State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland today issued the following statement as the Michigan House prepares to take up several measures to address COVID-19:
“My colleagues and I are deeply committed to protecting the people we serve, and we have been since the very first day this virus was identified in Michigan. The needs of our first responders, health care workers and frontline employees are ever-changing, and it’s incredibly important to make sure they have the right tools in place, so they can serve our communities well. We’re moving forward with several measures that will provide relief in the coming weeks, and I’m hopeful the governor will partner with us to get them across the finish line.”
Some of the COVID-19 relief bills on the House’s agenda today include:
- 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.
- 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.
Prior to the holidays, Gov. Whitmer hinted she may consider reopening dine-in service at Michigan restaurants and bars prior to Jan. 15, when her administration’s latest emergency health order is currently set to expire. Unfortunately, it’s been radio silence since then.
State Rep. Julie Calley today expressed deep disappointment in the Whitmer administration’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan and called on the governor to focus on fixing the problems with the state’s system.
State Rep. Julie Calley today voted in favor of funding to help Michigan distribute COVID-19 vaccine and boost testing while helping those whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the virus and economic shutdowns.