Thursday, June 27, 2013

How Missouri Ineffectively Deals With Child Welfare

 In Missouri, there are 744,045 families with 1,383,001 children.

Low-Income Children: 44% (604,338) of children live in low-income families (National: 45%), defined as income below 200% of the federal poverty level. 
Poor Children: 21% (288,121) of children live in poor families (National: 22%), defined as income below 100% of the federal poverty level. 
During CYs 2009 and 2010, the [Missouri] State agency reported sterilization procedure costs of $14,592,649, which served as its basis for claiming Federal reimbursement.

...[t]he State agency overstated the amount of Federal reimbursement reported on the CMS-64 
reports by $1,480,516.  This excess Federal reimbursement occurred because the [Missouri] State agency’s adjustment process— that was designed to identify costs for family planning sterilization procedures—was ineffective.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Conyers: Historic Healthcare Reform Already Saving Michigan Consumers Millions on Premiums

(DETROIT) Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new findings on the effects of the Affordable Care Act and money saved by healthcare consumers. In response to the announcement, Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement:

U.S. Representative
John Conyers, Jr.

“As Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services work to implement the Affordable Care Act, communities across the country are already seeing the benefits of this historic reform to our healthcare system. In Michigan, residents can expect to benefit from almost $19 million in insurance rebates this summer alone,” said Conyers.

“Healthcare reform has already saved consumers $3.9 billion in premiums since 2012, a marked improvement in healthcare affordability. This is encouraging news; the project of healthcare reform has been long in the making, and these premiums savings demonstrate how the Affordable Care Act is moving our healthcare system in the right direction.

“An additional example of meaningful reform can be seen in the new Medical Costs Ratio Standard, or 80/20 rule, which requires insurance companies to devote 80 cents of every dollar to improved quality of patient care. In doing so, it improves corporate practices, fosters a relationship of trust between companies and their patients, and raises the general standard of treatment within the health insurance industry. The results of the 80/20 rule are already promising; the HHS confirms that insurance companies have devoted increased premium amounts to patient care since 2011. In fact, increased efficiency among insurance companies has saved 77.8 million consumers over $3 million dollars in premiums up front, as well as more than $18 million in rebates for Michigan families alone.

“The Affordable Care Act represents a renewed effort to improve the wellbeing of families across the country by providing Americans with high-quality, low-cost health insurance, and guaranteeing that medical treatment doesn’t sacrifice quality for affordability. It’s clear that Obamacare is working.” 
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Wayne County Clerk To Intervene In Hamtramck Elections

June 21, 2013

(HAMTRAMCK, MI) ~ On June 20, 2013, Judge Patricia Perez Fresard granted the Wayne County Clerk to intervene in a case filed by Hamtramck City Council Candidate, Beverly Tran.

According to the complaint, Tran, filing in the Third Judicial Circuit identifies violations of the Michigan Open Meeting Act and Michigan Election Law because the City Bureau of Elections Commission does not meet nor does the City have any election policy.

Tran filed multiple challenges against candidate nomination petition filings but found there was no Election Commission to issue rulings.  She also alleges numerous violations of Election Law in the operations of elections.

Tran issued the following statement:

“People did not only die for the right to vote, they also died for the right to be elected.”
Last week Tran’s water was shut off without notice, her electrical lines were cut and doors kicked in.  She has lost the majority of her possessions.  As a matter of safety she is no longer in the property.

Hearing is scheduled for June 28, 2013 to expedite Tran’s request for injunction and ruling on her candidate nomination challenges for removal from the ballot.

Ballots are printed with candidate names 45 days prior to the Primary Election.
Michigan Bureau of Elections has yet to respond on whether it will be enjoining the case. 

Case #:13-007372-CZ

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Michigan Medicaid Expansion for Child Welfare Creates Jobs

The majority of the Michigan Legislature seems, after a series of decompression therapy sessions featuring extreme doses of reality and obviatory exercises in "what do you think will happen if you do not" scenarios, to have found a clue, or at least my blog.

See, it goes like this....

Poverty, typically as a result of disinvestment, has been polished to be thought of as the Detroit welfare queen.  Most people do not understand that poverty exists, also, in the rural parts of the state.

If you do not provide medical assistance to the woman carrying the child, you come up with a statistical reputation of being equated to a third world country.

If you do not provide health care to the mother and child, guess what happens...your child could be Legally Kidnapped, and that costs the tax payer a helluva lot more than prenatal visits.

The economic benefit to Child Welfare Medicaid expansion is this proposal is retroactive to 2009.  Not only is this immediate economic stimulus, it generates an employment incentive for individuals to go into the medical field and stay in Michigan. 

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Michigan Governor Snyder Finds Hamtramck Will Have Emergency Manager

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has completed the next to final leg in the appointment of an emergency financial manager for the City of Hamtramck.

The city has the opportunity the challenge the decision.  The question that should be on the minds of everyone should be, "Why would the city legally challenge the determination of the Governor when it was the city who initially requested the intervention of a review in the first place?"

In the event the city does file legal challenges, this would mean the city will incur another wasteful cost of attorney fees all based on the pathetic lack of foresight the city attorney to have properly advised council of the financial residuals of its initial action to request this state review.

The city could have waited.  It could have saved some money.

There is so much more to this situation.  Stay tuned.  Multiple jurisdictions are watching the salacious tale unfold...
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