Michigan Medicaid Expansion Update
Governor Rick Snyder is all up for expanding Medicaid to an estimated 470,000 residents in Michigan however he is unable to convince the republicans who hold a majority control of the senate to go along with his plans. As of a week ago the plan to expand Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act in Michigan remains in limbo until late August when the legislative body returns to work from summer break.
The House approved House Bill 4714 in June 2013, tying the expansion to Michigan-specific proposals supporters say are aimed at boosting the overall health of the population and requiring some participants to cover more of the program’s costs over time.
As the Health Insurance Exchange continues its plans to begin operations on October 1, 2013 the Michigan legislature questions its ability to have a decision on Medicaid Expansion by then. The chamber adjourned for summer break without voting on the proposal. In general the Democrats in the Michigan senate support the expansion but Republicans hold a 26-12 edge over Democrats in the Senate. This no-vote potentially cripples governors Snyder’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage to the individual state residents who would newly qualify for Medicaid Expansion in Michigan.
This past week Gov. Rick Snyder cut short a trip to Israel to come back to Michigan to push a vote for Medicaid Expansion, but was unsuccessful. There may still be some hopes for the bill, according to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, House Bill 4714 will be referred to a committee and a legislative workgroup during the summer to review the current proposal and options offered by the Senate.
The chamber is technically adjourned until July 3rd, but no-one is expecting a vote on the Medicaid Expansion bill until the last week of August.