Gov. Snyder's Top Health Official Doubts Medicaid Time Limit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Snyder administration's top health official says a House Republican plan to expand Medicaid to more uninsured people in Michigan has a lot to like but also some drawbacks.

In a Friday interview with The Associated Press, Department of Community Health Director James Haveman questioned the legality of a proposed four-year cap on health insurance for nondisabled adults.

But Haveman says he's a "glass half-full guy" and is optimistic Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP-led Legislature will reach a deal soon to make more low-income adults eligible for Medicaid. Republicans haven't passed Snyder's Medicaid expansion and unveiled an alternative Thursday.

Haveman supports parts of the plan that incentivize healthy living and have recipients pay premiums. He says expanding Medicaid is a "great opportunity" to provide preventive care to the uninsured.


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