Health Care

Whitmer, Democratic leaders agree on tax plan framework, provide few details

BY: - February 3, 2023

Updated, 4:14 p.m., 2/3/23 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic leaders announced Friday that they have struck a deal on a framework for a tax relief plan — although few details were released.  “Michiganders sent a clear message in November. They want leaders who are going to get things done that help their families get ahead,” […]

State medical cannabis programs failing to make enough progress, advocacy group finds

BY: - February 3, 2023

WASHINGTON — A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers.  Americans for Safe Access issued its annual State of the States report on Thursday. The organization, a […]

U.S. House Judiciary’s debut hearing on the border centers on blame for fentanyl crisis

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee blamed the Biden administration for fentanyl drug smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border during a Wednesday hearing. Chair Jim Jordan of Ohio also blamed U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the number of migrants at the border, and said there are already hundreds of […]

U.S. House panel probes extent of fraud in federal COVID-19 relief programs

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — From 2020 to 2022, a group of Minnesotans pretended to be serving meals to low-income children, all the while filing for reimbursement under a federal COVID-19 relief program aimed to buoy child nutrition as schools and childcare centers closed.  In all, the schemers defrauded the government of $250 million, the Minnesota Reformer reported. […]

Michigan leaders speak out on continued violence against Asian Americans

BY: - February 1, 2023

Michigan leaders and residents are continuing to mourn those lost to more violence against the Asian-American community.  Civil rights groups and government officials participated in a public vigil on Saturday to remember victims involved in mass shootings last month in Monterey Park near Los Angeles and Half Moon Bay, Calif. Attending the event were state […]

Michigan COVID cases continue to drop

BY: - January 31, 2023

Michigan is reporting 6,027 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. That’s a drop from the last report issued Jan. 24, when the state said there were 6,530 new cases for the week. A total of 3,030,505 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since […]

Whitmer signs $1.1B funding for housing, small biz, jobs in earliest new session signing since 1947

BY: - January 31, 2023

Democratic leaders joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist in Lansing Tuesday morning for the signing of a $1.1 billion supplemental appropriations bill — the earliest a bill has been signed into law in a new session since 1947. Sponsored by Senate Appropriations Chair Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Senate Bill 7 provides a funding […]

More than 322K Michiganders are enrolled in the ACA for this year

BY: - January 30, 2023

A record number of Michiganders enrolled into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2023, with state leaders on Thursday praising new federal policies that are set to lower health care premiums. Nearly 322,300 Michigan residents purchased a plan during the most recent enrollment period. Due to the Inflation Reduction Act, provisions that take effect this […]

‘Cruel, inefficient and just wrong on so many levels’

BY: - January 30, 2023

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, struggling Michiganders who had lost jobs watched as their bank accounts dwindled.  As the world around them was engulfed by sickness and death, they saw their savings — often built over years — being depleted while they attempted to put food on their tables and pay their rent […]

COMMENTARY

David Hecker: What does Damar Hamlin have to do with worker safety? More than you think.

BY: - January 29, 2023

When Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the football field a few weeks ago, fans and fellow players alike looked on in horror — while NFL officials were ready to get back to business.  The coaches of both the Bills and their opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, insisted on postponing the game, but […]

White House launches new push to help states remove lead pipes that carry drinking water

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced plans to speed up the use of infrastructure law funds to replace lead pipes in underserved communities, with a focus on Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin beginning this year. The four states, each led by Democratic governors, will be part of what’s called the Lead Service […]

‘Everyone is exhausted and burned out’: McLaren Central nurses authorize potential strike 

BY: - January 27, 2023

For nearly 20 years, Christie Serniak has loved being a nurse at McLaren Central Michigan Hospital in Mount Pleasant. As tends to be the case in health care, there have been plenty of ups and downs — this is, after all, a world in which life begins and ends.  But, over the past couple of […]