Today we remember that we have lost over half a million lives across the country due to COVID 19. In Michigan, approximately a third of those lost were nursing home residents. As Chair of the LARA/DIFS appropriation subcommittee, I am committed to getting to the bottom of LARA’s involvement in placing COVID positive patients in nursing homes with non-COVID patients. As part of this inquiry, I asked Larry Horvath, Director of the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, to testify for a second time on his and the Department’s involvement in the making of this policy. The Bureau of Community and Health Systems – operating under the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs — is tasked with investigating and regulating nursing homes in Michigan. Director Larry Horvath of the bureau again failed to answer whether he provided a position on the Governor’s nursing homes policies. When asked about the nursing home plan, he even seemed confused on what the plan was. I will continue pushing for answers. https://gophouse.org/posts/rep-yaroch-questions-lara-regarding-nursing-homes-and-covid
State Reps. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, and Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond, today announced $12.9 million for EMS rate increases will be included in the state budget that will be approved by the Legislature on Wednesday.
A group of Macomb County legislators in the Michigan House today called for additional oversight into the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency after the federal government revealed problems in how the agency has served residents.