9:21 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Michigan gets $5.5 million for health preparedness efforts

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan has received more than $5.5 million in federal money to help strengthen its health emergency preparedness efforts. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the funding Thursday to support the state's Special Pathogen Response Network.

The network was established in 2014 to strengthen Michigan's emergency response to any new or emerging threat to public health, such as the Ebola virus. The network includes hospitals, local health departments and regional health care coalitions.

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6:08 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Michigan's health insurance expansion uncertain in DC

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's expansion of medical insurance under the federal health law hangs in the balance at the U.S. Supreme Court and inside the Obama administration. 

The court in coming days will rule on the legality of tax subsidies for 228,000 Michigan residents who bought insurance through a federal marketplace. And on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration held a public hearing in Lansing on a waiver it must receive from the federal government by year's end or else 600,000 residents will lose Medicaid in 2016.

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8:23 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Task force shares report on preventing child sexual abuse

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A task force organized under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has made recommendations to protect children from sexual abuse. 

A report was sent Wednesday to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon says he looks forward to working with Snyder to review the recommendations and take action.

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7:17 am
Fri June 19, 2015

New system allows quicker closures of contaminated beaches

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials say Michigan is becoming the first state to monitor beaches using a new

method to determine quickly if water near shore is contaminated with bacteria that can make people sick.

The new testing method identifies DNA of the E. coli bacteria in water samples. It provides results the same day a sample is taken, enabling local officials to close beaches rapidly when the water is unsafe.

Traditional methods required waiting to see if cultures would grow in water samples. That meant beach closings often came too late.

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10:04 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Loan, grant fund to address lack of access to healthy food

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A loan and grant fund designed to address the lack of access to healthy food in underserved communities across the state, has been announced in Lansing. 

The Michigan Good Food Fund will provide financing and business assistance to entrepreneurs involved in food production, distribution, processing, marketing and retail projects.

Details were released Monday.

Organizers are seeking potential borrowers, investors and other organizations. Other community events will be held Thursday in Grand Rapids, June 22 in Detroit and June 29 in Traverse City.

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