A bill approved aims to repeal a state law that has shielded pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits stemming from the safety and efficacy of their products.
Up to 80,000 Oakland County residents are set to have up to $200 million in medical debt wiped clean thanks to funding provided by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bipartisan bills designed to protect children from lead contamination by requiring the installation of water filters in childcare centers and schools.
A package of bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will cement aspects of the Affordable Care Act into state law and help ensure all Michiganders keep access to healthcare.
The provision, signed into law by President Biden, will significantly lower out-of-pocket drug costs for many of the nearly 1.8 million Michigan seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D coverage.
Starting in 2026, the prices for these drugs will decrease for up to nine million seniors, thanks to a provision in President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act that allows Medicare to negotiate the prices for these drugs directly with the manufacturers.
Short-term plans offer limited coverage, can deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and trick consumers into buying products that provide “little or no coverage when they need it most.”
The Lower Drug Costs for Families Act would require drug companies to pay a penalty if they raise prices faster than inflation and use those funds to protect and preserve Medicare.
Biden’s Budget Would Tax Billionaires, Corporations to Strengthen Medicare, Expand Child Care, and Help Families
Republicans immediately rejected Biden’s plan, but have yet to release their own budget. They have made it clear, however, that they want to apply deep spending cuts to everything from health insurance to food assistance benefits.
Biden’s plan would increase the Medicare tax rate on Americans earning above $400,000 from 3.8% to 5% to help keep Medicare solvent into the 2050s. No one earning under $400,000 a year would pay a dime more in taxes, under Biden’s plan.