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Radio Made in Michigan
7:14 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Current State #39 | March 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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Radio Made in Michigan
6:58 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Lowered life expectancy for American women could have ripple effect in society

A long history of gender imbalance in medical research further complicates obtaining data specific to women's health.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
6:38 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Safe Patient Care Act would mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios

The Michigan Nurses Association says that nursing staff shortages in the state's hospitals lower the quality of care.
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Hundreds of nurses from across the state were in Lansing yesterday to lobby their state lawmakers.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:13 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Current State #36 | March 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:59 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Michigan's health care system facing an overhaul

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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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Health
2:48 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder calls for review of state mental health system

Mental health funding in Michigan is uneven, says Bob Sheehan, and the tri-county area around Lansing is at the bottom.
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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.

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Health
12:08 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Medicaid expansion in Michigan closer to reality

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Current State #9 | January 24, 2013

George Lahanas (right), East Lansing's city manager, and Tim Dempsey, the director of Planning, Building and Development, share their outlook for the city in 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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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Dr. Sienko: Obesity Report Should Prompt Action

Courtesy Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Michigan continues to face a serious health challenge. A closely watched annual report shows the percentage of people categorized as "obese" in the state continues to rise.


The annual "F As in Fat" report is a project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an underwriter of NPR. The report forecasts the percentage would rise to 59% in less than 20 years.  


Obesity is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses.

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NewsRoom
6:14 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Mich. Not Alone on Slow Road to Health Exchange

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration declared this week the state has run out of time to create an online health exchange and must take a back seat to a federally run program.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Michigan: 2nd West Nile Death Reported in State

Michigan officials say a second person has died from the West Nile virus, and 18 more cases have been reported this week.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

CDC: Michigan Has 'Very High' Obesity Rates

Michigan is now one of 12 states with very high obesity rates.

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NewsRoom
6:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

House Panel Continues to Ponder Next Action on Health Coverage

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Another day of hearings by two state House committees have wrapped up on Michigan’s next step now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the federal healthcare law. Michigan is facing some deadlines to move ahead with an online exchange for people to shop for health coverage.

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NewsRoom
3:33 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Clare Man Is First in Area with 'Bionic' Ankle

Mike Coon gets acclimated to his new 'bionic' knee Monday in Lansing.
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A Clare man has become the first mid-Michigan recipient of what's being called a "bionic" ankle.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Snyder Says He’s Still Willing to Work with Legislature on Health Care Law

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes Republican lawmakers will act before the end of the summer to create an online place for people to comparison shop for health coverage.

The governor and Republicans in the state House have been at odds over the health care exchanges called for in the federal Affordable Care Act. GOP leaders say they wanted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before acting. Now that the court has upheld the law, Republicans say they still have a lot of questions.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Advocates Say It’s Time for Michigan to Enact Healthcare Law

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There are differences of opinion at the state Capitol on how to proceed with complying with the federal health care law now that it’s been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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NewsRoom
5:17 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Health Care Reform: Medicaid Won’t Cover Severely Impoverished

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Many people in mid-Michigan are praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.  But local health officials see a gap in the law that poses a particular challenge.

The cheering audience gathered at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing typified the reaction of millions of Americas applauding the Supreme Court ruling. 

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Michigan Officials Brace for Health Care Decision

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Michigan officials are waiting to see how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the federal health care law championed by President Obama.

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NewsRoom
4:39 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

New Health Report Seeks to Identify Regional Priorities

A new report outlines causes for many health conditions among residents in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.
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Mid-Michigan health officials say they’ve issued the most comprehensive study of its kind in this region.  The survey takes an extensive look at many social and environmental causes of health outcomes. 

The study tracks a number of physical health indicators, including obesity, smoking and stress.  The report also probes socioeconomic and environmental factors, and not surprisingly, it finds a direct correlation between poverty and poor health. 

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NewsRoom
2:30 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Sparrow joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Sparrow Health Systems is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
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Sparrow Health System in Lansing is joining forces with one of the nation’s most renowned names in health care. 

Sparrow Health System is the first in Michigan to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.  The alliance will give Sparrow caregivers and patients direct access to Mayo’s research and expertise.  Sparrow joins four other U.S. health providers in the Mayo network. 

Sparrow CEO Dennis Swan says his organization and the Mayo Clinic share core values.

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NewsRoom
2:39 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Lawmakers don't back funds for health exchange

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's efforts to begin setting up a statewide health exchange as required by the federal health care law are hitting a snag. 

The GOP governor urged lawmakers in September to quickly pass bills allowing the state to tap federal funds to set up the exchange. He says the federal government will step in with its own plan if Michigan doesn't have one in place by January 2013. 

GOP House Speaker Jase Bolger wants to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court decides next summer if the federal health care law should stand before setting up an exchange. 

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