health care en Stateside for Thursday, Feb.13, 2014 <p>When it comes to support for emergency care services, the U.S. just barely squeaked by with a passing grade, at least according to a new state-by-state report card put out by the American College of Emergency Physicians.<br /><br />And how did Michigan measure up, you might ask? Well, it turns out we're failing in access to emergency health care. We heard some recommendations about ways to move forward.</p><p>Then, we met a woman who’s trying to help people come together to have some uncomfortable, but enlightening, conversations about race, class and more.</p><p>And, we spoke with Daniel Howes about Tom Lewand, Detroit’s job czar.</p><p>Also, “Saturday Night Live” just hired its first black female cast member in five years. Will this bring more attention to other black comedians?</p><p>And, a Michigan historian gave us a closer look at how Michigan milkweed helped us in World War II.</p><p>Also, the Michigan Human Society has a new way to find homes for their animals: social media.</p><p>First on the show, h<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ow do you best measure the progress of students in Michigan's classrooms and, by extension, the effectiveness of their teachers?</span></p><p>It's one of the thorniest challenges being debated in Michigan education.</p><p>For years, the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP)&nbsp;and the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) have been the assessment tools. Now, with the move to the Common Core Standards, it's out with the&nbsp;MEAP&nbsp;and MME and in with the what?</p><p>Districts around Michigan are gearing up for an online adaptive assessment test in the spring of 2015.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Education says the state has only one option for testing students on the Common Core State Standards for the next three years.</p><p>And that option is the Smarter Balanced Assessment – the SBA.</p><p>But state lawmakers haven't made that official.</p><p>We wondered how districts&nbsp; are preparing for the SBA or whatever test they're told to administer next year.</p><p>William Heath is the superintendent of the&nbsp;Morrice&nbsp;Area Schools and principal at&nbsp;Morrice&nbsp;Junior and Senior High School located in&nbsp;Shiawassee&nbsp;County. He joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:53:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 16442 at Stateside for Thursday, Feb.13, 2014 According to a new report, Michigan is failing in access to emergency care <p>How are we doing as a state and as a nation, when it comes to our emergency rooms and access to emergency health care?</p><p>According to a<a href=""> report card</a> recently released by the American College of Emergency Physicians, not very well. Michigan received a grade of "D" in access to emergency care.</p><p>Why are we failing in access to this life-or-death care in Michigan?</p><p>Dr. Michael Nauss is a senior emergency room physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. And he's a board member of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:53:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 16438 at According to a new report, Michigan is failing in access to emergency care In this morning's headlines: Health care, juveniles, roads <p><strong>More Michiganders signing up for health care than expected</strong></p><p>"About 112,000 Michigan residents chose a private insurance plan under the federal health care law through January, outpacing what was projected in a government memo last summer," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Juvenile lifer sentencing rules head to the governor's desk</strong></p><p>"Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to new sentencing rules after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life imprisonment for juveniles. The bills now head to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. The legislation applies to future cases and not retroactively to more than 350 Michigan inmates under 18 when they committed crimes," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Lowest amount of money spent on roads in the U.S.: Michigan</strong></p><p>"Michigan spends less money per capita on our roads and bridges than any other state in the nation. We spent just $154 dollars per person, according to the 2010 Census," Michigan Radio <a href="">reports. </a></p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:30:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16424 at In this morning's headlines: Health care, juveniles, roads Free student-run medical clinics provide health care to uninsured <p>It could happen in a field near an abandoned building in Detroit. Or a now-defunct library in a small rural town.</p><p>The locations may differ, but the mission is the same: medical students reaching out to provide health care to uninsured people.</p><p>The student-run free medical clinic is an outreach effort that’s offered by most medical schools. Usually, it’s staffed by first and second year med students who are responsible for virtually every aspect of the clinic. An M.D. is on hand to write prescriptions and confirm diagnoses. But it really is these med students who are giving most of the care.</p><p>What are the pros and cons of these free student-run clinics?</p><p>Jennifer Xu is a medical student at the University of Michigan. She recently wrote a piece for The Atlantic entitled “Letting Medical Students Run The Clinic.” She joined us today to tell us more about it.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:15:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 16335 at Free student-run medical clinics provide health care to uninsured Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 <p>After years of debate, Congress has sent the almost $1 trillion farm bill to President Obama, and, as usual, opposition to the legislation was a left-right affair. On today's show: Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint joins us to talk about why he voted in favor.</p><p>Then, Michigan Radio’s political commentator Jack Lessenberry explained why fixing Michigan’s voting system may be harder than you think.</p><p>And, medical students are reaching out to provide health care to uninsured people. We spoke with one of these students about free student-run medical clinics.