Mich. Senate panel likely to vote on Medicaid bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. Legislation expanding government health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults in Michigan could advance forward in the state Senate.

A Senate committee on Wednesday is expected to vote on a revised bill more than a month after the Republican-led chamber refused to vote at the request of Gov. Rick Snyder.

The legislation includes more changes designed to attract GOP support. But it remains unclear how the full Senate will react when asked to act, most likely at the end of August.

Medicaid expansion is an option under the federal health care law. It's supported by the medical and insurance lobbies and most business interests but is opposed by conservative activists.

Michigan would need to secure federal approval to implement its plan to expand Medicaid eligibility.

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