medicaid expansion http://michiganradio.org en ACA ruling and its impact on Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/aca-ruling-and-its-impact-michigan <p>This week two separate federal appeals court rulings came down on opposite sides of a key provision in&nbsp;the Affordable Care Act. This leaves thousands of low and middle income&nbsp;Michiganders&nbsp;who signed up&nbsp;for healthcare through Michigan’s exchange in a bit of limbo.&nbsp;</p><p>Jennifer White, host of&nbsp;<em>All Things Considered</em>, is joined by Marianne&nbsp;Udow&nbsp;Phillips, Director, Center for&nbsp;Healthcare Research and Transformation and Ken&nbsp;Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior&nbsp;Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Phillips states that although these rulings were issued nothing is going to change immediately and that&nbsp;it is important to understand that the legal rulings will take time to play out.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It would have a huge impact and it would really push the whole system into chaos,” explains Phillips.&nbsp;“There are 240,000 in Michigan who have already gotten health insurance coverage through the health&nbsp;insurance exchange with a subsidy, and so were they to lose that subsidy, almost all of them would not&nbsp;be able to afford healthcare coverage.”&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sikkema&nbsp;states that it is a very polarizing topic and coupled with an election year, politicians and&nbsp;candidates have honed in on the issue. “It already is a big political issue; it’s the primary political issue&nbsp;for Republicans who are running for office” says&nbsp;Sikkema, “but it’s really hard to look in your crystal ball&nbsp;and see what the future of the Affordable Care Act is going to be.”</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:14 +0000 Jennifer White 18505 at http://michiganradio.org ACA ruling and its impact on Michigan Study shows overall poor health of those receiving Medicaid http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-overall-poor-health-those-receiving-medicaid <p></p><p>April 1 was an important day for many in Michigan. It was the day nearly half a million people in our state became newly eligible for the expanded Medicaid program.</p><p>Since then, more than 300,000 people have enrolled. Many have not seen a physician for a long time. Or, they have relied on emergency rooms for their medical care.</p><p>As revealed in a study published in the medical journal JAMA Surgery, there's good news and challenging news in all of this.</p><p>Certainly it's good that patients will be able to turn to a physician for medical care.</p><p>But the challenge is the overall poor health of many of these patients, especially surgical patients, and that has many implications – to the patients, to the hospitals and to the surgeons treating them.</p><p>Chief Medical Officer of the University of Michigan Health System, Dr. Darrell Campbell, Junior, talked about the study on Stateside.</p><p>Campbell analyzed data on 14,000 patients who had operations in 52 hospitals in Michigan from July 2012 to June 2013. The study looked at the Medicaid population and compared them to people with private insurance but were around the same age. The study analyzed the condition those patients were in prior to their surgical procedure.</p><p>“What we found was that they weren’t in very good shape,” Campbell said. “And that has consequences for the results after they have surgery, not only in terms of how well they do from physical point of view but also the cost and resources that are used afterwards.”</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:44:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 18110 at http://michiganradio.org Study shows overall poor health of those receiving Medicaid Bill proposes more authority for nurses with advanced degrees http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-proposes-more-authority-nurses-advanced-degrees <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A bill that would give nurses with advanced degrees more autonomy is coming up for debate in the Michigan House.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:11:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18115 at http://michiganradio.org Bill proposes more authority for nurses with advanced degrees "Healthy Michigan" enrolls tens of thousands in first week http://michiganradio.org/post/healthy-michigan-enrolls-tens-thousands-first-week <p>Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program is off to a fast start. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Tens of thousands of people have signed up for the medical coverage in the first week since the enrollment opened.</p><p></p><p>The Healthy Michigan program has received nearly 55,000 applications since April first; 32,000 Michiganders have already had their applications approved. Tens of thousands more have been moved into the expanded Medicaid program from a different state health assistance program.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:29:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 17152 at http://michiganradio.org "Healthy Michigan" enrolls tens of thousands in first week Michigan's Medicaid expansion goes into effect today http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medicaid-expansion-goes-effect-today <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_66797---,00.html">Healthy Michigan</a>” is available to more than 470,000 low-income Michiganders between the ages of 19 and 64.</p><p>Joining us today is Krista Nordberg, director of enrollment at the Washtenaw Health Plan.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nordberg says the Healthy Michigan Plan is “extremely comprehensive health care coverage” for low-income individuals. The kind of coverage available includes medical benefits, prescription coverage, dental, vision and mental health services.</span></p><p>But under the new plan, people will be responsible for some of the cost of their health care.