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Local assistance for health insurance

Three Rivers Health announces it has two patient navigators assisting with the second open enrollment period, which runs through Feb. 15. Federal officials anticipate HealthCare.gov — the site used by Michigan residents — will be better than last year’s version. Sixteen insurers are selling policies through the Michigan exchange for 2015 coverage, up from 12 in 2014. All insurers that ... Read More »

New Nurse Practitioner in Centreville

The St. Joseph County Health Center has hired a new nurse practitioner, a move that allows it to begin stepping up its outreach efforts. Center director Lynn Dobberteen said Jay Guikema started seeing patients Wednesday at the Centreville-based agency. With Guikema on board, nurse practitioner Tami Millard will now have a chance to lead outside events, such as health fairs, ... Read More »

Michigan Ebola update

The Michigan Department of Community Health has released new numbers on people in Michigan being observed for Ebola. There are currently five individuals being actively monitored, while nine others have completed the monitoring cycle. It was reported on Nov. 3 that 10 people were under watch for Ebola symptoms in Michigan. The MDCH and a network of local public health agencies are ... Read More »

Michigan Ebola update

Ten people in Michigan are undergoing twice-daily checks for symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus. Michigan Department of Community Health spokesperson Jennifer Smith said that all ten are seeing health care professionals twice a day to have their temperatures taken and to be checked for other symptoms. She says the individuals are being monitored based on their travel history, which ... Read More »

Ebola monitoring in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Community Health is now monitoring the health of ten people around the state for the Ebola virus. The number increased by two overnight. Officials say none of them has shown any signs of the virus, and the state will not identify which counties they are in. They declined to give any details about who the people ... Read More »

Free mammograms offered for uninsured women

As part of a project called “Pink Saturdays,” free mammograms are being offered to uninsured women aged 40- 64 during the month of October. Cost for the mammograms is funded in part by Susan G. Komen of Southwest Michigan. A mammogram can be scheduled by calling 800-873-0649. More information is available at the website pinksaturdays.org. Read More »