Sen. Hune: Director Flood did what was best for Michigan

LANSING— Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Director Ann Flood recently announced recently that she will allow health insurers to extend their 2013 health insurance plan through 2014.

It is now up to health insurance companies to decide whether they want to reinstate plans that they originally planned on discontinuing next year.

Early last week, Sen. Joe Hune called on Director Flood to allow Michigan residents to keep the insurance policies that they currently have. 

“This is great news for anyone in Michigan who is happy with their current plan,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “This is something that was promised to the American people and that promise was broken.”

The decision could impact at least 225,000 Michiganders who buy their own insurance and who received letters notifying them that their current plans did not comply with Affordable Care Act requirements.

“Before Obamacare, insurers could offer affordable coverage now they are forced to raise rates or cancel polices,” Hune said.  “I think it is safe to say the president overreached on this issue and that rollout of government mandated healthcare has been a disaster.”



Hune praises AG Schuette for continued investigation into NECC

LANSING, Mich.— Attorney General Bill Schuette andUSAttorney Carmen M. Ortiz of the District of Massachusetts on Monday announced  a new coordination of their continuing independent state and federal criminal investigations of New England Compounding Center (NECC).

NECC is a now-defunct Massachusetts company that distributed tainted injections of a steroid, known as methylprednisolone acetate, to clinics throughout the country. 

“I am thrilled a full and proper investigation has been launched,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “I think if this had not been done, the safety of the people Michigan and across the county could be compromised.”

As of March 4, the  number of fungal meningitis infections resulting from the NECC is up to 253 total cases, including 13 deaths in Michigan. Several of these deaths have taken place in the 22nd District.

“Unfortunately, the investigation cannot bring those who have died back to life,” Hune said. “I hope no stone goes unturned in this investigation.”

Column: Honoring our heroes

Nov. 6, 2013

By Sen. Joe Hune

Veterans Day is a particularly important holiday for Americans. Veterans have time and time again proven their worth on the battlefield in far-off places, and this week we will have the chance to honor such sacrifice.

World War I, known at the time as “The Great War,” officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles in France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Americans owe their freedom and their opportunity for success to the sacrifices made by veterans and their families. I am so thankful for our veterans as well as our reservists and our military personnel currently serving here or overseas. It is important that we all recognize their service.

There are many ways we can help our veterans through donations, volunteerism and especially hiring such heroes. As every business looks for truly exceptional employees, I would like to suggest an untapped resource: our veterans.

Hiring veterans may be of particular interest to small businesses. Instead of having to rely on a business’s pricey insurance plan, veterans often are afforded Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. Such benefits are lifelong for qualifying veterans and will exempt a business employing a veteran from the compulsory purchase of health insurance for him or her. This benefit also extends to qualified reservists and National Guard members.

I encourage everyone to get out and celebrate our true American heroes this Veterans Day with friends and family alike.

For further information on VA programs or to view a booklet on benefits available to veterans as well as other useful links, please visit my website at, email my office at or dial toll-free 1-855-563-4863 and my staff will be happy to assist you.

Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.