Healthy Headlines, a monthly segment with guests from the Kent County Health Department. April Hight, Supervisor of Personal Health Services Division, is our guest today discussing free walk-in HIV screening this week.
The Department of Health and Human Services data shows 3.2 percent of kindergartners and seventh-graders received immunization waivers in 2016 compared to 3.1 percent the year before. The immunization rate was 4.8 percent in 2014. Since 2015, the state has required parents to attend educational sessions if they want to delay or decline immunizations for diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis B and chickenpox.
A Michigan-based health system is buying a nonprofit insurer that currently serves more than 360,000 Indiana residents who are on Medicaid. Grand Blanc-based McLaren Health Care announced Thursday that it's signed a definitive agreement to acquire MDwise, a health maintenance organization that generates more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue.
Terms weren't disclosed. The deal is subject to state and federal regulatory review.