LANSING, MI – State regulators have approved an average 22% rate increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan health insurance policies covering about 200,000 people.
The rate increases announced Thursday are significantly lower than the company initially requested for the non-group and group conversation policies typically bought by people under 65 who aren't covered by employer-based or government health plans. Blue Cross had sought rate increases averaging 42% to 56%.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer says he expects over 10,000 people---both supporters and opponents----to take part in a telephone town hall meeting Thursday evening. Speaking Thursday in Lansing before an invitation-only crowd dominated by senior-citizens, Schauer said the approach ensures that all voices are heard:
"We can have a much more productive conversation here, talking, where we don't have someone shouting to make sure we actually can't communicate," he said.
Lansing, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Area health care organizations gathered today in Lansing to address one of their industry's most significant problems: re-hospitalizations. Patients and providers alike are often unprepared for the transition from one health care setting to another. That lack of coordination can lead to sudden readmissions to hospitals that cost billions of dollars a year. But there's a local effort to improve care transitions in mid-Michigan.
SOUTH BEND, IN – The South Bend Silver Hawks committed four costly errors that led to five unearned runs, three to tie the game in the eighth and two to lose the game in the tenth, as the Lansing Lugnuts triumphed in extra innings, 8-6, last night at Coveleski Stadium. The victory was Lansing's first of the season in 13 extra-innings games. The two teams play the third game of their four-game series tonight at 7:00 p.m.
STANDISH, MI – A federal team is visiting a maximum-security prison in Standish that could be used to hold terrorism suspects now detained at Guantanamo Bay.
Representatives of the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security departments on Thursday morning were touring the prison in the Lower Peninsula town 145 miles north of Detroit.
The Standish facility and the military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., are being considered to house the detainees if the prison in Cuba is closed by 2010, as ordered by President Barack Obama.
LANSING, MI – A state House Judiciary subcommittee is taking testimony about what to do with a Standish maximum security prison scheduled to be closed. The two most discussed options are housing prisoners from other states or federal prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan Democrat Carl Levin says he's spending the Senate recess listening to constituents, health care providers and insurance companies to learn more about what people want from national health care reform.
DETROIT – Five Detroit Public Schools employees have been charged with embezzlement in an ongoing probe the prosecutor says is part of a "culture of corruption" at Michigan's largest district.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday each is charged with one or more counts of embezzlement.
The defendants are a clerical worker at an elementary school, a person who works in the district's controls office, a truck driver, a high school teacher's aide and a food service coordinator at an elementary school.
EAST LANSING, MI – Area healthcare organizations gathered Wednesday to address one of their industry's most significant problems: re-hospitalizations. Patients and providers alike are often unprepared for the transition from one healthcare setting to another. That lack of coordination can lead to sudden readmissions to hospitals that cost billions of dollars a year. WKAR's Mark Bashore reports on a local effort to improve "care transitions" in mid-Michigan.
WASHINGTON – General Motors Co. says it has submitted its executive compensation proposal to the Obama administration.
GM, along with several banks and other firms, must submit plans to compensate its 100 highest-paid employees under the terms of its government bailout. The deadline for the proposals is Thursday.
The Obama administration has appointed Kenneth Feinberg to oversee compensation at the firms. Feinberg could reject pay plans he deems excessive, and he is expected to take 60 days to review the proposals.