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WCMS Newsletter: November Edition

The WCMS Newsletter is a monthly, electronic publication that highlights major physician issues and various community initiatives. Distribution is a unique benefit of WCMS Membership. To view a PDF version, please click here: WCMS November 2018 Newsletter WCMS Newsletter: November 2018 Thank you for your membership to WCMS, the leading medical association for legislative action and…
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WCMS Sends Letter Opposing S. 827

Government Affairs and Advocacy Issues WCMS sent the following letter following discussion with local legislators at the May 2018 Legislative Meeting and approval from the WCMS Executive Council. ______________________________________________________________ June 2018 Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, MI 48909 Dear Governor Snyder: On behalf of the Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS), we write to…
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WCMS Supports Expanding Access to Vaccines

Government Affairs and Advocacy Issues WCMS sent the following letter following discussion and approval at the April 2018  WCMS Executive Council meeting. ______________________________________________________________ April 2018 Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, MI 48909 Dear Governor Snyder: On behalf of the Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS), we write to express our support of expanding access…
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WCMS Opposes Permitless Concealed Carry Legislation

Government Affairs and Advocacy Issues WCMS sent the following letter following discussion and approval at the January 2018  WCMS Executive Council meeting. ______________________________________________________________ January 2018 Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, MI 48909 Dear Governor Snyder: On behalf of the Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS), we write to express our opposition to Senate Bill…
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Washtenaw County Epi Alert – Hepatitis A

Due to a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A, potentially contaminated frozen strawberries have been recalled.  Several food establishments in Washtenaw County and many others across Michigan received the frozen strawberries and may have served them to customers in the past months.  To date, no cases of Hepatitis A illness have been linked to the strawberries…
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Zika Virus Guidance for Providers

As you are aware, there is currently a Zika virus outbreak in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These are the same mosquitoes that spread Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. The Zika virus can be passed from a…
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Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Starts November 1

The third-ever open enrollment period for the www.healthcare.gov Health Insurance Marketplace starts on November 1 – only a few short days away! The Healthy Michigan Plan is always open for enrollment to those who qualify. Contact a local nonprofit agency who will answer your questions and help you apply for health care coverage for you…
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New Rules for Immunization Waivers

YPSILANTI, Mich., July 23, 2015 – New rules are in place for Michigan parents or guardians opting out of one or more of the required vaccinations for their child or children to attend school or childcare. Under the new rules parents or guardians must participate in a science-based educational session with their local public health…
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs historic Medicaid plan into law

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] English: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] DEARBORN, MI -- Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed historic Medicaid expansion legislation into law in the same way the Legislature passed it: With bipartisan support. Snyder was flanked by Democratic U.S. Rep. John Dingell, who authored part of the Affordable Care Act,…
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Cocaine, Heroin Cut With Animal Dewormer Send Users to ED

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] English: Cocaine powder Deutsch: Kokain in Pulverform (als Salz) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] Something new to look out for if you see unexplained neutropenia and skin necrosis in patients using cocaine or heroin . "A case series study showed that 23 individuals who presented at healthcare facilities with unexplained neutropenia or skin…
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