Health Care

New report blames gerrymandering for stalled gun-safety bills in Michigan

BY: - December 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — Most Michiganders favor stricter gun laws, recent polling suggests, but efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the state Legislature.  That disconnect is likely due in part to partisan gerrymandering, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that advocates progressive policies.  […]

New: How Elissa Slotkin decided to vote to impeach Trump

BY: - December 16, 2019

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin surrounded herself with books and historical documents at her family farm in Holly on Sunday, attempting to make up her mind on which way to vote on President Donald Trump’s impeachment. When she reached that decision, she felt a sense of peace, because she “didn’t have to pretend.” At a loud […]

Slotkin to vote yes on impeachment: ‘This is bigger than politics’

BY: - December 16, 2019

On Monday morning, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) stood before a crowd of 450 constituents at Oakland University to announce that she will be voting “yes” on impeaching President Donald Trump. Her remarks were often punctuated with loud cheers, and even louder boos from a small but vocal group of Trump-supporting constituents in the back […]

Michigan nurse is NARAL’s 1st 2020 endorsement of a state legislative challenger

BY: - December 16, 2019

NARAL Pro-Choice America*, a Washington, D.C.-based abortion rights group, announced its endorsement of Julia Pulver, a Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 39th House District in metro Detroit who’s running to unseat State Rep. Ryan Berman (R-Commerce Twp.).  Pulver, a registered nurse, health care advocate and founder of Women Organize Michigan, a grassroots political advocacy group for […]

Sunday is the last day to sign up for health insurance through Healthcare.gov

BY: - December 15, 2019

Open enrollment for the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace closes on Sunday. Those wishing to sign up for health plans for 2020 can start here at Healthcare.gov. Depending on income, income tax credits are available for plans on the marketplace, which was created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The credits can be used to lower […]

Anti-abortion group doesn’t make the cut in Michigan budget supplemental

BY: - December 13, 2019

Before breaking for the year, the GOP-led Legislature approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget supplemental after a long standoff with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Not all programs vetoed by the governor made the cut in the supplemental, like Pure Michigan and the anti-abortion Real Alternatives program. In September, Whitmer vetoed $700,000 for the program that […]

Community demands answers, input after Detroit River contamination

BY: - December 13, 2019

Updated and corrected, 10:15 a.m. 12/13/19 A former uranium-contaminated site that collapsed into the Detroit River late last month continues to spark concern from residents.* More than 200 people attended a community meeting Thursday night to hear an update from government officials concerning the site leased by Detroit Bulk Storage.  The Advance previously reported that […]

Michigan Dems vote for landmark U.S. House prescription pricing bill

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a landmark health care measure Thursday that proponents say would dramatically reduce the rising cost of prescription drugs and significantly expand access to health care benefits and services. The sweeping legislation passed largely along party lines, with 230 lawmakers voting for it and 192 against. Only two House Republicans […]

Company to pay $70M to settle Kent County PFAS suit

BY: - December 12, 2019

Wolverine Worldwide will pay $69.5 million to settle a lawsuit over the company contaminating drinking water in Kent County, according to a press release from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Following the discovery of PFAS in the drinking water in northern Kent County, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) filed the […]

House Dems want to ensure the Legislature stays out of citizen-led initiatives

BY: - December 12, 2019

As petitions for two anti-abortion ballot initiatives are circulating throughout Michigan, several House Democrats are working to take the Legislature out of the citizen-led initiative process and allow eligible measures to go directly to voters. “Allowing the Legislature to exert its political will on the ballot initiative process undermines the core [tenets] of our democracy,” […]

Slotkin pushes back on DeVos’ Title IX changes with legislation

BY: - December 12, 2019

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) proposed legislation this week to protect sexual assault survivors and stop U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed Title IX changes.  In November 2018, DeVos initiated rollbacks to President Obama-era policies that held colleges and universities to higher standards when it came to handling accusations of sexual assault and harassment.  The […]

Congress reaches deal on paid family leave for federal employees   

BY: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time. The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits currently given to […]