State Lawmakers A Step Closer To Approving Medicaid Expansion, Overhaul

Jun 12, 2013

State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan after months of debate.

A state House panel approved the measure Thursday.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports.

Republicans on the committee were split on the legislation. The federal government says it’ll foot the entire bill for Medicaid expansion through 2016, and at least 90 percent after that.

But Representative Ken Goike says he and many of his GOP colleagues don’t trust Washington to keep that promise.

“We’re going to put a lot more people on the rolls, and therefore they’re going to be trapped on something that’s not going to be sustainable,” he says.

Democrats on the panel all voted in favor of the bill. That’s after lawmakers dropped a controversial plan to limit able-bodied adults to four years on Medicaid. But they say they’re still concerned about language that would raise premiums and co-pays for some patients after four years.