News From Rep. Yanez

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...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) introduced a bill today to rename a portion of M-53 in Sterling Heights between 14 Mile Road and M-59 the Eric C. Post Memorial Highway. Post was a Sergeant Major in the Michigan National Guard and a 14-year veteran of the Sterling Heights Fire Department serving as a firefighter and paramedic.

“I was proud to call Eric a great colleague and great friend, and we were all deeply...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) introduced House Bill 5331 today to expand the Health Professional Recovery Program to emergency medical professionals. The program is a non-disciplinary, treatment-oriented program for health professionals dealing with mental illness or substance abuse.

“Emergency medical responders, technicians, specialists and coordinators all work under extremely difficult and stressful life-and-death situations, and it isn’t uncommon for some to experience mental health or substance abuse issues,” said Yanez. “This is...

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