4:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Medicaid expansion enrollment soars; waiver hurdle remains

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 600,000 low-income adults have signed up for Medicaid a year after Michigan expanded the insurance program under the federal health care law.
Now Governor Rick Snyder's administration is working to ensure the Healthy Michigan program continues.
Michigan law requires the state to get a second waiver from the Obama administration by year's end or the Medicaid expansion will end next April. Under the waiver, adults who have been enrolled for four years would have to buy private insurance through a health exchange or pay more toward their care.

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3:49 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Michigan Legislature revisits major bills from last session

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House and Senate have reintroduced many bills that died last session or were vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder for various reasons.
Measures signed by Snyder as lawmakers head into a two-week break include laws that set the 2016 presidential primary election date for March 8 and give Michigan State Police rather than counties authority to approve concealed weapons licenses.
A measure allowing concealed carry for retired federal law enforcement officers in "gun-free" zones awaits Snyder's signature.

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3:44 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

House Democrat introduces legislation to create milk banks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Human milk banks would be created and regulated to help nourish premature babies under legislation introduced by a state House lawmaker.
Rep. Erika Geiss, a Democrat form Taylor, recently held a press conference about her legislation to set standards for human milk banks in Michigan.
She says studies show "feeding breast milk to premature infants, whether from their mother or another source, has significant short- and long-term benefits."
She adds that: "Many mothers are unaware that donated breast milk is an option."

3:17 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Snyder orders flags lowered for 3 Marines killed in crash


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that flags be lowered to honor three Michigan Marines who were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida during a training mission.
U.S. and Michigan flags at the state Capitol and all state buildings are being lowered to half-staff on Monday.
Staff Sergeants Marcus Bawol of Warren, Trevor Blaylock of Lake Orion and Andrew Seif of Holland were among seven Marines and four Army soldiers killed March 10 when the helicopter crashed in a nighttime training exercise in dense fog.

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10:44 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Bill would raise MI judge salaries

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan judges would get a raise under a bill moving forward in the Legislature. 

The Senate voted 33-3 Thursday for legislation increasing judges' salaries at the same rate as future pay hikes given to administrators in state government. The bill would apply to state appeals court judges and circuit, district and probate judges.

Their pay now is based on salaries paid to Michigan Supreme Court justices, whose raises can only be approved by lawmakers.

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