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Monday, May 4, 2020

Governor Whitmer Briefing (May 5th, 2020) "Non-Essential" Medical Care and Budget Accountability

There were two main points to today's public briefing by Governor Whitmer.

1. The new guidance indicates that the Executive Order 2020-17 is not fundamentally changed but is redefined (further defined) to include preserve health and safety of participants. "For purposes of this order, “non-essential procedure” means a medical or dental procedure that is not necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve the health and safety of a patient, as determined by a licensed medical provider." You may find additional guidance HERE

2. Executive Directive 2020-5, creating the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability within the State Budget Office. The Accountability Office will provide oversight of all spending to address this crisis, and must report regularly on its work to the governor and the state budget director. 

What we see is that there is an office that will look at the State Budget, ensure money is being spent appropriately and there is oversite on this money. Questions can arise on how money is being spent because serious questions will rise if/when the budget is drained, employees are laid off, or at risk people are not able to be helped. Not saying that these things will or will not happen but we do know that lack of tax revenue will have a significant impact on the state budget and resources that are available. 

Furthermore, there is additional guidance being provided on health care. It was believe by many that healthcare was very much limited to essential life saving surgeries (i.e. emergency room visits). There appears to be some confusion so there was additional details that further defined the concepts to health and safety as defined by the doctor and patient. 

Notes from Governor Whitmer, Dr. Khaldoun, Office of State Secretary Benson

-The plan is to open deliberately and slowly to better ensure we don't have a flare up that overwhelms our healthcare providers.
-#doingmipart on social media to show businesses we are helping out.
-Monies came from state budget, philanthropic, and federal.
-Michigan Covid 19 Office of Accountability. Will provide oversite of all spending to address this crisis, and must report regularly on its work to the governor and the state budget director. The Department of Technology, Management and Budget will designate a Chief COVID-19 Accountability Officer to lead the Accountability Office.
-Former President Bush called for an end to partisanship  with empathy and simple kindness.
-Numbers are going the right way.
-A letter was mailed to each clinician to show how to keep their areas safe and protect themselves and others. Furthermore, each clinician can reach out to those with chronic issues and in need of immunizations to determine how to see patients.
-Physicians that believe there is urgent need for medical care can now provide care because as time goes on things that were not urgent a month ago become more urgent now.
-13,000 families that had problem were contacted in a proactive measure. If you know of children that are being abused contact 855-444-3911
-Crisis text line type  "restore" to 741741 Since Friday 400 people have been helped.
-Michigan.gov/vote
-Dr. Khaldoun issued new guidance to explain Executive Order 2020-17. Emergency care workers should not be managed by Lansing. Thus, the directions provide additional guidance but doesn't change the order.

Executive Directives (ED) are different than Executive Orders. ED are internal policy and procedures. I did not know that before.


May 4th, 2020 Press Release Below

May 4, 2020 
Media Contact: Press@Michigan.gov 

Governor Whitmer Creates the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability 
Accountability Office will provide oversight of all spending to address the COVID-19 pandemic 

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-5, creating the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability within the State Budget Office. The Accountability Office will provide oversight of all spending to address this crisis, and must report regularly on its work to the governor and the state budget director. 

“Protecting the people of Michigan and lowering the chance of a second wave has demanded flexibility and decisiveness, and has also required funds from the state treasury, philanthropic sources, and the federal government,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michiganders have the right to expect that state government will be responsible stewards of their resources, especially in a time of crisis. I will continue to work around the clock to ensure these resources are spent wisely, in compliance with the law, and in a transparent and accountable manner.” 

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget will designate a Chief COVID-19 Accountability Officer to lead the Accountability Office. 

All departments, agencies, committees, commissioners, and officers of this state must give to the Accountability Office any necessary assistance they require. Departments, agencies, committees, and officers must also provide free access to any books, records, or documents in their custody relating to matters within the scope of inquiry, study, or review of the Accountability Office. 

To view Executive Directive 2020-5, click the link below: 


The prior order can be found HERE.






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