Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org en Companies can't use religion as grounds to avoid contraception coverage http://michiganradio.org/post/companies-cant-use-religion-grounds-avoid-contraception-coverage <div align="left"><p>A federal appeals court ruled against a southeastern Michigan natural foods company that claims it should be exempt from the contraception provision in the federal health care law.&nbsp;The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/13a0304p-06.pdf">issued its opinion today.</a></p><p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide workers with insurance that covers contraception.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:51:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14981 at http://michiganradio.org Companies can't use religion as grounds to avoid contraception coverage Getting ready to help Michiganders make health insurance decisions http://michiganradio.org/post/getting-ready-help-michiganders-make-health-insurance-decisions <p>The effort to train people to help Michiganders navigate the new federal health insurance law is gearing up.</p><p></p><p>Starting October 1<sup>st</sup>, Michiganders will be able to use an online marketplace to choose a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act. How many plans there will be and what the plans will offer is still unclear.</p><p></p><p>But several groups are preparing to help with the process.</p><p></p><p>Don Hazaert is the executive director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare. The group received a grant to help implement Obamacare in Michigan.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 01:02:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 14404 at http://michiganradio.org Getting ready to help Michiganders make health insurance decisions Michiganders told to beware of 'Obamacare' scams http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-told-beware-obamacare-scams <p>Michiganders will begin signing up for health care coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act in one month.</p><p></p><p>But state officials are warning that scammers are already at work using Obamacare to defraud people.</p><p></p><p>Caleb Buhs is with the Department Insurance and Financial Services. &nbsp;&nbsp;He says his department is already hearing about scammers trying to convince people they need ‘new Obamacare or Medicare’ cards.</p><p></p><p>The scammers try to get social security numbers and bank account information.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 23:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14300 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders told to beware of 'Obamacare' scams What is happening with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-happening-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act <p>Few things have been more politicized than the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.</p><p>There’s a lot of misinformation and disinformation about the insurance program. We’re going to try to put politics aside and find out just what’s happening now and what will happen as it continues to be phased in.</p><p>Helen Levy is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the Institute for Social Research, and the Ford School of Public Policy. Thomas&nbsp;Buchmueller is a health economist and professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.</p><p>They joined us today to talk about the insurance program.</p><p>“The goal is to reach as many as we can of the approximately 50 million people who have no health insurance. And so the way we’re trying to do that is by expanding access to individual health insurance coverage for people who could by their own coverage but don’t have an employer policy,” said Levy. “And we are also trying to target the uninsured and give them coverage by expanding the Medicaid program in some states.”</p><p>It is currently unknown as to whether or not Michigan will be one of those states.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:04:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 13754 at http://michiganradio.org What is happening with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Stateside for Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-july-30th-2013 <p>Still not sure what the Affordable Care Act means or what it does or doesn’t do? You’re not alone. Politics aside, we took a closer look at Obamacare and what it all means for you.</p><p>And, the unseasonable cool weather in Michigan is probably good for you, but not so good for the crops. Meteorologist&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Torregrossa&nbsp;joined us today to talk about what is causing it.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, a Detroit native joined us today to tell us how he sees the city's bankruptcy as a new opportunity.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, the fourth annual Upper Peninsula book tour is about to begin. We spoke with a couple Michigan authors who will be participating.</span></p><p>First on the show, by now you’ve heard a bit about Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing. About half of Detroit’s nearly $20 billion in debt is due to shortfalls in the funds for retiree benefits. According to emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s estimates, the pension funds are behind by about $3.5 billion. Unfunded health care obligations are pegged at about $5.7 billion.</p><p>Detroit is not unique in its unfunded pension and retiree health care obligations. Other municipalities in the state are also behind.</p><p>Anthony&nbsp;Minghine&nbsp;is the chief operating officer of Michigan municipal league. &nbsp;He joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:51:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 13756 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 Federal prosecutors increase focus on health care fraud http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-prosecutors-increase-focus-health-care-fraud <p>Federal prosecutors reached a multimillion-dollar, out-of-court settlement this week with a Jackson cardiologist in a health care fraud case.</p><p>It’s the latest in a string of Medicare and Medicaid fraud cases in Michigan.&nbsp;Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Michigan have filed nearly 300 charges of health care fraud during the past five years. Half the time, defendants have pled guilty or were convicted.&nbsp;And the pace of prosecutions has picked up during the past few years.