health care

GVSU and Mary Free Bed partner on new motion lab

Jan 12, 2018

In an effort to strengthen the region's health care talent pipeline and serve the needs of rehabilitation patients, Grand Valley State University and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital are expanding their partnership. The expansion comes with a new motion analysis lab that provides gait analysis, allowing physical therapists the ability to study patients walking patterns.

The new lab at Grand Valley’s Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences in Downtown Grand Rapids will house Mary Free Bed specialists and give Grand Valley physical therapy students on the job training.

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The state of Michigan says $554 million will be released on Jan. 22 for public school employees and retirees whose pay was illegally deducted for health care.

The Michigan Supreme Court this week said the money, which has been held in escrow, doesn't belong to the state.

It was collected under a 2010 law that was subsequently struck down.

After getting the money in late January, school districts will be responsible for distributing it to employees or retirees.

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The Michigan Supreme Court says the state must return more than $550 million to school employees who had money deducted for retiree health care. T

he court ruled 6-0 Wednesday.

School employees had 3 percent of their pay deducted for about two years under a law signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but the law was declared unconstitutional. Governor Rick Snyder in 2012 signed a new law that has survived court challenges. 

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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.

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The site plan for Grand Rapids’ $40 million Plaza Roosevelt is unveiled. WGVU takes a look at the details

When completed, Plaza Roosevelt will be a mixed-use development situated on two Grand Rapids city blocks on the east side of Grandville Avenue between Graham and Franklin Streets. 

What has been four years in the making and dubbed a $40 million “Neighborhood-Driven Development,” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is taking the lead.

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What is the best way to provide the highest quality and affordable health care to Americans? That was one of the questions posed by Kent County Democrats during a town hall meeting.

The Kent County Democratic Party hosted a town hall meeting at Grand Rapids’ Fountain Street Church Wednesday evening hosted by State Representative Winnie Brinks.

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We discuss a movement backed by some Grand Rapids entertainment district establishment owners pushing for laws allowing for open containers. Also, health care consumerism backed by health insurance providers.

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U.S. Representative Justin Amash is home this week visiting Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. He’s hosting a town hall meeting tonight in Battle Creek. Last night the Cascade Township republican held a public forum at Grand Rapid’s Ottawa Hills High School auditorium. Before the event began, WGVU sat down for a one-on-one interview with Congressman Amash discussing health care and how he approaches his constituents attending what have lately become heated town hall meetings.

Michigan State House Minority Leader Sam Singh along with a number of other Democrats held press conferences across Michigan this week to introduce a “Health Care Bill of Rights” to resist Congressional Republican health care cuts that have already passed in the U.S. House.

Michigan health forecast for 2017

Jan 16, 2017

West Michigan Health Officials met at Grand Valley State University this morning to discuss the state of Michigan’s health as well as what health care in 2017 might look like under a Donald Trump administration. The eight edition of Health Check: Analyzing Trends in West Michigan brought leaders from Spectrum, Mercy and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services together for a panel discussion to a large audience.

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