Governor Hasn't Made a Decision on Medicaid Expansion Yet

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Rick Snyder says he's weighing many factors as he considers whether Michigan should expand its Medicaid program.
The national health care law will let states insure residents with income up to 138 percent of the poverty line, rather than 100 percent, as it does now.
That could mean coverage for 500,000 more Michigan residents. The state's Medicaid program currently covers about 1.9 million people, most of them children, seniors and people with disabilities.
Snyder told The Associated Press in a Friday interview that expanding coverage could save the state money.
But he says he also has to look at how much the state must spend once the federal government drops from paying 100 percent of the cost of those added to the program to 90 percent by 2020.

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  • by Sarah Location: Portland on Aug 5, 2012 at 05:23 AM
    Medicaid excpansion is needed but it has to be done with discretion and planning. This is the time to put the "strings attached" into the plan. Health care yes but health care recipients must have mandatory standards to meet. No smoking, no excess children, no obesity, and they must show a daily regiment of exercise.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2012 at 04:50 AM
    the fools of middle and upper class. The ones who make too much to qualify for it but are too poor to make it to the upper class. And if they start taxing any more on the upper class, jobs will disappear. Everytime they try to tax the upper class it affects at lest 10 middle class paychecks.
  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Aug 4, 2012 at 05:14 AM
    More Medicaid. Who pays for it? Ah, that's right. Your article fails to mention where the money is coming from.
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      by anonymous on Aug 4, 2012 at 01:29 PM in reply to Kelly
      medicaid has been a lifesaver for my mom she is 66 with cancer and would not have been able to get life saving treatment without it. so those of you that think its just for the so called people who dont want to work-your wrong
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        by Jennifer on Aug 6, 2012 at 09:03 PM in reply to anonymous
        Your Mom is utilizing Medicaid for the right reasons. IN a health crisis, especially at her mature age....she has earned the benefit for her fight. I may be wrong, however....the majority of people that don't agree with the expansion of this HAND UP program are fed up with handing out of generational abuse of the system. We are fed up with the baby mama's that continue to have children yet do nothing to financially support the ones they already have. We are fed up with the abuse of temporary assistance. We are fed up with government ignoring that temporary "quick-fixing" is not a solution to the costs of health insurance premiums. Personally, I'm glad your mom wasn't denied help. Your Mom deserves the help. No one asks for cancer. I hope she heals, and knows she is fighting the good fight. God Bless :D
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        by Amanda on Aug 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM in reply to anonymous
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      by Jason on Aug 5, 2012 at 08:50 PM in reply to Kelly
      Exactly. It comes from every working person.
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