benefits, guidelines

April marks autism awareness month.
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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASD, across the nation. In Michigan, approximately 16,000 students and 50,000 individuals have ASD. Last April, Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed an Autism Insurance Reform law, making Michigan the 30th state to mandate that state-regulated insurance plans offer coverage for autism treatment and diagnosis. The law also provides a $15 million coverage fund for autism insurance providers.

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4:37 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

State Starts Autism Treatment Medicaid Coverage

Young children in Michigan with autism spectrum disorders are now able to receive treatment coverage through Medicaid.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
9:00 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Autism Insurance Creates Job Opportunities

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signs autism insurance bill with members of the Autism Alliance of Michigan.
Photo courtesy of the Autism Alliance of Michigan

Therapy for children with autism can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Until now, that kind of treatment was unaffordable for many parents of autistic children.  But a new Michigan law will soon require insurance companies to cover autism diagnosis and treatment for children and teenagers.  This law is also expected to create  hundreds or perhaps thousands of new jobs for people who are trained to treat autistic children.

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6:36 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Calley Signs Autism Mandate

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed a bill into law Wednesday that will require insurance companies to cover childhood autism treatments.

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