Senator Dave Robertson District Email Newsletter

Robertson backs bill to reduce cost of oral cancer treatments

Some types of cancer are best treated by intravenous administration. Others — such as blood cancers — can be treated only by oral chemotherapy. To effectively treat cancer, patients and their doctors must be able to choose the treatment that is best for them.

For a patient receiving chemotherapy intravenously in a hospital, the treatment is covered as a medical benefit. If a patient requires chemotherapy pills, the drug is covered as a pharmacy benefit, often with a higher out-of-pocket cost. This difference in coverage can result in a treatment that many patients simply can’t afford. I recently supported legislation that would require insurance companies to cover oral cancer drug treatments the same as intravenously or injected chemotherapy treatments.

Senate Bill 625 would help save lives by ensuring access to all necessary treatment options. Currently, 41 other states have enacted similar laws.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Insurance.


April economic news positive

  4.8% Unemployment

Michigan’s April unemployment rate held steady at 4.8 percent, once again below the national average! This marks the fourth month in a row that the jobless rate remained below 5 percent.

According to state officials, the state’s labor market in early 2016 has continued to strengthen. In fact, Michigan’s workforce grew by nearly 3 percent over the past year, far outpacing the national gain of 1.2 percent.


Pure Michigan — a success story

More and more out-of-state travelers are enjoying all Michigan has to offer.

According to a report that research firm Longwoods International issued in April, visitors made 4.6 million trips into the state in 2015, thanks in large part to the state’s Pure Michigan campaign. The economic impact of these trips is estimated at $1.4 billion.


Free Fishing Weekend

  Free Fishing Weekend

With 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes, and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world!

Michigan’s annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is the perfect opportunity to introduce family and friends to this great outdoor activity. All fishing license fees are waived for two days on June 11 and 12, 2016. All fishing regulations still apply. Find more information, including sponsored and state park events, at


Contact Information

Senator Dave Robertson
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll Free: (855) 347-8014 or (517) 373-1636

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