8:44 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Washington owes health refunds

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   The federal government says more than 184,000 Michigan health insurance customers will benefit from nearly $13.2 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation's health

care law.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.

The law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect on medical care and quality improvement or return the difference to consumers and employers.

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7:57 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Fill the Boot for the MDA next week

MARQUETTE, MI--   Members of the Marquette Fire Department are taking their boots off to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

Next week Local #643 is celebrating a 60-year partnership with the MDA by kicking off its annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign.  Several firefighters will stand at intersections in the city and collect cash from passing motorists.  All proceeds will be used to benefit children and adults affected by muscle diseases in the Marquette area. 

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10:06 am
Tue July 1, 2014

MGH holding meeting to discuss helicopter details

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette General Hospital is holding a public forum to discuss plans for its new helicopter service.  

Residents have expressed concern about the new ambulance service—its flight path and where it will land.  Hospital officials say they’ve carefully assessed those details and will discuss them at the forum.  Right now the landing zone is planned for a section of the current Neldberg Building parking lot, at the corner of College Avenue and Hebard Court.

The forum takes place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the MGH Conference Center. 

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9:07 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Forced treatment allowed under new law

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A new Michigan law allows families and health professionals to seek involuntary treatment for substance abusers. 

The law signed last week by Governor Rick Snyder establishes a procedure under which a family member or health professional can petition a judge for the forced treatment. The court can order involuntary treatment for up to 72 hours or until a hearing occurs where there's convincing evidence of substance abuse or people appear to be a danger to themselves or others.

Snyder says the bill "will help people get the treatment they need."

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8:18 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Some say obesity should be labeled a disease


LANSING, MI (AP)--   Current and former top public health officials are calling on states and the federal government to recognize obesity as a disease. 

Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson will be in Lansing on Wednesday to urge Congress to pass legislation requiring Medicare to cover obesity medicines for seniors. The ex-Wisconsin governor is expected to join Michigan Department of Community Health Director James Haveman at a news conference in the state Capitol building.

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