Snyder administration says late start for Medicaid expansion would be costly
August 28, 2013 | MPRN
Medicaid expansion cleared the state Senate by the slimmest of margins, while a
separate motion that would allow the coverage to begin January first requires a
super-majority. That vote failed, but the Senate could revisit the question as
soon as Tuesday.
Angela Minicuci is
with the state Department of Community Health. She says what’s at stake is
health coverage for as many as 320 thousand working poor people, who otherwise
might have to wait til spring to qualify.
“If we have the ability to provide
coverage as of January 1 to improve these people’s lives, that truly is
something that we think is beneficial for the state of Michigan.”
Minicuci says a delay would also
cost hundreds of millions of dollars in lost federal funds and savings by
putting more prison inmates into Medicaid.
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