Blog Archive July 2019

July 9, 2019

As a U.S. Congressman, I hear from hundreds of constituents every month on a variety of important issues. One of the most frustrating and heartbreaking concerns for those of us who live in South Carolina is the rising cost of prescription drugs. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation...

July 9, 2019

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” - Helen Keller

This past month was Mental Health Awareness month, yet just having one month to address an issue that impacts us all is not sufficient while our country is suffering. We have a crisis on our...

July 9, 2019

You won’t pay for health care in retirement with one lump sum. That’s the way these expenses are often presented, though, and the amounts are terrifying.

Fidelity Investments, for example, says a couple retiring in 2019 at age 65 will need $285,000 for health expenses, not including...

July 9, 2019

Patients often assume that their health insurance will cover emergency care or major procedures. They're caught by surprise when they find out that they’re not fully covered.

Of all the euphemisms in U.S. healthcare billing practices, so-called "balance billing" may take the cake. Balance...

July 3, 2019

Are you or your children eligible for free dental care in Michigan? Bridge Magazine can link to you to several helpful resources below.

More than 420,000 Michigan’s low-income youngsters and teens went without dental care last year, even though care would have been free. In many cases,...

July 3, 2019

New Jersey lawmakers are looking to increase transparency when it comes to the prices of of pharmaceuticals marketed in the Garden State. Their goal: boost competition among drug makers in ways that will lower consumer costs.

The Senate health committee unanimously approved a bill on...

July 3, 2019

(Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)

Six months in office, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn’t abandoning the gigabytes of spreadsheets left behind by her “nerdy” predecessor, but she is putting her own stamp on them.

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican who described...

July 3, 2019

Detroit-based managed-care company Health Alliance Plan is jumping back into the Medicaid HMO business in metro Detroit, signing a deal to acquired the Detroit-based Medicaid plan Trusted HP-Michigan, the insurer said Monday.

Trusted HP, which covers 9,000 members, mostly in Wayne County...

July 3, 2019

Grand Rapids Public Schools is launching in-school mental health services in three of its schools.

Alger Middle School, Riverside Middle School and City High/Middle School each are receiving a two-year grant of $100,000 from the state to hire a licensed behavioral health provider.

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