Health Care

Snyder signs almost 50 more bills into law

BY: - December 28, 2018

As term-limited Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder prepares to leave office next week, he signed several dozen bills today that arrived on his desk during the frenzied legislative Lame Duck session. One of the bills makes cyberbullying a crime, House Bill 5017, sponsored by state Rep. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.). The bill is now Public Act […]

Whitmer looking at many options in Flint

BY: - December 28, 2018

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s team today said she will work with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s office to continue ensuring that Flint residents have access to safe drinking water. “We’re working with the mayor of Flint,” the Democrat said when asked by a reporter during a media call this morning whether she’ll be involved in offering bottled […]

On this day: Moderate Republican vetoes Democratic-led abortion bill

BY: - December 27, 2018

It was a different time, to be sure.   On this day in 1978, Michigan Gov. William Milliken vetoed a bill to ban state-funded abortions. “This bill effectively would deny poor women of this state the same opportunity to exercise the same legal rights as other members of society,” the Traverse City Republican said at […]

Calley doesn’t rule out running for governor again

BY: - December 27, 2018

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley isn’t announcing yet what he’s doing next — and he’s also not closing the door on seeking the governor’s mansion again. “I wouldn’t rule it out,” Calley, who unsuccessfully ran for the 2018 GOP gubernatorial nomination, said in an interview with the Advance last week. “Governor’s really the only office that […]

Feds approve ‘Healthy Michigan’ plan with new work requirements

BY: - December 21, 2018

The federal government has approved an amended Medicaid plan in Michigan that puts in place new work requirements for coverage. In a tweet on Friday afternoon, Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had approved the amendment to the “Healthy Michigan” plan that expanded healthcare coverage under […]

Leonard touts improved mental health access in farewell speech

BY: - December 21, 2018

During a marathon session Thursday night, outgoing state House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) delivered his farewell speech, touting improved mental health care access and elimination of driver responsibility fees as his top accomplishments. The term-limited speaker mounted an unsuccessful run for Attorney General in 2018. Gov. Rick Snyder was there for his speech Thursday. Leonard […]


Gilda Z. Jacobs: Bipartisan compromise on Farm Bill yields big results for Michigan

BY: - December 20, 2018

Staff for the Michigan League for Public Policy, a Lansing-based organization advocating for health, racial equity and economic security issues, contribute a biweekly column to the Michigan Advance, “Human Capital.” With the Michigan Legislature’s contentious Lame Duck session, Congress’ stalemate on the federal budget, and a looming government shutdown, it’s hard to remember that government […]

GOP memo: Latest no-fault plan won’t guarantee lower rates

BY: - December 20, 2018

The latest version of draft legislation to overhaul the state’s auto no-fault law scraps mandated insurance rate reductions. That’s despite allowing tiered plans that provide less medical coverage, according to a Republican memo obtained by the Michigan Advance. Lowering costs for Michiganders was a fundamental part of previous plans. It was the reason why no-fault […]

Feds give Flint $2.2M to strip lead paint

BY: - December 19, 2018

Flint was awarded a federal grant for $2.2 million to find and remove lead-based paint from homes across the city, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) announced Wednesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after Kildee had previously asked the department for the lead-removal funding, according to the congressman’s office. […]

Recreational pot escapes Lame Duck unscathed, but advocates still uneasy

BY: - December 19, 2018

Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s plan to scale back the state’s newly minted recreational marijuana law is dead — and it never really stood a chance in the Legislature. But Michigan pot advocates are still uneasy about what’s going on with medical marijuana. Michigan passed the law legalizing weed for medical use back in […]

Michigan’s manic Lame Duck session continues to mesmerize national media

BY: - December 15, 2018

Michigan’s frenetic end-of-the-year legislative session before Democrats assume all top statewide offices continues to command the attention of national outlets. Reporters from national outfits like CNN attended the exit interview last week of GOP Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, eager to see if the term-limited governor would show his hand on signing […]

Whitmer talks roads, Asian carp with Trump at White House meeting

BY: - December 14, 2018

At the White House today, Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer naturally took the opportunity to talk with President Trump about “fixing the damn roads,” but she also said she raised the issue of Asian carp. “That was an interesting conversation because I don’t think President Trump had really had the chance to think, or learn much about […]