The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) http://michiganradio.org en Michigan company's legal fight against Obamacare goes on http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-companys-legal-fight-against-obamacare-goes <p>A Michigan company’s legal fight against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception requirement will likely continue, despite <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926331/companies-can-refuse-to-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says">the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling</a> in a similar case Monday.</p><p></p><p>The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 18211 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan company's legal fight against Obamacare goes on Insurance companies submit new Obamacare policies to state regulators Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/insurance-companies-submit-new-obamacare-policies-state-regulators-monday <p>The next round of Obamacare health insurance policies and rates must be submitted to Michigan regulators by tomorrow.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">272,000 </span>Michiganders<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> signed up for Affordable Care Act health care policies this year. 14 companies offered plans in Michigan. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:54:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17898 at http://michiganradio.org Insurance companies submit new Obamacare policies to state regulators Monday More than a quarter million Michiganders signed up for Obamacare http://michiganradio.org/post/more-quarter-million-michiganders-signed-obamacare <p>The White House says more than 270,000 Michiganders signed up for health insurance under <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/04/16/303204332/is-obamacare-a-success-we-might-not-know-for-a-while">Obamacare.</a></p><p></p><p>The six month sign-up period ended a month ago, but this is the first state breakdown of the numbers.</p><p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17458 at http://michiganradio.org More than a quarter million Michiganders signed up for Obamacare Time is running out for Michiganders who have yet to sign up for health insurance coverage http://michiganradio.org/post/time-running-out-michiganders-who-have-yet-sign-health-insurance-coverage <p>Thousands of Michiganders are expected to be among the final crush of Americans trying to sign up for health insurance by Monday <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/#welcome/">Obamacare</a> deadline.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After Monday, people without health insurance coverage may face a penalty on their federal taxes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Andy </span>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a spokesman for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the state’s largest insurer has been getting 25,000 calls a week from people looking for help getting health care coverage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We’re seeing significant volumes of people reaching out to us now,” says </span>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, “The people who are reaching out to us are a fraction of the marketplace.”</span></p><p>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says walking people through the sign-up, including assessing their eligibility for a federal subsidy to help pay their insurance premium, can take a while. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> notes that many </span>Michiganders<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will have the option of signing up for expanded Medicaid coverage starting next month.</span></p><p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17032 at http://michiganradio.org Time is running out for Michiganders who have yet to sign up for health insurance coverage Final surge in demand in Michigan stresses Obamacare sign-up system http://michiganradio.org/post/final-surge-demand-michigan-stresses-obamacare-sign-system <p>Monday’s Obamacare deadline is pushing many Michiganders to try to sign up for new health insurance plans. But that may overwhelm the groups trying to help get them signed up.</p><p></p><p>Computer glitches and telephone delays marred the opening of the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act last fall. The surge of demand now, as Monday’s deadline looms, threatens to overwhelm the system again.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:23:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 17020 at http://michiganradio.org Final surge in demand in Michigan stresses Obamacare sign-up system Obamacare deadline is getting closer http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-deadline-getting-closer <p>Michiganders have less than four weeks to find a health insurance plan.</p><p></p><p>After March 31st, people who have not signed up for health insurance will have to pay a federal tax penalty.</p><p></p><p>Gia Carroll is a health navigator with the Hamilton Community Health Network in Genesee County. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She says money is a bigger issue than health care coverage for many people she works with.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:03:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 16704 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare deadline is getting closer Medicaid expansion rolls out in one month in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-rolls-out-one-month-michigan <p>In one month, more than 300,000 people are expected to begin signing up for expanded Medicaid coverage in Michigan. The Medicaid expansion is part of the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p>"<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_66797---,00.html">Healthy Michigan</a><u>"</u>&nbsp;would cover nearly everyone, under the age of 65, with an income up to 133% of the federal poverty limit. That translates to individuals making about $15,000 and families of four making less than $32,000.