Service helps recover lost life insurance money

A free service offered by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has helped consumers recover more than $6.3 million in death benefits since 2016.

The Life Insurance and Annuity Search Service (LIAS) was created to help beneficiaries locate a deceased family member’s life insurance policy or annuity contract that was purchased in Michigan.

Each month, the agency forwards consumer requests to Michigan licensed life insurance and annuity companies to try to locate lost policies. During the last two years, over 2,000 requests have been submitted to participating insurance companies. Insurance companies contact the beneficiary directly if a policy match is found. They will not contact anyone who is not a beneficiary or legally authorized to receive the policy information. Find more information, including a search request form, at

Schuitmaker announces community meeting in Otsego to discuss ongoing environmental improvements

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker announced on Tuesday that the Michigan departments of Health and Human Services and Environmental Quality, along with Allegan County officials, will be hosting a community open house to discuss the environmental project that is currently underway in Allegan County.


Officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality;

Officials from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services;

Local officials from Allegan County; and

Interested area residents.


A community discussion with staff from local and state agencies regarding environmental improvements in the area.


Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 4 – 7 p.m.


Otsego United Methodist Church

223 E. Allegan St.



Area residents with concerns or questions about the ongoing groundwater cleanup project in Otsego will have a chance to meet with state and local officials to discuss the issue and be sure they have the most up-to-date information available.