Author Archives: David Lingholm

How would you hit a homerun for health?

For five Detroit area kids, their answers to the question, “how would you hit a homerun for health?” earned them tickets to Kids Opening Day at Comerica Park, and a chance to participate in some on-field exercises before the game. … Continue reading

Detroit PAL teaches more than on-the-field fundamentals

The statistics about childhood obesity in Michigan are sobering, especially when it comes to kids and physical activity. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, only 31 percent of our state’s youth participate in a daily physical education class. … Continue reading

Want health insurance starting Jan.1? It’s not too late to sign up

If you fall into the camp of wanting a health insurance plan to start on Jan. 1, 2014 but didn’t sign up through in time, you are not alone. Recognizing this is a reality for many people in Michigan, … Continue reading

Don’t think you’re eligible for an ACA subsidy?

Many of the most common questions about the Affordable Care Act center on the subsidies or tax credits, which are intended to help make monthly premiums more affordable. Some of the questions we are often asked include who is eligible … Continue reading

Silver Bells Fun Run is only one way to enjoy downtown Lansing

With the holidays quickly approaching, Christmas light aficionados are getting ready for their annual fix of decorated homes, illuminated roadways, and festooned shopping destinations. Few things are as exciting for this crowd, which I am a happy part of, quite … Continue reading

BCBSM strengthens Michigan’s health safety net with grants to 53 locally-run clinics

For Mary Kautenberg and the estimated 80,000 other uninsured and underinsured in Kent County, locally operated, nonprofit health care clinics are a critical part of their community. Her story is a familiar one, a person who once had insurance and … Continue reading

Your Affordable Care Act Marketplace questions answered

Tuesday marked the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace, and as you might expect, people had a lot of questions and some took to Michigan Blues social media sites looking for answers. We took five of the most common questions … Continue reading

Healthy Safety Net 2013 preview: Helping people navigate their new health care options

When Phillip Bergquist takes his turn at the podium on Thursday at the Healthy Safety Net 2013: A Blues Symposium in Lansing, he will be addressing the people he believes are on the front lines of Affordable Care Act education. People … Continue reading

How will Affordable Care Act affect you? A Michigan Matters interview

As the clock counts down to the opening of the health insurance marketplace October 1, it can seem like there are more questions than answers about the Affordable Care Act. Kirk Roy, vice president, Office of National Healthcare Reform, recently … Continue reading

Podcast 13: What are the results of the Michigan Blues PCMH model of care?

While reducing the cost of health care by $155 million over three years sounds impressive, doing so while improving the quality of care is even more notable. And that is exactly what has been done by the Michigan Blues, in … Continue reading