Month: June 2013

Governor Meets with Southeast Michigan Health Professionals, Urges Action on Health Care Bill

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday will visit southeast Michigan to encourage state senators to pass the Healthy Michigan plan, which would extend health care coverage to nearly half-a-million Michigan residents, encourage healthy living and save money. Monday morning Snyder will meet with employees and community members at Trinity Health in Livonia and Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. In the evening Snyder will take part in an online Google Plus town hall. The events are part of a series of meetings the governor is conducting across the state advocating for this important health care legislation. Last week Snyder signed an online petition from HealthyMichiganNow.com. The group formed to support passage of the Healthy Michigan bill. “Michigan residents recognize that this plan is crucial to the well-being of citizens and the vitality of the state’s economy,” Snyder said. “Healthy Michigan will save taxpayers money and boost our business climate. State senators should take advantage of this opportunity to provide health care coverage to the uninsured and save everyone money.” The state is projected to save $206 million in the 2014 fiscal year by providing Healthy Michigan plan benefits to those now receiving services paid with general fund dollars. Healthy Michigan would alleviate most of the $880 million a year in uncompensated costs that are borne by hospitals and passed to individuals and businesses through higher health care premiums....

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New Poll Finds Widespread Support for Including Women in Any Military Draft

Support is strongest among Democrats, women and younger voters TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On the heels of a Pentagon announcement that women will soon fill frontline combat positions as part of U.S. special forces, a new nationwide CapitalSoup.com poll documents widespread public support for women being included if a U.S. military draft were ever reinstated. The poll, conducted by CapitalSoup.com and Mason-Dixon Polling & Research to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the U.S. military draft, found that 59 percent of Americans believe women should be included in a draft, compared to only 38 percent who think they should not. Support for drafting women was strongest among Democrats, women and 18-34 year olds. More women than men support drafting women, with 61 percent of women in favor compared to 57 percent of men. The survey also revealed an interesting political split, with 80 percent of Democrats supporting it compared to only 40 percent of Republicans. Independents support drafting women by a 53 to 46 percent margin. “This poll documents a real evolution in public opinion about women serving in combat. It reflects some interesting divides, with twice as many Democrats supporting women in the draft as Republicans,” said Michelle Ubben for CapitalSoup.com. “Clearly women are not shying away from an equal responsibility to serve our country.” The poll also reveals an age divide, with the strongest support among...

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Governor Meets With Southeast Michigan Health Professionals, Urges Action On Health Care Bill

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday will visit southeast Michigan to encourage state senators to pass the Healthy Michigan plan, which would extend health care coverage to nearly half-a-million Michigan residents, encourage healthy living and save money. Monday morning Snyder will meet with employees and community members at Trinity Health in Livonia and Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. In the evening Snyder will take part in an online Google Plus town hall. The events are part of a series of meetings the governor is conducting across the state advocating for this important health care legislation. Last week Snyder signed an online petition from HealthyMichiganNow.com. The group formed to support passage of the Healthy Michigan bill. “Michigan residents recognize that this plan is crucial to the well-being of citizens and the vitality of the state’s economy,” Snyder said. “Healthy Michigan will save taxpayers money and boost our business climate. State senators should take advantage of this opportunity to provide health care coverage to the uninsured and save everyone money.” The state is projected to save $206 million in the 2014 fiscal year by providing Healthy Michigan plan benefits to those now receiving services paid with general fund dollars. Healthy Michigan would alleviate most of the $880 million a year in uncompensated costs that are borne by hospitals and passed to individuals and businesses through higher health care premiums....

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Michigan Increases Competitiveness as a Destination for Large Special Events

LANSING – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has established a new fund to attract national and multi-state events, conventions and conferences – and the out-of-state travelers they bring in – to Michigan. The large special events fund will give Michigan communities an added competitive advantage when competing with other cities nationally to host major events. “We are joining with our local partners to raise Michigan’s profile as destination for large events, such as national conferences, conventions and sporting events, while addressing the disadvantages they currently face in today’s competitive market,” said Michael A Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “By bringing in large numbers of out-of-state visitors associated with these events we can help our travel industry grow while showcasing Michigan to a broad audience.” The MEDC has committed $500,000 for the fund through the end of the current fiscal year, and $1 million in each of the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. The fund will be administered by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, however all convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs) in Michigan will have the ability to apply for support in attraction efforts through the fund. Events must meet certain criteria to be considered for the attraction fund, including they be multi-state or national in scope, have regular attendance of more than 1,500 people, have a duration of at least 2.5 days...

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Bills Signed To Help Funeral Directors, Families When Caring For Deceased Loved Ones

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday signed four bills sponsored by state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz that help funeral directors and families by allowing funeral directors from neighboring states to practice in Michigan. This so-called courtesy card legislation also affords Michigan funeral directors the same rights in other states that have enacted similar laws. To date, that includes Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. Funeral directors will be able to participate in document signing as well as the process for removing and transporting the deceased. “These are important measures that make sure Michigan families and those in surrounding states that have courtesy card laws can continue to employ the services of their chosen funeral director when dealing with the death of a loved one,” Snyder said. House Bill 4303 allows the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to issue a courtesy license to engage in the practice of mortuary science. It is now Public Act 77 of 2013. HB 4329 amends the State License Fee Act to allow for the creation of a courtesy mortuary science license fee. It is PA 78. HB 4330 amends the Public Health Code to allow a courtesy mortuary science licensee to certify a death record. It is PA 79. HB 4574 requires all funeral homes to register under the Pre-paid Funeral and Cemetery Act when applying for or renewing a license. It is PA...

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