Riding the healthcare rollercoaster

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The rollercoaster ride that is the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in Michigan continues. Friday, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville told reporters on Off the Record that a vote will happen this summer to expand eligibility for Medicaid, a key component of the Affordable Care Act that could reduce our uninsured population in Michigan by half – and it would use available federal dollars to pay for it.  A committee hearing is set for Wednesday. (more…)

Bridge Magazine: State government ‘spends’ $30 billion more this year than you think

Officially, Michigan’s state government is spending $48.2 billion this year on education, health care, prisons, transportation and all other spending programs. June 25, 2013 — Bridge Magazine

WLNS: Should Drug Tests Be Required Before Welfare?

Michigan lawmakers will soon vote whether to make drug tests a requirement for all recipients of cash welfare benefits. They say they want to make sure tax payer money is going to the right place, but others say drug screening itself may be a bigger waste of taxpayer dollars. June 13, 2013 — WLNS

Detroit Free Press: Robert Swanson: Michigan doesn’t do as well as other states in child well-being

When it comes to child well-being, Michigan isn’t keeping up with the Joneses.

According to the 2013 Kids Count Data Book, children in our neighboring states fare better than children in Michigan, which ranks 31st for overall child well-being. That not only puts our state behind 30 others, but trailing our neighbors Minnesota (fourth), Wisconsin (12th), Illinois (23rd), Ohio (24th) and Indiana (30th). June 25, 2013 — Detroit Free Press

Making sure kids count in Michigan

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Michigan No. 31 among the states for overall child well-being with No. 1 the best state. This year that honor goes to New Hampshire.

Michigan not only ranks behind 30 other states, it trails all Great Lakes neighbors. Minnesota is near the top at No. 4, followed by Wisconsin (12), Illinois (23), Ohio (24) and Indiana (30).

Last year, the only year where there is an apples-to-apples comparison, Michigan was No. 32. We inched up slightly but really we’re just treading water. (more…)

MLive: Kids Count report: Michigan ranks last in Great Lakes states for child well-being

One in four Michigan children — 560,000 kids — lived in poverty in 2011, and Michigan continues to struggle on several other measurements of child well-being, according to the result of a new national analysis released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The annual Kids Count report ranked Michigan 31st out of 50 states in overall child well-being in 2013, up one spot from last year but still the lowest ranking among all Great Lakes states. June 24, 2013 — MLive

Public News Service: Kids Count Report Ranks Michigan 31st for Childhood Well-Being

Poverty is holding Michigan’s children back, according to a report being released today. The Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Michigan 31st in the nation in overall childhood well-being. June 24, 2013 — Public News Service

Detroit Free Press: Michigan ranks 31st among states in welfare of its kids, report shows

With more Michigan families living in poverty, the state ranks 31st in the nation in the well-being of its children, according to the latest Kids Count report. June 24, 2013 — Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press: Gilda Z. Jacobs: Legislature gets mixed marks on helping the people of Michigan

The Michigan Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder wrapped up the 2014 fiscal year budget more than three months before the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year. But as any kid in school can tell you, just because you finish a project early doesn’t mean you’ve earned a high mark. June 22, 2013 — Detroit Free Press

‘Take a vote, not a vacation’

“Take a vote, not a vacation!”

Those were the angry words of Gov. Snyder late Thursday afternoon as the Senate prepared to adjourn for the summer without taking a vote on the bill that would expand eligibility for Medicaid as called for in the Affordable Care Act. The governor worked all afternoon to try to convince Senate Republicans to take a vote, but to no avail.

They left town hiding behind a promise by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, to “thoroughly review this issue and consider alternatives to the current proposal.” So, what have they been doing since the ACA was signed into law in March 2010?  Why haven’t they been laser-focused on the GOP governor’s top priority since the budget was released in February? (more…)

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