News From Rep. Yanez

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) won support today for his amendment to fund an ombudsman for the state’s two veterans homes. An amendment Yanez originally proposed to fund the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund was also adopted after it was offered by a Republican legislator.  

“A recent audit revealed that the Grand Rapids home for veterans has remained chronically understaffed, fall alerts continually have gone unanswered, medicine has not been properly...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

 

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) attempted to win support today in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee for an amendment to add $5 million to the budget for the State Aging and Adult Services Office. Republican committee members defeated his amendment.

“Last year’s budget included an additional $5 million for this agency in an attempt to reduce wait times among seniors for services, but our senior population...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

“It’s important for us to recognize the week of April 1-7 as Testicular Cancer Awareness Week in Michigan because if testicular cancer is caught and treated early, there is an almost 100 percent cure rate.  This disease is most common in men between the ages of 15 and 35, but current statistics show that one in 250 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in their lifetime. One man in the United States is diagnosed...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee today on Senate Bill 802, which allocates $1 million to the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund.

“As a former firefighter, I recognize the higher incidences of cancer in firefighters than in the general population,” said Yanez. “Firefighters who develop cancer as a result of occupational exposure need to know that they can go to the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund for...

Friday, February 19, 2016

 “I am encouraged to see that the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has changed leadership in wake of yesterday’s release of the audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. It is unconscionable that our veterans are still receiving extremely poor care. The veteran’s home has been chronically understaffed, fall alerts continually have gone unanswered, medicine has not been properly dispensed and a staggering 90% of instances and allegations of abuse have either been insufficiently processed...

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