Blog Archive June 2018

June 27, 2018

Authored by: Jeff Romback, Deputy Director, Policy and Planning And Millennial

Health Insurance… fun topic, right? One of these real “adult” decisions you’ve had to make every year at work or through the Marketplace. Also, who knew there was a National Insurance Day?...

June 26, 2018

The Michigan ACE Initiative is focused on expanding efforts toward a statewide awareness of the Adverse Childhood Experiences and our new video will help increase that awareness--and showcase the work being done to create trauma informed communities in Michigan.

Watch the video in full ...

June 26, 2018

Americans agree on one thing: health care costs too much, both individually and to our nation. In 1960, the average U.S. health care cost per person was $146. As a nation, we expended $27.2 billion, which represented 5 percent of GDP. Fast forward to 2016 when average per capita spending on...

June 26, 2018

Medical costs are poised to continue their relatively flat growth in 2019, but researchers say the steady trend is unsustainable for consumers.

The expected 6% growth in 2019 aligns with the 5.5% to 7% trend over the past five years—a welcome change from the double-digit spikes in the...

June 26, 2018

Last week, the Michigan state legislature passed a law prohibiting physicians from prescribing more than a seven-day supply of opioids. Across the state and the country, lawmakers at both the local and national levels have been searching for solutions to the opioid epidemic that plagues our...

June 26, 2018

Michigan's decision to expand Medicaid has paid dividends for both patients and primary care providers in the state, with residents experiencing better access to care and the ability to live and work independently, and physicians seeing a higher volume of patients in their practices.

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June 18, 2018

Extending medical insurance to low-income Michigan residents meant they had better access to health care, earlier detection of serious illnesses, better care for existing health problems and improved ability to work, attend school and live independently, according to a newly published survey of...

June 18, 2018

•A bill of over $40,000 for the 20 minutes it took a doctor to stitch a cut.

• An ambulance ride of only 200 feet that cost $3,421.

• A healthy, insured couple “slowly going under” because their premiums, co-pays and deductibles are now twice as high as their mortgage and food...

June 18, 2018

Len Charlap, a retired math professor, has had two outpatient echocardiograms in the past three years that scanned the valves of his heart. The first, performed by a technician at a community hospital near his home here in central New Jersey, lasted less than 30 minutes. The next, at a premier...

June 15, 2018

Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300...

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