affordable care act http://wmuk.org en Blue Cross Blue Shield Pays State $100 Million http://wmuk.org/post/blue-cross-blue-shield-pays-state-100-million <p></p><p>Blue Cross Blue Shield has made its first payment to a state fund for health programs. <a href="http://www.gongwer.com">Gongwer News Service</a> reports the amount is $100 million.</p><p>The company has to pay because its legal status changed under the Affordable Care Act. Previously it was called an insurer of last resort. But the health care law makes it unnecessary for states to carry those.</p><p>The state now considers Blue Cross a nonprofit mutual.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:31:19 +0000 Sehvilla Mann 13741 at http://wmuk.org Blue Cross Blue Shield Pays State $100 Million Insurers Could Be Covering Same-Sex Partners, Spouses on the Exchange http://wmuk.org/post/insurers-could-be-covering-same-sex-partners-spouses-exchange <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last November, Kim </span>Sanwald<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Valerie Lane were married at city hall in San Francisco, California. When they got back, their health insurance company didn’t recognize them as a couple. So, a few months ago, </span>Sanwald<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> went on the health insurance exchange to find something better.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:20:44 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 13008 at http://wmuk.org Insurers Could Be Covering Same-Sex Partners, Spouses on the Exchange Upton says website problems raise other concerns about "Obamacare http://wmuk.org/post/upton-says-website-problems-raise-other-concerns-about-obamacare <p></p><p></p><p>West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says the website "should have been the easy part" of launching the new health care law.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:35:45 +0000 Gordon Evans 9970 at http://wmuk.org Upton says website problems raise other concerns about "Obamacare WestSouthwest: Preparing for the Affordable Care Act http://wmuk.org/post/westsouthwest-preparing-affordable-care-act <p></p><p></p><p>The group <a href="http://www.enrollamerica.org/">Enroll America</a> wants people to be aware that changes are coming October first.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:24:09 +0000 Gordon Evans 8594 at http://wmuk.org WestSouthwest: Preparing for the Affordable Care Act Bridge Magazine looks at health care in Michigan http://wmuk.org/post/bridge-magazine-looks-health-care-michigan <p>Bridge Magazine has a look at several health care related issues. That includes the <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/02/job-based-health-coverage-plummets/">loss of employer-sponsored coverage</a> for over one-million state residents in the span of a decade. Bridge Correspondent Rick Haglund spoke with WMUK's Gordon Evans about what the loss of job-related coverage means in the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:27:16 +0000 Gordon Evans 2374 at http://wmuk.org Bridge Magazine looks at health care in Michigan