House Oversight Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today issued the following statement after a hearing which examined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 nursing home policy:
“Instead of testifying before the Oversight Committee, DHHS sent us a letter that only mentioned how accurate their data was and their compliance with CDC requirements. However, there are still many questions that this letter left unanswered.
“Where is the actual data that shows the number of long-term care facility residents who died in nursing facilities versus hospitals?
“Why does the New York Governor’s administration have these numbers, but Michigan does not?
“Why does the state website report 24,000 COVID cases and 5,500 deaths in long-term care facilities while the federal website (CDC) reports only 13,500 COVID cases and 3,500 deaths?
“These questions must be answered by our governor and DHHS. They continue to claim our state has the most accurate data yet have not supplied us with what we have been asking for weeks.
“The Oversight Committee also heard compelling testimony from residents that showed just how disastrous these nursing home policies are. It’s time the Governor and DHHS listen to the people of Michigan.”
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today that she would be increasing the amount of available office appointment slots by 350,000, allowing walk-in visits for disability placards, and permitting walk-in visits for other purposes if there is an opening.
House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Steve Johnson says the Secretary of State’s announcement Tuesday that she is increasing the amount of available office appointment slots by 350,000, allowing walk-in visits for disability placards, and permitting walk-in visits for other purposes if there is an opening follows some of the suggestions offered by the committee in […]
House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson talks about Thursday’s committee hearing with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Rep. Johnson says the appointment-only policy adopted by the Secretary for in-person branch office visits is leading to wait times not of minutes, but months.