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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, September 18, 2017

LANSING — The Michigan House Democratic Caucus and Michigan Legislative Black Caucus sent letters to the Michigan Civil Service Commission last week that ask commissioners to reject proposed rule changes that would rob state employees of many of their workers’ rights. The Commission will meet Sept. 20 to vote on the changes, which include ending civil servants’ ability to negotiate items such as overtime pay, seniority and grievances.

“Michigan’s hardworking civil servants go to work...

Friday, September 15, 2017

LANSING — Today, a bipartisan group of legislators in the House proposed a set of no-fault reforms that would address high auto insurance rates in Michigan while maintaining quality coverage for drivers. In response, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) issued the following statement:

“I’m encouraged to see lawmakers from both sides of the aisle working together to find real solutions to the problem of Michigan’s auto insurance rates, which are the highest in...

Monday, August 21, 2017

LANSING — 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 House...

Friday, August 11, 2017

LANSING — Michigan House Democrats called today’s decision by the state of Michigan’s to refund nearly $21 million to people wrongly accused of unemployment insurance fraud in more than 44,000 cases between October 1, 2013, and August 7, 2015, a small step forward. The decision to issue refunds follows a concerted effort by House Democrats to call attention to the problem, including a plan unveiled in February to fully restore funds to families hurt by...

Friday, July 28, 2017

LANSING — The failure of U.S. Senate Republicans to pass the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of Friday morning means that 677,019 Michiganders who are on the Healthy Michigan plan will retain their health care coverage, and that 4.4 million state residents with pre-existing conditions such as asthma and cancer can breathe easier about their ability to obtain affordable health care, House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing)...

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.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

LANSING — The U.S. Senate Republican’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement would devastate millions of Michiganders, Michigan House Democrats warned Tuesday as they renewed calls to pass the Michigan Health Care Bill of Rights. It’s estimated that nearly 700,000 Michiganders would be thrown off of the Healthy Michigan plan and more than 4 million people could be dumped by health insurers because they have pre-existing conditions. The Michigan Health Care...

Monday, July 17, 2017

LANSING — Today, House and Senate Democrats announced their “Michigan Jobs First” plan aimed at keeping jobs and tax dollars in Michigan. Unlike other states, the state of Michigan does not give any meaningful financial preference to Michigan businesses and workers in contracts, even though these homegrown businesses contribute far more to our economy than out-of-state firms. Only 78 percent of state dollars were spent on contracts to Michigan firms, according to a 2013...

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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