Michigan House Committee Asks Auditor General to Investigate Nursing Home Deaths Report

Michigan House Committee Asks Auditor General to Investigate Nursing Home Deaths Report


The Michigan House Oversight Committee formally asked the state auditor general to investigate how Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) administration accounted for coronavirus-related nursing home deaths.

At a hearing last week, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel told the committee that deaths “could be” undercounted.

“We do not know because we don’t know what’s occurring in those facilities,” she told the committee chairman, State Rep. Steve Johnson (R).

As the hearing concluded, Johnson said he would consider asking the Michigan auditor general to look into the data.

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On Thursday, Johnson sent a letter to the Office of the Auditor General asking it to “perform a review to provide a comprehensive study or reported and unreported deaths in long-term care facilities in Michigan.”

Specifically, the letter is asking the auditor general, Doug A. Ringler, for:

a review of the DHHS processes and procedures for

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