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    Michigan Autism Policy Update

    Vincent Szczerowski

    Within the last ten years, there has been a tremendous push at both the state and federal level to ease the burden of families with children affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in paying for treatment and other support mechanisms. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, ...

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    How Michigan Mental Health Policy Compar …

    Vincent Szczerowski

    The state of mental health policy as nation is somewhat dismal to say the least. Though there is a continued call to reform the mental health system in the country, amidst the wake of public shootings frequently committed, there has been no substantial policy shift nationwide. With this issue, more significant ...

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    Do Abortion Restrictions Lower Abortion …

    Vincent Szczerowski

    As more regulations are imposed on abortion policy, conventional wisdom would seem to suggest that this would lead to a decline in the overall number of abortion procedures. This notion would be true both at the national level ...

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    Medicaid Expansion in Michigan: An Updat …

    Vincent Szczerowski

    Medicaid expansion in Michigan is currently in full effect. To date, over 405,000 people have been enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, which is the program in Michigan that incorporates the expansion of Medicaid into the overall insurance reforms set by the Affordable Care Act. This figure, when looking at the ...

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    Smoking Bans in Michigan are Here to Sta …

    Inna Mirzoyan

    Representative Douglas Geiss of Taylor recently introduced House Bill 4536, which would weaken the ban on smoking in Michigan public areas. Rep. Geiss says Michigan’s current legislation treats smokers like “dogs” (Anders) by forcing them to stand outside in the cold and rain to enjoy a cigarette. Therefore, his bill asks ...

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    Medicaid Block Grants Would Save Money B …

    Shannon Jackson

    Medicaid, created in 1965, is a public insurance program that is designed to provide health coverage to low income individuals and families, of which include children, parents, elderly, and those who are disabled. Medicaid has sought to ensure that low-income families would never go without essential healthcare, but there is one ...

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    What Snyder's Budget Cuts Mean for Medic …

    Shannon Jackson

    Medicaid, created in 1965, is a public insurance program that is designed to provide health coverage to low income individuals and families, of which include children, parents, elderly, and those who are disabled. Medicaid is jointly funded by the federal and state governments. Each state operates its own program ...

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    Case Challenges Michigan's Medical Marij …

    Leah Brynaert

    In 2008, Michigan voters passed the Medical Marijuana law into effect. This law states that certain patients with certain chronic diseases will have the ability to carry around a limited source of marijuana and use it for medical purposes only. Two years after the law was passed, many people are abiding ...

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    Physician Organization of Michigan Forme …

    Leah Brynaert

    The University of Michigan has teamed up with the Physicians Organization of Western Michigan recently to create a group known as the Physician Organization of Michigan. The group already has over five hundred and seventy members and is expected to be complete by January of 2011.

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    Michigan to Start High Risk Health Insur …

    Leah Brynaert

    At the end of August, a program was put into effect that allows the “high risk” citizens of Michigan denied coverage in the last six months to obtain health care coverage. Previous to this program, no person with a chronic disease (diabetes, cancer, kidney failure, etc.) could afford health insurance.

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    Organ Donor Leave Act

    Brandon Wolfe

    More than 65,000 Americans are awaiting organ transplant and last year, almost 5,000 Americans died while waiting for an organ to become available. While a transplant recipient's health insurance usually pays the donor's medical costs, including surgery and tests, it doesn't cover related expenses such as treks to the hospital, hotel ...

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    Proposed State Health Insurance Reforms …

    Joanne Lamar

    The passage of the Federal Health Care Reform bill did not happen overnight. When the issue of health care reform surfaced in the 2008 presidential campaign as a focus issue for the country, the Michigan legislature had already considered legislation to improve the process for providing insurance coverage for the State's ...

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    Worker's Compensation Insurance for Volu …

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    (Legislative Summary of House Bill 6148) Workers' compensation was one of the first social insurance programs adopted broadly throughout the United States. First established in Germany in 1856 and soon after by England, workers' compensation is the oldest form of no-fault insurance. Workers' compensation insurance was enacted in Michigan in 1912 and ...

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    Proposed Reduction in Age to Donate Bloo …

    Eva Yulita Nugraheni

    House Bill No. 5625 proposes to lower the minimum age for blood donation to 16, with parental consent. It amends 1971 PA 22 section 1 (MCL 722.41), as amended by 1981 PA 228. 1971 act 22 effective in May 13, 1971, and 1981 act 228 effective in January 12, 1982. Section ...

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    Embryo Research Bill

    Nicole Jurado

    House Bill No. 5131 is a bill to amend four sections of the 1978 Public Act 368, "Public health code". It also proposes to add two additional sections. The first section it proposes to change states that a person cannot use a live human embryo, fetus, or neonate (newborn ...

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    Patient Protection and Affordable Health …

    Matt Grossmann

    The recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (Obama's health care reform package) has clearly altered the policy and political landscape across the entire nation. While it remains to be seen how deep the long-term implications will affect the nation, it is clear that state governments are ...

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    Smoking Ban Enforcement and Information …

    Megan Mulder

    On May 1, 2010, the state of Michigan will be putting into action the Dr. Ron Davis Smoke Free Air Law. This law creates a smoking ban for all public places including, but not limited to, restaurants, businesses, hospitals, hotels and bars. The Dr. Ron Davis Law does have ...

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    Chiropractic Care Expansion on Insurance …

    Anthony Fernandez

    A new state legislative proposal brought forth in Michigan by the senate, if passed, would create new boundaries for insurance coverage pertaining to chiropractic and optometric services. Senate Bill No. 969 was introduced on November 5, 2009 by Senator Richardville. This is inclusive to bills 968 through 973. These bills all ...

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    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity …

    Thomas Kelly

    A bill has been introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives that would prohibit health insurers from, "imposing cost-sharing requirements and benefit or service limitations for mental health and substance abuse services that are more restrictive or financially burdensome than for medical services." The bill would apply specifically to hospital, ...

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    Adult Influenza Immunization Policy

    Kammy Frayre

    For the second year in a row legislators have introduced bills aimed at boosting the percent of senior citizens receiving immunizations in Michigan. Tie-barred Senate Bill 722 (Substitute H-2) introduced by Republican Senators and HB 4172 (Substitute H-2) introduced by House Democrats would require that hospitals establish a seasonal influenza ...

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    Medicaid Fraud Inspector General Propose …

    Dan

    Senate Bill 942 and House Bill 5542 involve health care fraud in Michigan, a topic of high interest to the state of Michigan. Due to the budget deficit and the current national debate over health care coverage, the combination of these two topics makes these two bills compelling legislative proposals. There ...

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    Leah Brynaert is Health Care Fellow & Correspondent for the Michigan Policy Network. She is a first-year student in Lyman Briggs College at MSU.