</p><p>And, a new mobile and Web app is providing food for hungry children in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Also, we spoke to an economist from the University of Michigan about the success of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty.</p><p>And, the owner of Stonehedge Fiber Mill in East Jordan, Michigan, joined us today to tell us about how she was approached to provide yarn for the Ralph Lauren Olympic closing ceremonies sweaters.&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's Thursday, which means it's time for our weekly check-in with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</span></p><p>He's been going through Gov. Snyder's proposed budget for the new fiscal year and has decided the governor's got something going for him: what President George Herbert Walker Bush called "The Big Mo."</p><p>Daniel Howes joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:56:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 16339 at Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 Can we get the best medical treatment while controlling health care costs? <p>What's your reaction when the conversation turns to America's soaring health care costs – when you hear that by 2020, just six years from now, our health care spending will hit $4.5 trillion?</p><p>Maybe it's all too big, too "macro" for us to absorb on a personal level.</p><p>So try this: Should your 92-year-old grandmother undergo coronary artery bypass graft surgery –surgery that costs upwards of $20,000?</p><p>What about a girl who's 17 years old? Her leukemia treatments aren't working. Her liver is failing, other organs are failing, she is near death and her family is demanding a liver transplant, which the surgeon proposed, but the HMO refuses to authorize?</p><p>These are real-life dilemmas facing doctors, patients, and us.</p><p>We want everything modern medicine can offer, but as taxpayers we want health care costs controlled.</p><p>Can we achieve both goals?</p><p>Leonard Fleck, a professor of philosophy and a medical ethicist from Michigan State University, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:30:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 16300 at Can we get the best medical treatment while controlling health care costs? MSU to pay out bulk of $7M health reimbursements <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University soon will pay out the bulk of $7 million in negotiated health care reimbursements to thousands of union workers.<br /><br />School spokesman Jason Cody says the payments of more than $1,000 each will show up Friday in paychecks for employees paid every other week, and Jan. 31 for those paid monthly.<br /><br />The Lansing State Journal reports the employees include roughly 5,800 mid-level managers, police officers, cafeteria workers and others represented by eight unions.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:41:15 +0000 The Associated Press 16091 at MSU to pay out bulk of $7M health reimbursements How many Michiganders have enrolled for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? <p>It's been a little over two weeks since the Affordable Care Act officially kicked in.</p><p>How many people have been able to enroll? How many are getting financial assistance to help pay for their plan? And what deadlines do we need to be aware of?</p><p>Joining us once more is Don Hazaert, director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, one of Michigan's four navigator agencies for the ACA.</p><p><em>Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:13:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 16039 at How many Michiganders have enrolled for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? More Michiganders signing up for Obamacare, but the numbers are still low <p>More Michiganders are signing up for health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p>Problems with the federal website made it difficult for people to sign up initially.</p><p></p><p>In Michigan, fewer than 1400 people signed up in October. But after a website overhaul, more than five thousand Michiganders completed the process in November.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:04:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 15650 at More Michiganders signing up for Obamacare, but the numbers are still low Highlights from Issues & Ale: The Affordable Care Act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this week we hosted an Issues &amp; Ale event on the Affordable Care Act, and almost 150 people attended.</span></p><p>For everyone who was not able to attend, here are some of the main takeaways from the panel discussion with Marianne Udow-Phillips, the Director of the Center for Healthcare Research &amp; Transformation, Don Hazaert, the Director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, and Melissa Anders, a statewide business reporter with the MLive media group in Lansing.</p><p><strong>What should people understand about the Affordable Care Act?</strong></p><p>People should understand first of all that the Affordable Care Act is not a website, nor is it a "catchall for everyone's anxieties about health care," according to Hazaert, as many people have concerns about health care that have nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. It is a law.</p><p>“This law is a law that is, in some ways, an incremental change to health care. It’s building on the existing non-system,” said Udow-Phillips. “We have a complicated and convoluted current system of health care, the law doesn’t fix that.”</p><p>Instead, it is designed to fill in the gaps, not fix it. Under the Affordable Care Act, more people will get coverage, but there will be people who end up paying more.</p><p>Also, do not wait until the website is fixed to start thinking about health care.</p><p>“There’s lots of information out there right now to help you understand what your choices are,” said Anders. “You actually can go on the website . . . and click on a link that will show you what the plans are in Washtenaw County, or wherever you’re from, and will tell you what the prices are and what you might be eligible for.”</p><p>The health plans themselves also have good websites that allow you to compare information.</p><p><strong>Can you keep your current health care if you like it?