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AMA Immediate-Past President Nancy Nielsen, MD, Makes a Health Reform 'House Call' on Michigan

Media alert:
Aug. 26, 2009

The American Medical Association (AMA) brought its “House Call” program to Michigan the week of Aug. 24, 2009, to clarify the facts on health reform and make the case that reform is needed. AMA Immediate-past President Nancy Nielsen, MD, discussed the benefits of system improvements like expanding coverage and eliminating denials based on pre-existing conditions.

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, Dr. Nielsen traveled to Detroit for interviews with ABC Radio affiliate “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM and CBS Radio affiliate WWJ-AM. Both radio stations reach all of Michigan and parts of Ohio, Indiana and Canada. She also met with the Detroit Free Press newspaper editorial board.

Dr. Nielsen then hit the road for Michigan’s capital city Lansing for a television interview with WLNS-TV (CBS 6), and an interview with AMLansing, a radio station serving the region.

To reach out to physicians on the issue of health-system reform, Dr. Nielsen visited the Michigan State Medical Society headquarters in Lansing to speak to a standing-room only crowd of Michigan physicians. She also spoke with Detroit-area physicians from the Wayne County Medical Society. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Dr. Nielsen started the day in Lansing for an interview with Michael Shiels, host of the drive-time radio program “The Big Show” on Michigan’s talk radio network WJIM-AM. She discussed the unfortunate passing of influential leader and long-time health reform supporter, Senator Kennedy, and the impact on the health-reform debate.

Concluding the Michigan House Call, Dr. Nielsen made her final stop in Grand Rapids where she did interviews with WOOD-AM, a radio station reaching all of central and northwestern Michigan, and with television station WZZM-TV (ABC 13) for their 6:00 p.m. news broadcast and for “Healthy You,” which will air this weekend.