LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has written letters to every member of Michigan's congressional delegation to warn how House Republicans' health care legislation would "adversely impact" the state's most vulnerable residents. 

The Republican governor's letter, dated Tuesday, says the debate has largely focused on people participating in the expanded Medicaid program. But he says half of all Michigan children are served by the traditional Medicaid program, which would also be affected by the bill.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   AARP Michigan is coming out against a Republican health care bill that the advocacy group worries would weaken Medicare's fiscal sustainability and make insurance more expensive for seniors age 50 to 64. 

The organization also said Thursday that many lower-income seniors who qualify for Medicaid could be affected by the legislation under consideration in Congress.

The AARP organized a news conference in Lansing at which seniors expressed their concerns.

A one on one discussion with Elder Law Lawyer Paul Sturgul about what’s on the horizon for health care under the new administration. 

A look at new ideas in sustaining and expanding socialized healthcare, including new models of financing long-term care, pros and cons of federalizing Medicaid, and estate recovery issues for Michigan and Wisconsin. (audio to come)

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's tax on health insurance will continue under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. 

The bill enacted Tuesday extends the health insurance claims assessment, which helps pay for Medicaid for low-income residents, until July 2020. The tax would have gone away in two years if the legislation were not adopted.

The 0.75 percent tax is expected to rise to 1 percent in 2017 when the federal government no longer allows another tax to fund Medicaid.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The federal government is extending Medicaid health insurance to Flint residents up to age 21 and to pregnant women who were exposed to lead in the city's water supply.  

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says 15,000 people will qualify and 30,000 current Medicaid recipients will be eligible for more services. They'll qualify for lead monitoring of their blood as well as behavioral health services.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's tax on health insurance would continue into 2020 under legislation approved by the state Legislature.  

The Republican-controlled Senate and House voted Wednesday to extend the health insurance claims assessment, which helps pay for Medicaid for low-income residents. The tax goes away in two years if the bill isn't enacted.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has called it a "giant tax hike," but Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the legislation.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Governor Scott Walker plans to sign two bills that would cut millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood.  

The governor plans to sign the measures Friday morning at Life's Connection, a pregnancy counseling office in Waukesha.

The first bill would require family planning clinics to bill Medicaid only for the actual acquisition costs and dispensing fees for birth control drugs. The change would cost Planned Parenthood about $4.5 million annually.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's 0.75 percent tax on health insurance would be continued until 2025 under legislation advancing in the Legislature.

The House voted 83-23 Tuesday to extend the health insurance claims assessment, which helps pay for Medicaid services for low-income residents. The tax will go away in two years if the bill is not enacted.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A University of Michigan study says Medicaid recipients had an easier time scheduling a primary care appointment after Michigan's expansion of Medicaid insurance to hundreds of thousands low-income adults under the federal health law.  

Research released Wednesday says 49 percent of clinics offered an appointment to researchers posing as patients before the April 2014 expansion. Fifty-five percent of clinics offered an appointment after.