State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today issued the following statement as the Michigan House prepares to take up several measures to address COVID-19:
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have heard from many people and industries on the toll this disease is taking. The Legislature acted quickly to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in March, and we have not stopped. Over the next three weeks we will continue to take action to provide relief for people directly impacted by the pandemic and meet the ever-changing needs of hospitals, first responders, and other frontline workers.”
Some of the COVID-19 relief bills on the House’s agenda today include:
- HB 5715 (Rep. Sheppard) Eliminates red tape to allow health care facilities to expand patient care options, such as temporary mobile facilities, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- HB 5724 (Rep. Sheppard) Allows health care professionals to provide medical services in accordance with their education, training or experience during the COVID-19 health crisis.
- HB 5721 (Rep. Sheppard) Helps give patients uninterrupted access to medications by requiring insurers to cover 60-day emergency refills and up to a 90-day early refill during the pandemic.
- SB 1021 (Sen. Schmidt) Expands health care services in our state by allowing licensed Canadian health professionals to work in Michigan.
- HB 6448 (Rep. Calley) Allows critical energy infrastructure workers to return to work to assist with emerging energy needs if not displaying any primary symptoms of COVID-19.
State Rep. Jason Sheppard tonight released the following statement after learning of the passing of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon: “I am incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of Benny Napoleon tonight. Many of my colleagues knew him as a very successful sheriff and a strong partner with the Legislature on criminal justice reform. […]
Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today said that a safe, complete reopening of Michigan’s economy is necessary to preserve funding for schools and other essential public services over the long term.
State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today paid tribute to a late Monroe Township firefighter during the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.
The plan will allow school districts to work with local health experts and determine the best course of action for students, teachers and families in their communities. In-person attendance is not required at any grade level, but it’s strongly encouraged for grades K-5 when it can be done safely.