Snyder to call in help with Medicaid expansion

MACKINAC ISLAND — Gov. Rick Snyder will call in federal reinforcements to help convince a recalcitrant Republican-majority Legislature to accept money to expand Medicaid.

After a speech Friday closing out the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference, Snyder said he has talked with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to determine the best way to get the expansion passed in Michigan, and setting a time for someone with HHS to come to the state to talk with lawmakers.

Republicans, wary of anything associated with President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, have not included the federal dollars for the expansion in the 2013-14 budget. The bill in Lansing would put four-year limits on the benefits.

Such a cap would probably earn the state a rejection from the feds.

Snyder calls the expansion key to his Healthy Michigan initiative and would extend benefits to 470,000 more low-income Michiganders.

The federal government would fully fund the program through 2017 and then ratchet down the contribution to 90% by 2020.


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