Rep. Stevens, Governor Whitmer Host Healthcare Roundtable

December 2, 2019
Press Release

TROY, MI — On Monday, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer hosted a roundtable discussion to encourage Michiganders to sign up for health care coverage during the ACA open enrollment period ending on Sunday, December 15.

“Healthcare is a right, and we must work together to make it more affordable for working families,” said Congresswoman Haley Stevens. “I am proud to join Governor Whitmer today to urge all Michiganders to sign up for comprehensive health coverage. Our Governor is working hard on the state level and I am fighting in Washington to protect pre-existing conditions and push back against continued attempts to weaken the Affordable Care Act, which are causing healthcare costs to increase for everyone. There is still much work to be done to improve quality and bring down the cost of healthcare, and it starts with ensuring everyone has access to comprehensive healthcare coverage.” 

“Every Michigander deserves access to quality, affordable health care,” said Governor Whitmer. “Since the Trump administration has cut funding for the ACA enrollment promotion by nearly 90 percent, we must do everything we can to ensure that everyone knows what options are available to them to get covered. Signing up for coverage during open enrollment is simple, and there are resources available to everyone who wants help.” 

Congresswoman Stevens and Governor Whitmer were joined by the following panelists patients, health care providers, and policy experts:

  • Gilda Jacobs – President & CEO, Michigan League for Public Policy
  • Jeff Weber – President, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Michigan and Northwestern Ohio Chapter
  • Dr. Michael Khoury – Chief Medical Officer, Beaumont Health
  • Sandra Taylor – Director of Pharmacy Operations, Beaumont Health

In Congress, Congresswoman Stevens has consistently fought to lower healthcare costs and expand access to care for Michigan families. In October, Rep. Stevens introduced H.R. 4669, the Maximizing Drug Coverage for Low Income Seniors Act, a bill to reduce prescription drug costs for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. Rep. Stevens also introduced the UPDATE Act, a bill to require insurance companies to regularly update their provider directories to prevent patients from unknowingly receiving out-of-network care. Rep. Stevens has also cosponsored and voted for bills to protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, including its critically important provisions that protect those living with pre-existing conditions, ban lifetime caps, and expand health insurance coverage. She has also supported legislation to reduce the cost of prescription drugs by increasing competition, expand treatment for mental health and for those suffering from the opioid crisis, and to end surprise medical billing.

Please see below for photos from the roundtable discussion: