News From Rep. Brinks

Monday, October 9, 2017

LANSING — Coinciding with the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) and state Rep. Winnie Brinks (D–Grand Rapids) have introduced legislation to include breast cancer as an eligible condition under the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund — a fund that currently recognizes, and covers medical benefits for, 10 other cancers that firefighters may develop.

Our first responders risk their lives and their health to help us, and...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

LANSING — Michigan House and Senate Democrats today called on their Republican colleagues to adopt the Michigan Health Care Bill of Rights now that session in both chambers has resumed.

The resolutions, House Resolution 139 and Senate Resolution 68, would preserve key aspects of the health care system in Michigan, which remain at risk as Congress prepares to attempt another repeal of existing health care laws before Sept. 30.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS — State House and Senate Democrats announced today their plan to stop prescription drug price spikes in Michigan. Almost 60 percent of American adults take prescription drugs, and according to the American Medical Association, drug prices increased 10 percent on average in 2016 — well outpacing inflation and wage growth — while some skyrocketed as much as 5,500 percent. This is the third straight year of double-digit increases in drug prices. Under the...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS — Reps. Winnie Brinks (D–Grand Rapids) and Tim Greimel (D–Auburn Hills) hosted a press conference today to demand justice for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans’ residents, and accountability for those responsible for their abuse and neglect.

Eleven employees are facing criminal charges for falsifying patient records.

 “Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette have known about the appalling conditions at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans since 2013,”...

State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) calls for further investigations at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans at a press conference near the home on Thursday, July 27, 2017. She is joined, from left, by Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills), Vietnam veteran and Grand Rapids Home for Veterans member Tony Spallone and veterans’ advocate Catherine Kooyers.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats announced plans to hold health care town halls across the state this summer the day after they formally introduced a resolution to protect individuals’ right to high-quality, affordable health care options. The resolution, called the Michigan Health Care Bill of Rights, was announced at a press conference in May and was officially introduced to the Legislature yesterday after being signed by every member of the House Democratic Caucus.

“Every person...

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