Wednesday, January 14, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) was sworn in to office today to begin his first term as legislator for the 34th House District. Joining him from Genesee County were returning state Representatives Pam Faris (D-Clio), who represents the 48th District, Phil Phelps (D-Flushing), who represents the 49th District, and Charles Smiley (D-Burton), who represents the 50th District.

“The future for the 98th Legislature is predicated on our ability to see the needs of...

Monday, May 13, 2013

BURTON – State Representatives Charles Smiley (D-Burton), Pam Faris (D-Clio) and state Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) announced their support for a package of legislation that would improve access to women’s health care, educate women about health care options, support rape survivors and address health care inequities women face. The package of legislation — four bills and three resolutions — were recently introduced and now await a hearing.

“People across Michigan are demanding that women have...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

LANSING – An extremely controversial law that mandates women – and only women – buy extra health insurance in order to have full health care coverage takes effect today, setting back women throughout Michigan and hampering Michigan’s comeback efforts. The law, based on a Michigan Right to Life citizen’s initiative, demands that women buy extra insurance to cover medical procedures that would preserve a woman’s health during a miscarriage or end a pregnancy that is...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LANSING – State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) and state Representatives Pam Faris (D-Clio) and Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) are introducing legislation to mandate that all health insurance companies that offer group and individual health care coverage must provide the option to purchase abortion service coverage. In December 2013, House and Senate Republicans passed a law banning health insurance companies in Michigan from covering abortion services unless a separate health insurance rider is purchased. Currently, only...

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