Bellino’s locking prescription vial plan prevents teenage opioid abuse

Legislator: Youth opioid abuse starts in the medicine cabinet, not on the streets State Rep. Joe Bellino today delivered testimony during the House Health Policy Committee in support of his plan to prevent teenage opioid abuse and pilfering from the family medicine cabinet by implementing locking prescription vials. Pilfering, Bellino explained, is the process of…

Howrylak to insurers: mental health is as important as physical health

State Rep. Martin Howrylak today introduced a measure preventing insurers from discriminating between coverage provided for mental illness and physical illness. His proposal will amend the Nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act and the Insurance Code Act to require insurers to offer the same coverage for mental health services as traditional medical care. “There should…

Runestad plan helps families look out for loved ones in nursing homes

Measure would allow installation of resident-approved cameras   State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, introduced legislation Tuesday allowing residents to approve the installation of cameras in their private nursing home rooms. Under the legislation a facility could not refuse to allow a family and the resident this option. “Families are looking for more ways to…

Kesto plan allows families to better care for their loved ones

Bills inspired by C.A.R.E.S. Task Force recommendations State Rep. Klint Kesto today delivered committee testimony on a bipartisan bill package allowing legal guardians to better care for the mental health of their loved ones. “Moms, dads and family members serving as legal guardians want to care for their loved ones to the best of their…

Lucido supports measure protecting teens from opioid abuse, overdose

Locking vials will prevent pilfering in Macomb County families State Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, today announced his support of a bill reducing the instances of teen opioid abuse and overdose through the use of locking prescription vials for opioids. The legislator said the current pill bottle design is only meant to keep small…

House passes Marino legislation funding substance abuse treatment

Legislator: Liquor tax revenues will help fund local programs The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Marino to help local agencies fight substance abuse in the state. Marino’s bill would dedicate 50 percent of future revenues raised through state liquor taxes to Michigan’s local community mental health (CMH) agencies. Each…

Legislation increases transparency in prescription drug costs

Whiteford: It’s time to level the playing field State Rep. Mary Whiteford today introduced a bill to protect consumers from skyrocketing prescription drug costs. According to Whiteford, there’s a lack of transparency when it comes to the powerful companies that manage drug benefits for insurers and employers and the prices they negotiate. Many of these…

New treatment forms aim to improve end-of-life patient care

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Laura Cox requiring the development of a standardized Physician Ordered Scope of Treatment (POST) form has been signed into law by the governor. A POST form is an advance care planning tool designed to ensure people forced to make difficult end-of-life medical treatment choices are given the respect they…

Tedder seeks to improve end-of-life care for Michigan patients

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Jim Tedder to improve end-of-life care for patients in health care settings by developing a standardized Physician Ordered Scope of Treatment (POST) form was approved by the Michigan Senate. A POST form is an advance care planning tool designed to ensure people forced to make difficult end-of-life medical treatment…

McCready supports legislation to protect recovering opioid addicts

State Rep. Mike McCready has cosponsored legislation to continue the Legislature’s fight against Michigan’s rising opioid epidemic. The legislation would allow Michigan residents to sign a medical directive to ensure they are not given opioids under any circumstances. Individuals who struggle with addiction may need this resource to ensure they do not experience a relapse…

Lucido supports legislation to protect recovering opioid addicts

State Rep. Peter Lucido has cosponsored legislation to continue the Legislature’s fight against Michigan’s rising opioid epidemic. The legislation would allow Michigan residents to sign a medical directive to ensure they are not given opioids under any circumstances. Individuals who struggle with addiction may need this resource to ensure they do not experience a relapse…

Tedder bills allow physicians to be licensed in multiple states

House approves measure with overwhelming support The Michigan House of Representatives approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Jim Tedder establishing a process to allow physicians to become licensed in multiple states today. Under this legislation, a licensed physician who meets certain eligibility criteria will be allowed to apply for an expedited license that authorizes…

Rep. Lucido advocates for state database of health facilities

Legislator: Patients need ease of access to make informed health care decisions State Rep. Peter Lucido today testified before the House Health Policy Committee advocating for a bill he introduced requiring the state to provide a database of health facilities and agencies to be accessed through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website. The…