State House Set To Tackle Blue Cross Overhaul In “Lame Duck"

Nov 12, 2012

A number of high-profile bills are on the agenda for the state legislature’s “lame duck session” before the end of the year. 

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As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, a proposed overhaul to Michigan’s largest health insurer is one of lawmakers’ top priorities.

A state House committee will hold a hearing on a plan to turn Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan into a customer-owned non-profit, and end its tax exempt status.

Insurance Committee Chair Pete Lund says it’s a big piece of legislation with a lot to consider. But he’s confident the House will pass the measure before the end of the year.

“The most important thing, of course, is doing it right," he says. "But we put our mind to it and get down, roll up our sleeves, I think we should be able to do it.”

The state Senate passed the legislation last month.

Nothing is for sure, but the “lame duck” agenda could also include a repeal of the personal property tax on businesses, legislation to fund roads projects, and a bill to replace the emergency manager law that voters shot down in last week’s election.