Health Care

Whitmer takes on Trump over eliminating Planned Parenthood funding

BY: - February 24, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will fight back against the President Donald Trump administration’s new rule banning Planned Parenthood and other groups from a $286 million federal family planning program. “Along with other newly elected governors, I will explore all options to block these changes,” said Whitmer, a Democrat who supports reproductive rights. The money for […]

AG seeks to settle Flint civil cases, taps Worthy for criminal case

BY: - February 21, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel will stay out of the ongoing criminal prosecution cases against current and former state and local officials related to the Flint water crisis, she said Thursday. She held a wide-reaching press conference in Lansing that also touched on that ongoing criminal probe and two separate investigations related to sexual abuse from […]

Demonstrators in Flint, MI in 2016

Kildee: What Whitmer gets about Flint that Snyder didn’t

BY: - February 19, 2019

The Flint water crisis exploded as a national story more than three years ago. But while much of the nation has moved on, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, who represents the city, says he isn’t just fighting to bring Flint back to where it was before the health and environmental catastrophe. “We can’t just get Flint […]

Health chief will follow Medicaid work rules, won’t pursue single-payer

BY: - February 18, 2019

Robert Gordon, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pick to head the sprawling Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is concerned that tens or hundreds of thousands of people could lose coverage under a new Medicaid work requirement law. That’s something that Whitmer raised in her State of the State address last week. Despite those concerns, however, […]


Alex Rossman: My view from the ICU: Everyone deserves quality health care

BY: - February 17, 2019

I’m writing this from a hospital room in the pediatric intensive care unit. One of my sweet little nine-month-old daughters (yes, twins!) is dealing with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and is sleeping a few feet away with a feeding tube down her throat and artificial oxygen being steadily pumped into her nose. She looks a […]

Stabenow touts Medicare buy-in plan, says Peters is a ‘progressive’ senator

BY: - February 15, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow thinks there’s still plenty of room to find bipartisan compromise in Congress, despite the near-constant political warfare on Capitol Hill. The Lansing Democrat just kicked off her 19th year in the Senate, where she’s the top Democrat on the agriculture committee and the chair of the Senate Democratic Policy […]


Tom Watkins: We must end mental health stigma to stop suicide

BY: - February 15, 2019

The news hit me hard. There was another apparent suicide and my heart sank. I did not know Travis Weber well; in fact, I believe I only met him once briefly. That did not stop the tears from flowing when I heard the news. Travis Weber served as former Gov. Rick Snyder’s legal counsel and […]

Jacobs: Gov. right to spotlight state worker morale, Medicaid work rules

BY: - February 13, 2019

Gilda Jacobs has watched her share of State of the State addresses, having spent a total of 12 years in both chambers of the Legislature. The now president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy wrote a column for the Advance last month about serving alongside Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in both the House […]

Metro Detroit leaders offer Whitmer advice before 1st State of the State

BY: - February 11, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her first State of the State message on Tuesday at the state Capitol. Expectations are always high for a governor’s first address, which will be televised at 7 p.m. Both chambers of the Legislature will attend. The Advance talked to civic and political leaders in Southeast Michigan about issues they […]

Whitmer tells feds she wants changes to Medicaid work requirements

BY: - February 8, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday notified the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that she plans to work with state lawmakers on changes to new work requirements for the state’s Healthy Michigan plan. That comes after a new report was released this week showing almost 200,000 Michiganders could lose health coverage as a result […]


Susan J. Demas: If we ever get single-payer health care, thank John Dingell

BY: - February 8, 2019

John Dingell Jr. touched the lives of thousands of people, both in small and monumental ways. The outpouring of grief from his colleagues, staffers and loved ones since his passing on Thursday night is testament to both his remarkable heart and extraordinary career. To note that he was the longest-serving member of Congress in history […]

Rep. John Dingell

John Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress in history, dies at 92

BY: and - February 8, 2019

Updated, 12:30 a.m. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, has died. He was 92. Dingell recently entered hospice care after being diagnosed with prostate cancer a year ago. He suffered a heart attack in September 2018. His wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), did not attend the State of the Union […]