</strong></p><p>There has been a lot of confusion over this. Ultimately, it is up to your state insurance commissioner to decide how to implement the policy change. In Michigan, we are still waiting to hear back from our state insurance commissioner about this.</p><p>It is also up to the insurance companies. So even if the commissioner approves, individual insurance companies can still decide whether or not to extend their plans.</p><p>People on Medicare will see no change under the Affordable Care Act. Employer plans will also stay mostly the same.</p><p>The big changes will be in the individual market.</p><p>“People are paying an enormous amount right now for very bad coverage, and people are very unhappy,” said Udow-Phillips. “We did a survey last year of citizens in Michigan, and people who had coverage that they bought themselves through the individual market, 44% of them said they were happy with their coverage.”</p><p>That is lower than people with any other type of health care. Under the Affordable Care Act, more people in the individual market will get better coverage for less.</p><p><strong>Who still won't be covered?</strong></p><p>Undocumented immigrants will not be receiving any coverage under this law. In fact, they were purposely excluded.</p><p>Additionally, people who are exempt from penalties may not have insurance, or people may choose to pay the penalties rather than get insurance.</p><p>There are a number of other circumstances which allow for exemptions. People who cannot afford insurance, people in prison, and people who cannot have health care due to their religious beliefs will be eligible for waivers.</p><p><em>To hear the full discussion and the Q &amp; A session that followed, click the audio above.</em></p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:03:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15362 at Stateside for Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 <div><p>Michigan is home to five national parks and there are lots of open spaces where you can camp, hunt and enjoy nature. But, yesterday, an Oklahoma Senator recently said two Michigan landmarks are a prime example of wasteful federal spending. We found out what’s behind the senator’s reasoning and whether there is some truth to his concerns.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we took a look at a new proposal by a group of Democrats in the Michigan House that would require the state to determine the actual cost of educating a public school student in Michigan. That got us thinking, shouldn't we already know?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We also spoke with Michigan writer Donald Lystra about his new collection of short stories. And, Ann Arbor now has its own Death Café, organized by funeral home guide Merilynne Rush. She stopped by to tell us more about it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But, first on the show, e<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ver since the government unveiled its <a href=""></a> website, the headlines surrounding the Affordable Care Act have been about the problems with the way the site was designed and the extreme difficulty Americans have had in getting on the exchange. </span>But what about the Americans that don't need The ones who already have plans? To those consumers, President Obama has been saying this since 2009:</div><blockquote><p>“If you like your current insurance, you will keep your current insurance. No government takeover, nobody’s changing what you’ve got if you’re happy with it.”</p></blockquote><p>So why, then, then are some 2 million Americans - about 140,000 in Michigan - getting cancelation letters from their insurers over the past couple of weeks?</p><p>Marianne Udow-Phillips directs the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, a non-profit partnership between the University of Michigan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. She joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:22:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 15060 at Stateside for Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 Comparing the U.S. healthcare system to the United Kingdom's system <p>The state and federal healthcare exchanges are, of course, a big chapter in the overhaul of the American healthcare model - a model that&#39;s very different from many other countries around the world.</p><p>The BBC&#39;s Alice Castle has lived in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. She&#39;s had the experience of being pregnant in both countries.</p><p>Click the audio above to listen to her unique perspective on the American healthcare system.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:23:43 +0000 Alice Castle 14774 at Comparing the U.S. healthcare system to the United Kingdom's system Belle Isle is a rare victory for common sense in government <p></p><p>Something good happened yesterday, something smart and rational that will help improve people&rsquo;s lives. This was not typical of the day, mind you. Actually, yesterday was a day of supreme irrationality in federal, state and local government.</p><p>Nationally, the government shutdown continued, with Republicans vowing to take the nation over a cliff unless Democrats agree to defund the Affordable Care Act. This happened on the same day that millions rushed to sign up for health insurance plans.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:51:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14679 at Belle Isle is a rare victory for common sense in government Michigan and the shutdown <p></p><p>A former student who shares my appreciation of history told me last night that he had found one high-ranking Republican who would have opposed the government shutdown. That gentleman, who once made a famous speech in Kalamazoo, told fellow Republicans in New York &ldquo;I see that some, at least, of you are those who believe that an election being decided against them is no reason why they should sink the ship.&ldquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s a good and reasonable philosophy of government. Unfortunately, the man who said that, himself a former Congressman, is Abraham Lincoln, and he happens to be dead.&nbsp;Lincoln said those words while struggling to save the nation from breaking apart just before his first inauguration. The fault was with Democrats then.</p><p>To an increasing number of people, the shutdown of the federal government today is the fault of the Republicans. To me, the nature of what is happening ought to be pretty frightening regardless of who is to blame.