In-depth reporting on the intersection between public policy and important health topics ‒ such as insurance coverage, hospital admissions, opioid abuse, access to care, medical research and the business of health care ‒ that impact nearly every Michigan resident.
The Biden administration bowed to the reality that COVID-19 is here to stay and most Americans are better equipped to fend off serious illness. The new rules place more emphasis on individual responsibility.
Michigan’s clinics were already strained in March, before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal right to abortion, leaving abortion access to the states. Now, residents from states banning or limiting abortion are adding to Michigan’s wait.
Allegations that an Alzheimer’s researcher may have doctored photos in a landmark 2006 study are the latest setback to patients and families following years of promising clinical trials that ended in disappointment.
If you are suicidal or otherwise in a mental health crisis, you can now call or text 988 to connect with a trained counselor at a nearby crisis center. It’s an alternative to 911, which often involves police and can sometimes escalate a crisis.
Public health officials around Michigan note that vaccination rates have fallen for a host of childhood illnesses. One health department now avoids using the word “vaccination” in its campaign to get children immunized.
Michigan stood apart for giving a permanent pay raise to personal care aides and other workers who offer quality-of-life help to Michigan families. But with “Help Wanted” signs on nearly every street, is just more than two bucks enough?
“Direct primary care” provides patients with their doctor’s cell phone and drop-in access to care for less than $100 a month. They also often pay far less for common medications. But at what cost to others?
A literal last-day state infusion of $11-million is keeping the doors open at Sturgis Hospital, keeping it from completing its planned shutdown later in July. But red ink continues to pressure independent and other hospitals that small, rural communities depend upon.
A Democrat-led bill package would require all children to receive two tests for lead poisoning by age 4 — something now required only for children on Medicaid. Doctors worry it could hold them responsible if parents don’t follow through.
Hospitals are sending mixed signals, or no signal at all, on whether they will perform abortions. Some local prosecutors say they can now charge abortion doctors, which state leaders deny. The result, for now, is legal chaos.