federal health care http://michiganradio.org en States that opposed Obamacare, like Michigan, may have made it more efficient http://michiganradio.org/post/states-opposed-obamacare-michigan-may-have-made-it-more-efficient <p>That's one of the lessons drawn <a href="http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/5-7-14-Exchanges-report.pdf">from a report</a> put out by the law firm&nbsp;Mehri &amp; Skalet.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The author of the report,&nbsp;Jay </span>Angoff<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, once led the U.S.&nbsp;Health and Human Services office in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Angoff looked at the amount it cost to set up health care exchanges in each state along with the number of enrollees in each state through March 31, 2014.</span></p><p>By doing that, he came up with a “cost-per-enrollee” for each state’s health care exchange.</p><p>Overall, the average cost-per-enrollee was $922. The average cost was higher for states with their own exchanges, and lower in states with the federally-run exchange.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:25:29 +0000 Mark Brush 17546 at http://michiganradio.org States that opposed Obamacare, like Michigan, may have made it more efficient A week later, and Healthcare.gov is still experiencing issues in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/week-later-and-healthcaregov-still-experiencing-issues-michigan <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5f3f9ad0-98ba-c42a-c628-168558496c73"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">You know you&rsquo;ve got a problem when people start a thread on Reddit titled, &ldquo;</span><a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/webdev/comments/1nj692/"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre- Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:01:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Mark Brush 14761 at http://michiganradio.org A week later, and Healthcare.gov is still experiencing issues in Michigan See how much you could pay for insurance in Michigan under Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/see-how-much-you-could-pay-insurance-michigan-under-affordable-care-act <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Michigan&#39;s new healthcare exchange goes live&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_941152799" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">next Tuesday</span></span>&nbsp;(<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_941152800" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:02:16 +0000 Kate Wells & Michigan Radio Newsroom 14599 at http://michiganradio.org See how much you could pay for insurance in Michigan under Affordable Care Act Getting ready to help Michiganders make health insurance decisions http://michiganradio.org/post/getting-ready-help-michiganders-make-health-insurance-decisions <p>The effort to train people to help Michiganders navigate the new federal health insurance law is gearing up.</p><p></p><p>Starting October 1<sup>st</sup>, Michiganders will be able to use an online marketplace to choose a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act. How many plans there will be and what the plans will offer is still unclear.</p><p></p><p>But several groups are preparing to help with the process.</p><p></p><p>Don Hazaert is the executive director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare. The group received a grant to help implement Obamacare in Michigan.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 01:02:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 14404 at http://michiganradio.org Getting ready to help Michiganders make health insurance decisions "Navigators" picked to guide Michiganders through health plans tied to the Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/navigators-picked-guide-michiganders-through-health-plans-tied-affordable-care-act <p>Four groups have been tapped by the federal government to help low income Michiganders navigate their way through the new federally mandated health insurance market.</p><p></p><p>The new health insurance marketplace is set to open on October 1st. About a million Michiganders without insurance will have to pick among a dozen or so health plans.</p><p></p><p>To help them, the federal government has picked four groups to serve as “navigators”.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:56:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 14009 at http://michiganradio.org "Navigators" picked to guide Michiganders through health plans tied to the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion in trouble in Mich. Legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-trouble-mich-legislature <p>Governor Rick Snyder and health advocates have their work cut out for them persuading the GOP-led Legislature to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands more residents.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:31:18 +0000 Associated Press 11836 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid expansion in trouble in Mich. Legislature State-run health care exchange dead http://michiganradio.org/post/state-run-health-care-exchange-dead <p></p><p>Each week we take a look at Michigan politics with Ken Sikkema, former senate majority leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service.</p><p>The House GOP Health Policy Committee, today voted by a 9-5 vote&nbsp; against legislation to establish a state-run health care exchange. The health care exchanges are a requirement of the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has been pushing for a state-run online market where people can compare and buy health insurance plans, but Republicans in the House continue their opposition to Obama's federal health care act. Today, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger asked fellow Republicans to pass the legislation.</p><p>"Here you have a situation where the Speaker finally said lets do this, and his own members said, 'No, we don't want to do it.' So, I think that's somewhat of an embarrassing moment here for the Speaker, not so much for the Governor," said Sikkema.</p><p>Demas says there are no signs of an extension for states to set up the exchange. At this point it's likely the state will get a federally created exchange.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:52:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 10144 at http://michiganradio.org State-run health care exchange dead Governor says time's run out to create state-run health care exchange http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-says-times-run-out-create-state-run-health-care-exchange <P>Michigan is out of time to create its own health care exchange, according to Gov. Rick Snyder's office.