Schuitmaker hosts the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement at the Capitol

For Immediate Release
Jan. 24, 2013

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Schuitmaker hosts the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement at the Capitol

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, Rep. Ellen Lipton and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement have teamed up to introduce resolutions in the state Legislature to raise awareness among Michigan residents about the dangers of heart disease.

Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, co-hosted a press conference at the state Capitol Wednesday that brought together women from all across the state to celebrate the Go Red movement’s 10th anniversary. They encouraged everyone to wear red on February first, National Wear Red Day, and urged women to join the movement.  

In addition to the numerous lawmakers on hand, survivors of heart disease spoke about their personal experiences and why this cause is so important to them. The Heart Association’s “Lucy,” an eight-foot statue created from the Red Dress symbol, was also available for photographs.  

“Heart disease isn’t easy to see. It is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. But by bringing attention to this killer at a state level, we are saving lives,” Schuitmaker said in her opening remarks. “Together, we can stop the number one killer of women by sharing the truth. We can be the difference between life and death.”

The American Heart Association and its volunteers work every day fighting cardiovascular diseases. The work is aimed at improving the lives of Americans suffering from heart disease and stroke, or those at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, in an effort to achieve the Heart Association’s mission, which is building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health," said Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods. “In 2010, we lost 23,321 mothers, fathers, siblings and neighbors to heart disease. Fortunately, heart disease can often be prevented or treated. We must make sure that people are aware of the risk of heart disease and learn about their treatment options.”

American Heart Association Government Relations Director of Michigan, Sarah Poole, agrees.

“By working with our government, we can bring awareness of the number one killer of women,” said Poole. “This is a great opportunity for the association to be working with Senator Schuitmaker and all government officials in an effort to save lives.”

An estimated eight million women in the U.S. are living with heart disease, yet only one in six women believe that heart disease is their greatest health threat.

 
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About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement, created by women, for women, dedicated to uncovering the truth about women and heart disease: heart disease can kill you or a woman you love.  With more women dying of cardiovascular disease than the next three causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc, with additional support from our cause sponsors.

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Jan. 23, 2013          

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Schuitmaker Medicaid eligibility bill signed by governor

LANSING, Mich.—Gov. Rick Snyder and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, are flanked by fellow advocates of Public Act 356 of 2012. Schuitmaker’s measure improves current Medicaid eligibility laws. It will allow individuals who wish to work and pay taxes, yet currently receive disability and Medicaid, to be employed to the extent they are able and continue receiving the assistance they need to provide for crucial services.  

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Bills increasing government transparency and accountability signed into law

For Immediate Release
Jan. 3, 2013

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Bills increasing government transparency and accountability signed into law

LANSING, Mich.— Two bills signed into law Wednesday will require state departments to develop spending plans and measure the success of programs receiving taxpayer funding.

 “The people of Michigan have a right to know how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent,” said Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R–Lawton, sponsor of Public Act 535. “These measures will make sure state departments and agencies are held accountable for money they receive.”

PA 535 will require each agency to have a strategic mission, vision, goals, and a balanced scorecard in place. The scorecard will have to include metrics for measuring an agency’s performance in certain areas. It would focus on financial dimensions along with other vital areas such as employees, customers, processes, and any other area crucial to successfully fulfilling its mission.

PA 536, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Colbeck, will require agencies to classify each line item in the budget by spending category. Each agency would also have to prepare a spending plan for each line item in the budget. The State Budget Office will be responsible for approving spending plans and making them available online.

“Throughout my service I have worked to make government more accessible to the people.  Requiring government agencies to measure the success of taxpayer-funded programs and making spending information available to the public is a step toward increased efficiency and more responsible government,” said Schuitmaker.

Sen. Colbeck further remarked: “With the passage of these transparency bills, we will now have the first statutory basis for determining the true price of government services in our state's history!” said Colbeck, R-canton. “For fans of our constitutionally limited government, such as me, this public act will provide us with a valuable tool to rein in government spending. It is my hope that the availability of this information will also help open the door to a more civil, bipartisan discussion of spending priorities in state government, and perhaps even to set the stage for such discussions to occur at the federal level.”

Public Act 535 and 536 have already taken effect.

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