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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...

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