Michigan’s Governor to Push for Medicaid Expansion After State Senate Fails to Act

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is starting a statewide effort to drum up support for a plan to expand Medicaid coverage in the wake of the state Senate’s inaction on legislation before it adjourned for the summer. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148), states have the option of expanding Medicaid coverage to all persons with incomes of up to 133 percent of the poverty level, with most of the funding for the expansion coming from the federal government in the first few years.

Snyder, like many other Republican governors, was at first reluctant to announce plans for expanded Medicaid eligibility. But in mid-June the state House approved legislation that would expand Medicaid eligibility to more than 400,000 state residents. The Senate, however, adjourned last Thursday for the summer without taking a vote on the bill.

Gov. Snyder will now cross the state seeking to encourage the Senate to come back into session this summer to vote on the legislation. In the wake of last week’s non-action by the state Senate, Snyder said, “Our senators need to take a vote, not a vacation.”