Sexual assault bills aimed at helping victims clear State Senate

707125.0.senateeThe state would pay more to medical providers for victims of sexual assault under a bill in Lansing.

Right now the amount of coverage for a sexual assault exam and treatment is limited to 600 – dollars. When it goes over 600 – dollars, different advocacy groups or even the victim is responsible for the rest of the tab.

Bill sponsor Senator Rebekah Warren says that’s not fair.

“We never want the cost of that to be put on an individual, especially a survivor of sexual assault.”

The money would come out of the state Crime Victims’ Rights Fund.

Another bill would expand who can apply for grants for services to sexual assault victims. Warren says this would expand access to help, particularly in underserved communities.