</p><p>“The co-pays range from about $1 to $3 for the dental and the vision and the prescriptions. And for people with higher incomes – incomes between 100-133% of poverty – they will be asked to contribute to a health savings account, and that is still something being worked out with the state as to how that would be administered through their health plan, and how they will pay into that,” said Nordberg.</p><p>For more information about Healthy Michigan click <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/healthymiplan">here</a>, or call 1-855-789-5610.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 17065 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Medicaid expansion goes into effect today Stateside for Tuesday, April 1, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-april-1-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today is the day. After months and months of debate, Healthy Michigan is here. That's the official name for the state's newly expanded Medicaid program. Today, on Stateside: Who is eligible for the new coverage and why are other states looking to Michigan for lessons learned?</span></p><p>Then, it made news: the merger between financially struggling Albion High School and its neighbor, Marshall. Now, more than halfway through the school year, we checked in on how the students are faring.</p><p>And, a new report is breaking new ground in the study of inequality among our children, and the findings for Michigan children are troubling.</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nother hugely surprising retirement from Congress. Republican Congressman Dave Camp, who represents Michigan's 4th district, announced that he will not run again for re-election. Camp has served in Congress for 24 years and has been chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.</span></p><p>Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta, co-hosts of Michigan Radio's It's Just Politics, joined us today to talk about what’s next for Camp and what this means for Michigan in Congress.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:14:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17063 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Affordable Care Act enrollment is closed; attention now turns to Michigan Medicaid expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/affordable-care-act-enrollment-closed-attention-now-turns-michigan-medicaid-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act shop door now has a "closed" sign on it, for the most part.</span></p><p>The open enrollment deadline passed at midnight.</p><p>Attention in Michigan now swings over to Healthy Michigan.</p><p>That's the official name for Michigan's expanded Medicaid program. It allows the state to bring more low-income residents into the Medicaid fold using funding available through the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>And Michigan's Medicaid expansion is something other states are watching because of a couple of important new twists to the program.</p><p>MLive Capitol reporter Jonathan Oosting joins us now.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:51:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 17061 at http://michiganradio.org Affordable Care Act enrollment is closed; attention now turns to Michigan Medicaid expansion 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 Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties http://michiganradio.org/post/slow-enrollment-obamacare-rural-counties <p>People in rural areas trying to enroll for health insurance as part of the new Affordable Care Act can face special challenges. Registration must happen online, and many people in Michigan’s rural counties do not have a home computer or access to the Internet.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15874 at http://michiganradio.org Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties Michigan Gov. Snyder proud of health laws, realistic about 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gov-snyder-proud-health-laws-realistic-about-2014 <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is proud of the substantial changes he and lawmakers made to Michigan's health care landscape in 2013.<br /><br />Almost a half-million low-income adults will qualify for government health insurance through an expansion of Medicaid. An overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield is creating a nearly $1.6 billion health endowment fund.<br /><br />More low-income children are eligible for dental coverage.<br /> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:18:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15823 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Gov. Snyder proud of health laws, realistic about 2014 New Michigan laws of 2013 led by Medicaid expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/new-michigan-laws-2013-led-medicaid-expansion <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators have enacted more than 200 new laws in 2013, with roughly 70 more awaiting the governor's signature after a final burst of voting.<br /><br />The year's top laws include a landmark expansion of government-funded medical coverage to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults and restrictions on insurance coverage of abortions.<br /> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:26:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15801 at http://michiganradio.org New Michigan laws of 2013 led by Medicaid expansion In Lansing, could unexpected legislation pop up? http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-could-unexpected-legislation-pop <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each Thursday we talk Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan legislature is on recess until the first week of December. This feels like a much more subdued legislative session compared to last year. Today we ask, what has the legislature checked off it's list, what bills are likely to come up in December?</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:03:42 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15386 at http://michiganradio.org In Lansing, could unexpected legislation pop up? 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 Upper Peninsula back on map at White House health care website http://michiganradio.org/post/upper-peninsula-back-map-white-house-health-care-website <p>CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (AP) - The UP is back on the map.