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Health care providers and patient advocates in Michigan are watching to see what’s in a re-vamped Republican health care overhaul.  The rollout is expected later this week in Washington.


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The U.S. House voted Thursday to approve a measure that would eliminate many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  The vote was 217-213.  Many questions are left to be answered about what the impact will be to residents of Southeastern Michigan.  We spoke with 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell - who voted “No” on the bill. 


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Town hall conversations are taking place in Washtenaw County this week to give citizens a chance to interact with their elected officials.


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Pressure’s growing on Michigan’s congressional Republicans who have to make a decision whether to support a healthcare overhaul that could be voted on next week. 


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Amid efforts in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the deadline to register for the health insurance marketplace  is January 31st.  


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Hundreds of Washtenaw County residents will make their way to our nation's capital this weekend to patrticipate in the national Women's March for human rights.  Even more will march and rally here at home.


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Governor Rick Snyder delivered his seventh State of the State address last night.  


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Open enrollment for "Obamacare" starts today.  Those who enroll in the health insurance marketplace may have to pay more for it soon.  


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May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  There are several places in Washtenaw County that provide services.


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 Even with health insurance, about twenty percent of Americans have trouble paying for medical treatment, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation and New York Times survey. Washtenaw County health officials say that number doesn't surprise them.

 

The state will request a crucial waiver on Tuesday needed to prevent hundreds of thousands of Michiganders from losing their health insurance.

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Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says she is pleased with today's US Supreme court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. Listen to her thoughts and reaction in an interview with WEMU.

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The deadline to sign up is February 15, 2015.

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The new open enrollment period for Michigan's Health Insurance Marketplace has begun, and efforts in Washtenaw County are off to a good start.


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Court ruling on Obamacare tax breaks has no immediate effect in Michigan

An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly 240,000 Michiganders buy health coverage under Obamacare.

Health Plan Enrollment Deadline Approaching

Mar 28, 2014
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Monday is the deadline for enrolling in a health care plan under terms of the Affordable Care Act.

Locally, Washtenaw Health Plan has been helping people sign up for health insurance for several months. 

Program administrator Ruth Kraut said she hopes folks not already enrolled try to sign up on their own over the weekend.

"If you have trouble signing up," Kraut said, "you'll be able to testify to that and get a special enrollment period. But you need to have at least started the process."

U-M Health System Helping with Health Care Enrollment

Mar 26, 2014

The University of Michigan Health System is helping cut through confusion surrounding the upcoming Affordable Care Act deadline.

Americans have until March 31 to enroll in a private health insurance plan or pay a penalty and be forced to wait until the next open enrollment period. That wont come until November. UMHS spokesperson Kara Gavin says enrollment in Michigan's own expanded Medicaid program does not begin until April 1.

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About 145,000 Michigan residents have selected private insurance plans under the federal health care law. Updated figures released Tuesday by the Health and Human Services Department show about 314,000 people in the state have completed an application and are eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has relentlessly attacked Democrat Gary Peters for supporting the federal health care law.  

ACA Symposium set for Monday

Nov 1, 2013

The public is invited to a free symposium where the Affordable Care Act will be discussed by media and policy experts. 

Marianne Udow-Phillips is Director of the Center for Health Care Research and Transformation, which is hosting Monday's event. 

Udow-Phillips says journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times will discuss how the Affordable Care Act has been portrayed in the media. 

Washtenaw Public Health gets help from ACCESS as the website HealthCare.gov irons out wrinkles thast have made it difficult to enroll in health care plans. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.