Posts Tagged ‘Michigan’

Michigan Supreme Court upholds partner benefits for unmarried state workers

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 1 Comment

LANSING – State employees in Michigan can continue to receive health benefits for their significant others, even if they’re not married, and even if they’re gay. That’s because the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear an appeal from the attorney general’s office, which has been challenging a local body’s decision to offer health-care benefits to unmarried state employees, saying it violates the state’s anti-gay-marriage statute. According to Attorney General Bill Schuette, the policy treats married and unmarried couples differently. (more…)

Mich.’s AIDS planning group trades transparency for protection of members’ HIV status

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

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LANSING, MICH.—The Michigan Department of Community Health has launched an investigation into whether its HIV/AIDS advisory body violated the state’s Open Meetings Act by requiring attendees to sign a confidentiality agreement. (more…)

Mich. HIV data collection violates intent of statute, says lawmaker who helped create law

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

LANSING, MICH. – Michigan’s health department is violating the legislative intent of an HIV-related statute – and maybe the law itself – by indefinitely collecting information on people who test for HIV at federally funded clinics, says a former state lawmaker, who helped pass sweeping health reforms in the wake of the AIDS epidemic. (more…)

Mich. health dept. denies media access to training on controversial HIV database* UPDATE

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 4 Comments

This article has been updated, below the original story, to reflect that The American Independent has been authorized to attend Wednesday’s meeting.

LANSING, Mich. – Dozens of agencies and local health departments will be attending a mandatory meeting Wednesday in Lansing to review grant-fulfillment requirements related to HIV funding, but the media is not invited, or allowed. (more…)

Not-so-confidential HIV testing

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 3 Comments

Since 2003, the Michigan Department of Community Health has been secretly collecting the names, dates of birth, risk categories, and other demographic information of people submitting for confidential HIV testing at grant-funded locations throughout the state and storing them in a massive database, a months-long investigation by The American Independent has discovered. (more…)

People with HIV fear unfair treatment in courts

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Todd Heywood 5 Comments

WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly half of HIV-positive respondents to a recently released survey on HIV criminalization say they believe they will not receive a fair hearing in the criminal justice system if they ever face charges for failing to disclose their status to sexual partners.

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Enbridge, regulators faulted in Michigan oil spill

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by Todd Heywood 6 Comments

NTSB photo of ruptured Enbridge pipeline.

LANSING — The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday said the massive oil spill that contaminated nearly 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan could have been avoided. (more…)

Mich. HIV contractor violated privacy policy, investigation finds

Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

Documents related to MDCH's internal investigation. Todd Heywood.

LANSING — A government contractor in Michigan violated the state’s data security policies in its handling of thousands of pages of information relating to people living with HIV, a state investigation has found. (more…)