Mich. Senate Leader Expects Medicaid Vote by Sept.

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The leader of the Michigan Senate says he thinks senators will vote before September on whether to expand Medicaid eligibility under the federal health care law.

Republican Majority Leader Randy Richardville said Friday there's a "good chance" he'll hold a vote even if half of 26 Senate Republicans aren't on board. He adjourned last week without calling a vote despite pressure from Gov. Rick Snyder because the GOP caucus wasn't ready to proceed.

Richardville made his comments on public television's "Off the Record" show.

The Senate has six session days scheduled in July and August, though no attendance is expected until the last week of August. Snyder wants a vote soon.

Richardville plans to ask Democrats to join a Republican workgroup he appointed to look at the Medicaid issue.


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