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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

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Employers have many questions they need to answer as health care reform brings massive changes to how employers buy their employee health coverage.

Thursday, 12 April 2012 11:01

Priority, Blue Cross profitable in 2011

Priority Health reversed its financial performance in 2011 and returned to the black, while Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recorded a small profit.

The sweeping federal health care reform law and the formation of health exchanges could significantly change how individuals and small businesses will buy health coverage.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 09:09

Gas price impact on tourism negligible

Even amid high gasoline prices, Michigan’s tourism industry should have a strong year in 2012, Michigan State University researchers say. An annual outlook from MSU projects a 3 percent increase this year in travel volume over 2011 and a 6 percent increase in travel spending. Travel prices should grow 3 percent over a year ago.

The Pure Michigan tourism campaign had its strongest returns and paid its greatest dividends in 2011, as the brand gained further traction nationally and drew more people to the state.

Two of Michigan’s largest health insurers are busy preparing for the onslaught of changes to the nation’s health care system as the start date fast approaches for many provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A coalition of Michigan universities aims to accelerate the commercialization of technology developed in their labs by developing a broader talent base that can take a concept to the marketplace.

In putting a solid stake in the ground in Grand Rapids, Great Lakes Specialty Hospital sees the potential to treat a greater number of patients in West Michigan who need extended hospital care before they move into rehabilitation, a nursing home or go home.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s consideration of allowing certain prescription drugs for sale as over-the-counter medications provides further future growth potential for Perrigo Co.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Blake Krueger joined his colleagues from around the state last week at the Business Leaders for Michigan CEO Summit in Detroit. His point during a panel discussion: After a decade of tough times, now is a great time to invest in Michigan, which is recovering economically faster than almost every other state in the nation.

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