Upstart clinical trials matchmaker takes aim at the biggest names in pharma

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Upstart clinical trials matchmaker takes aim at the biggest names in pharma

July 3, 2014 3:45 pm by | 0 Comments

Clinical trials recruiting company Curelauncher is ramping up its sales and marketing team to work with more of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. The Michigan-based startup says it already has…


Michigan’s Medicaid experiment offers lower premiums, cost sharing for ‘personal responsibility’

Michigan’s Medicaid experiment offers lower premiums, cost sharing for ‘personal responsibility’

June 11, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

Delayed by state lawmakers, Michigan did not expand Medicaid until the day after the federal online insurance exchange closed March 31 – a move advocates feared would undermine signups. Turns…


Advocates fear Medicaid expansion puts some state-funded mental health services in jeopardy

Advocates fear Medicaid expansion puts some state-funded mental health services in jeopardy

May 30, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

The Affordable Care Act is expected to save Michigan hundreds of millions of dollars annually in mental health costs, but there’s a growing dispute over whether the money should be…



VC’s advice to healthcare startups: Build your business in the Midwest, it’s cheaper

VC’s advice to healthcare startups: Build your business in the Midwest, it’s cheaper

May 27, 2014 4:47 pm by | 0 Comments

At a recent conference in Minneapolis, a panel discussing where the best medtech startup opportunities are located gave an answer sure to please the hometown crowd: the Midwest was singled…


ProNAi raises $60 million to advance treatment to combat lymphoma

ProNAi raises $60 million to advance treatment to combat lymphoma

April 21, 2014 6:16 pm by | 0 Comments

Cancer drug developer ProNAi Therapeutics, which developed a nucleic acid-based DNA-interference technology to cause cancer cell death, has added nine new investors in an oversubscribed Series D round. The latest…


How are Michigan’s health systems responding to doctor shortage?

How are Michigan’s health systems responding to doctor shortage?

April 21, 2014 12:43 pm by | 1 Comments

Michigan’s medical schools, doctors offices and health care networks are tackling a shortage of primary care doctors that is expected to worsen under the Affordable Care Act. The state and…


Enrollment for expanded Medicaid kicks off in Michigan

Enrollment for expanded Medicaid kicks off in Michigan

April 1, 2014 3:18 pm by | 0 Comments

About 1,600 applications for Michigan’s expanded Medicaid were being processed by the beginning of the workday today — applications from consumers who began filing for coverage just after the program’s…


Michigan’s expanded Medicaid for 470,000 recipients kicks off today

Michigan’s expanded Medicaid for 470,000 recipients kicks off today

April 1, 2014 5:27 am by | 0 Comments

The long-awaited Healthy Michigan plan, the state’s unique version of expanded Medicaid, opens today, prompting some consumer advocates on Monday to plan on starting their day early today to begin…



New Obamacare ad: ‘Let’s hope he’s as easy to get as this birth control’

New Obamacare ad: ‘Let’s hope he’s as easy to get as this birth control’

February 23, 2014 5:24 am by | 0 Comments

It was the concussion, she laughs now, that “knocked some sense into me.” LaNika Wise is part of that demographic of 18- to 34-year-olds known as the “young invincibles.” Healthy…


Michigan Attorney General backs lawsuit that would gut tax credits for federal health coverage

Michigan Attorney General backs lawsuit that would gut tax credits for federal health coverage

February 21, 2014 6:18 am by | 0 Comments

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C., that, if successful, could cost Michigan consumers millions of dollars in fedearl health coverage tax credits. It…


Michigan doctors using telemedicine for depression patients to keep up with demand

Michigan doctors using telemedicine for depression patients to keep up with demand

February 12, 2014 9:26 am by | 1 Comments

A new study shows more Michigan residents are depressed than those in other states, and mental health care workers are using telephone and video conferencing to reach out to patients…


Michigan Republicans rethink Medicaid expansion

Michigan Republicans rethink Medicaid expansion

January 20, 2014 10:15 am by | 0 Comments

Nationally, Republican party leaders say their number one campaign issue for the midterm elections is opposition to Obamacare. But at the same time, a growing number of Republican states are…


Uof M spinoff takes rare adrenal cancer drug co-discovered by a patient into clinical trials

Uof M spinoff takes rare adrenal cancer drug co-discovered by a patient into clinical trials

December 6, 2013 10:52 am by | 1 Comments

Raili Kerppola had a thriving career in the pharmaceutical industry when she was diagnosed with stage four adrenal cancer in 2011. While seeking treatment at the University of Michigan, she…


Michigan residents in bureaucratic limbo over Medicaid eligibility

Michigan residents in bureaucratic limbo over Medicaid eligibility

December 2, 2013 5:09 am by | 0 Comments

Across Michigan, hundreds of thousands of residents who may be eligible for the state’s Medicaid expansion remain in frustrating, bureaucratic limbo — one that could push arguably affordable coverage out…


City workers turn to wellness program, lose 1,052 pounds, and save on healthcare

City workers turn to wellness program, lose 1,052 pounds, and save on healthcare

October 21, 2013 5:49 am by | 0 Comments

Ounce by ounce, 30 Ferndale city workers began to change their lives one year ago.
Today, they are 1,052 1/2 pounds lighter, and they’re saving the city big bucks — an estimated $131,000 this year alone — in health care costs.
City Clerk Cherilynn Br…


Many in Michigan will lose cheap insurance policies that don’t meet ACA requirements

Many in Michigan will lose cheap insurance policies that don’t meet ACA requirements

October 14, 2013 10:58 am by | 0 Comments

AT LEAST 146,000 Michiganders — and possibly thousands more — with health coverage purchased directly from insurers now are learning their polices will end Dec. 31 because they don’t meet the minimum requirements of the federal health care act.
Under…