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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication


BUSINESS MAGAZINE
MAY/JUNE 2014 Volume 20-No. 3
PAGES 6 & 7
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ROAD WOES
ow that the snow has melted
in northern Michigan, now
the potholes of spring are
blooming. Its a harsh remind-
er of what a severe winter and years of
underinvestment in our transportation
system has done to our state, county and
local roads.
The lack of investment comes at its
own price. Its not just downstate roads
either; its Old US-131 in Cadillac, US-31
leading into Traverse City, or M-33 in
Cheboygan County. Were able to repair
these, or at least portions of them, but the
needs throughout the state are outstrip-
ping the available resources.
As business owners, you know that
a lack of investment in your business
equipment, property, or employees may
mean a short-term cash flow improve-
ment, but invariably costs more in the
long run when the inevitable investment
is finally made. Its the same with our
roads: we can save a few dollars now, but
increased costs for materials, fuel and
manpower will mean a much larger bill
to fix far worse roads in the future.
And just as your customers would be
unhappy visiting your facility in disre-
pair, visitors to our state cant help but
be disappointed with the condition of the
roads leading to their Pure Michigan des-
tination. If you operate a business with
vehicles, youve seen the increased repair
costs of our roads on your fleet. If your
business has materials delivered to or
from it, those shippers have experienced
those costs, and most likely are passing
them along to you.
When I, and Gov. Snyder, explain the
ever-increasing need for greater transpor-
tation investment, were often confronted
with arguments that stem from common
misconceptions about why roads arent
better given existing funding. People ask,
Why cant MDOT build roads that last?
The answer is: We can, but existing fund-
ing doesnt support the extensive fixes
our roads need. Others ask, Why cant
Michigan keep roads in better shape, like
in Ohio? Again, the answer is, We can,
but not without the $1 billion more Ohio
spends on its roads each year.
Recognizing that these myths are what
keep many from supporting the invest-
ment levels that Gov. Snyder and legis-
lative leaders are calling for, MDOT is
taking them on in a series of videos and
fact sheets called Reality Check. I hope
youll take a chance to see the first few at
www.michigan.gov/realitycheck, and revisit
as new installments are posted.
Last year MDOT spent $8.8 million
patching potholes on state highways, and
this year we expect to spend 50 to 100
percent more on this temporary mea-
sure. Were hearing from more business
owners, residents and motorists than
ever, demanding that MDOT, county
road commissions, and city public works
departments fix our roads. Wed like
nothing more than to have the resources
to meet that demand.
Our legislators need to hear that while
the one-time funding theyve approved
has been helpful, its not enough to
address the entire need. Until that dif-
ficult challenge is met, Michigans roads
will continue to be a drag on our recover-
ing economy.
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Mission Statement
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is a visible
business leader that advocates and drives business
opportunities. Through business alliances, we are a
catalyst for our membership and provide a persuasive
regional voice benefiting our communities.
Jon Catlin, Executive Director
Chemical Bank 775-6151
Kelly Cater, Vice-Chair
Rec Boat Holdings 775-1351
Mike Hamner, Past Executive Director
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. 779-6200
Scott Hunter, Treasurer
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC. 775-9789
Eric Baker
Wolverine Power Cooperative 775-5700
Dennis Benson
Dennis H. Benson, PLC 876-9405
David Cox
Wexford-Missaukee ISD 876-2260
Tim Knaggs
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance 779-7919
Bill Kring
9 & 10 News 775-3478
Dr. Kyle Hogg
Dental Health Professionals 775-9797
Melody Hurley
Walmart Supercenter Store 775-8778
Dan Minor
Cadillac Casting Inc. 779-9600
Kelly Smith
Baker College of Cadillac 876-3100
Don Schepers
Schepers Agency, Inc. 825-2411
Brian Williams
Blue Heron Cafe & Bakery 775-5461
CHAMBER STAFF 775-9776
Bill Tencza, President
president@cadillac.org
Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services
membership@cadillac.org
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant
leadership@cadillac.org
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
info@cadillac.org
Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations
kentw@tcchamber.org
Website:www.cadillac.org
Printer: Pleasant Graphics
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publication of the
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber reserves
the right to edit or refuse articles and advertisements submitted
to the Cadillac Area Business Magazine and reserves the right
in its sole discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other mate-
rials to be distributed through the publication.
