Hune ‘chargemaster’ bill passes Senate committee

For Immediate Release
Oct. 22, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
517-373-2420

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Joe Hune announced Wednesday that a measure to expose the true cost of medicine to consumers passed the Senate Health Policy Committee.

Senate Bill 627, sponsored by Hune, R-Hamburg, would require a hospital that used a charge description master (CDM), sometimes known as a chargemaster, to make it available on the hospital's website or at the hospital location, as applicable.

“I am happy to see my legislation pass out of the Senate Health Policy Committee. However, I am even happier for the consumers of Michigan. We are on our way to improving transparency in medical billing practices and saving Michiganders money.”

Many times in medical facilities around the state medical bills are as much as tripled for some items used. According to one hospital’s report, it spent $27.5 million for laboratory work during calendar year 2010, yet it charged $293.2 million for that same work. Hospitals are charging patients with bills that bear little to no relation to the actual cost of the health care.

The CDM is a price list for products and care that a hospital keeps. The CDM is currently not available for patients’ review, leaving the true price of medicine ambiguous to patients.

The measure would require a hospital that used a CDM to make it available by posting an electronic copy on the hospital’s website. If the hospital has no website, it would have to make a written or electronic copy available at the hospital location.

SB 627 now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.

 

Senator Hune Honored as Outstanding 4-H Alumnus

LANSING, Mich. — Senator Joe Hune was among eleven 4-H alumni inducted into the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society on Oct. 3.          

The Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society honors former Michigan 4-H members whose professional leadership and community service reflect the ultimate outcome of 4-H membership – extraordinary use of an individual’s head, heart, hands and health to make communities, the country and the world better places in which to live. This recognition is provided by Michigan 4-H Youth Development with support from the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

“I give credit to 4-H for a lot of who I am today,” said Senator Hune about his induction into the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society.  “It helped instill responsibility, hard work and leadership skills in me at a young age and I would not have changed my experience for anything!”

Also inducted into the 4-H Emerald Clover Society Class of 2014 were: Jamie Clover Adams, of Lansing; Kelly Boles Chapman, of Bellevue; Sen. Judy K. Emmons, Sheridan; Betsy McPherson Knox, East Lansing; Harmony L. Nowlin, Alma; Matthew T. Shane, Manchester; Douglas A. Sprik, Hamilton; Doris Stuever, Lynn; Susan L. Safford Traubenkraut, Frankenmuth; and Karen L. Waite, Mason.   

The 4-H Emerald Clover Society induction took place Fri., Oct. 3 during the 4-H Town and Country Gala at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

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Hune saves state money and practices fiscal constraint

For Immediate Release
Oct 3, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
517-373-2420

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Joe Hune announced Friday that he has given back the remainder of his office budget for 2014 to the State.

Each senate office is allotted a budget for payroll, supplies and other such expenses to operate by. Senators are not required to use these funds, and Hune has opted to give a total of $11,532 back in order to alleviate some fiscal stress.

In addition, Hune returned $250 to the State from each of the committees he serves on.

Hune’s return of his office allotment is a lesson in fiscal conservancy, he says.

“This will serve as an example of cutting back in times of economic hardship,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “Michigan is on its way back to prosperity, but we are not there just yet. Making necessary cuts in spending, starting with myself, is how I do my part in helping Michigan’s future.”

Hune has given back the remainder of his office budget to the State each year he has been in elected office.

 

Hune hunting updates and literature available on website

For Immediate Release
Oct. 3, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
517-373-2420

LANSING, Mich.—To usher in the 2014 hunting season, Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, announced Friday that he has several resources for hunters and fishing enthusiasts on his senate website.

The 2014 Michigan Hunting Update can be found on the homepage of Hune’s website and informs the public about new laws to deter poachers, license news and deer and turkey hunting information.

Along with many legislative updates and news from Lansing, Hune’s website includes guides to hunting, fishing and licensing requirements.

Under the Customer Service tab, click on “Hunting/Fishing Information” and you will be able to choose between several pieces of informational literature including the “Pure MI Hunt” program by the Dept. of Natural Resources, as well as fishing license information and season dates and bag limits.

If you have any questions, Sen. Hune encourages the public to contact his office at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or dial toll-free at 855-JOE-HUNE.