LANSING – State Representative Andrew Beeler (R-Port Huron) today introduced legislation which would help lower the cost of prescription drugs for millions of Michigan citizens.
House Bill 4345 is part of a sweeping health care initiative announced today which lays out a more patient-focused approach to our current healthcare system.
“I am extremely proud to sponsor this legislation which will actually reduce the cost of prescription drugs for Michigan families,” Beeler said, “Anytime I can help give patients more control over their healthcare decisions, I’m happy to do so.”
HB 4345 prohibits insurance companies from penalizing Michigan consumers when they purchase cheaper prescription drugs from out-of-network providers.
Under current law, Michigan consumers often find that out-of-network drugs are cheaper than in-network drugs. However, the cheaper drugs may not be included when calculating a consumer’s co-pay or out-of-pocket maximum. HB 4345 would fix this.
“I support lowering prescription drug costs without creating bloated government bureaucracies,” Beeler continued, “This is a great example of how we as elected officials can help cut costs without spending taxpayer dollars in the process.”
I have received a lot of questions about the prospects of a vaccine passport being used in our state. I strongly oppose any legislation or executive order that would require proof of vaccination in order to participate in the functions of our economy or every-day life.
“This veto is just one more bad decision that can be chalked up to Gov. Whitmer’s failed, hypocritical leadership. In the past, she and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist have both emphasized the importance of expanding access to internet service that is fast and reliable, but now she has vetoed a bipartisan plan that would do just that.
I was proud to sponsor a bill that will provide greater flexibility for members of our community who have to file city income tax returns. This bill – which passed through the House unanimously – extends the city income tax filing deadline to June 1st state-wide.
Rep. Beeler talks about his HB 4569, which would automatically extend the city income tax filing deadline in conjunction with any extension of the federal filing deadline. The measure received unanimous House approval and is now pending in the Michigan Senate.