Medicaid

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*Waukesha, Wis., located about 15 miles west of Milwaukee’s Lake Michigan shoreline, wants to draw its water from the Great Lakes because its old supply is tainted with radium: “The city is the first municipality in the United States located entirely outside […]

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Uninsured watch anxiously as Medicaid debate rolls on

Greg Hunt does not consider himself a gambler. But, in the back of his mind, the 25-year-old Kent County resident knows he is one health crisis removed from thousands of dollars in medical bills he can’t pay.  Given that he has Addison’s […]

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Michigan gets high marks for private management of Medicaid

About 30 years after Congress authorized Medicaid, then-Gov. John Engler launched reforms that would change the face of its coverage in Michigan. Before 1997, the state operated a “fee-for-service” plan that paid costs of Medicaid patients as they were incurred. Although they […]

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Just get it done on Medicaid expansion

On Feb. 6, Gov. Rick Snyder announced his support for expanding Medicaid as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act. In his announcement, he talked about how the expansion would help hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan (our own estimates at the […]

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*A point often lost in the debate over changes to health care: The status quo is not exactly peachy for many people. “Between 2006 and 2011, the cost of a private sector employer sponsored family premium in Michigan rose an average of […]

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Snyder needs to tell Legislature that budget is far from finished

A governor working in a politically divided government often has no choice but to concede some measure of power to a legislative chamber controlled by the opposition party. When government is unified, a governor has two choices in pursuit of policy aims: […]

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Oregon Medicaid study shows value of investment in mental health

Recent reports about a Medicaid experiment in Oregon reveal a major disconnect we have in the health care world: we make a historic — and unwarranted — distinction between “physical health” and “mental health.” Worse, that distinction actually interferes with both our […]

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State, citizens can’t treat dental care as a luxury

Any serious effort to provide dental care to underserved people in Michigan must better incorporate private practice dentists in the plan. A new survey released by the Michigan Dental Association provides ample evidence of that. Nine out of 10 dentists surveyed said […]

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Guest commentary: 10 reasons to expand Medicaid in Michigan

By Mike Vizena/Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards There are many reasons the Michigan Legislature should follow Gov. Rick Snyder’s lead on Medicaid expansion. Let me count the ways: 1. It is simply sensible public policy to tap federal funds already […]

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Legislative Republicans worry more about ’14 primaries than in helping Snyder lead

When they hit the House floor for a vote this month, it appears doubtful that budget bills for the departments of Community Health and Transportation will contain new funding for expanding Medicaid or highway construction. Gov. Rick Snyder asked for both in […]

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Guest column: Medicaid expansion is good for Michigan small businesses

By Rob Fowler/SBAM The Small Business Association of Michigan supports the broadening of eligibility criteria to participate in the Medicaid program so that people under 138 percent of the poverty level can be covered. SBAM may be considered a surprising voice in […]

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* The Kalamazoo Promise (which offers college scholarships) is paying dividends: “We find positive effects of the Kalamazoo Promise on Promise eligible students large enough to be deemed important—about a 9 percent increase in the probability of earning any credits and one less suspension […]

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Snyder needs to tutor legislative Republicans on the realities of math

$52 million (Estimated net fiscal year 2023 cost of expanding Medicaid in Michigan, per the federal Affordable Care Act. The expansion would, by that date, cover more than 600,000 single adults and reduce the ranks of the uninsured in Michigan by two-thirds.) […]

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Job-based health coverage plummets

Linda and Ken Brauer went years without health insurance after Ken lost his job as a salesman in 2007. Ken became eligible for Medicare in January. But Linda, a 63-year-old unemployed social worker with a master’s degree, has been unable to find […]

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Final arguments on Proposal 4

Proposal 4 would amend the state constitution to create the Michigan Quality Home Care Council, and allow home health-care workers limited collective-bargaining rights. For full Bridge coverage of Proposal 4 — and the other statewide ballot proposals this year — visit our […]

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Truth Squad calls foul on pro-Proposal 4 ad

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “Veterans” Who: Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care, pro-Proposal 4 ballot group What: TV/Web ad Truth Squad call: Foul Proposal 4,  which would amend the state constitution to create the Michigan Quality Home Care Council, and allow home […]

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Democrats slip up on couple of points about Bolger, Truth Squad rules

MICHIGAN TRUTH SQUAD ANALYSIS: “End Jase Bolger’s Reign” Who: Michigan Democratic Party What: Web video Truth Squad call: Foul. Michigan Democrats have ramped up attacks on the House Republican speaker since revelation of a secretive scheme between Bolger and Grand Rapids House […]

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