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Michigan may do a one-time study looking at what kind of care seniors will need – and whether they can afford it. 


Lisa Barry

Being a mom is hard, regardless of who you are or what your background may be.  It’s even harder for those who may not have the support they need.

In our ongoing series “Hidden in Plain Sight,” 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti--a comprehensive teen health center, also providing special care and programs for young mothers.


Health Care
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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.


Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The former mayor of Saline and two-term State Representative Gretchen Driskell formally announced Wednesday she is running for Congress again in 2018.  She's running for the 7th Congressional District seat against incumbent Tim Wahlberg.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Driskell about her campaign announcement.


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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 Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development will host its fourth annual legislative forum tonight at Eastern Michigan University.


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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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Michigan is updating what state officials call a useful tool for fighting the opioid epidemic.  The problematic state drug monitoring program has gotten a significant facelift.  The system is used primarily by law enforcement and doctors to flag potential prescription drug abuse and better treat patients.  


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Having a job in Michigan doesn’t mean you can make ends meet.  That’s the message of a new report released by the Michigan Association of United Ways.

Health Care
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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. 


Love In The Time Of Repeal And Replace

Mar 14, 2017

"This is a first for me," says Rabbi Andy Dubin, as he sits down on a collapsible chair opposite Ann Justi and Don Boyer.

The three of them are in the compact living room of Boyer's apartment in Yonkers, N.Y., standing between the sofa, TV and writing desk. Dubin is in his socks, having shed his snow-caked boots out in the hallway.

Debbie Dingell

The new year always brings new experiences, and this year includes a new president.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (Democrat) from the 12th district says, even with an unconventional Republican in the Oval Office, she will continue to fight for Washtenaw County residents.


Hospital Room
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Even with good health insurance, it costs most people more that $1,000 for a hospital stay.  A new local study looks at the rising cost of what patients are paying for hospital treatments.


Unemployment
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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped to 4.7%.  That’s the lowest it’s been in 15 years.   

Lisa Barry

As the month of March, celebrated as Women's History Month, comes to a close, it's an opportunity to talk about some of the changes that are now taking place due to the growing number of women in the military.  WEMU's Lisa Barry reports on how that is impacting the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Ann Arbor.


Saint Joseph Mercy
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Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.

Debbie Dingell
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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell gave her now annual "state of the district" address at an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber luncheon Thursday.


Health Insurance Marketplace
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If you don't have medical coverage and need it, this Sunday, January 31st, is the deadline to sign up through the Health Insurance Marketplace.


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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending the public to wash all produce before consuming it.  12 people in six states have been infected with Listeria. 

So far, one person in Michigan has died.  The CDC says the outbreak came from packaged salads that were produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio.  The salads were packed under the brand names Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President's Choice Organics.

Public Doman

 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.

 

If you had chickenpox as a child, then you're at risk for shingles. As you age, the risk increases, probably because the immune system weakens over time.

The varicella zoster virus can hide in the body over a lifetime and suddenly activate, causing a painful, blistery rash. Even when the rash disappears, pain can linger and worsen, causing a burning, shooting, stabbing pain so severe it can leave people unable to sleep, work or carry on other activities.

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hand down a ruling that may decide whether thousands of Michiganders can afford health insurance.

The court could strike down insurance subsidies offered under the federal health care law. That’s in states like Michigan where the federal government runs the health care exchange.

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The deadline to sign up is February 15, 2015.

The Corner Health Center
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After a long career with Washtenaw County Public Health and spending the last five years leading The Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, Ellen Clement is retiring.  Clement has helped guide The Corner through changes brought on by health care reform.


Bob Eccles

There are plenty of ways the health care system in the African nation of Botswana appears to be doing a better job than the U.S. health care system, but both countries can also learn from each other.

That's the assessment from her Excellency Tebelelo Seretse, Botswana's ambassador to the U.S., who spoke with staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Monday afternoon. 

The ambassador says it can take a person in Washington D.C. two weeks to get an appointment with a private physician.

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