Health

Health/Courts
9:54 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Governors: No clear plan if health care subsidies fall

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   Millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama's health care law. 

And what's clear as the national governors met in Washington is that many states that could be affected are not prepared for the potential fallout.

Several governors indicated they could do little about the estimated 8 million people in more than 30 states who could drop coverage if they were to lose health insurance subsidies later this year — a scenario that legal experts suggest is a real possibility.

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Health/Law
9:34 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Doctor refuses to treat lesbians' baby

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Two Detroit-area women say they believe a pediatrician refused to care for their infant daughter because they are lesbians and are disappointed that there is no state or federal law to prohibit such a decision. 

The Detroit Free Press reports Jami and Krista Contreras of Oak Park selected their daughter's pediatrician before birth, but they learned the decision as they waited in October for the child's first checkup. They say the doctor apologized in a handwritten letter.

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Health/Government
9:42 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Health enrollment slightly extended

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering an extended enrollment period to Michigan residents who were unable to finish enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Anyone who couldn't complete the process due to an issue with HealthCare.gov or the enrollment hotline will have until Saturday to complete their application. This will allow currently uninsured Michigan residents to select a plan that will begin on March 1.

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Health
10:24 am
Sat February 7, 2015

Vaccine policy change likely to lower Michigan waivers

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Health experts hope a change in Michigan's vaccination waiver policy ensures more kids are immunized in a state with the country's fourth-highest percentage of kindergartners exempted from at least one vaccine. 

The new rule was sought by Governor Rick Snyder's administration and approved by lawmakers. It took effect Jan. 1 and comes amid a rise in whooping cough and measles cases.

Parents wanting a nonmedical waiver must be educated by a local health department about the risks of not receiving vaccines.

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Health
8:56 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Snyder expands workers' comp for firefighters

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to help firefighters who develop cancer on the job, but says he's concerned the measure lacks funding. 

The law amends the workers' compensation law to cover firefighters with cancer who've been working at least five years and who've been exposed to harmful toxins on the job.

Snyder signed the bill last week, saying it recognizes health risks that firefighters face. He asked lawmakers to identify a stable revenue source to pay for the aid.

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