April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Apr 5, 2017

Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States. It is estimated that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime. As we recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I encourage you to become involved in raising awareness about sexual assault in our communities. We all have a responsibility to work together to support survivors of sexual assault and educate our friends and neighbors as to what we can do to prevent it. Visit here for suggestions on how to voice your support and get involved.

New Food Pantry on Wayne State’s Campus
On April 2, 2017, Wayne State University (WSU) opened a food pantry to help fight food insecurity on the college campus.  According to Feeding America, who currently provides food assistance to 46.5 million individuals and 15.5 million households, 49.3 percent of their clients in college must choose between education expenses and food. In an effort to make sure WSU students have the basic needs for a productive educational experience, the pantry will provide perishable and non-perishable food, toiletries, and hygiene products for the most vulnerable students. To learn more about the food pantry at WSU, you can visit their website here.

Levin: Republican Repeal Efforts Show ACA Benefits
Rep. Levin published an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press that discussed how Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act actually helped the public better understand the many provisions of the law. The piece credits the public for speaking up in support of the ACA, and calls on Republicans to fully enforce the law to ensure that the insurance market isn’t destabilized and individuals who benefit from cost-sharing provisions can continue to do so.

You can read the full op-ed here.

Rep. Levin Successfully Opposes Cuts to Retiree Health Coverage
Last week, Rep. Levin joined with 11 of his colleagues in the Michigan congressional delegation to oppose cuts to retiree health plans. In a recent proposal, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had proposed payment reductions for a type of retiree coverage called Employer Group Waiver Plans or EGWPs.  However, on Monday, CMS announced that it would reverse course and not implement these cuts in its final rule. This will help preserve access to this important source of coverage for seniors in Michigan and across the country.  A copy of the letter can be found here.

On the Floor of the U.S. House this week:
This week the House will consider legislation that weakens disclosure requirements for companies that compensate employees with company stock (H.R. 1343), a bill that expands the number of accredited investors who can form venture capital funds to invest in small businesses and startups (H.R. 1219), and a measure related to the regulation of stop-loss insurance, a type of insurance purchased by self-insured employers to minimize exposure to financial risk (H.R. 1304).