Medicaid expansion goes to Governor as Feds consider waivers

Sep 4, 2013

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign legislation the Medicaid expansion bill, though it was not given immediate effect.
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Governor Rick Snyder says he looks forward to signing a Medicaid expansion bill when he returns in a couple of weeks from a trade mission to Asia. In the meantime, the state will continue to negotiate with the federal government on the program.

The Legislature has voted to require working poor people on Medicaid to have health care savings accounts. The measure also calls for incentives for people to adopt healthy behaviors. Those both require approval by the federal government.

The federal government has a target of signing up to 66 million people for the expanded Medicaid program. Michigan has a target of 360,000 working poor people for the sign-up period that ends March 31st.

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta joined Current State for an update.