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:01:53 +0000 Steve Carmody 13511 at http://michiganradio.org Federal prosecutors increase focus on health care fraud Michigan business people are trying to learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect them http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-business-people-are-trying-learn-how-affordable-care-act-will-affect-them <p>Michigan business owners say they still need answers to how the Affordable Care Act will affect their businesses.</p><p></p><p>About 200 people attended a seminar on "Obamacare" today in East Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The federal health care law takes effect January 1<sup>st</sup>.&nbsp; Businesses with more than 50 employees will have to provide health care insurance to their employees or pay a penalty.</p><p></p><p>Ed Harden is the VP of Sales for McLaren Health Plan. He says business owners have just one question for him, “How much is this going to cost?”</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13091 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan business people are trying to learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect them Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette urges delay in creating health care exchanges http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-bill-schuette-urges-delay-creating-health-care-exchanges <p>On the heels of the Supreme Court decision upholding the majority of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, U.S. House Republicans are poised to vote to repeal it. But the effort is largely symbolic.</p><p>According to the Associated Press, the White House says the repeal would cost millions of American families the security of affordable health coverage and that President Obama would veto a repeal.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:35:31 +0000 Jennifer White, Mercedes Mejia & Zoe Clark 8222 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette urges delay in creating health care exchanges Critics of the Affordable Care Act are winning the "messaging war" http://michiganradio.org/post/critics-affordable-care-act-are-winning-messaging-war <p>Critics of the Affordable Care Act are winning the media battle.&nbsp; That&#39;s according to <a href="http://www.journalism.org/commentary_backgrounder/how_media_has_covered_health_care_debate">research</a> by the Pew Trust.<br /> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:46:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7974 at http://michiganradio.org Critics of the Affordable Care Act are winning the "messaging war" U.S. Health Secretary, speaking in Detroit, plans health center expansions http://michiganradio.org/post/us-health-secretary-speaking-detroit-plans-health-center-expansions <p>U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Detroit this morning to announce an expansion of community health centers in over 40 states, along with Washington DC and Puerto Rico.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Sebelius announced $128.6 million in awards Wednesday at Covenant Community Care in Detroit.</p><p>The grants are from the Affordable Care Act and will go to 219 health centers, increasing access to more than 1.25 million additional patients.<br /><br />About 5,640 doctor, nurse, dental provider and support staff jobs are expected to be created.<br /><br />Last month, the department announced $21 million in grants for expansion projects at five community health centers in Kansas and nearly $3.5 million for two centers in Utah.<br /><br />Sebelius says the health care law is making &quot;community health centers stronger and ensuring more Americans get the care they need.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:05:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7952 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Health Secretary, speaking in Detroit, plans health center expansions Michigan Attorney General counsels wait and see approach on federal healthcare law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-counsels-wait-and-see-approach-federal-healthcare-law <p>Michigan is one of 26 states challenging federal health care reforms in a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court today. But there is also a stalemate in state government over moving ahead with an online healthcare exchange that is part of the law that would help consumers shop for coverage.</p><p>Deadlines set up in the health care law are drawing near.</p><p>The state Senate has adopted a measure to create the exchange. The House has put the question on hold until after the case is decided.</p><p>Michigan Attorney General<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/bill-schuette"> Bill Schuette </a>says the state should wait.</p><p>&ldquo;I would caution people, there&rsquo;s no rush. I think the healthcare exchange should not go forward and I think a lot of people in the Legislature agree with me.&rdquo;</p><p>But Governor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder-1">Rick Snyder</a>, also a Republican, does not. He says the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-unveils-health-care-goals-citizens-state-government">healthcare exchange</a> is a good idea that would save consumers money regardless of how the Supreme Court rules. He says - if Schuette&rsquo;s challenge fails - the delay could also cost Michigan millions and force the state into a federal bureaucracy instead of a system of its own design. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:43:57 +0000 Rick Pluta 6781 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General counsels wait and see approach on federal healthcare law Private practice vs a hospital paycheck: Michigan's evolving health care culture http://michiganradio.org/post/private-practice-vs-hospital-paycheck-michigans-evolving-health-care-culture <p>Next week,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148920753/judging-the-health-care-law">the U.S.&nbsp;Supreme&nbsp;Court will&nbsp;hear legal arguments </a>over&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act">the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.</a> The federal health care law has&nbsp;come under fire for a variety of reasons, including changes to the way Americans&nbsp;will get their health care.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6741 at http://michiganradio.org Private practice vs a hospital paycheck: Michigan's evolving health care culture