Michigan Health Watch

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. 

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For new Michigan moms with postpartum depression, where to turn for help

For new Michigan moms with postpartum depression, where to turn for help

February 7, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Postpartum depression afflicts about one in seven moms. Diagnosis and treatment lag, especially among low-income, African-American and Latino mothers. Here’s a primer on where to turn.

Treating mothers’ trauma as a way to prevent youth violence

Treating mothers’ trauma as a way to prevent youth violence

February 7, 2020 | J. Brian Charles

SURE Moms focuses on an area less often targeted by anti-violence efforts. It tries to lower juvenile crime and recidivism by providing counseling and support to the mothers of kids linked to much of the area’s violence. It’s not about what happens on the street, but what happens in the home.

As Michigan braces for coronavirus, H1N1 quietly makes a comeback

As Michigan braces for coronavirus, H1N1 quietly makes a comeback

February 6, 2020 | Robin Erb

A small lab at the University of Michigan is one of five U.S. sites that monitor influenza viruses to gauge vaccine effectiveness. The lab also is monitoring coronavirus developments as part of a federal effort.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s health budget is heavy on prevention

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s health budget is heavy on prevention

February 6, 2020 | Robin Erb

Addressing everyday social determinants today — from food security to postpartum care to youngsters’ teeth — will save more in the long run, says Michigan’s Health and Human Services director.

A steady job can give you health coverage, but can health coverage help you work?

A steady job can give you health coverage, but can health coverage help you work?

February 3, 2020 | Robin Erb

Researchers say those covered by Michigan’s expanded Medicaid plan saw a 6 percent boost in jobs and school in a single year, outpacing job growth in general population.

Michigan Legislature weighs dropping high school health, gym requirements

Michigan Legislature weighs dropping high school health, gym requirements

February 3, 2020 | Robin Erb

Republicans say reducing graduation requirements gives flexibility to students who want to work after high school. Critics say health and gym are critical as teen levels of anxiety, STDs and obesity rise.

3 coronavirus tests ruled 'negative' in Michigan; new case investigated

3 coronavirus tests ruled 'negative' in Michigan; new case investigated

January 27, 2020 | Robin Erb

A widespread flu virus in the state poses more of a threat right now, but health officials remain vigilant for cases of coronavirus in Michigan.

Three possible Michigan cases of deadly coronavirus being tested

Three possible Michigan cases of deadly coronavirus being tested

January 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

State health officials say two people in Washtenaw County and one in Macomb have  “mild” symptoms of the illness, but that a diagnosis remains days away.

A Michigan family goes to Canada for insulin. Will a drug import law help?

A Michigan family goes to Canada for insulin. Will a drug import law help?

January 23, 2020 | Robin Erb

Bills in Lansing would legalize the sale of discounted Canadian drugs to Michigan. But the measures face a host of obstacles, not least from Canadians worried about protecting their own supplies.

Michigan the latest to roll out Medicaid work rules. Can it avoid pitfalls?

Michigan the latest to roll out Medicaid work rules. Can it avoid pitfalls?

January 13, 2020 | Robin Erb

238,000 lower-income residents in Healthy Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program must now prove they are working or exempt to maintain coverage. Can Lansing succeed where other states have failed?    

Five things to know about Michigan’s Medicaid work rules

Five things to know about Michigan’s Medicaid work rules

January 13, 2020 | Robin Erb

Thousands of lower-income residents must now meet monthly reporting requirements to keep their health coverage. What you need to know to maintain health coverage.

 A Detroit foster child considered suicide. Then Western Michigan called.

A Detroit foster child considered suicide. Then Western Michigan called.

January 3, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Hundreds of foster children have found support and triumph through a scholarship program tailored to foster kids at WMU. For one young woman, the program may have saved her life. 

How Michigan shortchanges foster children facing life as adults

How Michigan shortchanges foster children facing life as adults

January 3, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Agencies intended to keep children safe, physically and mentally, fall woefully short. And when a successful program begins to gain traction, funding to expand it across the state is kneecapped by Lansing politics. 

With spike in STDs, should Michigan force all schools to teach sex ed?

With spike in STDs, should Michigan force all schools to teach sex ed?

January 2, 2020 | Robin Erb

Districts aren’t required to teach sex ed. And when they do, they must stress abstinence until marriage but need not discuss contraceptives. Does state’s rising STD rate among young people change the calculus?   

STDs surge in Michigan and the reasons might surprise you

STDs surge in Michigan and the reasons might surprise you

January 2, 2020 | Robin Erb

More testing for sexually transmitted diseases may account for much of the increase, but experts suggest we may be getting too relaxed when it comes to using protection during sex.   

A look back at our most impactful Michigan health coverage in 2019

A look back at our most impactful Michigan health coverage in 2019

December 31, 2019 | Bridge Staff

Bridge launched its Health Watch beat in 2019 with stories revealing medical gaps in rural Michigan and the state’s mounting challenge with opioids, suicide, Medicaid eligibility and legalized pot. Here are some highlights.

Dana Nessel sues opioid firms under Michigan law intended for drug dealers

Dana Nessel sues opioid firms under Michigan law intended for drug dealers

December 17, 2019 | Robin Erb

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Nessel announced the lawsuit on Tuesday, touted as the first of its kind in the nation.

Michiganders: Take this test for childhood trauma

Michiganders: Take this test for childhood trauma

December 13, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

In one survey, nearly 1 in 5 Michigan adults answered “yes” to at least four of these questions about traumatic events from their youth.

Childhood trauma is tied to health risks, but Michigan doctors don’t ask

Childhood trauma is tied to health risks, but Michigan doctors don’t ask

December 13, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Researchers says multiple childhood traumas have serious physical and mental health implications. But few Michigan physicians are trained to look for them.

Blue Cross says shared-risk plan will rein in costs for Michigan patients

Blue Cross says shared-risk plan will rein in costs for Michigan patients

December 11, 2019 | Robin Erb

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan said it will pay major health providers more for value-based health care, but penalize them for delivering poor care, which the insurer said would ultimately benefit patients.

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