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12:18 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Healthy Michigan Plan begins enrolling low income residents next week

Healthy Michigan is expected to enroll 322,000 people by the end of 2014, and over 500,000 by the end of 2016.
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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.

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Health
12:41 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Health insurance payments changing to boost reforms

Andy Hetzel says Blue Cross Blue Shield is trying to move hospital payments away from volume and toward value.
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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.

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Health
3:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Health plans rep explains Michigan abortion insurance change

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.
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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.

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Health
3:33 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

MSU, MDOC join forces for prisoner health

Dr. Marsha Rappley says many inmates will age in prison, and without a preventive focus, their health will get worse.
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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.

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Health
2:02 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Global food fraud: What's on your plate?

Those who commit food fraud are stealthy, but the Food Fraud Initiative works with a preventative approach to change the fundamentals of testing and buying products.
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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.

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Health
12:14 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Clock ticks for residents of condemned Lansing trailer park

Residents of the Life O'Riley mobile home park in Lansing are facing a 5 p.m. deadline to vacate. The eviction order came from the Ingham County Health Department, which deemed the facility unsafe.
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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. 

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Health
12:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Neighbors in Action: The Listening Ear

Spring orientation for new volunteers begins the first week of April.
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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.

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Health
10:59 am
Mon March 3, 2014

New clinic opens doors to Lansing's homeless

Joe Ruth, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sparrow Health Systems, said the clinic will run like a family practice and be open to anyone in the community that needs care.
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  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. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

MSU adopts innovative hearing loss program

Jeffrey Astrein, an MSU graduate student, gained useful skills to deal with his hearing loss through the Kooser program.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:34 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Communicating about public health fraught with challenges

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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Wind turbines pose potential health risks

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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Thu January 16, 2014

MSU scientist considers perils of a post-antibiotic world

Dr. Christopher Waters
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Michigan health officials contend with rise in H1N1 virus cases

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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Facing Michigan's primary care physician shortage

Dr. Julie Phillips (right) researches the consequences of medical student debt.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Enroll America, Ingham County step up health care outreach

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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:16 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

From Lansing to Kenya, marathon organizer extends reach

Owen Anderson (center) with an Orma family in Kenya's Kipao village.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Lansing artist captures MS in portraits

One of Jennifer Reida's images from her project 'A Year of MS'.
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Three months ago, Jennifer Reida was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis or MS. She decided to learn more about her disease by creating art, starting the project “A year of MS.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Current State #206 | November 21, 2013

Today on Current State: a Michigan health care non-profit on Obamacare; a new MSU study on diversity and segregation; indie film producer Christine Vachon; and "nose-to-tail" eating.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Michigan Healthcare org updates ACA rollout

Marianne Udow-Phillips says she wants to help policy makers make decisions based on facts while serving the public by explaining current Healthcare laws.
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Amid the chaotic rollout of the Affordable Care Act, an Ann Arbor organization is doing its best to explain what’s going on and what health care customers can do about it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Current State #169 | October 1, 2013

Today on Current State: health care exchanges open for business; climate change and water adaptation; Michigan food hubs; and the troubled life of Motown's first star, Mary Wells.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

New health care exchanges open for business

Don Hazaert, director of Michigan Consumers for Health Care, says he considers Michigan prepared for the new health care exchanges.
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Today is the day that the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, takes effect. There has been an enormous amount of back and forth and controversy over the plan.

Don Hazaert, executive director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, a non-governmental agency whose aim is to inform consumers about their options under the new law, helps us make sense of it all.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:10 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Current State #155 | September 10, 2013

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:57 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Michigan business spokesman shares fears on ACA

 

Michigan business owners continue efforts to understand their responsibilities ahead of the launch of the Federal Affordable Care Act.  A few weeks ago, Current State spoke with Rob Fowler, CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, who talked about the challenges business owners are facing.  He said many of his members are struggling.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:33 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Current State #152 | September 5, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign helps Michigan residents understand Affordable Care Act; Detroit princess of 1800's; Michigan LGBT laws; and new exhibits at the Broad Art Museum.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Campaign helps Michigan residents navigate Affordable Care Act

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.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Children with HIV benefit from trained caregivers

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. 

Radio Made in Michigan
3:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

State, Delta Dental address oral health in Michigan

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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Taking a look at the 'three-parent embryo'

The "three-parent embryo" could avoid passing rare genetic diseases to offspring, according to Dr. Helga Toriello.
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Developments in the world of genetics, although sometimes very difficult to understand, can still be absolutely mesmerizing.  Case in point:  take a newspaper headline from last Friday titled, “UK may OK creating babies... with DNA from 3 people.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Study shows low-income children lack basic dental care access

Because a relatively small number of dentists participate in Medicaid, even children covered under Medicaid struggle for dental care access, according to the Pew study.
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A sobering new study shows that millions of children, including some covered by Medicaid, lack access to basic dental care.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

The road to recovery for young athletes with concussions

Dr. Randy Pearson said sports camps for young people are focusing more heavily on teaching proper technique in order to avoid concussions,
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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.

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