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The Affordable Care Act has yet to materialize in concrete changes that most Americans can actually notice, but that is about to change very soon. Here in Michigan, one of the first major signs of the new world order in American healthcare is the new East Lansing-based  Consumers Mutual.  

CEO of the new East Lansing-based business, Dennis Litos, explains his role in the upcoming changes, how the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan works, and what this means for Michigan residents, both insured and uninsured.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a massive study that analyzes health care in counties across the country and ranks them based on health data. The data shows some noteworthy findings about health disparities across 83 counties in Michigan. For instance, two neighboring counties, Wayne and Washtenaw, have very contrasting health outcomes. 

Lead poisoning in children down in Detroit

Apr 9, 2013
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A story from Environmental Health News reports that lead poisoning in children in Detroit has decreased 70 percent since 2004. However, the number of children with exposure to excessive lead levels in Detroit still exceeds the national average, and funding for cleanup is dwindling.

Brian Bienkowski is a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. He discusses the decrease of lead poisoning and the motor city's environmental future.

Current State #52 | March 26, 2013

Mar 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Curtis Hertel on plans to run for Senate; former congressman advocates for mental health; Lansing City Council president's response to budget proposal; and measuring water quality over the years in the Great Lakes.

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In his State of the State address in January, Governor Rick Snyder told lawmakers that Michigan must do better when treating people with mental health issues.  The governor vowed to not only increase state funding for mental health, but also to work towards community-based treatment solutions.

 

Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report

Mar 15, 2013

In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term revenue shortfalls. Former Mayor David Hollister led the 14-person effort beginning last November. The blue ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long term costs and debt and a regionals approach to cutting, stream lining and the like.

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Action appears to have stalled on a state Senate bill that would let health care insurers and providers choose not to offer services based on their moral objections.

Current State #39 | March 7, 2013

Mar 7, 2013

Today on Current State: The iconic SS Badger's future; gender imbalance in medical research; summer road construction East Lansing; the Safe Patient Care Act; and a preview of the Wharton Center's remaining lineup.

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A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs this week shows a decline in life expectancy for American women.  Scientists still aren’t sure of the causes, and the need for more data is further complicated by the long history of gender imbalance in medical research.

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Hundreds of nurses from across the state were in Lansing yesterday to lobby their state lawmakers.  

Current State #36 | March 4, 2013

Mar 4, 2013
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Today on Current State:  A breakdown of the impending changes to Michigan's health care system; phobias and fears with the co-author of "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca;"  a profile of new state representative Theresa Abed; sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; and business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

Michigan's health care system facing an overhaul

Mar 4, 2013
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From possible Medicaid expansion to insurance exchanges to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s new status, the state’s health care system is about to change.

We’ll discuss just how drastically with Lonnie Scott, state communications director for the consumer advocacy group, Know Your Care, and Rick Murdock, director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans.

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On Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder ordered a review of how Michigan delivers mental health services.  Among other issues, commissions headed by Lt. Governor Brian Calley will focus on how to close the gap for people who need help but end up in jail instead.

Bob Sheehan, executive director of Community Mental Health of Lansing, discusses mental health challenges in mid-Michigan and what he thinks the review needs to address.

Medicaid expansion in Michigan closer to reality

Feb 7, 2013

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made it official yesterday:  He supports expanding the state’s Medicaid program.  

The federal Affordable Care Act offers to cover the costs of all the newly insured for three years.  That could total up to a half-million Michigan residents.  Proponents cite the savings to hospitals for no longer having to eat the emergency room costs of the poor who can’t pay.  Currently, those costs are now passed along to the hospitals’ other paying customers.

Current State #9 | January 24, 2013

Jan 24, 2013
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On today's Current State: East Lansing city manager George Lahanas and Tim Dempsey, director of Planning, Building and Development, local efforts at Medicare cost reduction, electric cars, MSU women's basketball and dancing to Pink Floyd.

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