Health Care

New fight opens in Congress over VA policy that sidesteps state abortion bans

BY: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. Senate are confident the Department of Veterans Affairs can implement a new policy that allows its doctors to provide abortions when the pregnancy threatens the patient’s life or health, or when it’s the result of rape or incest. The VA announced the new policy last week to cheers from Democrats who […]

GOP balks at White House request for billions for public health, natural disasters, Ukraine

BY: - September 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are lukewarm about providing $47 billion in new emergency spending for the ongoing Ukrainian war against Russia’s invasion, COVID-19 and monkeypox public health campaigns, and to help states recover from natural disasters. GOP senators, who have returned to Washington after Congress’ summer break, aren’t so sure the Biden administration’s request […]

Dana Nessel

Nessel files bypass application for Michigan Supreme Court to hear insulin case

BY: - September 10, 2022

Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a motion this week asking the Michigan Supreme Court to take up her challenge of past decisions by the court that her office says have limited enforcement of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.  The Democrat filed the bypass application on Tuesday because she says the Michigan Supreme Court’s former rulings […]

Dixon appears to make the case that voters can support her and abortion rights ballot measure in Nov.

BY: - September 9, 2022

Updated, 6:16 p.m. with comments from Right to Life of Michigan PAC In a Thursday night tweet following the Michigan Supreme Court ruling that voters will be able to decide a measure guaranteeing abortion rights, GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon appeared to encourage Michiganders to vote for both Proposal 3 and her in November — […]

Starting this week, bivalent COVID-19 boosters are available in Michigan 

BY: - September 8, 2022

In an effort to help contain the omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ has recommended use of the Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine for ages 12 years and older and the Moderna bivalent vaccine for ages 18 years and older. The recommendation followed the Aug. 31 […]

Criminalizing abortion would be a disaster for Michigan colleges and universities, presidents say

BY: - September 7, 2022

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, colleges and universities across Michigan are repeatedly fielding a question from prospective students and faculty: What is the status of abortion in Michigan?  So far, administrators are able to tell them that abortion is legal in Michigan amid court challenges. However, if the […]

Michigan reports uptick in COVID hospitalizations, ICU patients in the last week

BY: - September 6, 2022

Michigan reports 15,854 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. The department reports a total of 2,786,213 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, an additional 15,854 cases compared to the previous week’s increase of 19,158 cases. In […]

COVID-19 vaccine may become annual, like flu shot

BY: - September 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday. “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high […]


Alex Rossman: On Labor Day, big wins for workers, new hopes and unfinished business

BY: - September 5, 2022

For Michigan workers and those who advocate on their behalf, there’s a lot to be happy about this Labor Day (and it’s not just because it happens to be my birthday this year).  The state has continued to make important investments in a variety of programs and services to help workers. A longstanding fight for […]

More women Dems are running in northern Mich. Is it a sign the landscape is changing?

BY: - September 3, 2022

Antrim County is a GOP stronghold in northern Michigan, best known as being home to the tourist destination of Torch Lake, as well as one of the most-enduring conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.  But in an unlikely turn, the county could be represented in the Michigan House by a female Democrat next year, Cathy […]

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and older. These […]

Abortion rights coalition files suit in Michigan Supreme Court to put question on Nov. ballot

BY: - September 2, 2022

On Thursday afternoon, one of the two constitutional amendment proposals rejected by the Board of State Canvassers took to the courts as Promote the Vote 2022 challenged the matter before the Michigan Supreme Court. The second proposal, Reproductive Freedom for All (RFFA), later followed suit. “This case presents a straightforward issue for this Court to […]