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    Mental Health Budget Reflections


    The mass killings at Columbine High School, a theater in Aurora, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and many others dramatize the need for legislation to address our mental health issues. Solutions to these massacres go beyond gun control. Certainly not everyone who suffers from behavioral and mental health issues will participate in such catastrophic events however, some of these events might have been prevented with the right attention and treatment. Mental health issues often suffer from a negativ

    Medical Marijuana Movement in Michigan

     

    Michigan House Bill 4827 was recently passed in the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate for consideration. This bill tags along with House Bill 4209, which creates the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act. This act establishes licensing and regulation for medical marijuana growers, processors, transporters, provisioning centers, and safety compliance facilities. House Bill 4827 creates the Marijuana Tracking Act which requires a “seed-to-sale” system to track mariju

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    Multi-State Medical Licensure

     

    In their April 2013 meeting the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) passed a resolution to establish a streamlined process for physicians to obtain licenses in multiple states through an expedited process. This would be voluntary for states and physicians to take part in. The Compact aims to leave all existing medical laws in place.

    Starting in 2015, state legislatures and medical boards began considering the costs and benefits of adopting the Multi State Licensure Compact. On January

    Interview With Sharon Wilkes, Director of Residential Options Inc.

    Sharon Wilkes is the Director of Residential Options Inc. (ROI) in Lansing, Michigan. ROI specializes in evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities. Since the passage of PA 99 and PA 100, ROI has also been a provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Mrs. Wilkes was able to take sometime out of her day to discuss her reaction to the proposed Medicaid expansion of ABA coverage. 
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    Interview with Libby McGaughey, Vice President of Public Advocacy for Planned Parenthood


    Molly: What is your background in politics?

    Libby: I took a political route, I started out as an organized for the Michigan Democratic Party, and I learned a lot about community organizing. I started out in partisan politics, and then moved to the legislator and worked for a Democratic candidate. I actually did not agree on things like gun control, and it made her realize how progressive I really was. This is the turning point of when I knew I wanted to turn towards advocacy. I worked for John

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    Health Care

    • Mental Health Budget Reflections

      The mass killings at Columbine High School, a theater in Aurora, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and many others dramatize the need for legislation to address our mental health issues. Solutions to thes...
    • Medical Marijuana Movement in Michigan

        Michigan House Bill 4827 was recently passed in the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate for consideration. This bill tags along with House Bill 4209, which creates the Med...
    • Multi-State Medical Licensure

        In their April 2013 meeting the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) passed a resolution to establish a streamlined process for physicians to obtain licenses in multiple states through an...
    • Interview With Sharon Wilkes, Director of Residential Options Inc.

      Sharon Wilkes is the Director of Residential Options Inc. (ROI) in Lansing, Michigan. ROI specializes in evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder...
    • Interview with Libby McGaughey, Vice President of Public Advocacy for Planned Parenthood

      Molly: What is your background in politics? Libby: I took a political route, I started out as an organized for the Michigan Democratic Party, and I learned a lot about community organizing. I started...
    • Interview with State Senator Curtis Hertel

      Q. What are your views on abortion?A. I am pro-choice. I believe that a woman has a right to her own body and the government shouldn’t be restricting those rights. The decision for all health care cho...
    • Interview with Rebecca Kiessling on Abortion

      Anarida: Hi Mrs. Kiessling. Thank you very much for doing this interview with me. Rebecca: Definitely. No problem. Anarida: If we could begin by telling me about your background and what lead you to w...
    • Michigan Autism Policy Update

      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 tr...
    • How Michigan Mental Health Policy Compares

      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...
    • The Evolution of Michigan Mental Health Policy

      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 196...
    • Mental Health Policy in Historical Perspective

      The history of how we as a society deal with mental health related issues at a state and national level provides a great lens into how such issues are handled today. The treatment and care of those wi...
    • Medicaid Expansion in Michigan: An Update

      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 expansi...
    • Do Abortion Restrictions Lower Abortion Rates?

