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While we sincerely hope they should never be used, a decision last week to stockpile significant amounts of emergency medical supplies at the state level makes sense.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4087 on Friday, to establish stock to prepare for future emergencies.

HB 4087 will amend the Emergency Management Act to require the Department of Health and Human Services to stockpile medical supplies necessary to respond to a state of disaster or emergency in Michigan and to require the DHHS to post a list of the inventory of medical supplies on its website, the governor’s office said in a press release.

“COVID-19 has had an immense impact on our state’s health system and its ability to provide quality care in critical conditions” Whitmer said in a statement used in an Associated Press article. This bill, she noted, will ensure Michigan’s healthcare system is better equipped to handle future emergencies.

This decision was clearly necessary, in light of the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had and continues to have. A state-controlled, not federally-controlled inventory of medical supplies also makes sense.

What is not clear, at least as of this writing, is what will be purchased, where will it be stored, how much will it cost, and where the money will come from for pay everything?

Also, who will be responsible for maintaining the stock?

We hope the state government will answer these questions before the checks are issued.

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