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16673 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid expansion rolls out in one month in Michigan Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-opponents-remain-resolute-michigan <p>Opponents of Obamacare turned out for a meeting in Jackson today. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Tim </span>Walberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is holding a series of town hall meetings this week on the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican congressman is showcasing small business owners and patients who say they are paying more for health insurance under </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:21:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 16518 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan Michiganders are signing up for Obamacare at a faster pace, but the deadline looms http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-are-signing-obamacare-faster-pace-deadline-looms <p>The Obama Administration says Michiganders are <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/12/276000210/after-january-surge-more-than-3-million-have-enrolled-in-obamacare">signing up for health insurance</a> under the Affordable Care Act at a faster pace than expected. But time is running out.</p><p></p><p>Michiganders have until the end of March to sign up for health insurance or face a federal tax penalty.</p><p></p><p>The Obama administration says through the end of January, about 112,000 Michiganders have picked insurance plans using the federal health care website.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16423 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders are signing up for Obamacare at a faster pace, but the deadline looms Michigan insurer doubtful of net jump in plans sold http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-insurer-doubtful-net-jump-plans-sold <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The uninsured and others have time to sign up for private insurance under the federal health care law without facing a tax penalty.<br /><br />But one Michigan insurance executive doubts much new enrollment will occur before the March 31 deadline and cautions that the net number of people buying their own insurance in Michigan could stay flat this year.<br /> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:39:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16083 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan insurer doubtful of net jump in plans sold Social workers in Michigan are preparing to be part of health care changes http://michiganradio.org/post/social-workers-michigan-are-preparing-be-part-health-care-changes <p><a href="http://www.healthcaresalaryworld.com/what-is-health-care-social-worker-salary/">Social workers</a> in Michigan are starting to wear many hats as health-care reform is implemented.</p><p>The expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of the state Health Insurance Exchange is expanding health-care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders.</p><p>Robert Sheehan is the executive director of the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties.</p><p>He says all the changes healthcare are broadening the scope of social workers.</p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Vincent Duffy 15798 at http://michiganradio.org Social workers in Michigan are preparing to be part of health care changes More Michiganders signing up for Obamacare, but the numbers are still low http://michiganradio.org/post/more-michiganders-signing-obamacare-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 http://michiganradio.org More Michiganders signing up for Obamacare, but the numbers are still low Michigan officials say insurance companies can continue to offer health plans canceled by Obamacare http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-officials-say-insurance-companies-can-continue-offer-health-plans-canceled-obamacare <p>Michiganders at risk of losing their health insurance because of Obamacare may be getting a reprieve.</p><p>It’s estimated that more than 200,000 policies in Michigan could be at risk of being canceled because the policies don’t meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/11/15/245344145/obama-apologizes-offers-fix-to-insurance-cancellations">After a public outcry, President Obama</a> asked the states and insurance companies to keep those policies in effect for another year.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:41:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 15402 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan officials say insurance companies can continue to offer health plans canceled by Obamacare Bill forces disclosure of law's effect on premiums in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-forces-disclosure-laws-effect-premiums-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State legislators are divided over a plan requiring Michigan insurers to tell policyholders the impact of the federal health care law on their premiums.<br /><br />Legislation awaiting a vote in the Republican-led House would require that insurers give annual estimates of the overhaul's effect on premiums.<br /><br />Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake says people deserve to know the law's ramifications. He also wants to insulate insurers from being blamed for premium increases.<br /><br />But Democrats say the bill is nothing more than a political ploy. