In our first Michigan newsletter of 2023, we feature some of Reporter James Sklar’s coverage of the initial health-related legislation being discussed by lawmakers, input about the state’s new coverage of doula services through Medicaid, and important takeaways from Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State address regarding the future of abortion policy in Michigan. We … Read more

This month’s newsletter includes a run-down of some of the new health legislation being considered by the Michigan Legislature, information about the state’s new constitutional amendment safeguarding the right to an abortion, and the state’s plan to relaunch its family planning services through Medicaid. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. Newly … Read more

Gov. Whitmer signed the official FY 22-23 budget on June 20th, finalizing investments in behavioral health, public health, emergency response, and more. See an overview of health items in the budget here. This month’s newsletter features MDHHS’s input on abortion policy in the aftermath of the Roe v. Wade overturn, a pledge from a group of … Read more

This month’s edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” includes coverage of notable bills in the legislature, newly instituted implicit bias training for health care workers, and some key items from Michigan’s FY 23 budget, which is currently awaiting Gov. Whitmer’s signature. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with feedback, story ideas, or just to connect. … Read more

This month’s edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” includes a run-down of bills we’re watching in the legislature, additional coverage from our conference, and a conversation with Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform   1. State-based exchange, lead poisoning bills considered in legislature The Michigan Legislature … Read more

In this month’s edition of “5 Things We’re Watching” in Michigan, we have a run-down of some of the key health policy conversations taking place in the legislature, a look at MDHHS funding in Gov. Whitmer’s proposed budget, and a conversation with the Michigan Primary Care Association’s director of health equity and social justice. Thanks … Read more

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her 2022 State of the State Address last Wednesday. In health care priorities, she focused on progress in access to mental health services and efforts to lower the cost of insulin in the legislature.     Whitmer highlighted that 40% of Michiganders don’t receive needed mental health services. Because of this, … Read more

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian will serve as chief medical executive for the state of Michigan beginning on Friday, October 1. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, who currently serves as chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, has accepted a new position to pursue an opportunity outside of state government, which will … Read more

Earlier this month, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared September as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Currently in Michigan, experts are working on reducing barriers to care based on race, slowing down rising rates of overdoses and cases, and continuing to invest in prevention and integrated care.      Whitmer’s announcement aimed to raise awareness of … Read more