Michigan Medicaid expansion hanging in balance

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LANSING, Mich. Whether Michigan expands government health insurance to more adults is still hanging in the balance in the Republican-dominated state Senate.

Gov. Rick Snyder has called a Thursday afternoon news conference in the Capitol to discuss Medicaid expansion. He cut short his trade trip to Israel to be back in Lansing lobbying for expansion, but the Senate hasn't acted and won't return for two months after adjourning later in the day.

Snyder's problem is his fellow Republicans make up two-thirds of the Senate, and the GOP is more resistant to expanding the Medicaid program under the federal health care law.

Hospitals, insurers, small businesses and the poor are pushing the Senate to act, while conservative groups are pressuring senators to stand firm.


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