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Snyder names new director of DCH

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network

The next director of the state Department of Community Health says there are some parts of the national health care reform package that she thinks would be good for Michigan.

Governor-elect Rick Snyder named Olga Dazzo to the position Friday. Dazzo says she will evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of Governor Granholm's plan to begin implementing the health care reforms.

"Can you imagine having a whole country that is fully connected?," she asks. "And so that if you have an accident in Florida, and your records are in Michigan, your emergency room down there could find your records immediately and save your life. That is a long-term vision that we must uphold."

Dazzo says she hopes she can continue to make Michigan a healthier state while also cutting costs at the Department of Community Health. The department faces a huge budget issues with the expanding costs of Medicaid.

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