Medicaid expansion in trouble in Mich. Legislature

Gov. Rick Snyder and health advocates have the difficult task of persuading the GOP-led Legislature to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands more residents.

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Currently, too few Michigan Republicans support the plan for it to advance. However, there are some in the GOP that claim they are open to expanding the health insurance program if changes are made to it.

Changes could potentially include making more participants pay co-pays. Advocates for the poor counter that they can’t afford the co-pays.

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A broad alliance of business, hospitals and low-income advocates support Medicaid expansion and say it’s a good deal for the state. Conservative groups stand in opposition.

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Medicaid expansion is optional under the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the federal health care law.

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