LANSING -- Gov. Rick Snyder says he plans to keep paying doctors and others who treat Medicaid patients at the same level next year.
Spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said the Republican governor announced Monday that Medicaid provider rates in Michigan will be kept at the same rate in the fiscal 2012 budget proposal the administration will unveil Thursday. The new budget year begins Oct. 1.
Snyder says he's keeping the rates the same to help ensure continued care and access for patients. Some doctors have warned they would stop seeing Medicaid patients if reimbursement rates were cut further.
About 1.8 million Michigan residents get their health care coverage through Medicaid.
Snyder made the remarks Monday after being named Crain's Detroit Business newsmaker of the year.