      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 w...
    • Medical Amnesty: A Closer Look

      Has underage drinking on college campuses gotten to a point of no return? Some may say this question has validity, due to the implementation of new practices regarding drinking and drug consumption in...
    • Smoking Bans in Michigan are Here to Stay

      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 smoker...
    • Chiropractors vs. Health Insurance: The Fight for Coverage

      The practice of chiropractic has been under-looked not only by the public, but also by the larger health community. Going to a chiropractor has never been emphasized throughout our history in America ...
    • Michigan Association of Local Public Health Interview with Executive Director Meghan Swain

      Tuesday, 9 April 2013Interview conducted by Alison Swain via phone at 5:30PM on Wednesday, 3 April 2013 Q: Can you tell me a little about the Michigan Association of Local Public Health? What are som...
    • Obamacare's Effects

      When the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was first passed into a law, it was praised by many due to the thinking that it would assist middle class in finding reliable and affordable he...
    • Current Standings of Obamacare Implementation: A State Comparison

      While Michigan is on the path to expand Medicaid and to implement a partnership health exchange system under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a recent report has shown that man...
    • The Current Standings of the Implementation of Obamacare in Michigan

      The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obamacare, is causing many decisions to be debated by Michigan's legislature. Currently, the implementation of Michigan's health ...
    • Obamacare and the Health Exchanges

      Under Barack Obama's new health care law, each state is required to decide whether or not to operate its own insurance exchange system. If a state chooses to not set up their own system for an exchan...
    • Medicaid Expansion

      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 ...
    • Regulatory reform of nursing care facilities

      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 M...
    • Interview with Kevin Downey, Director of Public Affairs at Michigan Health and Hospital Association

      This interview was with Kevin Downey, the Director of Public Affairs at the Michigan Health and Hospital Association on October 13, 2011   .
    • SCID Infant Screening Requirement

      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 ...
    • Medical Marijuana Controversies

      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 20...
    • Snyder plans to have children's BMI registered

      As part of a major initiative for a healthier Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder plans to have doctors collect BMI information about their patients under 18 and send the information sent to a state registry. ...
    • Medical Marijuana Politics in Michigan

      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 suf...
    • Interview with Tony Stamas, Legislative Liaison for Michigan Department of Community Health

      Minyao: What is the current health care policy that the Michigan Department of Community Health working on? Tony: It is a large department. There are lots of different pieces and lots of areas it aff...
    • New Medicaid

      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 nee...
    • Medicaid Block Grants Would Save Money But Leave Recipients Behind

      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 ...
    • Interview with Ken Moore, President of Michigan State Employees Association

      Minyao: Could you give me a brief introduction about Michigan State Employees Association (MSEA?) Ken: The Michigan State Employees Association (MSEA) represents approximately 3,500 state workers in t...
    • Interview with Greg Francisco, Founder of Michigan Medical Marijuana Association

      Greg Francisco is the Founder and Former Executive Director of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association. Greg: I had started smoking marijuana as an undergraduate here at Michigan State, which was...
    • Breakdown of What Michigan must do to Implement Health Care Reform

        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 makin...
    • What Snyder's Budget Cuts Mean for Medicaid

      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 ...
    • Lawmaker Wants to Pull Money from HIV Prevention Program

      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 f...
    • The Truth and Consequences of the Health Care Reform Bill

      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. Unde...
    • Interview: Elaine Brynaert of Beaumont Hospitals

      Elaine Brynaert is a medical biller for one of the state's biggest hospital firms: William Beaumont Hospital. Beaumont is currently suffering from economic problems and is doing everything they can to...
    • Opinion: Health Care Reform Bill

      Commentary: In March of 2010, President Obama passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. The purpose of this law is to help out uninsured and underinsured citizens of the United St...
    • Will Stem Cell Research Amendment be Repealed?

      In March of 2009 President Obama signed an executive order that revised a previous policy concerning stem cell research. The previous policy, put in place by the Busch administration, only allowed sci...
    • Overview: Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program

      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...
    • Interview: Joanne Lamar of Henry Ford Hospital

      Joanne Lamar is a nurse manager for Henry Ford Hospital. She works in the hospital and sees first-hand the effects a bad economy can have on the hospital environment. The interview took place face to ...
    • Case Challenges Michigan's Medical Marijuana Law

      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 mar...
    • Physician Organization of Michigan Formed

      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 fiv...
    • Physician Organization of Michigan Formed

      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 fiv...
    • Michigan sues Blue Cross Blue Shield

      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 insuran...
    • Controversies of Medical Marijuana

      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 ident...
    • Nursing Home Shortages

      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 cau...
    • Michigan to Start High Risk Health Insurance Pool

      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...
    • Failure of Federal Medicaid Fund Extension: Michigan Impact

      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 ...
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