Stethoscope and dollar Unable to see patients and perform exams and medical procedures, health systems have had to furlough workers and are “on the brink of financial ruin.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

Is preventive health care an essential business function? That’s the question at the heart of a filed last week in Michigan on behalf of three medical providers challenging the scope of the state’s stay-at-home emergency order. As reported by The Detroit news, the lawsuit says that the orders are “unconstitutionally vague, violate due process rights and infringe on the commerce clause, which reserves the power to regulate interstate and foreign commerce to Congress.”

The lawsuit, filed by Grand Health Partners, Wellston Medical Center and Primary Health Services, seeks to allow medical providers to resume normal operations. Also included in the suit is a patient whose March knee-replacement surgery has been postponed indefinitely due to the order.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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