Health Care

Michigan doctor who confronted Pence says Trump should stop talking about coronavirus

BY: - March 1, 2020

Dr. Rob Davidson, a West Michigan physician and health care activist, whose video confrontation of Vice President Mike Pence went viral in January, says that President Donald Trump needs to keep mum about the coronavirus. Health officials in Washington state on Saturday announced the first American died of COVID-19, known as coronavirus. He was a […]

Whitmer activates State Emergency Operations Center for coronavirus

BY: - February 28, 2020

During a news conference held Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), a virus originating in China and that has sickened 81,000 people globally and killed more than 2,600 people, has potential to impact “nearly every aspect of our lives, state government or public schools or businesses, public gatherings and events.” And […]


Column: How I learned to accept the unexpected in pregnancy

BY: - February 28, 2020

In about one month, I will give birth for the first time. I’m at the stage of pregnancy when getting in and out of my car feels celebratory. Sometimes I have heartburn. Occasionally, my feet and ankles swell. Mostly though, I feel excited to meet my baby, someone who for months has felt real only […]

Michigan medical chief outlines state coronavirus response

BY: - February 28, 2020

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), on Thursday told state lawmakers about state prevention efforts for coronavirus, a respiratory disease that has raised public health concerns worldwide in recent months.  The virus strain that has been at the center of media […]

Nessel: Watch out for coronavirus scams

BY: - February 26, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are warning Michiganders to stay alert and watch for scams related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus is a new virus strain that has the potential to cause severe […]

Michigan joins 39 other states in JUUL probe

BY: - February 26, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday that Michigan has joined 39 other states in an investigation of JUUL Labs. JUUL Labs makes products known as JUUL and JUULpods. The JUUL is the electronic vaporizer device used to smoke a JUUL Pod, which is a nicotine-containing e-liquid formula. JUUL pods come in 3% and 5% […]

GOP previews 2020 messaging, but Senate nixes 2 late-term abortion bills

BY: - February 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t allow many bills to get floor votes these days, but he made an exception Tuesday for two bills intended to curb abortion access. Two GOP-led anti-abortion bills failed on procedural votes Tuesday as expected. The politically charged bills have both failed during previous Senate floor votes […]

Whitmer wants court to halt Medicaid work mandate

BY: - February 25, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says an estimated 80,000 Michiganders could lose Healthy Michigan coverage thanks to Medicaid work requirements and she’s asking for a court to declare them unlawful. She has filed a motion for a partial summary judgement in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Democratic governor also renewed her call […]

Slotkin doesn’t plan to endorse for president

BY: - February 25, 2020

Between working on hundreds of bills, voting to impeach President Trump and facing a competitive reelection fight, freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) has had a busy first year. As the Advance previously reported, Slotkin hosted a “State of the 8th District” event Friday, filling in her constituents on what she has been doing on […]

Whitmer wants to lower prescription drug costs

BY: - February 24, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order aimed at bringing Michiganders financial relief by lowering the cost of prescription drugs used to treat heart disease, depression and diabetes.   Executive Order 2020-01 created the Prescription Drug Task Force, which is made up of members from the departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS); Insurance and […]

Whitmer wants to fight prenatal health care disparities in Flint

BY: - February 24, 2020

Flint isn’t just plagued by a water crisis. It’s also plagued by health care disparities among pregnant women belonging to minority groups — and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to do something about it. During a news conference held at Hamilton Community Health Network in Flint on Monday, Whitmer highlighted how her “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies” […]

Slotkin talks prescription drug prices, PFAS at East Lansing event

BY: - February 22, 2020

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) held her first “State of the 8th District” event Friday night at East Lansing High School, where she recapped her first year in Congress and announced two bipartisan bills regarding border security and the cost of insulin. Slotkin was joined by state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Twp.) and East Lansing […]