Dingell joins Jayapal and Sanders in reintroducing Medicare for All 

BY: - May 18, 2023

U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Ann Arbor) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) gathered Wednesday with Democratic colleagues and advocates from across the country for a Washington, D.C., rally following the reintroduction of Medicare for All bills in Congress. According to a statement from Dingell’s office, the reintroduction of Medicare for All […]


Column: DeSantis World will not tolerate deviation from the party line

BY: - May 17, 2023

A lot of people are scared. Scared of ideas, scared of books, scared of the human body, scared of education. Scared of educators. When people get scared, they resort to bullying. The trustees of New College, the cadre of reactionaries recently imposed by the governor, have denied tenure to five long-time faculty members. The professors — two […]

Fast federal response to pandemic key to US economic recovery, economists say

BY: - May 15, 2023

The public health emergency declaration ended on Thursday, and with it some of the policies that helped the U.S. recover from the many of the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Although COVID-19 is still a public health threat, the national economic crisis it created has subsided with the U.S. economy back to its pre-pandemic growth rate. Economists say […]


Susan J. Demas: The persistence of tragedy, the preservation of memory

BY: - May 14, 2023

For many years, the only piece of artwork I could afford to frame was a dorm-room-quality print of Dali’s “Persistence of Memory.” I’ve been thinking about that painting a lot lately. Sometimes the melting clocks seem jolting and sinister; sometimes there’s an odd comfort in the infiniteness of time. There have been so many things […]

Whitmer directs state depts. to help Michiganders who must requalify for Medicaid coverage

BY: - May 11, 2023

All state departments in Michigan are instructed to help the state health department where they can, per an executive directive issued this week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as about one-third of Michigan’s population will have to requalify for their Medicaid coverage next month. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic the Families First Coronavirus […]

As the COVID public health emergency ends, prepping for a new pandemic is next

BY: - May 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — After more than three years and 1.1 million deaths, the United States on Thursday will end the public health emergency for COVID-19 — and Congress is attempting to better prepare for a possible resurgence of that virus or another. The expiration of the designation, originally put in place in January 2020, means alterations to how […]

Experts say pandemic is ‘not at all’ over while grappling with gaps in COVID-19 data 

BY: - May 9, 2023

It has now been more than three years since COVID-19 threw the world into upheaval — but with reported cases falling in Michigan and a general sense of pre-pandemic normalcy back, many entities have ramped down their reporting methods for new COVID-19 cases and deaths. Because of this, the Advance will no longer report weekly […]

Childcare providers call on state government to increase pay 

BY: - May 8, 2023

Mothering Justice, a Detroit-based racial and gender justice advocacy organization, held a rally and news conference on Monday in Detroit to continue its call for an increase in childcare provider pay. About 150 men, women and children chanted: “What do we want? More money. When do we need it, now!” and “No contract, no work.”  […]

MSU graduates praised for their perseverance and compassion at emotional ceremonies

BY: - May 5, 2023

Speakers at Michigan State University’s spring graduation, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, former chief medical adviser to the president, spoke on Friday of resilience, loss and community. Michigan State University students, many of whom attended the school during the COVID-19 pandemic and experienced the horror of the mass shooting in February, gathered on campus in East […]

As 1M Michiganders face losing Medicaid, Dems vow to fight for health care coverage

BY: - May 5, 2023

Health care for Michiganders and people across the country is under attack by congressional Republicans who are supporting legislation that could end Medicaid coverage for as many as 1 million Michigan residents, Protect Our Care founder and Chair Leslie Dach said during a press call Thursday morning. The Republican-led U.S. House passed the Limit, Save, […]


Column: Let’s make Michigan a nurse-friendly state

BY: - May 5, 2023

This year, communities across the state will recognize nurses’ week, May 6 to May 12. During the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw lawn signs and car parades to thank nurses for their selfless efforts to care for our loved ones and serve our communities. This year, the signs are more sparse, but […]

New Michigan COVID cases drop below 3,000 this week

BY: - May 3, 2023

Michigan is reporting 2,630 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. That’s a decrease from the last report issued April 26, when the state said there were 3,124 new cases for the week. A total of 3,103,644 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since […]