Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on PACE program and help for families

Rep. Whiteford talks about House approval of her House Resolution 384, which designates September PACE Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.  During its 23 years of existence, Rep. Whiteford says PACE, which stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, has been instrumental in keeping Michigan residents out of nursing homes and living at…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on mental health crisis hotline legislation

Representative Whiteford talks about her HB 6202, which would establish a statewide mental health crisis hotline.  Representative  Whiteford testified on the legislation before the House Health Policy Committee Wednesday and says she thinks the plan, which would connect individuals going through a mental health crisis, or members of their family, with professional services, could save…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on recreational planning for Kalamazoo River

Rep. Whiteford, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Environmental Quality, talks about her efforts to establish a broad-based recreational plan for the Kalamazoo River in Allegan County.  Three meetings have been held so far in the area under the direction of the Outdoor Recreation Center, and Rep. Whiteford says she hopes…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on rural broadband legislation

Rep. Whiteford talks about her HB 5670, currently pending in the House Communication and Technology Committee, which is designed to encourage the expansion of broadband services to unserved and underserved areas of Michigan through the creation of a fund and governing board.  Rep. Whiteford says a similar system is already operating in Minnesota and has…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on mental health crisis hotline legislation

Rep. Whiteford talks about her HB 6202, which would establish a mental health telephone hotline referral system within the Michigan Department of Human Services.  Rep. Whiteford, who has worked as an emergency room nurse, says trained professionals answering a call could assess the needs of an individual and refer them to a behavioral health professional…

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…