Governor Rick Snyder says extending Medicaid to more working poor people will save the state a lot of money – maybe $130 million next year. That begs the question of what to do with the budget windfall.
The Snyder administration says the Medicaid expansion to 320,000 working poor people will help reduce uncompensated hospital care and other things that drive up the cost of health care. But the state should also see direct savings by shifting costs like prisoner mental health services to the Medicaid program.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are looking to give final approval to a Medicaid expansion bill by day's end.
Gov. Rick Snyder secured a big victory last week when the state Senate voted to implement a key part of the federal health care law.
But the Republican-controlled chamber on Tuesday is expected to reconsider the issue of when the legislation should take effect. For newly eligible low-income residents counting on the medical coverage next year, it's the difference between waiting until late March instead of qualifying as early as Jan. 1.
The House is expected to send the legislation to Snyder's desk after receiving it.
In response to conservative critics, Snyder says Michigan's plan isn't a "generic" expansion of Medicaid and instead includes Republican-driven provisions that will need approval from the Obama administration.
Voters in the 11th Congressional District in Michigan will send a Democratic UAW activist to Congress for the lame duck session in November and December -- and a Republican Tea Party activist to Congress for the full term starting in January.
Here's how it happened. (The "why" may never be satisfactorily answered.)
Thaddeus McCotter is the five-term Republican Congressman who until July represented the strongly Republican-leaning 11th Congressional District.