Medicaid Expansion in State House for Vote

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The effort in Michigan to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act is moving forward in Lansing.

The measure brings in 320,000 more non-disabled adults into Medicaid next year. It will bring on more in subsequent years.

A House committee Wednesday approved a revised version that would expand Medicaid in the state, but the changes in the measure will require federal waivers.

Most prominent among the proposed changes is a provision that says those who are at 100 to 133 percent of the poverty level will have to pay more for Medicaid coverage after 48 months, or else simply buy insurance for themselves from the federally-run exchange. But it’s future in the Michigan House was not immediately clear, as many conservatives including tea party activists have said they do not support any form of expanding Medicaid, which is part of the Affordable Care Act.

The House could vote on the measure today.

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