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:08:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15314 at http://michiganradio.org Bill forces disclosure of law's effect on premiums in Michigan Michigan submits application to add more low-income families to Medicaid http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-submits-application-add-more-low-income-families-medicaid <p>Michigan officials hope to know by Christmas whether the Obama administration has accepted the state’s plan for extending Medicaid coverage to thousands of working poor people.</p><p>The state formally submitted its proposal to the federal government today.</p><p>The state wants waivers from the usual Medicaid rules so it can charge co-pays, set up health care savings accounts, and use financial incentives to encourage patients to adopt healthy behaviors.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:17:18 +0000 Rick Pluta & Steve Carmody 15201 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan submits application to add more low-income families to Medicaid Right to Life files abortion coverage petitions http://michiganradio.org/post/right-life-files-abortion-coverage-petitions <p>Abortion opponents have turned in more than 315,000 petition signatures calling on the Legislature to place new restrictions on health coverage.</p><p></p><p>The new law would require consumers to buy separate coverage for abortions.</p><p></p><p>Abortion opponents say they want to make sure that abortion coverage is not automatic when people buy insurance under the new federal healthcare law. The petition-initiated law would require consumers to buy a separate rider for abortion coverage.</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 14734 at http://michiganradio.org Right to Life files abortion coverage petitions Some Michiganders may fall victim to the Affordable Care Act's 'Family Glitch' http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michiganders-may-fall-victim-affordable-care-acts-family-glitch <p>On Tuesday, tens of thousands of Michiganders can start signing up for new health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>But some may find they fall victim to what&rsquo;s being called the <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/23/aca-family-glitch-issues/2804017/">&lsquo;Family Glitch&rsquo;.</a></p><p>The Affordable Care Act provides subsidies for families to get health insurance if an employer doesn&rsquo;t provide adequate health insurance coverage.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:54:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 14609 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michiganders may fall victim to the Affordable Care Act's 'Family Glitch' Uncertainty about national health care worries school clinic advocates http://michiganradio.org/post/uncertainty-about-national-health-care-worries-school-clinic-advocates <p>Advocates for school-based health clinics are meeting today&nbsp;at the state capitol.</p><p>There are approximately 100 school-based health centers operating in Michigan. They serve about 200,000&nbsp; students.</p><p>Michele Straz&nbsp;is the executive director of the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan.&nbsp;She says it&rsquo;s important to maintain government, foundation&nbsp;and other funding so&nbsp;the clinics can continue to&nbsp;provide a critical service to children.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:48:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 6071 at http://michiganradio.org Uncertainty about national health care worries school clinic advocates Taking health care to Nepal http://michiganradio.org/post/taking-health-care-nepal <p>Richard Keidan is one of this state&rsquo;s most accomplished physicians.&nbsp; A native Detroiter, he is a highly respected surgical oncologist at William Beaumont Hospital, and directs the hospital&rsquo;s multidisciplinary melanoma clinic. He lives in Bloomfield Hills with his wife Betsy and his two kids, when they are home from college. He is widely published, is also a professor of surgery at Wayne State, and probably has no money worries of the kind most of us face.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:25:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5912 at http://michiganradio.org Taking health care to Nepal Michigan House panel opens hearings on health care exchange http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-panel-opens-hearings-health-care-exchange <p>Tea Party activists and health care advocates packed a public hearing yesterday at the state Capitol. State lawmakers will decide over whether Michigan should create a website that would allow people to comparison shop for health insurance. Most people who showed up used the event to voice their opinion on the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The online health care exchange is required under the new health care law, which is why many Republicans at the state Capitol have been hesitant to approve the website. They say it would be an endorsement of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>Doctor Fadwa Gillanders is a chronic disease management specialist. She opposes national health care. She told lawmakers about a patient with several chronic conditions who called her &ndash; in her words &ndash; begging for help. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I get beggars every day. We&rsquo;re turning into a nation of beggars, &lsquo;Can you give me? Can you give me?&rsquo; Because we don&rsquo;t know how to take care of ourselves, and we&rsquo;re hoping insurance will make it better, but it actually makes it worse.&rdquo;</p><p>Those who support national health care say health care is too expensive and too few people receive adequate care. The Republican chair of the House panel says she has no timeline to approve or reject the creation of the health exchange website. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:05:36 +0000 Laura Weber 5870 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House panel opens hearings on health care exchange