Michigan health care reform

5:50 am
Fri March 22, 2013

State Senate committee approves bill that allows health care workers to opt out based on conscience

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Michigan Catholic Conference among bill's supporters. Long list of health care groups oppose legislation
Lansing - The Senate Health Policy Committee approved a "medical conscience" bill allowing health care workers to opt out of treatments that violate their personal beliefs and employers to bypass the Obama administration's contraception mandate. A long list of health-related groups opposes the bill, sponsored by Republican Sen.
6:43 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Michigan Hospital trade association analysis supports Medicaid expansion

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Medicaid expansion has been proposed by Governor Snyder, many conservative lawmakers remain skeptical.
Even with the underfunding of Medicaid payments surpassing $800 million two years ago, the trade association for Michigan hospitals offers strong support for expanding the federal health program. The annual community benefits report from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association says Medicaid payments to the state's hospitals fell short by $804.2 million in the 2011 fiscal year, a 26.9 percent or $170.8 million increase from FY 2010.
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12:38 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

House approves accepting federal grant for health care exchange. Conservative groups threaten primary challenges

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Former Kalamazoo area State Representative Jack Hoogendyk leading effort against accepting a grant to set up a health care exchange.
Lansing - A coalition of conservative and tea party groups has threatened to withdraw political support from GOP lawmakers who vote in favor of funding a state and federal health exchange partnership with a nearly $31 million federal grant.
Health Care challenges
8:27 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Bridge Magazine looks at health care in Michigan

Borgess Hospital - file photo

Bridge Magazine has a look at several health care related issues. That includes the loss of employer-sponsored coverage 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. 

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12:05 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Obesity rates rise in Michigan, as do the costs

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31% of Michigan residents were obese in 2011. That's expected to climb to nearly 60% by 2030.
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: Center for Michigan
If Michigan took an honest look in the mirror, the reflected image would reveal far more than a few unsightly extra pounds.