2013/2014 Board of Directors
Fixing roads will be
expensive now, but even
more expensive later
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GUEST PERSPECTIVE: KIRK T. STEUDLE, DIRECTOR,
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
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VISIONARY PARTNERS:
AAR Mobility Systems
AT&T
Avon Automotive
Belle Oakes Living Center Inc.
BorgWarner Thermal Systems
Cadillac Area Public Schools
Consumers Energy
DTE Energy
FIAMM Technologies LLC
Fifth Third Bank
Firstbank-Cadillac
ITC
Northwestern Bank
Walmart Supercenter Store
Wexford-Missaukee
Intermediate School District
LEADERSHIP PARTNERS:
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RECYCLE
Construction Excavating
Womens Health
BUSINESS DIRECTORY
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President
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Serving the greater Cadillac area since 1972.
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BY: RAE BERWALD, MEGHAN HOWELL, BUSTER MCCLURE AND ERIC SEGUIN
It was a long, cold winter for the Cadillac community but spring has
finally made its presence and the Cadillac Leadership Class is one step
closer to making its community service project, the Americans with
Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) compliant Lakefront Play Structure, a reality!
The goal is to construct a new playscape along the Keith McKellop
walkway near Lake Cadillac to allow access for all children to enjoy.
March and April were busy months for the Leadership Class. The
class sold concessions and held a silent auction at the Cadillac Variety
Show to raise funds for the project as well as hosted the Leadership
and Friends dinner at the Cadillac Grill. Other fundraising activities
included a benefit night at both Culvers and the Clam Lake Beer Co.,
where a percentage of proceeds were donated to the project. These
events were all very successful because of the generous support of the
community and the enthusiasm from Leadership Class members and
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director.
Also in March, Leadership Health Day brought opportunities for
us to meet leaders in the health care field who all shared valuable
information from the Affordable Care Act, to the current State of the
Community as well as the importance of hospital security. The class
also enjoyed an impressive behind the scenes tour of the hospital.
Later that afternoon we were up and moving with our friends at the
Cadillac Area YMCA who brought more excitement as we learned
exercise is the key to good health. We were introduced to programs
such as Boot Camp, Pickle Ball and several other activities. Special
thanks to everyone who met with us.
The Leadership Project Committee has worked hard choosing
designs for the new A.D.A. play structure. The class plans to have the
final design choice and the bid process complete by early May with
ground breaking in June.
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A report earlier this year spelled out a problem many motorists have
suspected for some time, Michigan roads need work.
Former Michigan State Representative Rick Olsons report, though,
indicates the states inactivity is getting more costly. His report indi-
cates that funding increase needed to start a long-term plan to fix
roads has increased to $2.183 billion.
Olsons report indicates that the road conditions have not changed
much since a similar report in 2012.
It is believed that this has been caused by a very high percentage
of road maintenance and/or construction had occurred on the poor
roads, the report says. This worst first approach is contrary to the
pavement preservation methods that have been proven to be the best
approach financially in the long run. Nonetheless, this is not a criti-
cism of the road agencies, as they have had to respond to safety issues
and public demand with very limited dollars.
While the money was being spent on the worst roads, the higher
rated roads did not receive preventative maintenance, causing them
to deteriorate some, leaving them susceptible to developing potholes,
the report said.
These roads will now be more costly to save than if they had received
pavement preservation treatments, the report states.
The report details the shortfall in funds currently earmarked for
roads that is needed to bring roads to 85 percent to 95 percent fair or
good. The shortfall starts at $2.183 billion for 2014 and increases to
$3.2 billion in 2025.
Discussions in Lansing have started on roads. The question wasnt
whether or not the roads needed work, it has been how to pay for the
work as well as how much is needed to fund the projects.
Ive been talking about this for two years. Im glad theyre talking
about it now too, said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder when he was
in Cadillac for the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerces Annual
Governors Breakfast. This winters really emphasized the need to do
something. And so its really made the public much more active on
this issue. Cause again, for two years, Ive said we needed to come up
with an additional $1.2 billion of funding for transportation. There
are multiple ways on how we do it. The main point is we get it done.
