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Peters Reiterates Call for Trump Administration to Re-Open Health Insurance Enrollment Window

Michigan Business Network
April 1, 2020 7:00 PM

As Part of Coronavirus Response Senator Urges Administration to Immediately Expand Health Insurance to Prevent High Health Care Costs, Protect Public Health

DETROIT, MI – As the number of Coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket in Michigan, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) reiterated his call for the Trump Administration to open a special enrollment period to allow people without health insurance to purchase a health care plan through the health insurance marketplaces. He again urged for the Administration to establish a special enrollment period following a news report that the Administration will not re-open enrollment. Last month, Peters urged the Administration in a letter to establish a special enrollment period in an effort to lower health care costs for Americans we confront this public health crisis.

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AG Nessel Reissues Consumer Alert as Another Local Health Department Receives Reports of Scammers Seeking Medicaid, Medicare Information

Michigan Business Network
April 1, 2020 6:00 AM

 

DO NOT FALL FOR IT!!!

 

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today warned Michiganders again to beware of scammers claiming to be from at least two local public health departments, calling residents to offer medication and at-home COVID-19 tests while asking for their Medicaid and Medicare numbers for billing purposes.  Incoming calls are jamming local health departments’ phone lines, delaying important responses  to COVID-19. 

Reports so far have been focused on the Ionia County Health Department and now the Benzie Leelanau Public Health Department. The Attorney General’s office reissued a consumer alert making residents aware of the situation earlier today.  

The Benzie Leelanau Public Health Department received multiple calls from residents in the 248 and 989 area codes asking about the calls.  The department is in the 231 area code. 

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Michigan Implements Expansion of Unemployment Assistance Following Peters’ Legislation Being Signed into Law

Michigan Business Network
March 31, 2020 2:00 PM

CARES Act Signed into Law Last Week Included Peters-led Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act

DETROIT, MI – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today welcomed the State of Michigan’s announcement today that it will expand unemployment assistance to Michigan workers impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The expansion was made possible because of Peters’ Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, which was included in the federal, bipartisan Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law last week.

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Scope of Practice Laws, Allowing Qualified Physician Assistants, Nurses to Treat COVID-19 patients

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 2:00 PM

Taxpayers Must Submit State and City of Detroit Income Tax Returns, Payments by Midnight on July 15

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-30, which relaxes scope of practice laws to give hospitals and other health-care facilities the flexibility they need to successfully deploy qualified physician assistants, nurses and other health care providers to combat COVID-19.

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Changing City, State Income Tax Filing Deadlines to July 2020

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 8:00 AM

Taxpayers Must Submit State and City of Detroit Income Tax Returns, Payments by Midnight on July 15

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-26, which pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020, as a part of continued efforts to help Michiganders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective immediately, state of Michigan and city of Detroit income tax returns and payments due on April 15 are now due before midnight on July 15. Other state of Michigan cities with income taxes due on April 15 will now be due on July 15, while cities with income taxes due on April 30 will now be due on July 31.

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AG’s Office Takes Action Against Health Care Industry Supplier for Reported Price-gouging

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 7:00 AM

LANSINGMICH. As reports of price-gouging related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) near 2,000, the Michigan Department of Attorney General has sent a cease and desist letter to a health care industry supplier for marketing face masks at exceptionally high prices.  

Attorney General Dana Nessel today sent the letter to DiaMedical USA Equipment Inc., based in Bloomfield Hills, after receiving a consumer complaint that the company is attempting to sell 10-packs of face masks through its website for nearly $100 each. Similar model masks are sold at between $1.50 to $2.40 per mask. 

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Expanding Absentee Voting in May 5 Elections

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 6:00 AM

 

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-27, encouraging Michiganders to vote absentee by allowing the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to every registered voter, and to provide absentee ballots directly to new registrants. Local jurisdictions will still need to keep at least one polling place open for those who wish to vote in-person or are unable to vote by mail.

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MI Attorney General Dana Nessel Issues Urgent Consumer Alert Following Reports of Federal Stimulus Scams

Michigan Business Network
March 27, 2020 6:00 AM

 

DO NOT FALL FOR IT!!!

 

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today issued an urgent consumer alert urging Michiganders to be on high alert for bad actors aiming to coerce them out of their personal information in a new federal stimulus payment scam.    

Scammers are using the news that the federal government will send one-time payments to millions of people across the country as part of the federal economic relief response to COVID-19 to steal personal information.

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Governor Whitmer Requests Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal Government

Michigan Business Network
March 26, 2020 7:00 PM

If granted in full, declaration would help Michigan provide meals, temporary housing, mental health services to Michiganders

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the president requesting a major disaster declaration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Easing Restrictions on Pharmacists, Increasing Access to Prescriptions

Michigan Business Network
March 26, 2020 12:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-25, which will allow pharmacists to dispense emergency refills of prescriptions for up to 60 days’ worth of supply for patients and require insurers to cover these emergency refills during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The order will also allow pharmacists to dispense COVID-19 treatments according to government-approved protocols.

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