health care law http://michiganradio.org en 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 In Michigan, State House Republicans block efforts to set up health exchange http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-house-republicans-block-efforts-set-health-exchange <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is making little progress toward creating a statewide health exchange required by federal law, held up by House Republicans who want to wait until the U.S. Supreme<br /> Court decides if the law is constitutional.</p><p>The high court will hear arguments over the Affordable Care Act starting Monday.</p><p>Justices could uphold the law, strike it down completely or get rid of some provisions. House Republicans say the state shouldn&#39;t spend $9.8 million in federal funds on planning the exchange until<br /> the court rules this summer.</p><p>But state and federal officials say Michigan could run out of time to put a state-run health exchange in place by Jan. 1.</p><p>They warn the federal government then would install its own exchange where consumers could compare private health insurance plans online. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:06:31 +0000 The Associated Press 6758 at http://michiganradio.org In Michigan, State House Republicans block efforts to set up health exchange A few controversial issues still hanging around Capitol for 2011 http://michiganradio.org/post/few-controversial-issues-still-hanging-around-capitol-2011 <p>A fight could be brewing at the state Capitol over funding an exchange that would allow people and businesses to comparison-shop for health insurance. The state is supposed to create the exchange as part of the new federal health care reform requirements.</p><p>Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol have debated whether funding the health insurance exchange would be showing support for the new federal health care law.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says it&rsquo;s one of the handful of pressing questions that should be settled this week before the Legislature begins a month-long winter break. He says there are other issues that can wait. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We want to have a docket ready to go come January, and we want to use that month of January a little more effectively than in the past.&rdquo;</p><p>The Legislature is also still debating whether to allow more K-12 charter schools, and whether to overhaul the state&rsquo;s workers compensation rules. And a lingering question remains whether the state House will vote to dramatically alter Michigan&rsquo;s no-fault insurance laws. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:09:33 +0000 Laura Weber 5359 at http://michiganradio.org A few controversial issues still hanging around Capitol for 2011 Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan buys Medicaid insurer http://michiganradio.org/post/blue-crossblue-shield-michigan-buys-medicaid-insurer <p><a href="http://www.bcbsm.com/index.shtml">Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan</a> is <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/independence-blue-cross-and-blue-cross-blue-shield-of-michigan-partner-to-expand-services-to-medicaid-beneficiaries-nationally-through-amerihealth-mercy-127312033.html">expanding its involvement in Medicaid coverage</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan joined <a href="http://www.ibx.com/index.jsp">a Pennsylvania Blue Cross</a> to buy up a Medicaid health care plan based in Philadelphia.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.amerihealthmercy.com/">Amerihealt Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:54:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 3670 at http://michiganradio.org Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan buys Medicaid insurer