Health Policy

‘There’s no safe level of lead exposure’

BY: - October 14, 2021

When TaNiccia Henry’s grandson, Lloyd, was 4 years old, his “feet turned dark and his hair stopped growing.” Henry, who lives in Detroit and is Lloyd’s primary caregiver, brought her grandson to be tested for lead. When the test came back, the numbers were staggering: Lloyd had a blood level of 28 micrograms per deciliter […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: How do you solve poverty? Throw money at the problem.

BY: - October 7, 2021

If there’s one enduring myth in America, it’s that there’s nothing we can really do to end poverty. Most policy prescriptions during the last few decades — from setting up Byzantine barriers to programs like food stamps and Medicaid to doing nothing at all — are rooted in condescending lore that poor people deserve to […]

Biden boosts infrastructure, climate change plans in Mich. GOP stronghold

BY: - October 5, 2021

Speaking at a Howell union training facility on Tuesday, President Joe Biden marked his Michigan visit by touting two investment bills that he said would act as a “blue-collar blueprint” for revitalizing America’s infrastructure. The Democratic president is still negotiating with members of Congress on the two bills — a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill […]

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

BY: and - October 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress may have kept the federal government operating with an 11th-hour flurry of votes on Thursday, but several key pieces of the Democratic agenda remain in limbo. Here are some questions and answers on where negotiations stand with two massive Democratic-drafted bills — and the status of other looming challenges for federal lawmakers: President Joe […]

Whitmer signs remaining FY 2022 budget bills, vetoes ‘anti-choice’ line items

BY: - September 29, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Wednesday the nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year 2022 budget, while axing Republicans’ cuts to abortion access and noting that budget language restricting COVID-19 mandates is unenforceable.  Whitmer vetoed what she termed seven “anti-choice” line items from the budget, totaling $16 million.  “These line items would create a gag rule […]

Nurse with breakthrough COVID says Michigan GOP has turned pandemic into a ‘bloodsport’

BY: - September 29, 2021

Julia Pulver, a registered nurse from West Bloomfield who’s twice run for the Legislature as a Democrat, already had a lot to say about public health policy. Now, after emerging from a breakthrough COVID-19 case last week, Pulver talked to the Advance Monday about how individual health choices affect the public, the importance of vaccinations […]

Dingell blasts Greene for crashing press conference, says ‘try being a Christian’

BY: - September 27, 2021

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) lambasted fellow Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) on Friday after Greene harassed Democrats as they assembled on the Capitol steps for a news conference on the 218-211 passage of their bill codifying the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. Democrats approved the bill after the Supreme Court allowed […]

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Within […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: The Mackinac Conference lauds civility, but Kent Co. conflicts tell another tale

BY: - September 23, 2021

“Civility still lives here at the Mackinac conference,” Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Sandy Baruah declared while kicking off the (usually) annual Mackinac Policy Conference on Tuesday. But apparently, that value is waning more than 200 miles southwest of the storied island in business-friendly Grand Rapids, once the unofficial home of “Michigan Nice.” While […]

New: State budget includes pay hike for some health care workers during pandemic

BY: - September 21, 2021

The nearly $70 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget will include a temporary $2 hourly pay raise for direct care workers providing Medicaid-funded in-home behavioral health and long-term care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Advance has learned.  The budget also allocates $460 million to give a permanent $2.35 hourly raise to direct care […]

Kent Co. health director tells commissioners after almost being run off the road: ‘I need help’

BY: - September 20, 2021

Updated 6:06 p.m., 9/21/21, with comments from Kent County Board of Commissioners Chair Mandy Bolter and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office After a woman attempted to run Kent County Health Department director Adam London off the road just hours after he issued a mask mandate for some schools last month, the health officer issued a […]

Bipartisan bills boost crisis response and jail diversion programs for people with mental illness

BY: - September 20, 2021

State Sens. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) and Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced two bills last week to establish grants funding community crisis and jail intervention programs in localities to address pitfalls in mental health response programs in Michigan.  In 1974, the Community Mental Health code was established in Michigan that created laws and programs to […]