Radio Made in Michigan
5:52 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Advocates Urge Governor Snyder To Call For Medicaid Expansion

Advocates for the uninsured say they’ve collected four-thousand petition signatures in favor of an expansion of Medicaid in the state.

Credit michuhcan.org

The group Medicaid Matters for Michigan delivered them to Governor Rick Snyder Wednesday.

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher has more.

Governor Snyder has to decide whether to endorse adding about 400,000 people to the program. The federal government would cover the cost of an expansion for the first three years, and 90 percent after that.

Liz Lamoste is with Medicaid Matters for Michigan. She says the plan could save the state up to a billion dollars over the next decade.

“From our perspective, Medicaid expansion makes sense for Michigan,"  she says.  "We can help our citizens get access to healthcare, and we can also help our state’s bottom line.”

But many Republican state lawmakers say they’re not convinced the federal government will keep its promises. They also say there could be hidden costs later on.

Governor Snyder will announce his plans for Medicaid on Thursday when he unveils his new proposed budget.