Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, but it is uncertain if she will sign it. 

The Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved bills that previously cleared the Senate.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says the legislation conflicts with federal regulations. Former Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar bills, saying he supported a teen e-cigarette ban but had concerns with excluding alternative nicotine products from the definition of tobacco.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Action on the state’s budget is expected to pick up this week. 

The state Senate Appropriations committee will consider and possibly vote on multiple budgets – including for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Those budgets moving through the Senate include large cuts to what Governor Gretchen Whitmer recommended in her proposed budget. Including to the state Attorney General’s budget.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A recent report says improvements are needed to the state’s system that protects children from abuse and neglect. 

The report comes from the state Legislature’s Auditor General. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is not disputing the findings.

Stacie Blayden is with department. She says the authority to ask a court to remove a child from a parent’s home is a big responsibility.

“I don’t think there’s any more significant service we provide in state government than child protection,” she says.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The number of measles cases in Michigan has reached 41, including the first reported in Washtenaw County. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated the numbers Monday with two additional cases. Thirty-nine cases have been confirmed in Oakland County.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials say 34 cases of measles have been confirmed in Michigan -- the most since 65 were reported in 1991.

Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services says 33 are in Oakland County, including four newly confirmed cases. The other case is in Wayne County.

Those infected range in age from 8 months to 63 years. State officials say they are working closely with health departments in Oakland and Wayne counties to identify possible locations where victims were exposed to the measles.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   People in Michigan on food assistance will get their March and April benefits early.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced it is trying to go back to its regular schedule of benefits distribution after the federal shutdown.

Bob Wheaton is a spokesperson for the department.  

“What we wanted to do is take action to reduce the gap in-between when people receive their February payments and their March payments so we’re kind of trying to cushion the blow,” he said.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Michigan health officials say people who attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit might have been exposed to the viral illness rubella. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says it's been notified that someone from another state who attended the show from Jan. 13-15 has been diagnosed with rubella. The person might have been contagious while visiting Detroit.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan health officials say a child from Alpena County is the second in the state to die from the flu this season. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirmed this week that the child died from complications of flu. The child was of school-age, but details including the child's name weren't released.

The department in December had announced the death of a child in Osceola County from the flu. It says Michigan now has widespread flu activity.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan will issue Food Assistance Program benefits for February early as directed by the federal Food and Nutrition Service. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services said Monday it plans to begin issuing February benefits on Saturday. It says clients who don't receive their benefits then should receive the funds the following week. That means the 1.2 million Michigan residents who receive food assistance will have benefits to feed their families in February even if the partial federal government shutdown continues.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   An executive with the nonprofit that owns the SAT will lead the largest department in Michigan government. 

Robert Gordon was named director of the Department of Health and Human Services by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday. He's senior vice president of finance and global strategy for The College Board.

He previously worked in the Obama administration, in the Education Department and Office of Management and Budget. He also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.