Robertson backs legislation to help patients in underserved areasNo matter where you live, access to quality health care is important. I recently supported legislation-now law-to encourage physicians to practice in underserved areas. Attracting young doctors to rural communities can be a challenge, especially when many leave medical school with substantial debt.
The new law updates a special loan repayment program for certain medical providers who enter into an agreement with the Department of Community Health to provide full-time health care services in an area with a shortage. The measure also allows the department to give preference to physicians studying general practice, family practice, obstetrics, pediatrics or internal medicine.
New law provides Michigan National Guard tuition helpMichigan's Air and Army National Guard are the pride of our state! I am pleased to support a new law to create a tuition assistance program for members of the Michigan National Guard in active service. Guard members will be able to receive financial assistance to pursue a first associate, baccalaureate or master's degree, as well as vocational or technical training. These higher education opportunities will assist service members with their future goals when they return to civilian life.
Experience summer at a Michigan state parkJuly is National Parks and Recreation Month and a great time to visit a Michigan state park. Whether you stay for a day, a weekend, or a week or more, there's no better place to enjoy a Michigan summer.
Michigan's state park system offers more than 13,000 campsites, miles of trails and access to inland lakes as well as the Great Lakes. Search for your perfect park by county or activity at www.michigan.gov/stateparks. All that's needed for park entry is the $11 annual State Recreation passport; campsite fees are extra.
Summer energy tips and programsWarm weather has arrived! The Michigan Public Service Commission provides helpful information to state residents looking to cut energy usage and costs.
The agency website features information on using energy wisely, utility-sponsored energy efficiency programs, planning ahead by using budget payment plans offered by utilities, available energy assistance and weatherization programs, and preparing for and surviving power outages. Visit www.michigan.gov/mpsc ; type in the keywords Be Summerwise.
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