Governor signs Marleau’s health care “I’m sorry” legislation

LANSING–Michigan health care providers will be able to express sympathy for the pain, suffering, or death of their patients without the comments being used against them in a court of law under legislation signed by the governor on Tuesday, said bill sponsor Sen. Jim Marleau.

“It is natural and compassionate to say ‘I’m sorry’ to someone who is suffering. Health care providers will now be protected from misguided lawsuits when they do,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion, who sponsored Public Act 21 (Senate Bill 53) with bipartisan support. “This new law will benefit patients and families, health care providers, and the quality of care in Michigan.”

Marleau said those who work in health care are usually discouraged by their lawyers and insurance representatives from expressing sympathy or even speaking to a patient.

However, Michigan hospitals that have implemented similar policies have reduced medical malpractice lawsuits and the number of medical errors from health care providers. Health care costs are on the rise, but saying “I’m sorry” creates real savings and improves quality of care.

The University of Michigan has implemented a similar “I’m sorry” policy, and according to a 2009 article published by the school’s attorney, there has been a 40 percent reduction in new lawsuits filed by patients, which has cut its litigation costs in half. The school also said the policy helps in correcting mistakes and training to prevent future errors.

Several other states have passed similar legislation.

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Sen. Marleau welcomes CMU students and faculty to Capitol

LANSING—State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, welcomed Central Michigan University students and faculty to the state Capitol Tuesday for CMU Day at the Capitol, an annual event in which students meet with legislators, staffers, lobbyists, and judges associated with Michigan politics and policy.

Marleau, right, and CMU President Dr. George E. Ross, center, listen to CMU student Cory Paliewicz give his research presentation.

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New time announced for Marleau office hours on April 11

LANSING―State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, announced today that due to unforeseen circumstances, his scheduled open office hours for Monday, April 11, have changed.
A district representative will be in Rochester from 11 to 11:30 a.m. to provide constituents with an opportunity to discuss their concerns.

Any constituents affected may call Marleau’s office at (248) 724-2442 to schedule an appointment with the senator.

The new office hours in Rochester are as follows:

Monday, April 11
11 to 11:30 a.m.
City of Rochester Municipal Offices
400 Sixth St.
Rochester, MI 48307

For further information please contact Marleau’s office by phone at 517-373-2417; via email at; or by visiting his website,

Sen. Marleau announces April office hours


LANSING―State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, announced today that he has scheduled a series of open office hours during April. Meetings will take place on each Monday of the month from 9 a.m. till noon.

Marleau or a district representative will provide constituents with an opportunity to meet and discuss their concerns. All are welcome.

Specific office hours locations are as follows:

April 4
9 a.m. to noon
Orion Township Hall
2525 Joslyn Road
Orion, MI 48360

April 11
9 a.m. to noon
City of Rochester Municipal Offices
400 Sixth St.
Rochester, MI 48307

April 18
9 a.m. to noon
Oxford Township Hall
300 Dunlap Road
Oxford, MI 48371

April 25
9 a.m. to noon
City of the Village of Clarkston Office
375 Depot St.
Clarkston, MI 48346

For further information or to schedule a time to speak directly to the senator, please contact Marleau’s office by visiting his website,; via email at; or by phone at 517-373-2417.