Department of Health and Human Services

Update: State delays mosquito spraying due to weather

BY: - September 27, 2019

Updated, 4:24 a.m. 9/30/19 with the state canceling spraying due to weather. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Sunday that it would delay plans due to inclement weather to conduct aerial spraying in 14 counties across the state because of a mosquito-borne virus. Future plans will be announced Monday.* The […]

Lawsuit filed to block Whitmer flavored e-cigarette ban

BY: - September 25, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on flavored vaping products is being challenged in Houghton County Circuit Court.  Plaintiff Marc Slis, who owns 906 Vapor in Houghton and testified before a state House committee earlier this month, says Whitmer’s first-in-the-nation ban on flavored vaping products will cause significant harm to his business. Slis and his attorneys have […]

CDC gives state $1M for PFAS testing

BY: - September 25, 2019

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services $1 million to host a study on the exposure of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in West Michigan drinking water. The federal government on Monday announced that Michigan is one of seven states chosen for […]

Michigan communities chosen for federal PFAS exposure study

BY: - September 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — The federal government announced Monday that Michigan is one of seven states chosen for a study of the human health effects of exposures to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through drinking water.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry announced that it will partner with the […]

Whitmer signs Medicaid work requirement fix, criticizes GOP’s DHHS budget

BY: - September 23, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law on Monday more flexibility for Medicaid recipients on work requirements and reporting rules. Senate Bill 362 exempts those trying to enroll in Medicaid from reporting all required work requirements if the state can acquire the data through other means. The new law also grants applicants a month to report […]

Climate change study: Lyme disease spread cost Michigan $8M in 1 year 

BY: - September 18, 2019

A study of 10 climate-impacted events in 2012 estimates the health-related costs of those events at $10 billion, with an $8 million price tag for Lyme disease spreading in Michigan alone.  The study from the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says the costs stem from an estimated total of 917 deaths, 20,568 hospitalizations […]

Flavored vaping products ban effective immediately in Michigan

BY: - September 18, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency rules banning flavored vaping products were released on Wednesday and are effective immediately, according to an announcement from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). All retailers and resellers will have 14 days to comply with the new rules, including online sellers. The statement on Wednesday cites the […]

Prior to Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule, state reminds immigrants of rights to public benefits

BY: - September 11, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding immigrants of their rights after the President Trump administration’s so-called “public charge rule” was finalized last month.  The new rule, if passed, would bar illegal and legal immigrants who receive public benefits, including food stamps, Medicaid, welfare or housing assistance, from gaining citizenship.  MDHHS […]

Medicaid work requirements tweak clear House

BY: - September 10, 2019

Legislation aimed at loosening Michigan’s new work requirements for Medicaid is one step closer to hitting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk.  The state House of Representatives on Tuesday passed on a 105-4 vote Senate Bill 362, sponsored by state Sen. Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing), which has myriad bipartisan cosponsors.  As the Advance has previously reported, the […]

State sends out letters to Medicaid enrollees on new work requirements

BY: - September 9, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) last week began sending out informational letters to Medicaid enrollees about work requirements that start in January. The department said the letter to more than 270,000 beneficiaries is meant to help people “preserve their health insurance coverage.” GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder signed new work requirements […]