nursing homes

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 […]

Biden mandates vaccines in nursing homes, admonishes GOP govs on school masks

BY: and - August 19, 2021

Updated, 6:50 a.m., 12:12 p.m. 8/19/21, with comments from SEIU Healthcare Michigan, DHHS WASHINGTON — Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the delta variant sweeps many states. President […]

DOJ won’t investigate Whitmer’s nursing home COVID policies

BY: - July 26, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice will not investigate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, per a letter obtained by the Michigan Advance.  State and federal Republican lawmakers had called for investigations into Democratic governors’ policies, but not Republican governors. Whitmer said the requests were politically motivated. Republicans have opposed her health […]

Nursing homes were hit hard by COVID. But only half of Michigan staff has been vaccinated.

BY: - July 25, 2021

Every day Tamara Blue was out of work and battling her own case of COVID-19, she would get a call: Another person she loved had died. Someone else was being rushed to the hospital.  While Blue, a certified nursing assistant at a nursing home in Detroit, was spending her days at home struggling to breathe […]

‘Enough is enough’: Macomb women’s group calls on Lucido to resign

BY: - April 27, 2021

A new grassroots organization of Macomb County women is demanding the resignation of their county’s new prosecutor, Republican former state Sen. Peter Lucido, citing a pattern of behavior they say makes him unfit to represent Macomb County families seeking justice. The Macomb Accountability Project held a virtual press conference Tuesday morning and encouraged others to […]

Legal experts file misconduct complaint against Lucido for ‘politically motivated’ nursing home investigation

BY: - March 29, 2021

Three legal experts from Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania have asked that the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission (AGC) investigate Macomb County Prosecutor and former state Sen. Peter Lucido for his legal inquiry into Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies. Lucido, a Republican who expressed a desire to run against Whitmer for the governorship in 2022 […]

Bills you may have missed, from allowing dogs in outdoor dining to banning state nondisclosure deals

BY: - March 29, 2021

Members of the Michigan House and Senate introduced nearly 200 bills in the final two weeks before the Legislature’s two-week spring break. The proposals range from offering $500,000 to a special prosecutor who agrees to investigate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic to a slew of election restrictions to a bill […]

Senate Republicans OK $1.25M for prosecutors if they investigate Whitmer nursing home policies

BY: - March 26, 2021

On the last day of session before a two-week break, the GOP-led Michigan Senate on Thursday adopted a bill that would set aside grant money for local prosecutors who investigate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s nursing home policies. Senate Bill 27, sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland), would appropriate $1.25 million for Fiscal Year 2021 ending Sept. […]

Nessel denies GOP request for state nursing home policies probe

BY: - March 16, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel will not be opening an investigation into the state’s handling of COVID-19 policies in nursing homes, her office announced Monday, in response to a February request from eight Senate Republicans to “investigate claims of abuse and neglect.” In a five-page letter to state Sen. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake), Nessel disputed a […]

CDC panel advises states to prioritize health care workers, nursing home residents for COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - December 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities would be the first people in the United States to receive COVID-19 vaccines under recommendations approved Tuesday by a federal advisory committee. It will be up to each state to determine how exactly to distribute doses of the vaccines, which […]

State expands nursing home guidelines, allows some visitations

BY: - October 23, 2020

A new emergency order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued this week will increase nursing home visitation access in some circumstances, with additional guidelines to prevent COVID-19 spread in the facilities. “As we grapple with both colder weather and rising cases, our task is to increase access to visitation in […]

Outdoor visits allowed at residential facilities under new DHHS order 

BY: - September 11, 2020

Starting on Tuesday, people living in residential care facilities such as nursing homes will be able to see visitors outdoors under a new epidemic order. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon signed the directive which permits additional exceptions to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s temporary restrictions on visits during the pandemic at […]