health care exchange en Michiganders could lose federal tax credits for Obamacare <p><a href="">A federal court ruling</a> today could affect tens of thousands of Michiganders who got health insurance through Obamacare.</p><p></p><p>More than 237,000 of the 272,000 Michiganders who signed up for Obamacare&nbsp;selected a plan through the marketplace with federal financial assistance. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tax credits helped subsidize health insurance payments for low- and moderate-income people.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:55:32 +0000 Steve Carmody 18472 at Michiganders could lose federal tax credits for Obamacare States that opposed Obamacare, like Michigan, may have made it more efficient <p>That's one of the lessons drawn <a href="">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 States that opposed Obamacare, like Michigan, may have made it more efficient Who are the Affordable Care Act's navigators? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been more than a month since the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace has open, and to say the rollout has been problematic would be an understatement.</span></p><p>With the glitch-ridden website, and the natural confusion that comes with breaking new ground, it’s no wonder that many insurance-seekers don’t even know where to begin to find health insurance under the ACA.</p><p>Enter Don Hazaert, the director of <a href="">Michigan Consumers for Healthcare</a>. MCH is one of four navigator agencies in Michigan for Obamacare.</p><p>But what does a navigator do? What can’t they do? And where do Michiganders stand with their healthcare?</p><p>Hazaert met with us in the studio, to discuss how those looking for coverage for Michigan actually do it.</p><p><em>For more information, visit</em> <a href=""></a> <em>or any of the websites below:</em></p><p><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><div class="yj6qo ajU" style="cursor: pointer; outline: none; padding: 10px 0px; width: 22px;"><div aria-label="Show trimmed content" class="ajR" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content" id=":2cd" role="button" style="background-color: rgb(241, 241, 241); border: 1px solid rgb(221, 221, 221); clear: both; line-height: 6px; outline: none; position: relative; width: 20px;" tabindex="0"><img class="ajT" src="" style="background-image: url(; height: 8px; opacity: 0.3; width: 20px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;" /></div></div></div><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:20:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 15376 at Who are the Affordable Care Act's navigators? Jack talks about government shutdown, health care glitches, and Belle Isle <p>This week in Michigan politics, political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Morning Edition host Christina Shockley discuss the <a href="">government shutdown</a>, <a href="">glitches</a> in the launch of the health insurance marketplace, and the deal for the state to <a href="">take over Detroit&#39;s Belle Isle</a>.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:40:40 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 14678 at Jack talks about government shutdown, health care glitches, and Belle Isle In this morning's headlines: Government shutdown, health care exhange opens, new Flint police chief <p><strong>How the government shutdown will affect Michigan</strong></p><ul><li>Several food and other assistance programs for the poor will be affected sooner than most.</li><li>Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans&rsquo; health programs will not be affected by the shutdown.</li><li>An unknown number of federal employees in Michigan are being furloughed.</li><li>Michigan&rsquo;s National Parks will have to close.</li></ul><p>More information on the shutdown can be found <a href="">here.</a></p><p><strong>Michiganders can shop for health plans today</strong></p><p>&quot;Officials will release premium<a href=""> information for 73 Michigan health plans</a> today. The release coincides with the first day of a six-month enrollment window,&quot; the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>New chief of police in Flint</strong></p><p>Flint has a new police chief.<br /><br />&quot;James Tolbert was appointed to the job yesterday, three days after Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock announced his resignation. Tolbert comes to Flint from Detroit, where he served as deputy police chief,&quot; the Associated Press reports.<br /><br /> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:14:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14657 at In this morning's headlines: Government shutdown, health care exhange opens, new Flint police chief 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 Commentary: Snyder spread too thin? <p>There was a lot of criticism of President Obama for devoting so much time to his health care plan during his first year and a half in office. Some felt he should have also tried to get through a massive job creation plan, or a program to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. However, he did succeed at getting what we now call “Obamacare” passed, and it is now transforming medical coverage.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:51:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12214 at Commentary: Snyder spread too thin? Commentary: Sick leave <p>For as long as I can remember, the Republican Party has stood for local control. They don’t like Washington telling the states what to do. When Democrats have been in control in Lansing, they didn’t like the state meddling in local matters. Today, this continues to be true in one sense.</p><p>It’s clear that the Republicans running our legislature don’t like the federal government setting health care policy for the states. That’s why they’ve refused for two years to establish a state registry to help match Michiganders who will now need to buy health insurance with various private care providers.</p><p>Basically, those running our legislature want to pretend that the Affordable Care Act is going away soon. Never mind that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was fully constitutional. Never mind that the last presidential election was fought largely on that issue, and President Obama was decisively reelected.