</P> <P>The federal health care law requires that states set up a website to assist residents when purchasing health insurance. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:02:08 +0000 Mark Brush 8785 at http://michiganradio.org Governor says time's run out to create state-run health care exchange Michigan Attorney General counsels wait and see approach on federal healthcare law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-counsels-wait-and-see-approach-federal-healthcare-law <p>Michigan is one of 26 states challenging federal health care reforms in a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court today. But there is also a stalemate in state government over moving ahead with an online healthcare exchange that is part of the law that would help consumers shop for coverage.</p><p>Deadlines set up in the health care law are drawing near.</p><p>The state Senate has adopted a measure to create the exchange. The House has put the question on hold until after the case is decided.</p><p>Michigan Attorney General<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/bill-schuette"> Bill Schuette </a>says the state should wait.</p><p>&ldquo;I would caution people, there&rsquo;s no rush. I think the healthcare exchange should not go forward and I think a lot of people in the Legislature agree with me.&rdquo;</p><p>But Governor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder-1">Rick Snyder</a>, also a Republican, does not. He says the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-unveils-health-care-goals-citizens-state-government">healthcare exchange</a> is a good idea that would save consumers money regardless of how the Supreme Court rules. He says - if Schuette&rsquo;s challenge fails - the delay could also cost Michigan millions and force the state into a federal bureaucracy instead of a system of its own design. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:43:57 +0000 Rick Pluta 6781 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General counsels wait and see approach on federal healthcare law ‘Farmer’s market on wheels’ delivers to the inner city http://michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%98farmer%E2%80%99s-market-wheels%E2%80%99-delivers-inner-city <p>&ldquo;Veggie Mobile&rdquo; will sell locally grown fruits and vegetables in Grand Rapids neighborhoods with limited access to grocery stores.</p><p>&ldquo;This is awesome,&rdquo; Governor Rick Snyder said while visiting the refrigerated truck&rsquo;s first stop Wednesday night at New Hope Baptist Church - located in a low-income neighborhood on Grand Rapids&rsquo; southwest side. He praised the public-private partnership (and the W.K. Kellogg foundation for a $1.5 million grant) that made the &ldquo;Veggie Mobile&rdquo; possible.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 01:47:51 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4461 at http://michiganradio.org ‘Farmer’s market on wheels’ delivers to the inner city Snyder unveils health care goals for citizens, state government http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-unveils-health-care-goals-citizens-state-government <p>Gov. Rick Snyder wants <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-focus-wellness-prevention-healthcare-message">people in Michigan to do more</a> to promote their own health. He also outlined policies he&rsquo;d like to see legislators pass to help lower health care costs and improve access.</p><p>Snyder says he wants Michigan to create a health care exchange: a place where individuals can compare health care insurance.</p><p>The new federal health care law mandates states create their own exchange, join a regional one or wait until the federal exchange is in place.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Having the idea of having an exchange done right is a good idea and my view is Michigan should establish one. We shouldn&rsquo;t wait and say the federal government is going tell us it&rsquo;s their exchange.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Snyder wants to reform the state&rsquo;s health code, improve health care for veterans and children with autism. He also wants to reduce regulations on health care professionals. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:58:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4152 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder unveils health care goals for citizens, state government Federal appeals court affirms Michigan ruling on Obama health care law http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-appeals-court-affirms-michigan-ruling-obama-health-care-law <p>A case which was brought in part by Michigan residents against President Obama&#39;s health care legislation received a major defeat today as a federal appeals court ruled its mandate rules as constitutional.</p><p>From <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obama-health-care-law-upheld-us-appeals-court/story?id=13957985">ABC News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>In a victory for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/search?searchtext=%22affordable%20care%20act%22">Affordable Care Act</a>. The decision marks the first time an appellate court has weighed in on the issue and also the first time a judge, appointed by a Republican president, has voted to uphold the law.</p><p>The case stems from a challenge from the Thomas More Center, a public interest law firm, and four Michigan residents who claimed that the individual mandate -- the portion of the law that requires individuals to buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty-- is unconstitutional.</p><p>In his opinion Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr. of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said the law is constitutional under the Commerce Clause because the provision &quot;regulates economic activity&quot; with a &quot;substantial&quot; effect on interstate commerce.</p><p>&quot;In addition, &quot; he wrote, &quot;Congress had a rational basis to believe that the provision was essential to its larger economic scheme reforming the interstate markets in heath care and health insurance.&quot;</p><p>Martin, who was appointed to the bench by President Jimmy Carter, was joined in the decision by Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush. Before today every other judge who had voted to uphold the law was nominated by a Democratic president and those who voted against it were nominated by a Republican president.