And so I appreciate the dialogue. The House has come out with a plan
that doesnt get us there in terms of revenue number. But the plan is
very helping in the sense that they talk about a lot of other (promis-
ing) reforms. They talk about restructuring to go from a retail cents
per gallon to a wholesale system. Thats a key part of any reform pack-
age. Then theyre talking about warranties on roads, talking about the
truck-weight question. So thats all good things and I hope that as we
go through this we can have a dialogue to say lets solve the revenue
issue too and get it done now. Thats where Im encouraging people to
read your article and contact their legislatures.
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Discussion are ongoing in Lansing and no firm proposal.
While talk continues in Lansing a report cited by the Michigan
County Roads Association show roads in our area are deteriorating
at an alarming rate. According the DMA report, the number of miles
of good-rated roads in the Traverse City-Cadillac region dropped from
1,313 miles in 2004 to only 751 in the 2011-2012 report. The num-
ber of fair-rated roads decreased from 2,754 miles in 2004 to 1,683 in
2011-2012. The number of poor-rated roads increased from 500 miles
in 2004 to 1,977 miles in 2011-2012. The region includes Wexford,
Missaukee, Osceola and Lake counties.
Michigans road conditions are impacting everyone from citi-
zens to law enforcement to business leaders and the time to stop
the decline is now, Denise Donohue, Director of the County Road
Association of Michigan said in a release in late April. You cannot
get a group of co-workers around the water cooler these days without
someone having personally experienced a flat tire, bent rim, broken
wheel or front-end alignment problem this year. Our local roads are
unraveling and showing the effect of 17 years since the last increase in
the gas tax.
Brad Lamberg, President of the County Road Association of Michigan
and Managing Director of the Barry County Road Commission, said
$2.1 to $2.5 billion in new funds, run through the states transporta-
tion formula, is essential to a solid transportation system in his county
and across the state.
Michigan is dead last among all 50 states in per capita funding for
roads. We cant save our way out of this problem and it has left coun-
ty road agencies struggling, he said in the road association release.
We must make difficult choices about which repairs we can afford to
make, and often are forced to repair the worst roads first rather than
focus on our true priorities.
The county road agencies are encouraged that the Michigan House
is now addressing the issue, and we encourage our representatives to
create a road funding plan that will fully fund needed road repairs,
Lamberg concluded.
Michigan tries to find answers
to road funding issues
Chamber Calendar
MAY
9
Lecture Luncheon Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Employee Wellness: Return on Investment
Location: Baker College of Cadillac Student Center
14
Rise Up! Cadillac 7 a.m.
Hosted By: McGuires Resort
Sponsored By: TV 7&4 & Up North Live &
Wexford County Road Commission
22
Leadership Learning Series Noon 3 p.m.
3 Techniques to improve your work environment
Location: Baker College of Cadillac Student Center
30
Briefcase Open Golf Outing
Location: Eldorado & McGuires Resort

JUNE
11
Rise Up! Cadillac 7 a.m.

18
Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner
Location: Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort
20
Lecture Luncheon Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Update on Personal Property Tax ballot proposal
Location: Baker College of Cadillac Student Center
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MARCH 2014
Rise Up! Cadillac
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MARCH
Lecture Luncheon
Mike Wilson, Energy Adviser for Commercial and
Industrial Customers, Consumer Energy presented
Energy Optimization: A Plan to Help Chamber Busi-
nesses Reduce Energy Costs. He discussed how to
give your business the power of energy effciency and
save money. Energy effcient products can reduce your
ongoing energy use and deliver signifcant savings on
your bill. Mike explained how initial investment costs
can be more affordable for businesses of all sizes.
Is your team registered?
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
21st Annual Briefcase
Open Golf Outing
Friday, May 30, 2014
McGuires Resort (Host Course)
& Eldorado Golf Course
Team and hole sponsor information can be found
at www.cadillac.org or call Doreen at 231-775-9776.
Deadline for the May/June 2014
Cadillac Area Business Magazine
is June 6, 2014. Share your
business/organization news!
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Agape Care Essential School
2141 Plett Road, Ste B
Ambassador Club
Ribbon Cuttings
Cadillac Chiropractic Center
Celebrates 15 years in business!
May/June Health Tip:
Time to spice up your life!
