Health Care

Michigan surpasses ‘sobering’ milestone of 1 million COVID-19 cases

BY: - September 22, 2021

On March 10, 2020, the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan. Eight days later, Michigan’s first death of the pandemic was reported. And now, a year and a half later, Michigan surpassed one million COVID cases. On Wednesday afternoon, the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported there have been […]

Last of FY ‘22 budget heads to Whitmer’s desk, vaccine, masks measures likely unenforceable

BY: and - September 22, 2021

With just over a week before the start of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, both chambers of the Legislature finished on Wednesday passing remaining spending plans worth about $53 billion. They now head to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has said she’ll sign them. The legislative Conference Committees laid out the details of […]

Yale physician: Aftershocks of COVID-19 will last until 2024

BY: - September 22, 2021

“In my judgment, we’re not yet at the beginning of the end of this pandemic — but I do think we are at the end of the beginning,” said Nicholas A. Christakis, a Yale social scientist, physician and author, who on Tuesday gave a keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference. Christakis’ work currently focuses […]

GOP gov. candidate James Craig says he supports abortion ban in secret recording

BY: - September 22, 2021

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig said if elected he would block any attempt by Democrats to repeal Michigan’s 90-year-old ban on abortion, according to a secret audio recording obtained by Metro Times. The former Detroit police chief made the remark Thursday while talking with supporters after his speech at a campaign kickoff event in Marquette. The […]

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Stephanie Chang: Michigan must support the right to choose

BY: - September 22, 2021

When Texas passed the strictest abortion law in the nation by banning abortion after six weeks, creating an environment for witch hunts of anyone who may have helped someone access an abortion and not providing exceptions for rape or incest, many watched and reacted in horror, for a variety of reasons. Ask people with irregular […]

Bipartisan FY ‘22 budget moves one step closer to completion

BY: - September 21, 2021

The GOP-led Legislature took a key step Tuesday toward completing the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, carving out money for criminal justice reform, education and a number of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s programs for workers.  The legislative Conference Committees unanimously approved both the Higher Education and General Government budgets and outlined the […]

New: State budget includes pay hike for some health care workers during pandemic

BY: - September 21, 2021

The nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget will include a temporary $2 hourly pay raise for direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Advance has learned.  The budget also allocates $460 million to give a permanent $2.35 hourly raise to direct care […]

Michigan joins AG coalition against Miss. abortion ban, SCOTUS to hear case in December

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has been […]

Poll: Nearly 2/3 of Mich. voters want more state funding for kids and families during pandemic

BY: - September 21, 2021

State lawmakers should increase public funding for children and families to address the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly two-thirds of Michiganders said in a recent statewide poll from the Skillman Foundation and Michigan’s Children. Across the state’s geographical regions and demographic groups, there was an overwhelming consensus among the 800 likely voters surveyed that […]

98 Michigan schools report new COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - September 20, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 995,910 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 20,700 have died from the virus — an additional 7,185 cases and 35 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’

BY: - September 20, 2021

Updated 6:06 p.m., 9/21/21, with comments from Kent County Board of Commissioners Chair Mandy Bolter and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office After a woman attempted to run Kent County Health Department director Adam London off the road just hours after he issued a mask mandate for some schools last month, the health officer issued a […]

Bipartisan bills boost crisis response and jail diversion programs for people with mental illness

BY: - September 20, 2021

State Sens. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) and Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced two bills last week to establish grants funding community crisis and jail intervention programs in localities to address pitfalls in mental health response programs in Michigan.  In 1974, the Community Mental Health code was established in Michigan that created laws and programs to […]