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/wheres_the_up_map_on_white_hou.html">MLive.com</a> says a map that the White House put up on <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/medicaid-map">the website </a>showing which states were expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act was showing an outline of Michigan that omitted the Upper Peninsula.<br /><br />Michigan is among the states that are expanding Medicaid under the health care law.<br /> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:15:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15213 at http://michiganradio.org Upper Peninsula back on map at White House health care website 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 Few issues reveal the political divide like auto insurance… http://michiganradio.org/post/few-issues-reveal-political-divide-auto-insurance <p>Insurance sure is a hot political topic these days with hearings in Washington on the glitches with the <a>HealthCare.gov</a> website, and the recent fight in the Legislature over the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/tea-party-looks-fight-over-every-step-medicaid-expansion">Medicaid expansion</a>. So what better moment to re-kindle the controversy over Michigan’s auto insurance rates and the no-fault law?</p><p>Which is exactly what Governor Rick Snyder did this week when he re-started talks among the groups with an interest in an overhaul of the law. That includes doctors and hospitals, insurance companies, and trial lawyers – all major political players in Lansing.</p><p>And, certainly, people who’ve been injured in car and truck accidents have a big stake.</p><p>Auto insurance is intensely political. (So much so that some states even have elected insurance commissioners.) Pretty much everyone runs the risk of being hurt in a crash, and everyone who owns a vehicle - under Michigan’s no-fault insurance law - is supposed to carry liability coverage.</p><p>People are always upset by <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-behind-high-costs-michigan-auto-insurance-rates">insurance rates</a>, but none more so than people who live in cities with high premiums. Cities like Detroit and Flint. &nbsp;Insurance rates actually <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/03/auto-rates-drive-detroit-voters-into-hiding/">affect elections</a>. Some city dwellers use out-of-town addresses on their driver’s licenses and voter registration to get lower rates, which also means they don’t vote in local elections. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:05:43 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 15003 at http://michiganradio.org Few issues reveal the political divide like auto insurance… Medicaid expansion delay may mean less money for Michigan roads http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-delay-may-mean-less-money-michigan-roads <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Delaying Medicaid expansion in Michigan is having another side-effect besides forcing low-income adults to wait three months longer for health insurance under the federal health overhaul.<br /><br />It also means there could be $73 million less for deteriorating roads at a time lawmakers are funneling more money there in part to avoid raising gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees.<br /> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 15:25:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14908 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid expansion delay may mean less money for Michigan roads Major delays on day one of healthcare exchange http://michiganradio.org/post/major-delays-day-one-healthcare-exchange <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan&rsquo;s new online healthcare exchange went live today, meaning </span>Michiganders<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would now have the opportunity to check out healthcare plans and subsidies available to them under the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p>But the launch didn&rsquo;t go without a couple of hiccups.</p><p>As the exchanges went live on the web, consumers <span style="line-height: 1.5;">encountered error messages, saying the high traffic to the exchanges would mean delays with actually looking at the plans.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:11:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 14664 at http://michiganradio.org Major delays on day one of healthcare exchange Demographics of Medicaid enrollees change as coverage expands http://michiganradio.org/post/demographics-medicaid-enrollees-change-coverage-expands <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">As Medicaid expansion is coming, we&rsquo;re starting to get a better picture of who will be covered. Much of Medicaid now is spent on people in nursing homes. But the expansion will include a lot of younger people, low-income workers.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A new study from the University of Michigan Medical School looks at the likely demographics and Tammy Chang, the lead author of that study, joined us in the studio to discuss the new faces of Medicaid.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:21:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 14603 at http://michiganradio.org Demographics of Medicaid enrollees change as coverage expands The week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, violent crime, Detroit bankruptcy mediation http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-expansion-violent-crime-detroit-bankruptcy-mediation <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-signs-medicaid-expansion-law">Medicaid expansion</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-fbi-crime-stats-show-more-work-needed-detroit-flint-saginaw">crime rates</a> in Detroit and Flint and the mediation of Detroit’s bankruptcy.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:06:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 14470 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, violent crime, Detroit bankruptcy mediation