Update: Medicaid Expansion Delayed Until April

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of low-income Michigan adults will wait an extra three months to qualify for health insurance provided through the federal health care law.
The Republican-controlled state Senate on Tuesday decided against giving immediate effect to Medicaid expansion legislation it passed last week.
Later in the afternoon, the Republican-controlled House passed the Senate revised Medicaid expansion bill by a vote of 75-32. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who plans to sign it.
Medicaid expansion is part of a strategy to ensure nearly all Americans have health insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. It was designed to cover the neediest uninsured people but became optional for states because of a Supreme Court decision.
Michigan's plan includes GOP provisions requiring federal approval. Snyder says he has received "positive feedback" from the Obama administration.
News 10's Anthony Sabella is at the Capitol this afternoon. He will have reaction to today's developments on News 10 at 6pm.


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