</p></blockquote><p>-Brian Short, <em>Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 20:30:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3080 at http://michiganradio.org Federal appeals court affirms Michigan ruling on Obama health care law Michigan not ready for Affordable Health Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-not-ready-affordable-health-care-act <p>A <a href="http://www.chrt.org/publications/cover-michigan/cover-michigan-survey-2011/">new survey</a> found the state of Michigan is not ready to implement the health care overhaul passed by Congress. The Affordable Health Care Act is supposed to go into effect in 2014.</p><p>Marianne Udow-Phillips&nbsp; is the Director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation. She says more people will be eligible for Medicaid under the new health care act and this might overwhelm an already strained health care system:</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:22:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2965 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan not ready for Affordable Health Care Act Battle over President Obama's healthcare reform law continues http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-over-president-obamas-healthcare-reform-law-continues <p>The legal battle over the Affordable Care Act continues today in an Atlanta courtroom.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/legal-battle-over-obamas-health-care-law-moves-to-atlanta-courtroom/2011/06/07/AGdnZyLH_story.html">Washington Post</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>The multi-pronged legal battle over President Obama&rsquo;s health-care law moves to an Atlanta courtroom Wednesday, where a three-judge appellate court panel will hear oral arguments in a suit brought by Florida and 25 other states challenging its constitutionality.</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:35:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2804 at http://michiganradio.org Battle over President Obama's healthcare reform law continues Mitt Romney will call for repeal of "Obamacare" at U of M http://michiganradio.org/post/mitt-romney-will-call-repeal-obamacare-u-m <p>Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be in Ann Arbor later today&nbsp;to talk about the nation&rsquo;s health care system.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.mittromney.com/">Republican presidential contender </a>is expected to outline a path away from the nation&rsquo;s recently enacted <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obamacare">health care reform law</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mitt Romney will outline his plan to change the nation&rsquo;s health care system to an invitation only audience at the University of Michigan&#39;s Cardiovascular Center.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 May 2011 05:01:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 2453 at http://michiganradio.org Mitt Romney will call for repeal of "Obamacare" at U of M Few uninsured taking advantage of health coverage pool http://michiganradio.org/post/few-uninsured-taking-advantage-health-coverage-pool <p>Fewer than 200 people have signed up for Michigan&rsquo;s federally subsidized health coverage pool. The pool was created for people with pre-existing medical conditions but no insurance.</p><p>The managers of the program say there are thousands of openings. But some prospective buyers appear to be put off by the cost.</p><p>Even at a reduced rate, the premiums can run as high as $650 a month for people in their 50s and their 60s. Younger people get a lower rate &ndash; as little as $180 a month, but it can still be difficult for some people to come up with that much money.&nbsp;</p><p>Some hospitals are offering to split the cost of premiums with patients, or to direct people to foundations that can help with payments.</p><p>Kevin Downey, who is with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, thinks there are dangers to avoiding insurance.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Those without coverage are in situations where their conditions worsen and by the time they are actually seen at a hospital in the emergency room there are fewer options and the costs are higher.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Eric Schneidewind is with AARP of Michigan. He says providing treatment for people with chronic conditions is a bargain for everyone.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;People who do not have insurance who show up at a hospital are costing the rest of us a thousand dollars a year to pay for this, so it&rsquo;s in our interest to get these people coverage and have them pay what they can afford to pay rather than nothing and have no coverage.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The pre-existing conditions pool won&rsquo;t be necessary after 2013 under the new federal healthcare law. After that, everyone will be required to carry coverage through healthcare exchanges, and people can&rsquo;t be turned down for a medical condition. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:09:24 +0000 Rick Pluta 1449 at http://michiganradio.org Few uninsured taking advantage of health coverage pool Michigan's new Attorney General will continue to fight the federal health care law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-new-attorney-general-will-continue-fight-federal-health-care-law <p>The state's new <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-46849-248720--,00.html">Attorney General Bill Schuette</a> says he will continue Michigan's role in a legal challenge to the federal health care overhaul.&nbsp; In a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-46849-248945--,00.html">statement released yesterday</a>,&nbsp; Schuette said, "I will fight Obamacare tooth-and-nail to protect our citizens from this constitutional overreach."</p><p>As the Associated Press <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-healthoverhaul-la,0,2218105.story">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Schuette ... said Wednesday he will add his name to the lawsuit challenging the law. That continues a legal strategy from former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. Both Schuette and Cox are Republicans. Attorneys for 20 states are challenging the new federal health care law in a case before a federal court in Florida. The states argue the law violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.</p></blockquote><p>Schuette was sworn in as the state's Attorney General on Saturday. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 11:51:59 +0000 Zoe Clark 769 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's new Attorney General will continue to fight the federal health care law