At It Again: Another Destructive Health Care Bill Announced

Sep 20, 2017

Rep. Levin spoke out again against Republicans’ eleventh-hour effort to once again dismantle the Affordable Care Act.  Senate Republicans are working to advance a new bill authored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy that is earning widespread opposition from provider and patient advocacy groups, a bipartisan group of governors, and others.  The bill would put coverage at risk for one-million Michiganders who have gained it through the ACA, eliminate the current guarantee against discrimination for those with pre-existing conditions, and create an insufficient block grant to replace the Medicaid expansion and premium subsidies.  That block grant would expire in 2027, causing Michigan to lose $10 billion in health funding.  You can read Rep. Levin’s statement here.

Rep. Levin Cosponsors Legislation to Save Pollinators
Rep. Levin has cosponsored the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 3040), which would require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the use of neonicotinoids, an insecticide, until the agency can review the chemicals registration and declare that the insecticide does not have adverse effects upon honey bees and other pollinators.

The United States has been in the midst of a pollinator crisis for the last ten years. Most recently, from 2016-2017 beekeepers have experienced a 33% loss of their colonies. According to the Department of Agriculture, current losses of honey bee colonies are too high to confidently ensure the United States will be able to meet the pollination demands for future agriculture crops.  This information, coupled with overwhelming scientific evidence indicating that neonicotinoids pose a significant risk to pollinators, indicates that the use of these insecticides must be suspended until further review of neonicotinoids has been done.

American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act Gaining More Support: Rep. Levin Adds Name to Effort
Earlier this month, Rep. Levin signed onto legislation that would mint a commemorative coin in recognition and celebration of the American Legion’s 100th anniversary.  The American Legion will mark its centennial in 2019.  Proceeds raised from the sale of these commemorative coins will support the organization’s four pillars of service: veterans affairs and rehabilitation, national security, Americanism, and children and youth.  The bill has passed the Senate and awaits action in the House, where it has gained overwhelming bipartisan support.

Rep. Levin Joins in for the Child Welfare Listening Tour
Last week Rep. Levin joined his colleagues and the National Foster Youth Institute as part of its Listening Tour in Michigan.  Members and staff participated in a series of briefings, roundtables, and site visits to discuss the resources and supports needed to help transition age foster youth thrive.  As part of the tour, the delegation visited Common Ground Sanctuary in Royal Oak to hear about their programs that serve homeless, runaway and transition age foster youth and their families.   Rep. Levin is an original co-sponsor of The Family First Prevention Services Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will improve the child welfare system by emphasizing prevention and keeping families intact.