It’s been a busy month for our office as we work across the district and in Lansing to represent the interests of the 12th District.
- Coffee and Conversations This month I had the pleasure of hearing from constituents across our lakeshore district. At The Helm in Grosse Pointe, I met with seniors to listen to their concerns and talk about our repeal of the retirement tax. I also enjoyed taking the ferry to Harsen’s Island where I spent time meeting with residents, small business owners, and local officials to find out how our office can be of assistance.
- Protecting our Communities Gun violence is the leading cause of death among children and teens in Michigan. After the tragic mass shooting at Michigan State University, our office met with students and talked with constituents about the need to pass common sense gun reform. In April, the Senate passed bills to strengthen background checks, require the secure storage of firearms in homes where children are present, and allow for the temporary removal of firearms from people who pose a significant risk to themselves or others.
- Schooling for our Future This month, career and technical education (CTE) programs throughout the state held their showcase in Lansing. I loved getting to talk with students from Macomb County about the hands-on learning opportunities and future career paths they receive through these CTE programs, and I look forward to supporting funding for programs like these that open doors for our students to find fulfilling, well-paying jobs in our home state.
Navigating the Medicaid Unwind
During the pandemic, federal legislation prevented states from removing residents from the Medicaid rolls. However, as the federal emergency expires and restrictions ease, coverage renewals will begin again starting in June. Even if you have previously qualified for benefits, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recommends that Medicaid beneficiaries take the following steps to prepare for the renewals beginning next month:
- Make sure your address, phone number and email address are up to date at Michigan.gov/MIBridges. You can also call your local MDHHS office. If you do not have an online account for MI Bridges to access your Medicaid case or report changes, visit Michigan.gov/MIBridges to sign up for an account. You can also locate organizations that can help you by searching for community partners.
- Report any changes to your household or income. You can report changes at Michigan.gov/MIBridges or by calling your local MDHHS office.
- If you get a renewal packet, be sure to fill it out, sign the forms and return it by the due date with any proof needed. NOTE: If you do not complete and return the renewal, you may lose Medicaid coverage.
As chair of Health Policy, it is deeply important to me that all residents of our district and state have access to affordable healthcare. Following these steps and consistently opening all mail coming from the state will help ensure that you do not lose coverage for which you are eligible. If you would like to learn more about the process and options for those deemed ineligible upon redetermination, please visit Michigan.gov/StayCovered or call the Department of Insurance and Financial Services at 877-999-6442. Their office hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
Upcoming Events Town Hall with Sen. Hertel WHEN: Monday, May 22, 2023, from 6 – 8 pm WHERE: Grosse Pointe Woods Library, 20680 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 Coffee and Conversation with Senator Hertel WHEN: Friday, May 19, 2023, at 11 am WHERE: District Office, 28800 Harper Suite A, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081WHEN: Monday, May 22, 2023, at 11 am WHERE: Saint Clair Shores Senior Center, 20100 Stephens St. Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081
Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: May 28, 2023
WHERE: Staging will take place in the Chapoton Pump Station adjacent to 9 Mile Rd. Please arrive no later than 12 pm
For details, please call Paul McAdams, (586) 335-8328
District Office Hours
WHEN: Every Thursday 9am – 5pm
WHERE: District Office, 28800 Harper, Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081