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    The Evolution of Michigan Mental Health …

    Vincent Szczerowski

    Similar to the trend that occurred throughout the whole of the United States, in Michigan the move to shy away from the institutionalization of mentally disabled individuals began to emerge in the 1960’s. Though the limit on who could be admitted into mental institutions at a federal level was in effect ...

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    Medicaid Expansion

    Alex Schenk

    On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against a portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The component of the act in question would expand the number of people currently covered by Medicaid as well as require states that fail to comply to ...

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    Regulatory reform of nursing care facili …

    Alex Schenk

    On December 15, 2011, Senator Goeff Hansen introduced Bill 884 to the Michigan Senate. Bill 884 aims to improve nursing home facilities by reforming the methods in which they are regulated. Thomas Meyer, an administrator for the Iosco County Medical Care Facility, says that the current survey system is, ...

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    SCID Infant Screening Requirement

    Jessica Pedersen

    Michigan babies will now be screened for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) in addition to the other tests undergone on newborns. The infants will be screened early enough to undergo life-saving preventive measures if they are found to have SCID. .

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    Medical Marijuana Controversies

    Jessica Pedersen

    Controversies over the regulation of medical marijuana use in Michigan have patients concerned for their health as well as the rights they gained when Michigan voters legalized medical marijuana in 2008.

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    Medical Marijuana Politics in Michigan

    David Hufnagel

    Medical Marijuana has been a hot topic in Michigan since the 1970s. For decades Michigan's citizens, politicians and interest groups have debated whether medical marijuana is a necessary drug for sufferers of debilitating illnesses or a dangerous drug that must be forbidden for its cancerous and memory affecting properties. ...

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    New Medicaid

    Leah Brynaert

    As the country is aware, President Obama has enacted a new bill to ensure the fairness of health care in the country. There are many aspects involved in the bill. The state and federal governments need to pair up to create the many new programs and restructuring the existing ones. In ...

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    Breakdown of What Michigan must do to Im …

    Leah Brynaert

      At the beginning of this year, President Barack Obama passed law known as the Affordable Care Act. This bill entails many requirements. Both states and the federal government are in charge of making sure these requirements are put into place.
    Michigan, and other states, has a big list of jobs they ...

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    Lawmaker Wants to Pull Money from HIV Pr …

    Leah Brynaert

    Most people know the state of Michigan is in financial trouble this fiscal year. Lawmakers around the country are looking for ways to save money, by cutting programs or raising taxes. Most lawmakers favor cutting state funded programs to help keep the budget in line. A lawmaker from West Michigan announced ...

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    The Truth and Consequences of the Health …

    Leah Brynaert

    President Obama's Health Care Reform Bill has recently been the subject of many heated debates between politicians. It was first proposed in 2009 and is going to be fully put into effect in 2014. Under this bill, insurance companies throughout the country will be required to offer some sort of standard ...

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    Overview: Breast and Cervical Cancer Con …

    Leah Brynaert

    In 1991, the Michigan Department of Community Health implemented a program called the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. The idea behind this program was that it will have the ability to help women who do not have insurance or personal money to spend on cancer screenings or treatment. The program ...

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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 sues Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Leah Brynaert

    Earlier in October, Michigan's Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The lawsuit is alleging the insurance company of forcing hospitals to charge competing insurers a higher rate.

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    Controversies of Medical Marijuana

    Leah Brynaert

    On November 4, 2008, Michigan voters passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. About five months later, the full law went into effect. It was then that citizens could begin applying for patient identification cards, which would permit them to buy marijuana and prevent them from getting arrested if in the possession ...

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    Nursing Home Shortages

    Leah Brynaert

    Several reports have recently suggested that Michigan is experiencing a major shortage in nursing homes. Throughout the state, nursing homes are being shut down at an alarming rate. There are many causes of the decrease in operating homes, including budget cuts and publicity problems.

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    Failure of Federal Medicaid Fund Extensi …

    Eva Yulita Nugraheni

    Medicaid as a state/federal cost-shared program that provides medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low income and limited assets was implemented in Michigan in 1966. There are some requirements to join this program, such as families, aged, blind, and disabled who receiving cash assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy ...

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    COBRA benefits

    Michael Kent

    Michigan's tough economic times may have just gotten a little bit harder on some of its citizens. The state that has an unemployment rate of 14 percent, is about to have thousands of its unemployed citizens lose a federal subsidy on their health insurance (Det. News, Deb Price).

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    HB 4008- The Safe Patient Care Act

    Brandon Wolfe

    On March 25th 2010, an amazing one-thousand nursing students rallied at the Michigan State Capitol in effort to abolish mandatory overtime for nurses so that patients can count on quality and efficient health care. Nurses are vital to patient care and are with patients around the clock but one of the ...

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    Nursing Shortage Report

    Thomas Kelly

    The Michigan Department of Community Health Task Force on Nursing Education (TFNE) has recently filed a report on the state of the nursing industry in Michigan. The report claims that there is an inadequate number of nurses, a low retention rate of nurses, poor education of nurses, and poor working conditions ...

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    Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance …

    Kammy Frayre

    In the mental health arena the presence of two or more disorders at the same time is referred to as co-occurring disorders. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the Federal Department of Health and Human ...

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    Doctors Leaving Michigan After Residency

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    The Michigan State Medical Society estimates that thousands of doctors are leaving Michigan after their residency programs or during their practices. The loss is expected to continue due to the eight percent cut in Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements in September of 2009. Twenty-seven percent of Michigan's licensed physicians work ...

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    A State Minimum Health Care Plan: Killin …

    Corey Brown

    If you’ve spent time viewing news on either the state or national level you’ve most likely heard about two stories that seem to be grabbing the media’s attention at their respective levels: the state budget and a national health care reform. The state budget was passed through a gruesome ...

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    H1N1: More Than Your Common Cold

    Corey Brown

    As Autumn starts showing its’ colors, literally, all of the usual fall activities join in, leaf-raking, chilly breezes, football games, and, of course, flu season. This year, however, flu season is anything but usual. This year’s flu season has been brought to the forefront of media and ...

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    Healthcare Reform on Two Levels

    Corey Brown

    Healthcare is is currently one of the most covered topics in the media.  On the federal level there is the great debate over the President's healthcare reform plan.  Democrats and Republicans continue to argue over whether the plan is right or not, or what should be changed, or who should recieve ...

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    Meet your Policy Fellow: Leah Brynaert

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