Health Care

As Michiganders struggle to afford health care, leaders push lawmakers to act

BY: - August 11, 2022

Michiganders are having trouble accessing and paying for both physical and mental health care and want their state and federal lawmakers to prioritize driving down health care costs, including by capping insurance deductibles and curbing what insurers can charge patients, according to a new survey. Lansing-based EPIC-MRA, a survey research firm, in June asked 609 […]

Lawmakers, activists call for stronger pollution regulations following Huron River chemical spill

BY: - August 10, 2022

More than 100 people gathered on the banks of the Huron River in Milford Wednesday to call for action and accountability in the aftermath of a chemical spill into the river system.  Representatives from Clean Water Action, the Environmental Council of Huron Valley stood alongside lawmakers, local officials, business owners and residents, demanding stronger polluter […]

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

BY: - August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation into law Wednesday that will provide health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving a long-term, personal goal. “I was in and out of Iraq over 20 times,” Biden said of prior trips to the war zone he took as both […]

Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

BY: - August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration began encouraging health care providers Tuesday to change the way they’re administering vaccines to protect against monkeypox, in an attempt to stretch out doses fivefold. The latest shift in strategy comes as the administration races to curtail the spread of the virus, which jumped from 778 cases one month ago […]

Despite doctors’ pleas, most kids under 5 aren’t getting vaccinated against COVID-19

BY: - August 10, 2022

It’s been nearly two months since the federal government approved the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5, but an overwhelming majority of Michiganders in that age group are still not vaccinated. According to the state, as of Aug. 3, less than 4% of children under 5 in the state have received one dose of the […]

Community risk level rises to high as Michigan reports 20,173 new COVID-19 cases in the last week

BY: - August 9, 2022

Community risk levels are rising across Michigan as coronavirus cases continue to increase, according to a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. The department reports a total of 2,708,622 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, an additional 16,137 cases compared to the […]

Whitmer tests positive for COVID-19 for the first time

BY: - August 9, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced late Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19. “Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms after being fully vaccinated and twice boosted,” said Whitmer in the statement. Whitmer said she last tested negative on Monday afternoon and that following standard protocol, all of her close contacts on Monday will be […]

Michigan remains in bottom half of states for child well-being

BY: - August 9, 2022

After seeing a small improvement last year, Michigan children remain in the bottom half of states when it comes to their well-being. That’s according to several indicators in the 2022 Kids Count Data Book, released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 50-state report of recent household data analyzed how children and families […]

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Diseases may return amid decrease in childhood vaccinations, family physicians warn 

BY: - August 8, 2022

As a new school year is about to begin, physicians from across the state on Monday encouraged families to vaccinate their children to prevent the spread and return of diseases like measles, mumps and polio.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a national decrease in childhood and adult vaccinations. This trend […]

Dixon joins far-right leaders at CPAC to drag Whitmer, Trump calls kidnapping plot ‘fake’

BY: - August 8, 2022

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon shared a stage last week at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas with former President Donald Trump, who sang her praises, and autocratic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Orban, who is known for his attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and immigration, kicked off the far-right conference Thursday, with […]

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

BY: and - August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly divided Senate. […]

‘It provided hope’: Michigan advocates look ahead after abortion rights vote in Kansas

BY: - August 7, 2022

After the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down Roe v. Wade, Mary Wehrman called the reproductive rights group Kansans for Constitutional Freedom. She was enraged. A resident of Pittsburg, Kan., a small city near the Missouri border, Wehrman wanted to volunteer with the organization fighting a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would […]