Snyder seeks fed advice for Medicaid expansion

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MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder says he's asking a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet for help in reaching a deal with Republican state legislators to expand government health coverage for low-income Michigan residents.

Snyder told reporters Friday he spoke with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius this week about sending department officials to Michigan for meetings with legislators. He said the consultations could shed light on what other states are doing and alternatives for satisfying concerns raised by his fellow Republicans.

GOP lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid coverage in Michigan, a key element of Obama's health care program. A pending bill would set conditions such as a four-year coverage limit for able-bodied adults, which Democrats say federal officials would probably reject.

Snyder said it's "urgent" to expand Medicaid.

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