Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville on Tuesday said he is unsure whether the state's Certificate of Need process needs changing, but one hospital in particular cannot wait for that to be decided, he said of the introduction of a bill to allow McLaren Health Systems to construct a new facility.
The issue of whether to change CON has been of controversy for years, and so too it seems has been the fight for McLaren to construct a new hospital in Clarkston. Last year, Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) headed up a Senate Republican work group on the issue and determined CON does in fact need to be changed.
Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan is resigning her post at the end of the year, sources confirmed on Tuesday.
Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday called for Governor Rick Snyder to terminate the state's contract with private food services company Aramark after it was revealed one of its employees had been arrested on charges of smuggling heroin, marijuana, cocaine and tobacco for prisoners at the St. Louis Correctional Facility.
Bills that would allow terminally ill patients the right to try drugs that have only gone through the first phase of Food and Drug Administration testing were sent to the House floor on Tuesday by the House Health Policy Committee.
The percentage of Michiganders without health insurance fell in 2013 from 11.4 percent to 11 percent, according to census data released Tuesday.
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