Benefts of adding spices
(antioxidants) to your diet
Antioxidants are nutrients,
vitamins or minerals that
protect and mend cells in the
body. These include reducing
the signs the aging, protecting
your skin from sun damage
and preventing certain
diseases. Antioxidants work
together, synergistically, and
each one has its own specifc
characteristics and benefts.
One antioxidant may work in places in the body where
another one cant go, and neutralize free radicals that
other antioxidants miss. Therefore, getting the widest
variety of antioxidants is important.
Cinnamon has more antioxidants than many so-called
antioxidant foods, ounce-for-ounce.
Ginger has far greater concentrations of antioxidants
than any common fruit or vegetable source.
Rosemary health benefts come from caffeic acid and
rosmarinic acid, both of which are potent antioxidants as
well as anti-infammatory agents.
Cilantro is a good source of dietary fber and iron,
magnesium and manganese.
Garlic is a powerful antioxidant with an amazing array
of healing properties.
Peppermint has far greater concentrations of
antioxidants than any common fruit or vegetable source.
Source: WebMD
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Register on line at www.cadillac.org or call the chamber at 231-775-9776
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Baker College Of Cadillac
Ramps Up Nursing Program
In Anticipation Of
Employment Trends
Baker College of Cadillac officials have announced that a four-year
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program will replace the existing
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.
Students choosing to pursue the new BSN can begin prior to 2014
fall quarter by taking prerequisite classes.
The move to the higher level degree was the result of extensive
research and consultation with area health care professionals, includ-
ing our clinical partners and advisory committee, said Kelly Smith,
Baker College of Cadillac president. The trend of employers prefer-
ring nurses who have earned bachelors degrees is clear. This is defi-
nitely in the best interests of our graduates.
Baker College of Cadillac will offer the only pre-licensure BSN pro-
gram available in northern Michigan between Big Rapids and Sault
Ste. Marie. Cadillac is one of three Baker College campuses that will
transition its nursing program to a BSN beginning 2014 fall.
Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Foundation Supports Hospital
Initiatives with Grant
The Mercy Hospital Cadillac Foundation has awarded a $308,339
grant to Mercy Hospital Cadillac. The grant was derived from annu-
al earnings generated from the Foundations Board Designated
Endowment Fund.
Mercy Hospital Cadillac will use this grant to assist its Nursing
Scholarship Program ($34,000) as well as its Digital Portable X-ray
Units initiative ($274,339.)
460 Pearl Street, Cadillac, Michigan (231) 775-0101 www.thelakeviewofcadillac.org www.LSSM.org
Gracious Rehabilitation, Memory Care
and Skilled Nursing Services
by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
We are very fortunate to have a place like
The Lakeview in our community.
Highly skilled medical professionals,
caring upbeat attendants, and committed
therapists make the facility one I would
recommend to anyone. I cant say enough
about the terrifc care I received.
~ Don Samardich
Longtime Attorney and Cadillac Resident
Wexford Habitat for Humanity
Awarded Cadillac Community
Foundation Grant

Wexford Habitat for Humanity will receive a $600 grant from the
Cadillac Area Community Foundation for an energy upgrade for its
ReStore operations. The grant was awarded from the James & Michelle
Bernier Energy and Environment Fund, a field of interest fund held by
the Cadillac Area Community Foundation.
Mike Niebauer, Wexford Habitat Executive Director said, the light-
ing in our ReStore is badly in need of being upgraded, both from a
lighting quality and energy conservation standpoint. Our ReStore is
a critical part of our ability to serve the community as we have done
now for the past 27 years. Not only does it provide financial resources
to our organization, but it makes available affordable furniture, appli-
ances and miscellaneous items to families in our community.
9&10 News announces
VPs of sales

Bill Kring, General Manager of 9&10 News/Fox 32, announced that
David Karpicke and Jennifer Gingras have been promoted to VP of
Sales.
David Karpicke has been with Heritage Broadcasting since 1995 and
served as Local Sales Manager of 9&10 News/Fox 32 prior to this pro-
motion. David will oversee the local sales team along with manage-
ment duties in National and Regional Sales.
Jennifer Gingras joined 9&10 News/Fox 32 as a Digital Sales
Manager in 2013. She previously worked for ESPN as Digital Sales
Manager in Chicago and prior to that was with the ABC Owned and
Operated Affiliate, WLS, in digital & local sales. As co VP of Sales in
addition to her role as Digital Sales Manger Jennifer will oversee the
Traverse City local sales team.
