Rep Hank Vaupel Weekly Column March 19 2018

first_imgI delivered testimony on Wednesday in the House Health Policy Committee in support of legislation I introduced to make prescription drug prices more transparent.Prescription drug prices have increased astronomically over the last few years. In 2016, drug price increases accounted for 100 percent of net earnings for major pharmaceutical companies: a net income of $8.7 billion. These increases have continued to catch the attention of state legislatures.  Thirty-six bills have been introduced in 24 states as of last month.My proposed solution would reveal the true costs behind manufacturing drugs and bringing them to market.Individuals should not have to ration their health care, or other aspects of their life, in order to afford essential medicine that saves or drastically improves their lives. The committee will vote on the measure in the coming weeks.***The Michigan Department of Treasury is actively working to combat tax-related identity theft. Throughout tax season, the department selects individual income tax returns for identity confirmation. If this happens, the individual will be asked to confirm their identity by taking a short online quiz, submitting paperwork, or answering questions over the phone. Once identity is verified, the tax refund will be issued in about a month. If you or someone you know has been a victim of identity theft, please report the situation to the Treasury Department. For more information, visit***This week was packed with great local events! On Saturday, I attended a charity dinner hosted by VINA Dental. The money raised assists individuals in our community who are unable to afford dental work and are uninsured. I also volunteered as the master of ceremonies for a bowling event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters, and participated as a judge for the Fowlerville 4th of July Chili Cook-Off. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported these meaningful events.***I was honored to present tributes to Fowlerville Community Schools and the Livingston Educational Service Agency for receiving awards from the SET SEG Foundation, an organization committed to investing in positive educational programs. They were chosen from a long list of nominees for their exceptionally beneficial programs designed to improve students’ life skills. Well done to all involved!***I had another great opportunity to read to local students as I continue to recognize March is Reading Month. This week, I visited Charyl Stockwell Academy and Village, Creekside and Round Elementary Schools in Hartland. I continue to be impressed by the young people throughout our district.***Thank you to all who attended my March office hours. I hope you’ll be able to join me again next month on Friday, April 20 at the following times and locations:2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to [email protected] We are happy to hear from you! Categories: Vaupel News PHOTO INFORMATION: From left, Rep. Hank Vaupel congratulates Katie Times, one of the winners of the Fowlerville 4th of July Chili-Cook Off, along with fellow competition judges Mike Kelly and Paul Harmon at the fundraising event.center_img 19Mar Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: March 19, 2018last_img

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