Michigan Ready to Accept Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Image: Michigan Ready to Accept Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Gov. Rick Snyder

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 10:10 AM

By Courtney Coren

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Michigan's Republican-controlled legislature appears to be on the verge of passing a Medicaid expansion program to provide healthcare coverage to nearly a half million low-income state residents after rejecting the measure earlier this year.

The bill, backed by GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, squeezed by the state Senate on Tuesday and is expected to pass the state House. Once it's signed into law by Snyder, Michigan would become the 9th GOP-controlled state to accept Medicaid expansion funds under Obamacare and the 24th state overall to approve the program, according to The Huffington Post.

"It's about helping 470,000 Michiganders have a better life," Snyder said during a press conference following the vote Tuesday night. "We all know someone that falls in that category: hardworking people but lower-income people that couldn't afford health insurance.

"This isn't about the Affordable Care Act," added Snyder, who is generally opposed to Obamacare. But he said "this is one element" of the law that Michigan can control and that "can make a difference in people's lives."

Snyder had argued in support of the expansion by noting its budgetary benefits to the state. The expansion was also backed by the state's health care industry business groups, along with consumer advocates and labor unions, The Huffington Post reported.

The Michigan Senate had rejected another expansion bill in June, which the state House approved. This time, under pressure from Snyder and a heavy lobbying effort, it managed to get the 20 votes it needed for passage.

The bill now goes back to the House, where it is expected to pass easily based on the vote earlier this year.

Under the expansion program, the federal government will pay 100 percent of covering new Medicaid enrollees from 2014 through 2016. After that, the federal share of coverage costs will decline to 90 percent by 2022, forcing the states to pick up more of the costs.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Doctor: Ebola Risks Higher in Winter, Taxing Quarantine Rules

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 10:22 AM

The United States will face a greater threat from Ebola this winter, as the epidemic in West Africa turns into a potenti . . .

Jobless-Aid Applications Unexpectedly Rise to 287,000

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 09:17 AM

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that . . .

Faulty Takata Air Bags May Not Be Replaced for Months

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 08:52 AM

U.S. safety regulators do not expect Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. to be able to fully supply replacement parts . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved