Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on mental health reform

Rep. Whiteford, who worked as a nurse prior to serving in the Michigan House, says the current House session has seen an increased focus on mental health issues, but that more needs to be done.  Rep. Whiteford serves as a member of the House CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety) Task Force which has…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio non committee consideration of rural broadband legislation

Rep. Whiteford talks about testimony this week in the House Communications and Technology Committee on her HB 5670, which would  establish the “Broadband Investment Act”.  The plan creates a seven-member board made up of individuals representing townships, counties and telecommunication providers, tasked with identifying areas in Michigan that are unserved or underserved and develop policies to…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on prescription drug cost transparency

Rep. Whiteford talks about her HB 5858, which would allow pharmacists to provide the current selling price of a drug upon receipt of a prescription. A pharmacist in Rep. Whiteford’s district spoke with her about contract clauses that force pharmacists to stay silent when a consumer would save money by paying for a prescription with…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on creation of psychiatric bed registry

Rep. Whiteford talks about House passage Wednesday of her HB 5439, which creates a psychiatric bed registry in Michigan that health care professionals can access for real-time information about the availability of in-patient beds.  The measure came out of the Representative’s work on the bipartisan CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety) task force on…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on PFAs Resolution in Michigan House

Rep. Whiteford talks about House passage Tuesday of her HCR 18, which calls for a scientific focus on contamination related to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Michigan. The Resolution encourages the state’s PFAS Action Response Team to Create a scientific advisory committee made up of scientific experts with various background and to evaluate the…