Ingham County Health Services Millage may be Renewed

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"Everyone would have something to be able to visit a doctor and get prescription medications," said Robin Reynolds, executive director of IHP.

Universal health care. We've heard it from Obamacare all year.

In Ingham County, they're trying to do the same thing.

"We'll continue to provide coverage for the uninsured, and it's important to me and the community that we would have 100% coverage," Reynolds said.

But it comes at a price.

Ingham County has a health services millage to pay for the uninsured.

That was before the Affordable Care Act came into effect. Now, about 30% of people who are eligible for Obamacare aren't required to have coverage because of a hardship waiver.

So now if the millage is renewed, people would be paying twice. Once for Obamacare, and once for Ingham county.

Sounds like a raw deal, but Reynolds says people end up covering for the uninsured with taxes no matter what. And she believes it's cheaper to do it through the Ingham health plan.

"I think this is a very giving community, and we understand that pay now or pay later, we'd rather pay a preventative that way the person stays healthy and it's cheaper" Reynolds said. "Rather than later when the person is sick and more costly."

The Ingham County Board of Commissioners voted along party lines for the millage renewal. It doesn't go on the ballot until November, and voters are still undecided.

The millage would come down to about $26 a year for the average home owner.

Reynolds hopes above all else, people will get out and vote.