Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 1:00 PM EDT May 22, 2019 Lansing – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she will not be “bullied” into making a deal to reform the state’s no-fault auto insurance amid outside pressure from Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert and other groups. The East Lansing Democrat said she has made “some progress” in negotiations with Republicans leaders after vowing to veto plans the House and Senate approved two weeks ago. “But we’re not done,” she said. “Winds can change real fast in this town. I don’t know there’s much to say beyond that.” Gilbert confirmed this week he is planning to launch a petition drive for auto insurance reform if Whitmer and GOP leaders are unable to hammer out a plan, but his team also said they remain “hopeful” for a legislative solution. The state Constitution would allow the Legislature to enact a petition drive plan … [Read more...] about Whitmer: I won’t be ‘bullied’ on auto insurance
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As the nation’s opioid crisis has devastated thousands of families, it also has taken a crippling financial toll on cities, small towns and counties around the country. Packed jails, increased ambulance runs and overworked coroners, sheriff’s deputies and public defenders are just some of the consequences of the massive epidemic that has forced localities to divert millions of dollars to overdose-related emergencies and addiction treatments. That cost was acknowledged this week in a settlement between OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and the state of Oklahoma, a settlement that included $12.5 million for local governments. But is it enough? Government officials around the country who have lawsuits pending against the opioid industry said the amount in the Oklahoma settlement was just a fraction of what they need. Hunter Shkolnik, a lawyer representing at least five Oklahoma counties in opioid-related lawsuits, said he expects his clients will avoid asking for a piece of … [Read more...] about Local jurisdictions pay the price for nation’s opioid crisis
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?
Sonna Anderson was enjoying a horseback ride through the Badlands in North Dakota in September 2017 when her horse, Cody, got spooked, jerked toward a fence and tripped on a cow track in the dirt. The horse rolled onto Anderson, who hit her head, briefly lost consciousness and broke three ribs.The 911 transcript shows that an ambulance reached the 60-year-old judge from Bismarck within 20 minutes. Anderson was secured on a backboard and ready to go when an air ambulance, a helicopter with a medical crew, also landed at the scene. Anderson says her husband asked repeatedly whether the ground ambulance crew could take her by ground; there was a hospital less than an hour's drive away."But he was told that [the air ambulance] was necessary. They never told him why it was necessary or how much it cost, but they insisted I had to go by air ambulance," Anderson said. "But it's so odd there is nothing in the record that indicated it was time-sensitive or that I needed to be airlifted."For … [Read more...] about Sky-high prices for air ambulances hurt those they are helping
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: “I can’t get in.” 911 operator: “Let me get you into Somerville. You’re outside?” Laura: “Mm-hm.” 911 operator: “Are you in the parking lot?” Laura: “Yeah.” 911 operator: “Are you in a vehicle?” Laura: “No. I’m just outside it.” 911 operator: “At the door?” Laura: “Asthma. Asthma.” 911 operator: “Are you … [Read more...] about Laura Levis died outside a Boston-area ER. The doors were locked. Why?