Rick Haglund: Census shows Michigan is still losing the race to attract young talent

BY: - August 30, 2021

Alarm bells should be ringing in the heads of state policymakers over Michigan’s latest census figures. Why, you ask? At first glance, the numbers look pretty good. The 2020 census, released earlier this month, shows Michigan has 10,077,331 residents. That’s the first time the state has cracked the 10 million mark since 2008. Many of […]

CDC: It’s OK for vaccinated grandparents to visit family if no risk for severe disease

BY: - March 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely socialize inside with other vaccinated individuals without wearing masks or maintaining distance, federal health officials advised Monday in their first formal guidance for vaccinated Americans. Perhaps more critically at a time when more than 90% of Americans are still waiting to be fully vaccinated, the […]

State to open COVID-19 vaccines to Michiganders 50+ 

BY: - March 3, 2021

State government officials announced on Wednesday that Michigan is expanding COVID-19 vaccination eligibility starting Monday.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving forward with the vaccination of Michiganders age 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care […]

How a bounty of vaccines flooded a small hospital and its nearby college

BY: - February 2, 2021

This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. When administrators at Hillsdale College, a conservative liberal-arts school in Michigan, heard its local hospital didn’t have a way to store the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine, they offered the use of its science department’s ultra-low temperature freezer. The vaccine must be stored at […]


Column: If Obamacare goes away, here are eight ways your life will be affected

BY: - November 10, 2020

More than 10 years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) once more hangs in the balance. There have been plenty of near misses before, including previous Supreme Court appearances and congressional votes. Yet in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, this time around Republicans may finally be successful in undoing the […]

Nessel nixes ‘partisan’ federal request to probe Whitmer on nursing homes

BY: - June 29, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel called out GOP federal lawmakers Monday and rejected their request to investigate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order regarding COVID-19 impacts in nursing homes.  “While I appreciate and share your concern for the impact of COVID-19 on the health and safety of our elderly population, I am curious as to why similar […]

Gov. order seeks to stop health discrimination for age, race, gender or disability

BY: - April 30, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a new executive order that aims to cut down on discriminatory decisions regarding who receives health care access. Her latest order, EO 2020-64, will require health care facilities to establish anti-discrimination protocols to be used in the event that demand for hospital or health care facilities surges past availability. This […]

Detroit nursing homes have 100+ COVID-19 deaths, state taking new actions

BY: - April 21, 2020

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Tuesday there have been 124 COVID-19 deaths recorded among residents and staff in city nursing homes — and added it’s likely the final number will be dramatically higher. The city also is two-thirds of the way through testing residents at each of the city’s 26 nursing homes, Duggan said during […]

Mich. has 3rd-highest census participation, but has a ways to go to hit goal

BY: - April 16, 2020

Michigan set out with a big goal for the 2020 census — 82% participation — but so far is falling short. Only 55% of Michiganders have filled their census out, but that’s enough to put the state in the top three nationally. The COVID-19 outbreak has had a devastating impact on the health and economy […]

Michigan nets $7.5M to keep seniors fed during COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - April 6, 2020

Additional funding has been made available to ensure that seniors, who the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights as the at-risk population to be most affected by COVID-19, don’t go hungry during the outbreak in Michigan.    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said the state received more than $7.5 […]


Stephanie Chang: We must protect our most vulnerable during this crisis

BY: - April 6, 2020

To say this is a challenging time would be a massive understatement. As a social worker turned public servant, I look at issues through a social justice lens and consider what more we can do to support the underserved or marginalized. It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the economic and social divides […]


Samuel R. Bagenstos: From jobs to health care, COVID-19 reveals the moral bankruptcy of conservative politics

BY: - April 1, 2020

Beginning in the 1970s and 1980s, much of the industrialized world has committed itself an individualistic, everyone-for-themselves worldview.   In the United States, the avatar for that worldview was President Ronald Reagan. But perhaps the clearest expression came from Reagan’s ideological soulmate on the other side of the Atlantic, U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  In 1987, […]