Blue Cross Michigan

6:31 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Health care exchange, Blue Cross bills approved by state House

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State Senate to consider health care exchange legislation and House changes to Blue Cross reform bills.
LANSING -- The framework of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is beginning to take shape in Michigan, as state legislators, some reluctantly, agreed Thursday to begin setting up the policies and processes needed to implement the sweeping national health care reform.
6:27 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Blue Cross reform bills pass state House committee

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House Insurance Committee bills don't include language on abortion that led to Governor Snyder's veto last year.
Bills to transform Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan into a nonprofit mutual insurance company is nearing the final innings in Lansing. But the game has been long and treacherous, filled with contentious hearings and abortion amendments added at the last minute in December.
SW Michigan
12:57 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Blue Cross reform on again in Lansing

Credit WMUK

State lawmakers are trying again to reform Michigan’s largest health insurer. The Gongwer News Service reports that the Senate unanimously approved a reform plan for Blue Cross Blue Shield today. It would turn it into a non-profit mutual company.

Debate in the House is not expected to go as smoothly.

Governor Snyder vetoed a similar reform plan last month. It included restrictions on abortion that are not part of the new Senate bill.

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7:56 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Snyder hopes for quick action on Blue Cross bills

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Questions raised over premiums for seniors and competition among insurers.
Lansing - Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Legislature to quickly pass Blue Cross Blue Shield reforms, but some critics are demanding a second look that might delay passage and keep the Blues from offering low-cost insurance under the federal health care act. The Legislature approved a two-bill package in late December.