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The most vulnerable population during this pandemic is our older adults, and while they are focused on taking the steps necessary to stay safe and healthy during this crisis, state leaders need to be looking at other ways to protect our elders and improve their lives during and long after the pandemic.
Earlier this year Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States. The network is the U.S. affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, which began in 2006 to help communities prepare for rapid pop- ulation aging. The network provides cit- ies, towns, counties, and states who join with resources to improve age-friend- liness by tapping into research,
planning models, and best practices. Michiganders are living longer than ever before, but most of our cities are not equipped to adequately support an older population, so we need to improve the livability of our communities so we meet everyone’s needs. This is an excel- lent way to ensure that happens.
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This service, provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, allows consumers to com- pare pharmacy prices on 150 of the most commonly prescribed drugs in Michigan. It has information about dis- count programs at local retailers and can help you sign up for a free or low-cost assistance program to help you get the medication you need.
  Here are some of the ways my col- leagues and I are working to protect seniors and improve their lives:
In late 2019, a colleague of mine introduced House Bill 5131 to help prevent the financial exploitation of seniors. The bill would allow those in the financial services industry to place temporary holds on disbursements of funds or securities when there is reason to believe financial exploitation of a customer has occurred. As the popula- tion of our state rapidly ages, the finan- cial exploitation of Michigan’s seniors is a problem we need to address quickly. After a lifetime of hard work and con- tributions to their communities, it’s up to us to ensure our older Michiganders are protected from scams and abuse. According to the American Bankers Association, senior financial abuse cost victims almost $3 billion across the U.S. last year alone. This bill better enables financial professionals to quickly address suspicious activity on accounts belonging to seniors and other vulnera- ble adults.
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     My colleagues and I held a press conference last fall to unveil our Health Over Profits for Everyone (H.O.P.E.) package, aimed at lowering out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications and visits to the doctor while increasing accountability for phar- maceutical companies engaged in price gouging. Prescription drug costs have continued to rise dramatically in recent years, with price increases rapidly out- pacing wage growth and inflation. To ensure you’re paying the lowest possible
These are just a few of the steps being taken to ensure Michigan’s older population is safe now and in the long term. There is much work left to be done, but I will continue to work to make certain the Legislature values Michiganders of all ages.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by calling (517) 373-0555, or by email at JimHaadsma@
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