Rep Allor proud of continued progress in effort to crack down on

first_img Senate approves plan protecting Michigan veterans and their families A proposal from state Rep. Sue Allor to help in the prevention of individuals or agencies from profiting off veterans benefit services that can be obtained for free was unanimously advanced in a vote by the Michigan Senate this week.House Bill 4918 prohibits a practice referred to as pension poaching. In some cases, unaccredited, for-profit agencies or individuals not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs have charged commissions or advisory fees to assist veterans and family members who are filing benefit claims.Current law also does not require for-profit individuals or agencies from having to identify themselves as being unaffiliated with the VA, leading to deceptive sales practices.“When speaking with certified Veterans Service Officers on this issue, I’ve heard examples in Michigan and other states of veterans being billed hundreds, even thousands of dollars for services that are available for free through the VA,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “Many times in these cases the veterans are unaware that these services were out there at no cost to them. That’s not right, and I want reforms on the books protecting veterans from individuals or agencies who are merely trying to make a buck off those who have bravely served our country.”HB 4918 initially advanced through the full House with overwhelming bipartisan support in November. The House offered final legislative approval on Tuesday in a 107-2 vote following the Senate’s action. The proposal now moves to the governor for review. Categories: Allor News,News 13Jun Rep. Allor proud of continued progress in effort to crack down on pension poachinglast_img

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