Veterans Affairs http://michiganradio.org en Three Michigan VA facilities flagged in audit of long wait times and scheduling practices http://michiganradio.org/post/three-michigan-va-facilities-flagged-audit-long-wait-times-and-scheduling-practices <p></p><p>The controversy over long wait times and improper scheduling practices at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics has cost the job of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.</p><p>It led to an internal VA audit of its health care facilities.</p><p>And that has caused the VA to flag three facilities in Michigan for a closer look.</p><p>For this conversation, we asked what might be happening at those facilities, and what this means to veterans in Michigan.</p><p>We're joined by Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler and Dr. Joe Schwartz, physician and former Republican Congressman from West Michigan. Dr. Schwartz is now a visiting lecturer at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:16:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 17955 at http://michiganradio.org Three Michigan VA facilities flagged in audit of long wait times and scheduling practices Stateside for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-march-11-2014 <p>The Detroit automakers are moving into their fifth year of recovery after the disastrous bottoming-out of 2009 when General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy. Half a decade later, however, sales are brisk and auto loans are available. But is the future that bright? On today's show: Are there warning signs of another auto downturn? And, if so, what needs to happen to stop it?</p><p>Then, what will our rivers and roads look like once spring hits and the snow melts? We spoke with meteorologist Jim Maczko&nbsp;to find out.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lake Erie is full of algae blooms and dead zones, and a new report is asking us to take action. What can be done to improve the health of this lake?</span></p><p>Also,&nbsp;how about adding smell to food advertising?&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">re Michigan veterans getting what they deserve in terms of benefits and support?</span></p><p>The Veterans' Administration says when it comes to per-capita spending on veterans, Michigan checks in at an average of just over $3,400 per vet. The national average is over $4,800. That places Michigan last in the nation.</p><p>What is the state doing about this and to make sure that veterans get all the benefits to which they're entitled?</p><p>The director of Michigan's Veterans Affairs Agency, Jeff Barnes, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:32:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 16814 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Michigan ranks last in the nation for per-capita spending on veterans http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ranks-last-nation-capita-spending-veterans <p>Are Michigan veterans getting what they deserve in terms of benefits and support?</p><p>The Veterans Administration says when it comes to per-capita spending on veterans, Michigan checks in at an average of just over $3,400 per vet. The national average is over $4,800. That places Michigan last in the nation.</p><p>What is the state doing about this? And what are they doing to make sure that veterans get all the benefits to which they're entitled?</p><p>The director of <a href="http://michiganveterans.com/">Michigan's Veterans Affairs Agency</a>, Jeff Barnes, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:26:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 16810 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan ranks last in the nation for per-capita spending on veterans Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-michigans-veterans-get-benefits-theyve-earned <p>This Veterans Day, Michigan has <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/11/michigan_ranks_last_among_stat.html">the dubious distinction</a> of having its military veterans among those receiving the least government benefits of any in the 50 states.</p><p>Michigan’s more than 650 thousand veterans get about $3,400 on average in benefits compared with a national average of nearly five thousand dollars a year.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:53:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15195 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned In Michigan, sharp increase in opiate prescriptions to veterans http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-sharp-increase-opiate-prescriptions-veterans <p>The Department of Veteran Affairs may be overprescribing opiates to veterans &mdash; and in some cases, prescribing to those with known opiate addictions.</p><p>An investigative report from <a href="http://cironline.org/node/5261">PRX and the Center for Investigative Reporting</a> revealed that the VA agency &ldquo;has issued more than one opiate prescription per patient, on average, for the past two years.&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:17:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14663 at http://michiganradio.org In Michigan, sharp increase in opiate prescriptions to veterans