health care reform http://michiganradio.org en Michigan likely to miss deadline on federal healthcare law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-likely-miss-deadline-federal-healthcare-law <p>Michigan is not likely to meet a Friday deadline to tell the Obama administration whether the state will operate its own insurance exchange under the federal healthcare law.</p><p>The exchange is where businesses and individuals will shop online for coverage.</p><p>A key Republican decision-maker says she won’t be pushed by federal deadlines without first getting more questions answered.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:25:18 +0000 Rick Pluta 9900 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan likely to miss deadline on federal healthcare law 'Uncertainties' highlighted during Michigan House hearing on health insurance exchange http://michiganradio.org/post/uncertainties-highlighted-during-michigan-house-hearing-health-insurance-exchange <p>Michigan legislators are being told that it may already be too late to create an online health insurance exchange. The federal health care law requires states to submit their plans by mid-November, but exchanges require a level of complexity that might make it difficult to have a plan ready in time.&nbsp; Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:57:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 8433 at http://michiganradio.org 'Uncertainties' highlighted during Michigan House hearing on health insurance exchange Michigan getting ready for federal health care law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-getting-ready-federal-health-care-law <p>The state Senate has opened hearings on how Michigan will handle its responsibilities under the new federal health care law. If Michigan does nothing, the state will be placed in the federal system when the law is fully enacted in 2014.</p><p>Republican leaders expressed hope that federal courts will ultimately strike down the health care law. But Senate Insurance Committee Chair Joe Hune says Michigan needs to be ready.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This is all because of Obamacare, which is a downright travesty that that was passed through at the federal level, but we&rsquo;re in a position if we do nothing that we&rsquo;ll have the federal government breathing down our neck to put something in place that we definitely do not like,&quot; said Hune.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Senate committees were told by consumer groups, social services advocates and businesses that Michigan would be better off designing its own system than joining the federal plan or a multi-state consortium.</p><p>Legislative hearings on the state&rsquo;s role in federal health care reforms could last a year. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:01:33 +0000 Rick Pluta 3296 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan getting ready for federal health care law Governor Snyder to talk health care reform in September http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-talk-health-care-reform-september <p>Governor Snyder has stayed pretty quiet on the subject of federal health care reforms. He is the nation&rsquo;s only Republican governor who has not specifically called for repealing the law.</p><p>But he said this week that the new rules don&rsquo;t pay enough attention to wellness and prevention. The governor told a group of small business owners that he will propose a health care reform plan for Michigan later this year that will focus on containing costs by encouraging people to get healthier.</p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:54:19 +0000 Rick Pluta 3019 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder to talk health care reform in September White House, Christie and others respond to Romney's health care speech at U-M http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-christie-and-others-respond-romneys-health-care-speech-u-m <p>The responses are in for Mitt Romney&#39;s health care speech, and they are pretty mixed.&nbsp;</p><p>New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praised former Massachussetts Governor Romney&#39;s honesty without commenting directly on either his policies or his candidacy.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54935.html#ixzz1MG4B64h1">Politico </a>reports:</p> Fri, 13 May 2011 20:15:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2491 at http://michiganradio.org White House, Christie and others respond to Romney's health care speech at U-M Feds target Medicare fraud in Detroit, nationwide http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-target-medicare-fraud-detroit-nationwide <p>Two top Obama administration officials want people to know that cracking down on Medicare fraud is a &ldquo;Cabinet-level priority.&rdquo;</p><p>U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius talked about those efforts at a Wayne State University summit Tuesday. The two have been holding <a href="http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/">&ldquo;Health Care Fraud Prevention Summits&rdquo;</a> across the country.</p><p>Sebelius says government agencies and law enforcement are now using new tools to root out that fraud.</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:01:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1665 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman wants broad opt out waiver for health care law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-wants-broad-opt-out-waiver-health-care-law <p><a href="http://mikerogers.house.gov/newsroom.aspx?A=711">Republican congressman Mike Rogers</a> says more than a thousand major corporations,unions and other groups have obtained waivers to the new <a href="http://www.healthcare.gov/">national health care law</a>, so they will not be immediately mandated to carry health insurance or pay a fee instead.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says they shouldn&#39;t be the only ones with that option.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:25:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 1599 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman wants broad opt out waiver for health care law Michigan Attorney General praises 'unconstitutional' ruling of nation's health care reform law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-praises-unconstitutional-ruling-nations-health-care-reform-law <p><a href="http://mi.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164--250532--,00.html">Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette</a>&nbsp;is praising Monday’s ruling by a federal judge calling the health care reform law unconstitutional.</p><p>Michigan is among 26 states which sued to stop the law from taking effect.</p><p>Schuette says the law’s mandate that all Americans buy health insurance is an overreach by the federal government.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><em>"This is a big decision to protect the Constitution and to defend the rights of Michigan taxpayers."</em></p></blockquote><p><em>&nbsp;</em>Schuette expects the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually have to step in to decide whether the federal Health Care Reform law is constitutional. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 1105 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General praises 'unconstitutional' ruling of nation's health care reform law Federal judge issues ruling in health care reform law challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-issues-ruling-health-care-reform-law-challenge <P>A federal judge in Florida has ruled sections of the <A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act">health care reform law</A> are unconstitutional.</P> <P>&nbsp; The judge specifically cited the <A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commerce_clause">'Commerce Clause' </A>in the U.S. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:21:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 1099 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge issues ruling in health care reform law challenge Michigan AG praises ruling striking down part of national health care law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ag-praises-ruling-striking-down-part-national-health-care-law <P>Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is praising a federal judge’s ruling striking down part of the federal health care reform law.&nbsp;</P> <P>The federal judge ruled the health care law is unconstitutional because it requires all Americans to buy insurance. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:00:40 +0000 569 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan AG praises ruling striking down part of national health care law Health care leaders discuss how to improve nursing in light of new study http://michiganradio.org/post/health-care-leaders-discuss-how-improve-nursing-light-new-study <p>Health care leaders throughout the state are preparing for changes under federal health care reform laws. Dozens gathered at Grand Valley State University Tuesday to take part in a national discussion on how nurses can ease the transition.</p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:43:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 404 at http://michiganradio.org Health care leaders discuss how to improve nursing in light of new study Michigan's Attorney General welcomes judge's decision on federal health care reform lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-attorney-general-welcomes-judges-decision-federal-health-care-reform-lawsuit <p>Michigan&rsquo;s Attorney General is welcoming a federal judge&rsquo;s decision to allow a lawsuit challenging the new health care reform law to move forward.</p><p>20 states, including Michigan, filed suit against the law, in particular one key provision that requires everyone to purchase health insurance.</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 21:26:32 +0000 150 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Attorney General welcomes judge's decision on federal health care reform lawsuit