Medicaid Patients Closer to Paying Premiums

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Some Medicaid patients in Michigan would pay on average $5 a month in premiums under a budget proposal tentatively passed by the state Senate.

The provisions were part of a budget for the Department of Community Health, which oversees Medicaid. The proposed budget is for the fiscal year that starts in October.

The Senate, which has a Republican majority, passed the budget proposal by a 20-to-17 vote, mostly along party lines. But the Senate reserved the right to reconsider the vote if that becomes necessary later in the week, depending on what happens with other pieces of the state budget.

The Senate version is different from one that passed the House last week. Differences will have to be resolved before either version becomes law.

The Senate version calls for higher co-pays and freezes enrollments in some Medicaid programs.