</p><p>They so hate higher levels of government telling lower levels what to do, that they refused to create a health care registry, even though this means that Washington will create one for us anyway, and we will lose millions as a result.</p><p>Well, you might figure that if the Republicans believe this that strongly, they’d be against meddling with employment policies set by local units of government.&nbsp; But you’d be wrong. At least, that is, when it comes to benefits for workers.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:01:13 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11966 at Commentary: Sick leave A Michigan state-federal health care exchange killed by Senate Republicans <p>Michigan will be part of the federal government’s health insurance exchange, instead of being a partner in a joint effort.</p><p>That’s because the state Senate began its spring break yesterday without meeting a deadline to vote on accepting federal funds for the project.</p><p>Republicans in the state Senate defied the wishes of Governor Snyder and a lot of business groups by refusing federal funding for a joint federal-state health insurance exchange.</p><p>That’s where customers will go to comparison shop for coverage. Instead, Michigan customers will shop on the federal government’s exchange. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:38:31 +0000 Rick Pluta 11822 at A Michigan state-federal health care exchange killed by Senate Republicans In this morning's news: right to work, health care exchange, possible EM for Lansing <p><strong>Universities might take cut after skirting around new right to work law</strong></p><p>"Some Michigan universities could lose 15-percent of their state funding over new union contracts. A state budget panel Tuesday voted to sanction schools that approve long-term contracts before the state’s new right-to-work law takes effect. That’s unless the contracts include cost savings of at least 10 percent," Jake Neher <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Health care exchange deadline Friday</strong></p><p>The state has until Friday to come up with a plan on how to shop for health insurance online as part of the Affordable Care Act. As the Detroit Free Press <a href="">reports, </a></p><blockquote><p>"If the [health exchange bill] doesn't pass this week, it will end up solely in the federal government's hands. Gov. Rick Snyder has urged the Legislature to pass the health exchange bill as a way for the state to have input on how the exchange will run and which insurance companies appear on the exchange."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Govenor Snyder hopes Lansing will not need an EM</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder says he wants to prevent the city of Lansing from getting an emergency manager. Lansing faces a projected $9 million budget shortfall next year. According to <a href="">MLive</a>, the governor talked about the future financial situation of the city at the Lansing Regional Camber of Commerce's legislative dinner last night,</p><blockquote><p>“If the city of Lansing wants to be proactive and talk about a consent agreement, I want to be a good partner.”</p><p>A <a href="">consent agreement is the intermediate step</a> between emergency management of a troubled municipality’s finances and complete local control.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:28:58 +0000 Emily Fox 11773 at In this morning's news: right to work, health care exchange, possible EM for Lansing Michigan House votes to spend federal money on health care exchange <p>The Affordable Care Act requires that for those Americans who can afford it, they must carry some form of health insurance starting on January 1st, 2014 or pay a fee.</p><p>Online 'health care exchanges' will be set up to help people buy health insurance who can't access it through an employer. If the states don't set up an exchange, the federal government will.</p><p>Gov. Snyder wanted legislators to set up a state-run exchange last year, but Republican legislators refused to vote on it, hoping the federal health care law would be overturned.</p><p>That didn't happen and the timeline for a state run exchange has passed.</p><p>Now some state Republicans are reluctantly voting in favor of a setting up a federal-state run exchange. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:07:22 +0000 Mark Brush 11470 at Michigan House votes to spend federal money on health care exchange In this morning's news: New Supreme Court justice, health care exchange, party switch investigation <p><strong>Governor Snyder chooses a Republican judge to replace Supreme Court Justice Hathaway</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder has picked a Republican judge from Macomb County to fill a vacancy on the Michigan Supreme Court. Judge David Viviano replaces Justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in disgrace as she faced bank fraud charges," Rick Pluta <a href="">reports.</a><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Michigan moves forward with health care exchange</strong></p><p>"A bill to set up a state website where people can shop for health insurance has passed its first hurdle in the state Legislature. A House panel Wednesday voted to accept more than $30 million from Washington to set up the health care exchange. It would be a partnership between the state and the federal government under the Affordable Care Act," Jake Neher <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Schmidt and Bolger case extended </strong></p><p>A one person grand jury is extending an investigation until August into a political party switch scheme involving then Rep. Roy Schmidt and House Speaker Jase Bolger. As the Associated Press reports,</p><p>"Representative Roy Schmidt's switch to the GOP last May came under scrutiny when he offered money to a political novice to run as a Democrat against him. Democrats say Bolger possibly conspired to obstruct justice, though a Kent County prosecutor said no crimes were committed."</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:00:25 +0000 Emily Fox 11455 at In this morning's news: New Supreme Court justice, health care exchange, party switch investigation Health care exchange dead in Michigan, Snyder 'not bummed' <p>Governor Rick Snyder is "staying positive" about the failed effort to set up a state-run health insurance exchange.