Health Care

Medicare for All bill backed by some Michigan Dems gets historic U.S. House hearing

BY: - April 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — A well known activist with ALS has lost his ability to speak, but he traveled from his home in California to Capitol Hill this week for Congress’ first-ever hearing on Medicare for All legislation. Ady Barkan, 35, described his family’s struggles to pay his medical bills since his diagnosis with the fatal degenerative […]

Slotkin to meet with DeVos in May on sexual assault issues

BY: - April 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan lawmakers have introduced sexual assault legislation that they hope will help prevent situations like the Dr. Larry Nassar scandal that rocked Michigan State University. A bipartisan coalition in the House and Senate — led by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) — announced a new bill […]

Beaumont Royal Oak nurses launch union effort

BY: - April 30, 2019

Nurses at Beaumont Health’s Royal Oak hospital have launched a unionization effort, according to the organizing union, the Michigan Nurses Association. Nurses at the hospital, just north of Detroit, cite other recent, successful union efforts by health care professionals at Michigan hospitals, such as Munson Health in Traverse City and the Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, part […]

Michigan NICU nurse Julia Pulver’s tweets on Trump’s abortion lie go viral

BY: - April 28, 2019

At a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday, President Donald Trump unleashed what CNN called an “incendiary falsehood” about mothers and doctors conspiring to kill babies after they’re born. Trump and other Republicans have been falsely accusing abortion rights supporters of backing “infanticide.” The president took the argument to the extreme at his campaign event. “The […]

Oscoda residents vent to Air Force brass about PFAS worries

BY: - April 27, 2019

Beneath the natural beauty of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda lurks some of the highest concentrations of toxic chemicals from firefighting foam in the state. The Huron National Forest destination north of Michigan’s Thumb was once popular for hunting and fishing. Now it’s covered with metal signs riddled with bullet holes and messages warning locals not […]

EPA issues weaker cleanup rules for toxic PFAS chemicals

BY: - April 26, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued weaker draft standards for toxic cleanup at hazardous waste sites following pressure from the Department of Defense, the New York Times reported Thursday. The federal agency released a set of proposed standards Thursday that would do away with a section on how to respond to “immediate threats […]

‘We’ll scream loud’: Flint residents protest 5 years of water crisis

BY: - April 25, 2019

Updated 8:38 p.m. Thursday might have technically marked the five-year anniversary of the official start of Flint’s water crisis — but don’t call it that around Bishop Bernadel Jefferson. “This is a commemoration,” said Bishop Jefferson of the city’s Faith Deliverance Center. “Anniversaries are celebrations, and we aren’t celebrating [having] five years with this water.” […]

McMorrow: LGBTQ conversion therapy is ‘unethical,’ must be banned

BY: - April 25, 2019

State Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) and Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) introduced legislation this week banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth in Michigan. Senate Bill 284 and House Bill 4515 prohibit treatments that seek to force changes to sexual orientation or gender identity for those younger than 18. McMorrow rose on the Senate floor […]


Alicia Guevara Warren: Time for action and change in our child welfare system

BY: - April 25, 2019

At a recent seminar, I was challenged to think differently about strategies we use to get results for kids and families. Earlier this year, I was selected to be a Class 11 fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship program. Over the course of a week, we had time to reflect […]

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Measles outbreak has cost Oakland County at least $200K

BY: - April 25, 2019

The response to this year’s measles outbreak, Michigan’s worst since 1991, has cost Oakland County at least $200,000 according to health officials. Speaking before the state House Health Policy Committee Thursday morning, Oakland County Medical Director Dr. Russell Faust said that “conservative estimate” included the cost of around-the-clock staff response to potential cases or exposures, […]

Dingell joins Dems in announcing first Medicare for All hearing

BY: - April 24, 2019

The U.S. House Rules Committee next week will hold the first-ever hearing on Medicare for All. Committee Chair James McGovern (D-Mass.), U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) announced a 10 a.m. hearing on April 30 at the U.S. Capitol on the Medicare for All Act of 2019. The bill would […]

New report shows state’s pre-K efforts failing to move the needle

BY: - April 23, 2019

More than half of the state’s 3- or 4-year-olds were not in preschool for most of the last decade, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP). And that’s a rate that has only increased as the decade has worn on, despite tens of millions of dollars directed toward […]