Health Care

On this day in 1964: LBJ lifts up ‘Great Society’ policies during U of M commencement 

BY: - May 22, 2022

On May 22, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson called on the American government to implement policy ideas that would come to be known as the “Great Society” during spring commencement at the University of Michigan. He delivered the address before 90,000 people at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Gov. George Romney, who was later considered a […]

Michigan Supreme Court will take up Whitmer’s abortion suit, but has questions

BY: - May 20, 2022

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday granted a motion for immediate consideration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s 1931 abortion ban law. However, the Supreme Court is asking the Democrat to answer a few questions. The big question is whether or not the state’s highest court needs to weigh in on the constitutionality […]

Congress clears $40B in Ukraine aid for Biden’s signature, but some in GOP balk

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators voted overwhelmingly Thursday to send President Joe Biden a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine that will provide additional economic, humanitarian and military support to the country. The 86-11 vote marks the second time Congress cleared a multibillion-dollar package since Russia invaded in late February. Negotiators opted both times to increase […]

House passes DHHS budget bill with abortion restrictions

BY: - May 19, 2022

The GOP-led House passed a proposed budget for Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Wednesday that includes a number of restrictions to abortion access and prohibits state funding for abortion care. Senate Bill 828, introduced by state Sen. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes), would prohibit funding to organizations, and any of their subcontracts, that […]

U.S. House Judiciary Committee debates abortion in advance of landmark court ruling

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The national debate over abortion rights raged in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as Democrats warned of the dangers of a potential end to the constitutional right and Republicans argued that legislatures should determine abortion laws. The hearing came just weeks after a leaked draft opinion from Associate Justice Samuel Alito […]

Poor People’s Campaign rallies for social and economic justice on Capitol steps

BY: - May 18, 2022

A small group gathered outside the state Capitol on a rainy Wednesday afternoon for the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign “Moral Witness Wednesday” rally to demand that the state’s elected officials support basic human needs from minimum wage increases to reproductive freedom to prison reform.  “Whether you are working on foreclosures, whether you are working on […]

Michigan reports 29,267 new COVID-19 cases in the last week

BY: and - May 18, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,501,863 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,218 have died from the virus — an additional 29,267 cases and 78 deaths in the last week. The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Monday combine recorded cases and deaths […]

‘They don’t care if you live or die, but they want you to make them coffee’

BY: - May 18, 2022

KC Laskey can count the number of students who usually wear masks in her son’s kindergarten classroom in West Michigan on one hand — and the number of COVID-19 cases in his classroom last week on two. “He is one of two wearing masks at school; since omicron quieted down, there have been two wearing […]

U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. Food […]

Michigan judge grants injunction against 1931 abortion ban if Roe is overturned

BY: - May 17, 2022

Updated, 3:50 p.m., 5/17/22, with comments from Planned Parenthood A Court of Claims judge granted a preliminary injunction in a suit brought by Planned Parenthood against Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban law.  Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher ordered the injunction Tuesday, writing that “forced pregnancy … contravenes the right to make autonomous medical decisions.” Planned […]


Column: With COVID as an unwanted houseguest, I’m thankful for vaccines and frustrated with society

BY: - May 17, 2022

After two years and two months, COVID-19 finally arrived for my family. That meant my days were consumed with resting, checking temperatures, sneezing, coughing, ordering delivery and taking rapid tests. I wouldn’t recommend it as a family getaway package. (I suppose the ordering delivery part was OK.) Yet our experience showed how far treatments have […]

How one survivor is working to prevent child abuse in the state

BY: - May 17, 2022

Starting at the age of 2 until she was an adult, Suzanne Greenberg was physically and sexually abused by her father and grandfather.  Now, as the executive director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Children’s Trust Fund, Greenberg’s mission is to do everything she can to prevent other children from becoming […]