Michigan's health care system facing an overhaul

Mar 4, 2013
Hospital Room

From possible Medicaid expansion to insurance exchanges to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s new status, the state’s health care system is about to change.

We’ll discuss just how drastically with Lonnie Scott, state communications director for the consumer advocacy group, Know Your Care, and Rick Murdock, director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans.

Gabby Saldivia

On Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder ordered a review of how Michigan delivers mental health services.  Among other issues, commissions headed by Lt. Governor Brian Calley will focus on how to close the gap for people who need help but end up in jail instead.

Bob Sheehan, executive director of Community Mental Health of Lansing, discusses mental health challenges in mid-Michigan and what he thinks the review needs to address.

Medicaid expansion in Michigan closer to reality

Feb 7, 2013

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made it official yesterday:  He supports expanding the state’s Medicaid program.  

The federal Affordable Care Act offers to cover the costs of all the newly insured for three years.  That could total up to a half-million Michigan residents.  Proponents cite the savings to hospitals for no longer having to eat the emergency room costs of the poor who can’t pay.  Currently, those costs are now passed along to the hospitals’ other paying customers.

Current State #9 | January 24, 2013

Jan 24, 2013

On today's Current State: East Lansing city manager George Lahanas and Tim Dempsey, director of Planning, Building and Development, local efforts at Medicare cost reduction, electric cars, MSU women's basketball and dancing to Pink Floyd.

Dr. Sienko: Obesity Report Should Prompt Action

Sep 25, 2012
Courtesy / Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Michigan continues to face a serious health challenge. A closely watched annual report shows the percentage of people categorized as "obese" in the state continues to rise.

The annual "F As in Fat" report is a project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an underwriter of NPR. The report forecasts the percentage would rise to 59% in less than 20 years.  

Obesity is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration declared this week the state has run out of time to create an online health exchange and must take a back seat to a federally run program.

Michigan officials say a second person has died from the West Nile virus, and 18 more cases have been reported this week.

Michigan is now one of 12 states with very high obesity rates.

WKAR file photo

Another day of hearings by two state House committees have wrapped up on Michigan’s next step now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the federal healthcare law. Michigan is facing some deadlines to move ahead with an online exchange for people to shop for health coverage.

Clare Man Is First in Area with 'Bionic' Ankle

Jul 23, 2012
Mark Bashore / WKAR

A Clare man has become the first mid-Michigan recipient of what's being called a "bionic" ankle.