medicaid http://michiganradio.org en "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 The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-51 <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-will-be-weaker-washington-we-ve-been-ages"> the impact of a fourth member of the state's congressional delegation who won't seek re-election</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medicaid-expansion-goes-effect-today">Medicaid expansion</a>, President Obama's trip to Michigan to talk about the minimum wage, and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/orr-turns-heat-detroit-pensioners-they-push-back">Detroit's latest plan for bankruptcy</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:24:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17071 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics 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 Starting Friday, basic insurance policies in Michigan are barred from covering abortions http://michiganradio.org/post/starting-friday-basic-insurance-policies-michigan-are-barred-covering-abortions <p>Michigan’s law barring insurance companies from including abortion coverage in basic policies takes effect this week.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">7 insurance companies, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, will offer an additional rider.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16781 at http://michiganradio.org 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 State lawmakers look to patch Medicaid shortfall, say long-term solution critical http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-look-patch-medicaid-shortfall-say-long-term-solution-critical <p>Michigan’s Medicaid program faces a budget shortfall this year of more than $100 million. That’s because a new tax on health insurance claims is not producing as much revenue as state officials expected.</p><p></p><p>This week, the state Senate passed a mid-year budget bill that would patch that hole in the Medicaid budget. That’s the same bill that includes $100 million dollars to help fix and maintain roads being torn apart by nasty winter weather.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:38:51 +0000 Jake Neher 16558 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers look to patch Medicaid shortfall, say long-term solution critical 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 Health firm's growth impacts Detroit area http://michiganradio.org/post/health-firms-growth-impacts-detroit-area <p>DETROIT (AP) - Changes in federal and state health care laws have created huge growth for Michigan's largest Medicaid HMO.<br /><br />The Detroit News reports that growth at Meridian Health Plan is also benefiting Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park because of developments financed by the family that runs Meridian.<br /><br />Jon Cotton is chief operating officer of Meridian Health Plan. It was founded as Health Plan of Michigan in 1997 by his parents, David and Shery Cotton.<br /><br />He says the changes in health care are creating opportunities that won't be seen for another century. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15011 at http://michiganradio.org Keeping tabs on how the shutdown is affecting Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-tabs-how-shutdown-affecting-michigan <p><em>The shutdown of the federal government is here. Now what?</em></p><p><em>We&#39;ll keep tabs on the people, programs, and places being affected by the shutdown on this post. Drop us a note below if you&#39;re affected by the shutdown or if you know of a program that we haven&#39;t mentioned.</em></p><p><em>If you&#39;ve sat this story out, and need some &quot;Shutdown 101,&quot; the Washington Post&#39;s WonkBlog&nbsp;has &quot;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/30/absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-about-how-the-government-shutdown-will-work/">Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work.</a>&quot; That should about cover it.</em></p><p><em><strong>*We will update this post as we learn more information</strong></em></p><p>The shutdown shakes things out into two silos.</p><ol><li>&quot;Essential&quot; services/personnel, and</li><li>&quot;Non-essential&quot; services/personnel. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & Mark Brush 14655 at http://michiganradio.org Keeping tabs on how the shutdown is affecting Michigan In this morning's headlines: Shutdown, Medicaid delays, Belle Isle deal http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-shutdown-medicaid-delays-belle-isle-deal <p><strong>Shutdown could cost Michigan $18 million a day</strong></p><p>&quot;Michigan&rsquo;s budget chief says the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-tabs-how-shutdown-affecting-michigan">federal shutdown</a> could cost the state $18 million dollars a day in lost funding. Budget Director John Nixon says he does not expect that to happen unless the shutdown lasts more than two weeks. He says, after that, pre-funding for some big programs will run out,&quot; Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Delays in Medicaid sign up</strong></p><p>&quot;The Michigan Department of Community Health is still working to start early enrollment to help people sign up for Michigan&#39;s expanded Medicaid program. Michigan&#39;s Medicaid expansion also still needs to be approved by the federal government. That means hundreds of thousands of low-wage Michiganders could have to wait weeks or months to enroll,&quot; Jake Neher<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/major-delays-day-one-healthcare-exchange"> reports</a></p><p><strong>The state to take over Detroit&#39;s Belle Isle</strong></p><p>&quot;The state of Michigan has signed a deal to lease Detroit&rsquo;s Belle Isle. Governor Snyder and emergency manager Kevyn Orr have both approved the 30-year plan. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will run Belle Isle as a state park, saving Detroit an estimated $4 million a year in maintenance costs,&quot; Sarah Cwiek<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-and-detroit-officials-strike-tentative-deal-lease-belle-isle"> reports.</a></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:38:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14677 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Shutdown, Medicaid delays, Belle Isle deal Kids on Medicaid now eligible for free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties http://michiganradio.org/post/kids-medicaid-now-eligible-free-dental-care-washtenaw-ingham-and-ottawa-counties <p>Children whose families qualify for Medicaid are now eligible to receive free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties through the Healthy Kids Dental program. Beginning today, 64,000 kids are added to the program which provides dental coverage to about half a million children in Michigan.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:47:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14660 at http://michiganradio.org Kids on Medicaid now eligible for free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties Michigan's most vulnerable may be most at risk in a federal government shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-most-vulnerable-may-be-most-risk-federal-government-shutdown <p>A federal government shutdown could have a big effect in Michigan, especially for many of the state’s most vulnerable.</p><p>Many programs run by Michigan’s state government are paid for with money from the federal government.</p><p>If the White House and Congressional Republicans can’t reach a budget deal by the end of this month, the flow of federal money to Michigan will slow to a trickle.</p><p>“There are hundreds of millions of dollars that flow into the state on a monthly basis,” says John Nixon, Michigan’s state budget director.