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Photo from the news kit In this photo from March 2020, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena is seen with its sign saying “We’re all in the same boat.”

ALPENA – Employees at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena may need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the coming months or the hospital could lose all Medicare and Medicaid payments, Chuck Sherwin, president of the hospital, said Thursday.

Sherwin said the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued new warrants that would stop all Medicare and Medicaid insurance payments to facilities where not all employees are vaccinated.

Sherwin said 65% to 75% of patients at Alpena Hospital have these forms of insurance.

He would not say whether or not employees who refuse to be vaccinated would lose their jobs.

CMS and President Joe Biden’s administration have issued rules requiring the vaccination of healthcare workers. This week, a coalition of 10 states sued the administration in an attempt to stop the mandate.

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