Jennifer and Dave are key parts of our sales team. We are thrilled to
promote them to these positions and have complete confidence that
both will excel, said Kring.
Weve Moved!
The UPS Store is now located at 8834 East 34 Road
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THANK YOU!
9&10 News/Fox 32
AAR Mobility Systems
Avon Automotive
Avon Protection Systems, Inc.
B&P Manufacturing
Baker College of Cadillac
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
BorgWarner Thermal Systems
Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau
Cadillac Casting, Inc.
Cadillac News
Cadillac Tire Center
Chemical Bank
Consumers Energy
DTE Energy
Edward Jones Investments/Kyle Farmer
FIAMM Technologies LLC
Law Ofces of King & King, PLLC
Fifth Third Bank
Firstbank-Cadillac
FirstMerit Bank
Fox Motors of Cadillac
Highpoint Cadillac GMC
ITC
McCurdy, Wotila & Porteous PC
Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Michigan Rubber Products, Inc.
Orrin A. Sprague Agency, Inc.
Piranha Hose Products, Inc.
Rec Boat Holdings, LLC
Four Winns, Glastron Scarab Wellcraft
Rexair LLC
Star Truck Rentals, Inc.
Wolverine Power Cooperative
SPONSORS
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is the proud organizer of this annual program since 1976.
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our
37th Annual Governors Breakfast Sponsors
We would like to also acknowledge
the following for their support,
talent, and volunteerism:
2013/2014 Cadillac Leadership Class, Cadillac Area
Chamber Ambassadors, Cadillac Armory, Cadillac High
School Band, Cadillac Area Public Schools,
Cooley High School, McGuires Resort, and the
Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center
Cadillac Downtown
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Cadillac North
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder encouraged Cadillac-area resi-
dents to keep their foot on the gas and keep the states econo-
my growing, during the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerces
Annual Governors Breakfast.
Now is not the time to be content nor complacent about what
has been accomplished, Snyder said. Now is the time to stay on
the gas and push that accelerator even harder and faster because
the opportunity is to do even better.
The governor spoke to a crowd of business owners, students
and other community members on the importance of manu-
facturing, agriculture and tourism. The governor said that he is
confident Michigans economic future will depend on those three
industries.
He also said the role of government is to be a service provider
with the responsibility of creating an environment of success. He
said northern Michigan areas such as Cadillac can thrive in that
environment.
One thing you should be proud of is that this is truly a manu-
facturing center within our state, Snyder said. One thing you
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respects is a great representation of the entire state.
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He also highlighted job-building programs such as Pure Michigan
Business Connect. More than $1.6 billion in additional business has
been generated in the state because of the program, he said.
The governor took time to thank Rec Boat Holdings and Avon
Protection Systems for job growth in the Cadillac area.
Congratulations to your hard work in terms of building jobs and
bringing jobs in this area, Snyder said. We are keeping that up.
Speaking to students from almost a dozen schools, Gov. Snyder called
educational opportunities such as the Michigan Advanced Technician
Training Program and the Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center
welding program forerunners in skilled-trades growth.
The governor said a previous visit to the CTCs welding program left
him with a memory that hes carried with him throughout his time in
office. During his trip to the tech center, Gov. Snyder met with a group
of sixth-grade girls welding miniature Michigan statues to take home
to their parents.
I went up to the girls and said, What do you think about this? and
they said, We want to be welders, Snyder said. That was one of the
most memorable moments Ive had being governor. Ive told that story,
not just here in Cadillac; Ive told it around the world.
Gov. Snyder said he believes encouraging dual enrollment will be
essential in making education more affordable in the future.
The governor also spoke enthusiastically about the reinvention of
Michigan and key programs to help aid the states growth.
In terms of simple numbers, we had over 14 percent unemployment
in 2009, Snyder said. Just in the last three years, weve created over
250,000 private sector jobs in the state. Thats a huge accomplishment.
The Governor then took questions from students and business lead-
ers including this question from Mackenzie Cater, Cadillac High
School: What is being done by the state to provide equitable funding
for Northern Michigan schools?
