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Michigan Health Care Bill of Rights

Michigan House and Senate Democrats have introduced a Health Care Bill of Rights to resist congressional health care cuts that passed in the U.S. House. This resolution would shield hundreds of thousands of Michigan senior citizens and families who stand to see their costs skyrocket, coverage reduced or health insurance disappear altogether. The latest Congressional Budget Office estimate found that 23 million Americans would lose health insurance by 2026 under the federal plan.

The Michigan Health Care Bill of Rights keeps critical parts of the Affordable Care Act in place in the state should Congress succeed in passing the American Health Care Act. Our plan would specifically protect senior citizens from paying more for health insurance because of their age. The plan would:

  • Protect People with Pre-existing Conditions: The Health Care Bill of Rights prevents people with pre-existing conditions from losing their protections, as is the case under the ACA.
  • Stop the “Age Tax”: Seniors and older people who aren’t eligible for Medicare are protected by banning insurance companies from increasing their rates.
  • Prevent Massive Rate Hikes: The Health Care Bill of Rights stops insurance companies from being able to raise the rates of people who get sick and need treatment or add coverage caps, which leave people with massive out-of-pocket costs. 
  • Protect Essential Health Benefits: Insurance companies won’t be able to deny Michiganders coverage for maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, substance abuse services, preventive care, pediatric services, hospitalization and emergency services.

Services for Seniors in Macomb County

In Macomb County, we care about our seniors. They have invested in our neighborhoods, worked for years at a variety of jobs, and brought a sense of community to Macomb County. But as time goes on, older folks might need a little assistance. The Community Action Agency houses resources specifically for our lively seniors. To find more information about these services please contact or visit: (586) 469-5228 mca.macombgov.org/MCA-Seniors

Senior Citizen Chore Service assists seniors with home maintenance and minor repairs, including grass cutting and snow removal.

Dining Senior Style is a program for those who are able to visit a dining location. They take place throughout the county and offer nutritious meals with seasonal parties, card games, and great company.

Evidenced-Based Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Programs are developed with universities. Each program has a specific goal, is tested, and proven to ensure that the material covered is successful at meeting that goal.

Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults workshops are conducted over six sessions, meeting either weekly or twice a week for two and a half hours each time. A restaurant outing follows the last session.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls.

Home Injury Control is a program to prevent injuries in the homes of disabled and frail senior citizens who could not otherwise afford safety devices. A one-time service can be provided to anyone 60 years of age or older who does not qualify for devices under any other funded program.

In our own communities, we have senior centers that offer membership to both residents and non-residents. These facilities offer programming, classes, and sometimes outings and trips. The St. Clair Shores Senior Center is located at 20000 Stephens St. in Saint Clair Shores and can be reached at (586) 445-8776.

Roads

Reporting Potholes and Filing Claims against the State

In March, the Michigan Department of Transportation told legislators that by 2021 — the year the transportation package signed into law in 2015 is supposed to take full effect — half of all MDOT roads are likely to be in poor condition. Currently, MDOT says that about 20 percent of the roads it is responsible for are in poor condition. According to TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit group, bad roads in Michigan cost drivers on average $649 a year due to accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear.

Reporting a pothole is different from submitting a claim for damages caused by one. If you believe your vehicle has sustained damages on a state trunkline, from a pothole or other cause, you can contact the MDOT office in the region where the damages occurred, about filing a damage claim. State trunklines are the “I,” “US,” and “M” roads (i.e., I-94, I-96, I-696 or M-14, M-1, US-10, US-24, etc.) The state will consider an award only for the damages beyond what has been paid by your insurance company, and you must show that MDOT knew of the condition and had an opportunity to repair it, or that the condition existed for more than 30 days.

For claims under $1,000, MDOT will investigate and process a determination in 90 days. For claims more than $1,000, you need to file a lawsuit against MDOT.

To report potholes on county roads, or to file a claim regarding a pothole on county road, call the Macomb County Department of Roads at (586) 463-8671.

To report potholes on state trunklines, call (888) 296-4546. To file a claim against MDOT, call the local MDOT office at (248) 483-5100.