ALPENA, Mich.— Senator Debbie Stabenow was in town yesterday to meet with local officials regarding high water levels and ways to combat erosion. But before her meeting at City Hall, the senator stopped by MidMichigan Hospital to check on progress within the health system.
“Because health care is such a passion of mine, I wanted to stop by MidMichigan Health and see the wonderful work that’s happening at the hospital. I’ve been working with the hospital over the years, so this is an opportunity to touch base.”
Senator Stabenow says yesterday’s visit was an important way to hear first–hand from some of the area’s medical professionals and patients regarding ways to improve treatment and make it more affordable. Stabenow is currently working on a bill that will allow providers to support undeserved communities. The name of that bill is the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act. It will extend community health center funding for five years, making care more accessible to areas like Alpena and others in northeast Michigan.