Michigan's Medicaid expansion debate turns to when expansion occurs

Sep 1, 2013

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate's months-long debate over Medicaid expansion isn't over, even after the vote to provide health insurance to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents.

Republican senators on Tuesday will reconsider the issue of when the legislation should take effect. While the Senate passed the bill 20-18 in dramatic fashion this past week, it fell two votes short of giving it immediate effect.

For newly eligible people counting on the medical coverage next year, it means waiting until late March instead of qualifying as early as January 1st.

Republican Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes that when the dust settles, more Republicans will agree to let the bill go into effect earlier. The House is expected to send the legislation to Snyder's desk Tuesday after the Senate makes a decision.