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Madeline Ciak

Madeline Ciak

Madeline Ciak is a former Michigan Advance reporter. She’s a University of Michigan-Flint graduate and previously worked as a digital media manager at NBC25/FOX66 in Flint and a weekend producer at ABC12.

Michiganders should certify unemployment status on different days

By: - April 17, 2020

If you need to certify your unemployment status, don’t do it on a Monday. Learn more about how to claim unemployment benefits in Michigan during the COVID-19 outbreak by clicking here. Eligible employees can apply for unemployment benefits online here or by calling 1-866-500-0017. Instead, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) advises certifying your status […]

Officials warn against heartworm, parasite medication for COVID-19

By: - April 17, 2020

If you’re worried about COVID-19, don’t reach for your pet’s heartworm prescription. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are warning Michiganders against using ivermectin, a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that prevents heartworm disease in small animals […]

Reeling Michigan news outlets face layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts

By: - April 16, 2020

As journalists across Michigan and the country have been tirelessly covering the COVID-19 pandemic, they are now facing new hazards: job losses, furloughs and pay cuts. Several big media outlets in Michigan, including the Detroit Free Press, MLive and the Detroit News, have announced cutbacks. This comes at a time when many reporters are taking […]

How the pandemic has changed funerals and the grieving process

By: - April 16, 2020

When Jim Hansen’s wife, Karla, died of a heart attack earlier this month, Hansen followed the same rules he now applies to every other grieving family who comes to the funeral home he owns in Davison. He only allowed 10 people at a time to enter the viewing area to say goodbye. “I have a […]

State will review if you’re denied coverage for COVID-19 

By: - April 15, 2020

Some Michiganders have reported that their COVID-19 health insurance claims are being denied. The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) announced that its prioritizing health insurance appeals related to denials of coverage for COVID-19 testing or treatment. People with questions about the Patient’s Right to Independent Review Act (PRIRA process) or that want […]

Mental health ‘warmline’ launched amid COVID-19 pandemic

By: - April 14, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has launched a statewide “warmline,” an alternative to a traditional psychiatric hotline, for residents living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can reach the warmline by calling 888-733-7753. People experiencing a crisis, including those considering suicide, are […]

Whitmer on Trump: ‘The government doesn’t get opened up on Twitter’

By: - April 13, 2020

There is some evidence that the rate of increase in new cases of COVID-19 is slowing down in Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at a Monday news conference that she is cautiously optimistic about the COVID-19 numbers being reported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), but that more data is needed […]

Resources available for domestic, sexual violence survivors amid COVID-19 pandemic

By: - April 9, 2020

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Michigan’s Sexual Assault Hotline, 855-VOICES4, is still operating 24/7 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Providing support for Michigan’s survivors of sexual assault is an essential service that remains in place during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The hotline was launched in 2018 to provide immediate crisis counseling […]

New TCF Center field hospital will admit 1st patients Friday

By: - April 9, 2020

The newly created 1,000-bed field hospital located at the TFC Center in Detroit will begin seeing patients Friday. TCF Regional Care Center is scheduled to receive a total of 25 patients who have spent at least 48 hours in acute-care hospitals located in Southeast Michigan. This comes following reports that some hospitals are nearing or […]

New: Detroit nursing home shaken by 3 COVID-19 deaths

By: - April 8, 2020

Updated, 1:05 p.m. 4/13/20 with a clarification from Villa Healthcare. One staff member and two residents have died of COVID-19 at Ambassador Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Detroit. That’s according to Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Michigan spokesman Kevin Lignell. He also told the Advance that SEIU filed complaints against the nursing home with […]

DIFS: Low- and no-cost health insurance options may be available even if you’re unemployed

By: - April 8, 2020

If you’ve lost your job, there may be options for you to still get health insurance. The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is reminding people that low or no-cost health care options may be available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  DIFS notes […]

FOIA requirements relaxed for 2 months under gov’s order

By: - April 7, 2020

If you’re looking to file an open records request in Michigan, it might be awhile until you get some answers. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-38 Sunday relaxing requirements for responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by mail or fax during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order is now in effect and […]