Health Policy

Biden cancels Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements

Updated with comments from Whitmer and Gilchrist, 2:43 p.m., 4/7/21 President Joe Biden rescinded Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements this week, reversing restrictions that had been...

Stabenow, Tlaib highlight need for more behavioral health clinics amid COVID-19...

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and advocates said Thursday that more certified behavioral health clinics are needed in...

So you’re vaccinated against COVID. Now what?

Updated, 7:10 a.m., 3/30/21 As you surely know, this country’s COVID-19 vaccination effort has been plagued by major birth pangs: registration snafus, poor communication, faulty...

Gilchrist wants GOP lawmakers to show ‘leadership’ on fighting COVID-19, getting...

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said last week it is “absolutely ridiculous” that GOP lawmakers have fought a nationally recognized tool designed to reduce the...

The spring surge: Michigan’s COVID case rates, hospitalizations soar

Updated, 3:05 p.m., 3/26/21 with comments from DHHS While the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel may be getting closer as more vaccines...

Despite GOP criticism, DHHS director Hertel’s appointment stands

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment of Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel made it past the opposition of many Senate Republicans Tuesday. On...

Health officials worry that COVID cases are climbing, even as state...

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 615,792 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 15,810...

Nessel denies GOP request for state nursing home policies probe

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,...

Doctors call on GOP to stop ‘holding hostage’ COVID vaccine funds

Michigan physicians are calling on state Republicans to work with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on allocating COVID-19 relief funds for health care workers, schools...

Michigan Poor People’s Campaign pushes back against GOP voter restrictions 

In a throwback moment reminiscent of the heyday of the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and ‘60s, a group of Lansing demonstrators on...

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