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WMUK News
5:31 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Blue Cross Blue Shield Pays State $100 Million

Blue Cross Blue Shield has made its first payment to a state fund for health programs. Gongwer News Service reports the amount is $100 million.

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.

The state now considers Blue Cross a nonprofit mutual.

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12:40 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Thousands of Kalamazoo Area Residents Eligible for Expanded Medicaid Program

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Estimates are that more than 400,000 people statewide will be eligible, including 12,000 to 15,000 in Kalamazoo County
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI --Megan Dooley wants health insurance, but she wasn't looking forward to signing up for Obamacare. A 28-year-old musician who also works at The Union restaurant, Dooley earns less than $16,000 and can't afford another bill. But last week, Dooley found out that she's very likely eligible for Healthy Michigan, the state's Medicaid expansion program, which starts enrollment on Tuesday, April 1.
6:21 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Michigan Braces for Health Care Sign Up Deadline

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Insurers are expecting a rush of people signing up this week, ahead of the deadline to purchase health insurance
Health insurers and advocates across Michigan are beefing up call centers, knocking on doors and hosting enrollment fairs this week in a final push to get consumers to sign up for insurance by Monday, the federal deadline for coverage this year.
7:44 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Applications for Michigan's Expanded Medicaid Program Begin April First

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Eventually the expansion is expected to cover 470,000 people
LANSING - Michigan will start taking applications for its expanded Medicaid program on April 1. State officials as recently as this week said it might not be ready until later in the month, but on Thursday announced that all systems are go for the program that's expected to cover 320,000 Michiganders in the first year.
Health Insurance Exchange
5:20 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Insurers Could Be Covering Same-Sex Partners, Spouses on the Exchange

Kim Sanwald and Valerie Lane getting married in San Francisco
Credit Brian Helder

Last November, Kim Sanwald 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, Sanwald went on the health insurance exchange to find something better.

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