A: There is a disparity in terms of the dollars-per-student going to
each school. To be blunt, a lot of schools in Northern Michigan were
at the lower end of that spectrum. And thats not a smart nor good
answer. The issue is the dollar amounts were large enough, we couldnt
solve it all overnight. So each year, weve been working hard on when
we do our allocations of resources on a per-student basis, weve been
over-weighting them toward the lower-end schools in terms of the dol-
lar amounts.
When I say lower-end schools, Im talking dollars, not quality. But
how do we actually start bringing those schools up and try to close
that gap of disparity? Because again, thats something that we should
address, and if I have an opportunity to have a second term we should
actually open a broader discussion on that whole topic to safely accel-
erate closing that gap and addressing some of the other structural
problems that we still have in our education funding system.
Gov. Snyder praises Wexford-
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That was the question representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield asked area busi-
ness owners and other community members during a presentation about health care.
The discussion took place during the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerces lecture
luncheon series on April 25.
George Kinnane, project manager of west Michigan and the Upper Peninsula for
Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, discussed current cost drivers, significant changes in
health care regulations and access to coverage.
He said one of the biggest challenges for individuals is learning where to enroll or
access health care information.
If you are really not sure, you can go to an agents office and enroll within that agents
office, and they can help you through the process of enrollment, Kinnane said.
He said Blue Cross Blue Shield has walk-in offices where people can get enrollment
information.
Kinnane said the goal of the Affordable Care Act was to reduce overall health care
costs over time. He said a significant number of costs drivers led to the governments
decision to implement the ACA and that many factors contributed to the rise in costs.
It wasnt just insurance rates, it wasnt just the cost of health care performed by a pro-
vider or facility, Kinnane said. Unhealthy lifestyles were a huge driver.
Cost-shifting, demographic challenges and taxes and fees were also key factors,
Kinnane said. He also addressed significant health care changes such as the Supreme
Court ruling on Medicaid expansion.
Following the presentation, attendees asked questions regarding the future and cur-
rent conditions of health care. Representatives from Cadillac accounting firm Baird
Cotter and Bishop said theyve received a number of unanswerable health care ques-
tions from clients.
Scott Hunter, managing partner with Baird Cotter and Bishop, said clients have asked
questions like What if you were only covered for part of the year? or What if you were
married for only part of the year?
I think the big question is theres a lot of things that are going to be driven through
the tax return, but I dont think the IRS has figured out how to handle it, Hunter said.
There are so many questions that are still not answered.
Open enrollment has ended for 2014. Open enrollment for 2015 coverage begins Nov.
15.
Kinnane said uninsured individuals can still sign up for insurance. However, they
would not be eligible for a tax credit or subsidy through the enrollment process. He
advises individuals to visit healthcare.gov for more information of health care coverage.
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The Mercy Hospital Cadillac Foundation announced the addition of
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Wexford County Jan. 14 Feb. 14 Mar. 14 April 13 May 13 June 13 July 13 Aug. 13 Sept. 13 Oct. 13 Nov. 13 Dec. 13
Labor Force 13,014 13,290 13,287 12,993 13,594 13,971 13,960 13,564 13,202 13,085 12,846 12,882
Employment 11,621 11,801 11,865 11,544 11,926 12,130 12,015 11,946 11,744 11,585 11,458 11,352
Unemployment 1,393 1,489 1,422 1,449 1,668 1,841 1,945 1,618 1,458 1,500 1,388 1,530
Rate 10.7% 11.2% 10.7% 11.3% 12.3% 13.2% 13.9% 11.9% 11.0% 11.5% 10.8% 11.9%
Missaukee County Jan. 14 Feb. 14 Mar. 14 April 13 May 13 June 13 July 13 Aug. 13 Sept. 13 Oct. 13 Nov. 13 Dec. 13
Labor Force 5,864 5,959 5,966 5,641 5,696 5,896 5,894 5,835 5,741 5,727 5,608 5,611
Employment 5,094 5,172 5,201 5,003 5,168 5,257 5,206 5,177 5,089 5,021 4,966 4,919
Unemployment 770 787 765 638 528 639 688 658 652 706 642 692
Rate 13.1% 13.2% 12.8% 11.3% 9.3% 10.8% 11.7% 11.3% 11.4% 12.3% 11.4% 12.3%
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