Sen. Mark C. Jansen was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturing Association (MMA) at the association’s annual reception on Tuesday, May 8. “It is my true honor and personal pleasure to present Senator Mark Jansen with the MMA Legislator of the Year Award for 2011,” said MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden. “There may be no legislator who has personally done more to implement genuine structural reforms to streamline government, reduce costs and improve the competitiveness of our state than Senator Mark Jansen.” Hadden added, “Senator Jansen’s tenacious leadership, depth of knowledge and wide scope of influence has resulted in truly historic progress in reforming, restructuring and reinventing Michigan’s business climate. His accomplishments will stand tall in the history of Michigan.” The Legislative and Executive Reception, held at the MMA office in Lansing, provided an opportunity for manufacturers and lawmakers to network and discuss current legislative activity. During the event, MMA honored several legislators for their efforts to develop legislative and regulatory policies that allow manufacturers to continue expansion and job creation. “I was elected to fix a broken, ineffective state government and help reinvent Michigan into a state that is robust and competitive in the market for jobs and investment,” said Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “It is an honor to be recognized for the months of hard work, but the most rewarding part for me is seeing our efforts already working to energize our economy and create jobs.” He added, “Michigan still faces challenges, but we have taken great strides toward putting Michigan on solid footing for long-term economic prosperity and growth.” In addition to naming Jansen as Legislator of the Year of 2011, the MMA honored Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, as House Advocate of the Year for 2011 and Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, as Senate Advocate of the Year for 2011. The MMA Legislator of the Year award and the Advocate of the Year awards are given to recognize forward-thinking, action-oriented policy leaders who understand the importance of manufacturing to Michigan’s past, present and future; a true pro-manufacturing leader.
Sen. Mark C. Jansen
Last week, federal agents made several arrests in a set of three indictments on individuals involved in home care agencies in southeast Michigan, alleging a total of $28 million in fraudulent billings to Medicare. Similar arrests in recent months demonstrate that no area of Michigan is free of the threat of fraud and abuse. “Health care fraud impacts all citizens,” said state Sen. Mark C. Jansen, chairman of the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee and sponsor of Senate Bill 221, which would license home care services. “I commend the FBI, together with state and local law enforcement, for aggressively pursuing criminals involved in Medicare fraud. There is no one solution, and I am proud to add my bill to the effort as we all work together to fight these crimes.” Jill Roby-Snyder, president of the Michigan Home Health Association (MHHA), praised Jansen’s efforts. “Senator Jansen has been a wonderful partner working to improve the integrity and ethics of the home care industry. We appreciate his support to help keep vulnerable citizens safely in their home,” said Roby-Snyder. MHHA is the state association representing the home care industry in Michigan. “All segments of the home care industry are affected by fraud and abuse,” Roby-Snyder said. “MHHA has a long history responding to fraud and abuse problems in our industry.” In addition to working with Jansen to draft SB 221, MHHA’s response to fraud and abuse includes the following: relationships with the FBI Special Health Care Fraud Unit to provide training and whistleblower opportunity for legitimate providers; supporting passage of criminal background check legislation for home care workers; education about fraud and abuse; interface on compliance issues with state and federal regulatory agencies; providing training workshops on home care industry standards and compliance; and continuous review of the Standards of Practice for each of MHHA’s provider auspices (certified home health, hospice, private duty, home medical equipment and pharmacy-infusion). Kristyn Gall, a member of the MHHA Anti-Fraud and Abuse Task Force and co-owner of Optimal Care Inc. in Bingham Farms, pointed out other areas susceptible to fraud. “The problem of fraud and abuse is not limited to Medicare as similar problems occur for Medicaid, insurance reimbursement and private pay,” said Gall. “MHHA has demonstrated a commitment to […]
State Rep. Tom Pearce and Sen. Mark C. Jansen welcomed the 2009 state champion Rockford Rams men’s water polo team to Lansing on Tuesday, March 16, and honored them with a luncheon and special recognition on the Senate floor. “These young men have repeatedly proven themselves winners and excellent student athletes,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “The water polo program’s winning tradition makes our community proud, and we look forward to more success.” The state title is Rockford’s sixth in the last seven years, and the 17th year in a row they have captured at least a share of the OK Red conference title. “Congratulations to the Rockford water polo team. Following the leadership of their coaches, they have worked extremely hard as students and athletes,” said Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “The team’s success embodies the work ethic and positive family, school and community spirit in Rockford. We’re pleased to welcome them to the state Capitol and honor their extraordinary achievement.”