</p><p>Republicans in Congress are saying they won&rsquo;t allow the government to be funded unless the President and Congress agree to stop the Affordable Care Act from taking effect this year.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:29:12 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14658 at Michigan and the shutdown See how much you could pay for insurance in 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 See how much you could pay for insurance in Michigan under Affordable Care Act Good news for baseball and health care <p></p><p>The Detroit Tigers won their division championship last night, and there&rsquo;s good news for Democrats in that. This year, they can root for the team to win the World Series. Last year, that wasn&rsquo;t the case.</p><p>You see, there&rsquo;s an odd quirky way in which baseball correlates to national elections. When the American League wins the World Series, that&lsquo;s generally good news for the Republicans. National League wins; good for the Democrats.</p><p>Detroit&lsquo;s last two World Series triumphs came in 1968 and 1984, years when the GOP won presidential elections. The Tigers lost the World Series seven years ago, and less than a month later Democrats recaptured Congress. When the Tigers were humiliated in last year&lsquo;s series, we knew it meant curtains for Mitt Romney.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:26:31 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14596 at Good news for baseball and health care In this morning's headlines: $306 for health care, Gov. ads, in-state tuition for undocumented <p><strong>Michigan will pay less than average for health insurance</strong></p><p>"The Obama administration says Michigan residents required to shop for health insurance starting next week will pay an average $306 a month - before tax credits - for a mid-range benchmark plan. That's below the national average of $328 and ranks 29th-lowest out of 47 states for which data was available," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Wayne State University to offer in-state tutition for undocumented students</strong></p><p>"Wayne State University will begin offering in-state tuition to undocumented students. The decision came as part of a policy change that ties tuition to students' high school diplomas, instead of their residency status," Michigan Radio <a href="">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Snyder not running yet, but his campaign ads are</strong></p><p>"The first campaign ad in the race for Michigan governor will start airing today. Governor Rick Snyder is launching his ad campaign before he’s formally announced he’s a candidate," Rick Pluta <a href="">reports.</a></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:44:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14576 at In this morning's headlines: $306 for health care, Gov. ads, in-state tuition for undocumented How does income level affect health care in Michigan? <p>A brand-new <a href="">report card</a> has been released from the bipartisan Commonwealth Fund.</p><p>The report examines just how well the health care systems in each of the 50 states are working. The conclusion: if you live in a state that generally does poorly in health care, it doesn't necessarily matter what your income level is. High-income people who live in these poorly-performing states are worse off than low-income people who live in states with high health scores.</p><p>Cathy Schoen is senior vice president at The Commonwealth Fund and the author of the new report. She spoke with Cyndy Canty, host of Stateside, earlier in the day.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:58:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 14478 at How does income level affect health care in Michigan? Stateside for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 <p>More than 1,500 works of art, with more than 160 venues, and 47 countries represented. Those are just a few statistics of this year's ArtPrize in Grand Rapids opening today with some 400,000 expected visitors to the city. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith was on the scene, and we spoke to her as well as the new Executive Director of ArtPrize.</p><p>And, Congressman Justin Amash has decided not to run for U.S. senate. What does this decision mean for the rest of the candidates?</p><p>The University of Michigan announced earlier that they will now offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. We talked with Serena Davila, the executive director for Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, about what this means for the students.</p><p>Also, how well are health care systems in the U.S. working? A new report by the Commonwealth Fund gave us some answers.</p><p>And, the small town of Colon in southwest Michigan has been dubbed the “Magic Capital of the World.” We spoke with one resident to find out why that is.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">our weekly check-in with Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, on the front-burner? The mediation talks between Detroit's Emergency Manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr and dozens and dozens of lawyers representing the city's creditors.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joined us to tell us more about the mediation.</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:37:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 14487 at Stateside for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 Some Detroit retirees might lose health care, move to insurance exchanges <p>Detroit could end health care coverage for retired employees younger than 65.</p><p>Retiree health care costs make up about $6 billion of Detroit’s roughly $11 billion in unsecured debt.</p><p>City officials told Detroit pension trustees Wednesday that emergency manager Kevyn Orr is considering the plan. The idea isn’t new, though—Orr floated it as early as June, in his proposal to Detroit’s creditors before the city filed for bankruptcy.</p><p>Orr’s plan calls for the younger retirees to shifted onto the new insurance exchanges coming online with the Affordable Care Act.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 03:15:06 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14405 at Some Detroit retirees might lose health care, move to insurance exchanges