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Michigan Senate Report By Joe Hune, 22nd District

Support bills to streamline prescription forms The term “health insurance” is very likely a point of contention in most conversations these days due to the cost, red tape and proposed reforms. For instance, many health insurance companies require what’s called “prior authorization” before they cover certain prescription drugs or medical procedures. Currently, there are more than 150 separate health insurers in Michigan, each with its own form for prior authorization requests. This just adds another level of bureaucracy to an already-lagging health care system. I recently supported Senate Bills 178 and 179 to streamline the process by requiring one standardized form for use by all medical insurers in Michigan. Under this common sense legislation, a group comprised of prescribers, insurers, pharmacists, hospitals and others would work together to develop the form. The reform would cut through mounds of bureaucratic paperwork and allow health care providers more time to spend with their patients – the best medicine for anyone waiting to see their doctor! SBs 178 and 179 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

St. Mary’s in Williamston holding rummage sale April 12—14 St. Mary’s Parish in Williamston is holding a rummage sale on April 12 (10 am to 7 pm), April 13 (9 am to 4 pm) and April 14 (10 am to 2 pm). Items for sale include clothing, books, toys, household items and much more! A bag sale and ½ off all prices will begin at 2 pm on Saturday and be offered all day Sunday. The church is located at 220 Cedar Street in Williamston.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University comes to Calvary Baptist Church, starting April 21 Financial Peace University is a life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. You'll be empowered with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace! Each of the nine video lessons deals with a different topic that will change the way you think about personal finance. With humor and energy, Dave teaches about how to save money, live on a budget, communicate about money, eliminate debt, find bargains, and experience the joy of giving. Since its inception in 1994 FPU has helped more than 1.5 million families positively change their financial future. Through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially. On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days. Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly. This course will be held on Sunday nights from 6:00 – 8:00 PM starting April 21. The cost is $89 per person or couple. Each registrant will receive a workbook, audio cd’s and access to online tools. To register, contact Calvary at 521-4700. Calvary is located at 500 N Howard Street in Webberville; three blocks north of Grand River and three blocks west of Main Street.

38th Crop Hunger Walk being held on April 28 for area food banks Our community still needs help with the tough economic times. The CROP Hunger Walks are designed to support our local food banks with 25% of the funds collected. Monies will go to support the Webberville Food Bank under the direction of Dorthy Hart, as well as the Williamston, Dansville and Stockbridge food banks. The CROP Walk will begin at 2 pm at the Williamston United Methodist Church and the route will walk around Williamston. This year we will also be holding a canned food drive to support local food partners. They also assist disadvantaged people at home and around the world. CROP funds are used for local and international hunger needs, medical care, disaster relief, and self-help development efforts. We can help the CROP Hunger Walk by working with pledge sponsors, giving on-line and praying. If you can find a way to help contact Bonnie Elzerman at (517) 490-8039, Janice or Bill Wheeler at (517) 521-3111. Let’s make this the BEST CROP WALK EVER!

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