Health Policy

Michigan remains in bottom half of states for child well-being

BY: - August 9, 2022

After seeing a small improvement last year, Michigan children remain in the bottom half of states when it comes to their well-being. That’s according to several indicators in the 2022 Kids Count Data Book, released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 50-state report of recent household data analyzed how children and families […]

Stalled U.S. Senate bill on veterans’ burn pit exposure could be revived this week

BY: - August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate could be on track to advance a bill as soon as Tuesday that would provide veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas with health care and benefits, after a weekend in which outraged veterans camped out on the steps of the Capitol to protest a delay in the legislation.  A Senate […]

Bill guaranteeing right to birth control blocked in U.S. Senate by Republican

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Senate Democrats tried to pass legislation Wednesday that would guarantee women can continue using contraception if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the long-standing precedent, the way it did with abortion.  But Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst blocked their efforts by objecting to Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey’s request for unanimous consent to […]

COMMENTARY

Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance

BY: - July 26, 2022

Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]

Republicans in Congress shy away from campaigning on national abortion platform

BY: - July 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans, hoping to flip control of Congress in the November elections, appear to have decided against campaigning on a unified abortion platform that would specify exactly what conservatives plan to do if given control of the U.S. House and Senate.  Yet Republicans in Congress have written dozens of proposals that, if passed, would […]

Whitmer vetoes stem cell prohibition bills

BY: - July 21, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a pair of bills passed by the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature that would have made it a five-year felony to conduct medical research on stem cells derived from an abortion. House bills 5558 and 5559, introduced by state Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) and state Rep. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian), respectively, prohibited and defined […]

U of M study: Women, Hispanics and low-income Michiganders hit hardest by Long COVID

BY: - July 10, 2022

About one in five Michiganders infected with coronavirus develop “Long COVID,” and the often debilitating chronic illness that leaves people struggling with fatigue, cardiac issues and breathing problems. And it is more prevalent among women, Hispanics, people with lower incomes and those over the age of 75, according to a new report from the Michigan […]

U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to […]

Report finds abortions on the rise in Michigan, nation

BY: - June 22, 2022

After decades of declining, the number of abortions nationwide and in Michigan is increasing, according to a new report. Research by the Guttmacher Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based abortion rights think tank, found the number of abortions in Michigan rose 18% between 2017 to 2020.  In 2020, there were 31,510 abortions in Michigan— 4,880 more abortions than […]

Nessel: Same-sex marriage will likely fall and create ‘havoc’ after Roe does

BY: - June 5, 2022

Before she became Michigan’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Dana Nessel was a private attorney who argued a marriage equality case that ultimately became part of the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court decision. That protection for same-sex marriage nationwide is now in “dire jeapardy,” along with Lawrence v. Texas and possibly other […]

COMMENTARY

Column: COVID is causing more Type 1 diabetes in kids, who will be saddled with high insulin prices

BY: - April 29, 2022

As nurses, my husband and I witnessed truly awful and devastating things treating patients on the frontlines of this pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died, while the millions who survived, now faced with disability, are left to grapple with the harsh realities of long COVID-19. Among those millions of people living with long-term health impacts […]

Reynolds presents Iowa as ‘alternative’ to Democratic policies in State of the Union response

BY: - March 2, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds emphasized the importance of personal freedom and presented Iowa’s approach to the economy and COVID-19 as “an alternative” to Democratic policies during her nationally televised GOP response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. “We know our problems require bold action, but we also know that bold action doesn’t have […]