Medicaid Shortfall Could Lead To Fight In Lansing

Feb 26, 2014

A battle is brewing in Lansing over a shortfall in Michigan’s Medicaid program.

A state House panel Wednesday rejected a Senate plan to patch the hole.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.

The Senate wants to put more than a hundred million dollars into Medicaid to make sure health insurance for low-income Michiganders isn’t at risk. But House Republicans would rather address the issue with a controversial bill to overhaul the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. Drivers would have to pay a $25 dollar fee on their insurance policies to help pay for Medicaid.

Representative Rashida Tlaib is the top Democrat on the House appropriations committee.

   “Basically they are using this to leverage some other issue, and its politics,” she says.

Republican leaders in the state Senate say they’re not interested in addressing the issue in auto no-fault legislation.