Rep. Frederick fights to give Michigan health workers COVID-19 legal protection

State Rep. Ben Frederick today said health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan deserve the legal protections provided in a plan recently approved by the Legislature. Frederick, of Owosso, said health care professionals have been forced to make incredibly difficult decisions while caring for patients under strained circumstances due…

Rep. Frederick supports plan to end governor’s COVID-19 nursing home policy

State Rep. Ben Frederick last week supported a plan to end the governor’s nursing home transfer policy. The much-criticized policy has been shown to have contributed to additional risk and exposure for vulnerable residents and staff. Michigan has lagged behind all other states in bringing an end to such transfers. Frederick, of Owosso, said the…

Rep. Frederick plan to improve education advancement heads to governor

State Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to improve dual enrollment access for students and ensure full eligibility for high school seniors in the upcoming school year is on its way to Gov. Whitmer’s desk following unanimous passage in the House and Senate today. Under current dual enrollment laws, Michigan high school students may take approved postsecondary…

Rep. Frederick helps spearhead assistance for drivers with communication difficulties

State Rep. Ben Frederick today applauded advancement of a trio of bills which will help both law enforcement and those with communication impediments during routine traffic stops or emergencies. The bipartisan legislation – which Frederick had earlier helped to develop in the House – creates a designation for people who have difficulty communicating, which would…

Rep. Frederick nominated to serve on Michigan Workforce Development Board

State Rep. Ben Frederick today was nominated by the Speaker of the House to serve on the newly formed Michigan Workforce Development Board. The board, established by the governor on May 29, will be responsible for the development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system in Michigan. The board will help develop, implement and…

Rep. Frederick supports plan improving access to telehealth

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients in COVID-19 era State Rep. Ben Frederick has voted in support of a plan to improve access to health care for Michigan patients via telehealth. Under current law, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must be done in real time….

Rep. Frederick urges governor to remove restrictions on medical services

State Rep. Ben Frederick today urged Gov. Whitmer to allow Michigan hospitals to perform elective surgeries, procedures and necessary care which have been halted by Executive Order since March 21.  Many hospitals, medical centers and other essential medical providers are facing dire financial hardships and inability to serve patients in need due to the coronavirus restrictions….

COLUMN: We must work together to help our communities safely recover from COVID-19

By State Reps. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, and Graham Filler, of DeWitt A month into Michigan’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, we’ve both heard hundreds of heart-wrenching stories from people in our communities who are struggling.   There’s no doubt everyone is worried about their loved ones and the possibility of them contracting the virus. We both…

Rep. Frederick announces mentorship program for 2020 graduates

In response to continued disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Ben Frederick today announced a team of professionals from across the 85th House District have volunteered to serve as 2020 Graduate Mentors for high school and college seniors. The initiative will be facilitated by Frederick’s office and the Shiawassee RESD. “Our 2020 seniors…

Rep. Frederick requests more COVID-19 transparency from state

State Rep. Ben Frederick has issued a formal letter to Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun requesting necessary information relevant to the state of coronavirus in Michigan. “The situation we are in is unprecedented and the more data the Legislature has to make informed decisions to improve conditions for our hardworking medical personnel…