Radio Made in Michigan
3:34 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Michigan House Passes Bill To Set Up State-Federal Healthcare Exchange

A bill to accept federal money for a healthcare exchange in Michigan is on its way to the state Senate.

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The House passed the legislation todayThursday with bi-partisan support.

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

The state would form a partnership with the federal government to create and run a website people could use to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The legislation would allow the state to accept more than 30 million dollars from Washington to set up the exchange.

Republican state Representative Bob Genetski voted against the bill. He says there are too many unanswered questions about what the healthcare law will mean for Michigan.

“Until the feds can tell us how all this is going to work or what it’s going to look like, I’m apprehensive to go along with them on much of anything,”  he says.

Republican House leaders say a federal partnership is the state’s only choice if it wants to keep some control over the exchange.

The bill now goes to the state Senate.