</p><p>Under the national health care law, states can set up web sites where people can shop for insurance plans.</p><p>States that don’t will have to use whatever the federal government sets up.<br><br>Snyder wanted Michigan to set up its own exchange, but the effort died in the Republican-led state house. So I asked him…</p><p>"Are you bummed at all about the health care exchange at all?"</p><p>"I don’t get bummed about much, I’m a positive guy."<br><br>Snyder says he knew the state-run exchange might not have gotten set up in time to meet federal deadlines.<br><br>That doesn’t mean that we can’t come back and say here’s a whole series of reasons that really have value and bring it up again.<br><br>In the meantime, Snyder wants to cooperate with the federal government. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:32:40 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10161 at Health care exchange dead in Michigan, Snyder 'not bummed' Commentary: Pouting against health care <p>Suppose that Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Tigers, said he refused to accept the result of the World Series. He wasn’t going to accept the San Francisco Giants as champions, despite the fact that they swept his team in four straight games.</p><p>That would be nuts. But not much more irrational than what Republicans in the state House of Representatives did yesterday. They stomped their feet, whined, pouted and refused to set up a state-run exchange to help citizens and businesses shop for health care, now that they have to buy it.</p><p>This won’t make much difference to the average person, and affects only those who don’t have health care now, as well as small businesses, which now have to offer it to their workers.</p><p>The only difference is the federal government, not&nbsp;the state, will be running the system that helps people find health care. While this is being called an exchange, it is actually more like a marketplace, where people can shop for health care policies.</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:18:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10153 at Commentary: Pouting against health care 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 State-run health care exchange dead Stateside: Addressing Michigan's lame-duck session <p>Michigan lawmakers are currently in a "lame-duck" session.</p><p>With some politicians nearing the ends of their terms, a mixed sense of delay and progress pervades Lansing.</p><p>David Eggert, political contributor for MLive and Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry talked about the typical work ethic of a lame-duck period.</p><p>“Some of these folks won’t be coming back, so I think they feel somewhat liberated and also under pressure to get things done,” said Lessenberry.</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:32:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9981 at Stateside: Addressing Michigan's lame-duck session In this morning's Michigan news headlines... <p><strong>Michigan's longest serving first lady, Helen Milliken, dies at 89</strong></p><p>Helen Milliken was Michigan’s first lady for 14 years, from 1969 to 1983.</p><p>The <a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> writes of a Republican who fought for causes that sometimes were at odds with the party:</p><blockquote><p>Helen Milliken is perhaps best remembered as Michigan’s leading proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ERA, which would have banned discrimination based on sex and authorized Congress to adopt laws enforcing it, came close to passage (it was approved by Congress and 35 of the needed 38 states, including Michigan).</p><p>But she was also a leading advocate for the arts and environment, becoming a political force in her own right.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Missing today's due date, Michigan gets a health care exchange extension </strong></p><p>Michigan Republicans don't care for it.</p><p>And they've been hoping that provisions of the Affordable Care Act would get struck down. That hasn't happened, and one deadline for action is today.</p><p>But as <a href="">MLive's David Eggert </a>reports, they've been given an extension to decide on whether to set up a state run health care exchange:</p><blockquote><p>The Obama administration late Thursday gave Michigan another month to decide if it wants to build its own online marketplace where individuals and businesses can shop for health insurance.</p><p>The deadline had been set for today. But in a bow to a request from the Republican Governors Association, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extended the deadline until Dec. 14.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Detroit Mayor reaches deal to keep city afloat</strong></p><p>The dire financial projections for Detroit continue, with some predicting <a href="">the city could run out of cash in December</a>.</p><p>But <a href="">Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports</a>, Mayor Bing has reached a deal with the state worth $137 million:</p><blockquote><p>Mayor Bing says the agreement will help the city make changes it needs, and avoid running out of cash as early as next month.</p><p>"We're asking for $10 million in the month of November. We meet the milestones we've agreed upon, we're asking for $20 million in December, and then we've got another $50 million that will be held in escrow at a later date," Bing said. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:01:01 +0000 Mark Brush 9953 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines... Michigan likely to miss deadline on 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 Michigan likely to miss deadline on federal healthcare law Michigan takes another step towards health care exchange <p align="LEFT">State officials have chosen Priority Health HMO as the benchmark for a new health care exchange.</p><p align="LEFT">It's another step towards the inevitable - unless the next President and Congress make major modifications to the Affordable Care Act, or nullify it completely.</p><p align="LEFT">Uninsured people will be required to buy health insurance through&nbsp;state health care&nbsp;exchanges by January 1, 2014.</p><p align="LEFT">The state's decision means all other health insurance companies must offer at least the same level of benefits as Priority Health HMO.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:00:16 +0000 Tracy Samilton 9397 at