Health Care

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Alex Rossman: Why we should all care about the high cost of child care

BY: - April 12, 2019

As the parents of twin infants, my wife and I pay more than $500 a week to send them to a child care center. That’s about 10 times more than a monthly car payment and double a home mortgage payment. In fact, on average, the annual cost of child care in Michigan is rivaling the […]

New cases add to worst Michigan measles outbreak in almost 30 years

BY: - April 10, 2019

Michigan has seen its highest number of measles cases in decades in 2019, as this week’s confirmation of two new cases from the state Department of Health and Human Services brought the total to 41. That’s the biggest outbreak since 1991, when the state confirmed 65 cases. Almost all of this year’s cases have occurred […]

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Brian Calley: Michigan’s public-private partnership with the Special Olympics means everyone wins

BY: - April 10, 2019

In my first term as lieutenant governor, I led the bipartisan and bicameral Mental Health and Wellness Commission. We took a comprehensive and expansive look at several aspects of life and society for those living with neurological differences, including mental illnesses, developmental disabilities or substance use disorders. This work focused on health care, education, employment, […]

Nessel joins state AGs urging DeVos to disclose student loan data

BY: - April 9, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is one of almost two dozen top state law enforcement officials from around the country who are demanding better access to student loan data from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Nessel’s office on Tuesday announced that the Democrat would join 19 other attorneys general in signing a letter to […]

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Column: Families are choosing between their health and staying together

BY: and - April 9, 2019

When it was time for Ximena to go to her prenatal appointment, she decided to stay home. “I have to miss my appointments,” she told us, “because it scares me to leave, because of the fear that one day they’re going to arrest me. And what would happen to my kids?” Ximena, whose name we […]

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Feds award Michigan $1.8M in opioid response funding

BY: - April 8, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that it would award Michigan more than $1.8 million in federal grant money to combat the “workforce impacts” of the nation’s opioid epidemic. The “Dislocated Worker Grant,” part of a program created under 2014’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, will “provide eligible grant participants with disaster-relief employment as […]

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Michigan Supreme Court allows unemployment fraud suit to proceed

BY: - April 5, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday allowed a case to go forward that seeks damages for people who had wages wrongly seized by the state over phony unemployment insurance fraud charges. The court issued an order granting plaintiffs’ appeal in a case that could turn into a major class-action lawsuit for those seeking monetary awards […]

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Michigan sets 2020 deadline to establish limit for toxic chemicals in water

BY: - April 4, 2019

The state has set an April 2020 deadline to implement rules limiting the amount of toxic chemicals acceptable in the water supply, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on Thursday. Michigan’s task force on PFAS — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly found in industrial waste, cosmetics and other consumer goods — also formally approved […]

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House passes revamped Violence Against Women Act

BY: - April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to renew and expand legislation that aids victims of domestic violence, setting the stage for a battle in the Senate. House lawmakers voted 263-158 to reauthorize the 1994 legislation that funds programs like rape crisis centers, shelters and legal services to victims of domestic abuse. […]

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Michigan Supreme Court to hear sick leave, minimum wage case

BY: - April 3, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a case that could determine whether Republican lawmakers violated the state Constitution in adopting watered-down sick leave and minimum wage laws last fall as part of an attempt to pre-empt citizen petitions on the issues. Michigan’s highest court agreed to hear the case on […]

Rep. Debbie Dingell

Dingell takes on the NRA: ‘I was sure I was going to die that night’

BY: - April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — For Debbie Dingell, keeping guns away from domestic violence perpetrators is personal. “This is something that I care very, very deeply about, because I lived in that household,” U.S. Rep. Dingell (D-Dearborn) told reporters gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Dingell is among the lawmakers leading the charge for the House to […]

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Whitmer signs bill clarifying Michigan eviction process

BY: - April 3, 2019

Updated 3:23 p.m. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 3 into law Wednesday, a bill with strong bipartisan support that codifies into law who is allowed to carry out eviction proceedings, limiting that group to court officers, bailiffs or local law enforcement. “This bill provides needed clarity and reassurance that individuals involved in evictions or […]