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A series of bills that aim to make getting medication and medical care easier, more affordable and transparent passed the Michigan House Wednesday.

One area of concern has been the growing cost of insulin to manage diabetes. According to the state health department, about 870,000 adults in Michigan in 2016 had been diagnosed with diabetes, which amounts to 1 in 10 adults.

One bill would cap copays on 30-day prescriptions of insulin at $50.

Rep. Mark Tisdel said he hopes the bill will make things better for those who struggle to afford insulin.

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In Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business 2021 Health Check, researchers identified two standout trends: the increased use of telemedicine and Emergency Department usage.

After the Affordable Care Act was implemented and Medicaid programs were expanded, the expectation was that Emergency Department usage would decline.

“Now that they have insurance they’d be able to get a regular Care provider.”

Daniel Montanera is assistant professors of economics at GVSU and co-author of the report.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered that people who leave their home for work or those who have coronavirus symptoms can be tested without needing a doctor's note. Tuesday's move is the latest bid to expand COVID-19 testing, which is seen as a critical to slowing the virus. Previously, most people needed an order from a health care provider, though a site at the old state fairgrounds in Detroit provides tests to anyone, even without a note or symptoms. Also Tuesday, a Detroit-area hospital network said it had under 100 COVID-19 patients for the first time in more than two months.

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Nearly four dozen clinics will share $860,500 through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Strengthening the Safety Net program. Blue Cross says the funding will help the clinics provide free or low-cost medical, dental and mental health care services to uninsured and underinsured Michigan residents. The funding also pays for substance use disorder treatment. Grants of up to $25,000 each were awarded to 17 clinics. Another 30 clinics were awarded up to $15,000 each. Recipients expect to provide care to more than 60,000 people this year.

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MiBiz is taking a closer look at the impacts of Michigan's opioid crisis. More employers  are demanding health plan cost shopping tools. Also, local tourism groups are asking the governor and legislature to maintain Pure Michigan funding.

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Abortion has moved to the forefront of national politics. Where lawmakers stand on the issue has become a litmus test when determining if someone is a Republican or Democrat. But it hasn't always been this way.

The Michigan Public Radio Network - as part of a joint project with and Michigan Campaign Finance Network - reports, the political shift started around 1980.

Suicide rates are rising at an alarming level, with little to suggest that it will slow down. That is according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So just how bad is it? Well, to put it in perspective, the number of suicides in the United States last year more than doubled the number of murders, making suicide the 10th-leading cause of death. For teens it’s even more shocking: suicide is the second-leading cause of death.

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Leaders of local health care providers assembled at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids Friday morning to hear the 10th annual West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast.

A new $14.1 million Health and Wellness Center at Muskegon Community College promises to provide care for underserved eastern Muskegon residents while giving nursing students real world experience. School officials gathered Tuesday to cut the ribbon on what is being called more than just a building.

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A federal grant is boosting the work of a Michigan program aimed at putting more health care professionals in underserved communities.

Wayne State University announced this week that its program, the Michigan Area Health Education Center , has received $1.1 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Most of the money will be used to strengthen the center's statewide network of five regional centers as well as career preparation and continuing education programs.

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Personalizing the management of disease is the goal of National Institutes of Health and partners like Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health. In its beta test year, NIH has enrolled more than 25,000 underrepresented individuals from across the country into its All of Us Research Program. It aims to enroll another one million in the coming years. The research aims to improve health outcomes.

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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.

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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.