</p> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14534 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's most vulnerable may be most at risk in a federal government shutdown Stateside for Monday, September 16th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-september-16th-2013 <p>It's officially the law of the land.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder signed the Medicaid expansion into law today.</p><p>The expansion will provide Medicaid services to hundreds of thousands of working-poor in the state through the federal Affordable Care Act. On today's show, what the expansion means for Michigan and what's next on the Governor's and the Legislature's agenda.</p><p>And, Brandon and Bethany Foote, the couple behind the musical group Gifts or Creatures, joined us today to talk about their music.</p><p>Also, Rivertown, a $55 million proposed development along the east riverfront in Detroit, recently won approval from the Detroit Economic Development Corporation. How are developments like this possible when Detroit is bankrupt?</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">n Michigan, by state law, the day after Labor Day is Back-To-School Day.</span></p><p>But in some 30 districts and charter schools in Michigan, kids have already been going to school because these districts and schools are experimenting with year-round school.</p><p>It's a concept getting much attention with the realization that our traditional school schedule causes most kids to forget some of the reading and math skills over the long summer break. That forces teachers to spend the first month or more re-teaching the previous year's material.</p><p>What does year-round school look like and is there a demand for it?</p><p>For the answer, we turned to the Crosswell-Lexington Community Schools in rural Sanilac County, which is offering the option of a year-round schedule.</p><p>Superintendent Kevin Miller joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:33:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 14443 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, September 16th, 2013 What happens now that Medicaid expansion has been signed into law? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-now-medicaid-expansion-has-been-signed-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After months of political wrangling and debate, Governor Snyder has signed the Medicaid expansion into law. The expansion will provide Medicaid services to hundreds of thousands of working-poor in Michigan through the federal Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p>Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business, and Chad Livengood, Lansing reporter for the Detroit News joined us today to talk about what we can now expect.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:57:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 14439 at http://michiganradio.org What happens now that Medicaid expansion has been signed into law? In this morning's headlines: Medicaid, anthrax vaccine expansion, Detroit lighting http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-medicaid-anthrax-vaccine-expansion-detroit-lighting <p><strong>Governor to sign Medicaid expansion today</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder today will sign into law a plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan. The measure will extend government-sponsored health care to hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders through the federal Affordable Care Act," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Anthrax vaccine facility expands in Michigan</strong></p><p>The nations only licensed anthrax vaccine is made in Lansing. Now the company that makes the vaccine will open a new Michigan facility to expand production of the anthrax vaccine. More on the story can be found <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130916/NEWS06/309160008/anthrax-lansing-BioThrax-Emergent-Biosolutions-terrorist-vaccine">here. </a></p><p><strong>Plan for more lighting in Detroit moves forward</strong></p><p>"Plans are moving forward on a new effort to keep streetlights working in Detroit. The Public Lighting Authority of Detroit says it will begin a block-by-block review of streetlights in two Detroit neighborhoods this week as part of two pilot projects. According to some estimates, fewer than half of Detroit's 88,000 streetlights are believed to work," the Associated Press reports.<br><br> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:19:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14432 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Medicaid, anthrax vaccine expansion, Detroit lighting What can Michigan residents expect from the Affordable Care Act? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-can-michigan-residents-expect-affordable-care-act <p>We've been flooded with news coverage of the Medicaid expansion in Michigan, the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"), and the soon-to-be unveiled health care exchanges.</p><p>But it's all confusing and challenging, even to those who work in the field of healthcare coverage.</p><p>We wanted to see if we could get a firmer grasp on what all of this means in real world terms. Who's in, who's not? What does it mean for you, the consumer?</p><p>Marianne Udow-Phillips is the director of the <a href="http://www.chrt.org/">Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation</a>. It's a non-profit partnership between the University of Michigan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. She joined us today from Ann Arbor.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:26:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 14340 at http://michiganradio.org What can Michigan residents expect from the Affordable Care Act? The week in review: Medicaid expansion and Bentiviolio's primary challenger http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-medicaid-expansion-and-bentiviolios-primary-challenger <p>This week in review, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-set-give-final-approval-medicaid-expansion">Medicaid expansion</a> and Kerry Bentivolio's primary challenger.</p><p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 14305 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Medicaid and road funding, Detroit housing project demolition, E. coli http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-medicaid-and-road-funding-detroit-housing-project-demolition-e-coli <p><strong>Governor Snyder says some Medicaid funding could go toward roads</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder says extending Medicaid to thousands of working poor people will save Michigan taxpayers money. He wants to use part of the money to pay for the program in future years when the federal government’s share declines slightly. But he says there should be more than enough to also use some of the money for other things – such as roads and transportation," Rick Pluta<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-says-some-medicaid-savings-could-go-roads"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Housing project once home to Diana Ross and Joe Louis torn down in Detroit</strong></p><p>"Portions of Detroit’s historic Brewster-Douglass housing projects met the wrecking ball Wednesday. The massive complex where Diana Ross and Joe Louis grew up had become a magnet for blight and crime," Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-historic-troubled-brewster-douglass-homes-meet-wrecking-ball">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Rockfors residents urged to boil water to avoid E. coli</strong></p><p>"Tests have revealed E. coli in the water system that serves <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/City-of-Rockford-City-Hall/102830113087792">Rockford</a>, a city north of Grand Rapids. Health officials advised residents to use bottled water Wednesday or boil tap water before using it for drinking, brushing teeth or preparing food," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:59:29 +0000 Emily Fox 14281 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Medicaid and road funding, Detroit housing project demolition, E. coli