Governor Rick Snyder says he intends to sign a bill that will extend Medicaid benefits to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders. The bill cleared the state Legislature Tuesday.

MPRN’s Rick Pluta Updates Senate Medicaid Decision

Aug 28, 2013
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A controversial measure that would expand Medicaid health coverage to more than 400-thousand Michigan citizens passed the state Senate last night.  

If a vote on Medicaid expansion comes down to a tie in the state Senate, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says he’s willing to cast the tie-breaking vote to pass it.


Beginning in 2014, much of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes effect. The landmark law aims to ensure that U.S. citizens have access to quality and affordable health insurance.  

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The Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, is well underway across the USA.

In Michigan, debate continues over expanding Medicaid coverage to thousands more people.

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This summer’s been busier than usual at the State Capitol, with ongoing discussions happening on hot button issues including Medicaid expansion, Common Core education standards, road funding and more.

Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) joins the Current State to offer his perspective on those issues and more. He represents the House's 67th district.

A state Senate panel is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan.

A plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan will get its first hearing in the state Senate Tuesday.

A state Senate work group has finished its own plan to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Michiganders under the federal health care law.

Some members of the Michigan legislature are having a busier summer than usual. While most legislators are on a summer break, party leaders and work groups continue debating major proposals not resolved by the June passage of the 2014 state budget.  Those include Common Core education standards, Medicaid expansion and others.   Michigan Public Radio state capitol bureau chief Rick Pluta talks with Current State's  Mark Bashore for an update on legislators' current progress on such issues. 

There could be a vote in the state Senate in late August on a bill to extend Medicaid health coverage to thousands of un-insured working poor people.

The event generated some clamor, speech-making, and drew the dean of Congress.

A state Senate panel is expected to start discussing a bill next week to expand Medicaid in Michigan.

Governor Rick Snyder has said he doesn’t expect a vote next week to expand Medicaid in Michigan.

Governor Rick Snyder is calling on state Senate Republicans to return to Lansing. That’s after the Senate adjourned for its summer recess without voting on a Medicaid expansion under the new federal healthcare law.

Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us how the episode left hard feelings, and dimming prospects for extending health coverage to many thousands of low-income working households