health care

State auditors say Michigan could do a better job of identifying veterans who might be eligible for federal benefits. 

The audit released Friday says the state could save money if veterans on Medicaid switched to health programs run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Since 2015, Michigan's Veterans Affairs Agency is supposed to be working with another state department to identify Medicaid recipients, but the agency hasn't received the data.

Officials blamed it on staff turnover and other issues. The agency hopes to get the information early this year.

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Owners of West Michigan cideries and distilleries talk about growth and appeal. Hospital systems seeking savings are disrupting the health care sector with innovative ideas.

The Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids are in the process of renovating and transforming its 35 acre Marywood Campus. Assisting in the planning are Mercy Health Saint Mary's and Trinity Senior Services Management.

WGVU spoke with Sister Maureen Geary, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids about the comprehensive plan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.