Two notable developments related to health insurance take place in just a few days. Monday is the last day for Americans to sign up for coverage on healthcare.gov without incurring a penalty on their federal taxes next year. Healthcare.gov is the federal website functioning as an insurance exchange for 36 states, including Michigan. The next day, April 1st, is the first day close to a half-million low-income Michigan residents can enroll for coverage offered by the ‘Healthy Michigan’ plan.
For several years, Michigan hospitals and physicians have been implementing reforms aimed at cutting costs and improving patient care. Similar reforms are taking effect due to the Federal Affordable Care Act. A month ago, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced that 24 affiliated hospitals have agreed to launch or expand a different kind of reimbursement model.
David Waymire says most companies that are part of the association were already offering abortion related coverage as a rider, so there's no change for them. There could be some changes, though, for Blue Cross customers.
The new ‘Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act’ bans insurance companies from offering coverage for the procedure as a standard part of a policy. Persons wanting the coverage will need to purchase a separate “rider” for their policy.
Michigan State University officials have announced a plan to help out the state’s 43,000 prisoners. The university’s College of Human Medicine will collaborate with the Michigan Department of Corrections in an effort to share the school’s expertise and resources toward promoting prisoner health.
We take the safety of our food supply as a given. We expect the food will contain what’s on the label and not contain other things that might be harmful. But globalization and new technology can sometimes compromise these expectations.
Last Tuesday, the Ingham County Health Department notified residents of the Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park and Campground that they had 10 days to find another place to live. A failing sewage disposal system and other issues have created an urgent health hazard.
This evening at 5 p.m. is the deadline for all 85 households in the park to be vacated.
Each Wednesday for our Neighbors in Action segment, we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature The Listening Ear, a Lansing-based all-volunteer organization that boasts the longest-running crisis hotline in the nation.
Today marks the very first day that homeless individuals in the Capitol region will have a medical clinic to call their own.
The new $900,000 project, which is located at 430 N. Larch Street, is a collaboration between the area’s largest healthcare provider, Sparrow Health System, and the region’s largest homeless services provider, Volunteers of America Michigan.
High schools and colleges around the country are facing an alarming trend. A number of studies, from places such as the University of Florida and the Hearing Health Foundation, report as many as one teenager in four has some degree of hearing loss.
The healthcare industry in America is a multi-billion dollar behemoth. It’s a high-stakes arena where the quest for newer and better pharmaceuticals collides with government regulation and a relentless profit motive. However, what is sometimes lost in the dialogue is the messaging aimed at helping the patient take charge of their own health.
In an effort to increase the U.S.’s renewable energy portfolio, the wind industry has grown tremendously. Michigan is now home to just under 700 turbines, but not everyone is happy about the growing wind farm industry.
The U. S. Centers for Disease Control has published an assessment of the threat Americans face from antibiotic-resistant germs, and it’s a bit sobering. The report is the first time hard numbers have been reported for deaths and costs related to fighting diseases that no longer respond to antibiotics.
The University of Michigan hospitals and Health Centers have recently had hundreds of people needing emergency treatment for the flu. MLive reporter Amy Biolchini reported that some patients wound up on life support with H1N1, which reached pandemic levels in 2009.
By the year 2020, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts the U.S. will be short more than 45,000 primary care physicians. With the likely influx of hundreds of thousands of new patients due to the Affordable Care Act, not to mention the aging Baby Boomer generation, this shortage has the potential to wreak havoc on our health care system over the next decade.
By virtually all accounts, the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has been shaky at best. The website, healthcare.gov, was virtually unusable for October and into November. But lately, reports are showing that the website’s improved considerably and, correspondingly, the number of people signing up for the health care exchanges is growing.
Organizers of the Lansing Marathon are already preparing for the third installment of the race next May. Along with the marathon, there will be a 5K race, a 1.5K race for kids, and a half-marathon.
Additionally, marathon officials have announced the Lansing Marathon Race Series leading up to the marathon. Each race will incorporate a unique part of the Lansing area, starting with the Old Town New Year 5K on New Year’s Eve.
Today on Current State: MSU Board of Trustee candidate Melanie Foster on professor scandal; our "Detroit Water Renaissance" series continues with a look at the walleye industry; a Great Lakes Week 2013 update; the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.
Erin Knott, State Director for Enroll America, said that their mission is to educate people, provide them with resources and then get them to commit to seriously looking into Affordable Care Act plans when they are available on October 1st.
Though the Michigan Senate may have delayed the expansion of Medicaid until likely the spring, the fast approaching date of October 1st still looms large. That’s when the new health insurance marketplaces, one of the key components of the Affordable Care Act, will open for enrollment.
A new study on the relationship between HIV-infected children and their caregivers is showing some remarkable benefits for both groups. MSU researcher Michael Boivin and colleagues recently published the findings in The Journal of Pediatrics.
According to federal statistics, young Americans miss around 51 million hours of school each year due to oral-health issues. For about a year now, a philanthropic effort from Delta Dental of Michigan called "Brighter Futures" has tried to tackle both the healthcare and educational challenges that come with poor dental care.
Chris Farrell, oral health program director for the Michigan Department of Community Health, and Sarina Gleason, spokesperson for Delta Dental of Michigan, discuss how to improve dental care, especially among children.
A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” suggests that children and young adults need more time to recover from a concussion than had been thought before, especially if they’ve had a previous blow to the head. In order to avoid a second concussion, there have been calls to hold young athletes out of competition for a year after suffering a concussion.