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Two years after Michigan enacted landmark legislation requiring health insurers to pay to treat autism, Phil Weaver is well aware of persistent bottlenecks that get in the way of children accessing treatment.

MPI Research Inc. plans to expand into early-stage clinical studies with the acquisition of the assets of Jasper Clinical Research and Development Inc. in Kalamazoo.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to review a $6.1 million judgment against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan over fees hidden in a self-insured contract with an auto supplier clears the way for several similar cases to proceed.

Pennock Health Services in Hastings could become the next community health system to affiliate with Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health.

McLaren Health Care Inc.’s move to secure legislative approval to build a new $300 million hospital north of Detroit has once again generated support across the state for Michigan’s certificate-of-need regulations.

A new Medicare health plan for senior citizens in Kalamazoo and seven other counties builds on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s push for localized products formed with care providers in specific markets.

The Alliance for Health, after more than six decades as a health care planning agency for West Michigan, has begun a charting a new course that may lead to it forming a private health insurance exchange to quote and market policies to member employers.

The Alliance for Health is undergoing what its board chairman calls a “redesigning” that will alter the organization’s functions.

An $8 million Health Sciences Center that opens this week gives Baker College of Muskegon added capacity and a modern facility to train students going into high-growth professions in health care.

If Muskegon and four other communities around the nation actually manage to find their Way to Wellville over the span of the five-year program, they could very well offer a national roadmap for attacking a fundamental cause of high health care costs.

One new journey toward improving the health and wellbeing of Muskegon County residents encompasses far more than creating greater access to medical care.

After 15 years of providing low-cost health coverage in Muskegon County, Access Health Inc. is preparing to reach further.

Priority Health’s partnership with the trade association representing banks across Michigan potentially provides a model the insurer could use in the future when making similar arrangements with other organizations.

Priority Health’s earnings grew significantly through the second quarter of 2014.

In forming a private online exchange for employers to buy employee health coverage, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce joins a growing trend that’s altering how health benefits are purchased.

The cost of employee health coverage in West Michigan went up moderately in 2014.

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