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Senior Times - January 2021From the STATE SENATE
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We often hear that eating healthy foods, taking vitamins, and washing hands during the winter months will help keep sickness away. But getting the proper amount of sleep is just as important.
percent reduction, on top of the 55 percent reduction from the prior
year with a total reduction of 61 per- cent, down from a high of $220 per vehicle. The MCCA stated that the reduction in the rates is primarily due to the savings created by cost con- trols for medical treatment and other changes made to Michigan’s no-fault insurance law. These changes have resulted in an estimated reduction in MCCA liabilities of $3.5 billion and eliminated a deficit position.
It is quite common for older adults to experience changes in the quality and duration of their sleep. Many of these changes occur due to changes in the body’s internal clock. According to, sleep difficulties is a health concern in aging adults.
The insurance reform bill was signed into law in June 2019. These critical reforms continue to save money for Michigan’s drivers, fami- lies, and seniors.
I have great news from Lansing regarding auto insurance. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) recently announced it is lowering the assess- ment charged per vehicle to $86 for the period beginning on July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 for people who choose to maintain unlimited lifetime personal injury protection
tal health support and substance abuse challenges: 1-888-733-7753 every day from 10am-2pm.
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    Poor sleep can contribute to many problems, reducing quality of life in people over 65.
Finally, if you or your fami-
ly members are struggling to get through this long, relentless COVID- 19 season, help is a phone call away. Below is a list of resources available to you if you need any type of assis- tance. Additionally, you can contact my office at any time for more infor- mation, at (517) 373-2426.
• General information, resources, test-
 Here are some tips to getting a good night’s sleep:
• Establish a regular sleep schedule. •Go to bed and wake up at the same
time each day.
• Be physically active each day, but
exercise early in the day and no later than four hours before going to bed.
ing locations and more:
• Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room
• Coronavirus hotline for health-relat-
On a legislative note, Michigan’s One Hundredth Legislature wrapped up its final session in December with many bills passed in the final days of the year. To view a listing of the most recent bill activity, please visit www.
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• Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention: 1-800-232-4636 or
• Michigan PEER Warmline for men-
• National suicide prevention lifeline available 24/7: Call 1-800-273- 8255, text TALK to 741741, or visit
• Small business resources: or 1-888-522-0103.
effectively plan for their retirement. Get started at https://
The thought of retirement can be frightening, and the associated anxi- ety is incredibly common. We spend our entire lives carving out careers and roles in society to help provide for ourselves and our family, and the thought of such a drastic change can be intimidating, to say the least.
From information on how to orga- nize your finances, making sound financial decisions, protecting your money, to preparing for retirement, this guide is an excellent resource to reference for anyone – whether you just landed your first job or are get- ting ready to retire shortly.
That anxiety is often caused
by uncertainty. Have I been doing enough? Can I really live on what I have saved? What happens if there
is an emergency? And although completely normal, that anxiety can thankfully be relieved through proper planning and taking the steps nec- essary to be sure you are in the best place possible when the time comes.
Additional copies of Reinventing MI Retirement: Tools and Resources to Achieve Financial Security are available from:
Reinventing MI Retirement is a financial toolkit compiled in collab- oration with a network of industry experts and government agencies in an effort to ensure every Michigander has the information they need to
This publication is also available electronically at
State Rep. Jim Haadsma, District 62
Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services Office of Consumer Services, P.O. Box 30220, Lansing, MI, 48909-7720. Or call (877) 999-6442 for assistance.
As always, feel free to reach out to my office with any question or con- cern you may have. I can be reached by calling (517) 373-0555, or by email at

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