Rep Canfield House committee advance budget plan for Michigan

first_img State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. of Sebewaing joined the House Appropriations Committee this week in approving a Michigan budget plan that makes health care more efficient and invests more in schools and communities.Canfield chairs the budget subcommittee for the Department of Health and Human Services. The budget plan recommends that the state’s Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans move from a 10-plan model to a single-plan model. The goal is efficiency and effectiveness, with the state being able to spend less on administrative costs and more on services for Michigan residents.The proposed health budget is conservative because of uncertainty over the future of Medicaid funding at the federal level.“If there are changes at the federal level, there could be big changes at the state level,” Canfield said of possible changes to the federal Affordable Care Act. “It is wise for us to have a conservative budget this year.”Other highlights of the House plan for the 2017-18 budget year:Michigan’s public schools would get $100 more per student, raising the funding for K-12 education in the state to an all-time high of $14.3 billion. Career and technical training is a special focus to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.Revenue sharing for local communities would rise by 5 percent, a $12.4 million increase compared to current spending levels.Public safety will be enhanced through the addition of 100 Michigan State Police troopers.Even with more investment in key areas, the overall House plan calls for spending less state money in the next budget cycle than we do today.Michigan’s “rainy day” fund would get another deposit, pushing the total amount in the emergency account above $1 billion.The budget plan advances to the House floor for consideration.“I am happy to put out a good budget, and I look forward to working with the Senate and the governor’s administration to resolve points of difference,” Canfield said.### Categories: Canfield News,News 28Apr Rep. Canfield, House committee advance budget plan for Michiganlast_img read more

Rep Alexander remains committed to reforming auto insurance in Michigan

first_img State Rep. Julie Alexander today said she remains committed to reforming Michigan’s auto insurance system and delivering lower rates for drivers.Alexander, of Hanover, voted in favor of House Bill 5013. The bill was not approved in a vote late Thursday.“I am disappointed in the results of this vote, because this is the issue I have heard about the most during my first 10 months in office,” Alexander said. “Whether it is traveling across the Jackson County area for one of my more than 50 local office hours or taking phone calls and emails in the office, the desire for reform is obvious. People, especially seniors, want choice and the option to pay lower rates. Approving this bill would have been an important step in delivering these much-needed changes. I remain committed to finding solutions for Michigan drivers.”Michigan’s average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is 82 percent above the national average and twice as high as in neighboring states, according to a recent report from Insure.com.Michigan’s costs are so high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. House Bill 5013 allows those catastrophically injured in the past to keep their benefits, while drivers who want to continue buying unlimited medical coverage for the future may do so. The plan also allows more affordable options.The legislation remains in the House.##### 03Nov Rep. Alexander remains committed to reforming auto insurance in Michigan Categories: Alexander News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Albert Governor signs plan banning sale of ecigarettes to minors

first_img Categories: Albert News State Rep. Thomas Albert today said the governor made the right decision by signing into law a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prevent individuals under 18 from possessing vaping products in Michigan.Senate Bills 106 and 155 make the same reforms Albert proposed in House Bill 4164, which he introduced in February. The bills are now Public Acts 17 and 18 of 2019.“Through this process the governor’s administration had expressed hesitancy about this legislation. I believe there should be no reservations in trying to protect our children. I am glad the governor supported this first step to start reversing this alarming trend,” Albert said. “These reforms will make it more difficult for kids to get their hands on vaping products and give local school districts the tools they need to keep these items off school grounds.”Albert said the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes has increased dramatically over the past few years, prompting parents, teachers and law enforcement officers to reach out to him with concerns. In a recent study, one in five Michigan high school students reported having used an e-cigarette during the previous 30 days.Albert said teenagers are often under the impression that vaping is safe, but that is not the case. According to the Centers for Disease Control, vaping nicotine can harm adolescent brain development and lead to addiction. Many vaping products also contain diacetyl, which is commonly associated with “popcorn lung” – a condition that damages airways.### 04Jun Rep. Albert: Governor signs plan banning sale of e-cigarettes to minorslast_img read more