First Hurdle Cleared As Mich. Senate Approves Medicaid Expansion To Low-Income Adults

CBS Detroit

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate has voted to expand Medicaid to more low-income adults .

The vote clears a big hurdle for implementing a key but optional component of the federal health care law. The GOP-led House is expected to pass the legislation next week, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder may sign it quickly.

The plan would provide Medicaid to 320,000 more low-income adults in 2014 and more down the line.

The Senate didn’t get enough votes to give the bill immediate effect, which may complicate how quickly the expansion can occur.

Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift reacted to the passage of Medicaid expansion:

Medicaid expansion is a victory for over 400,000 of Michigan’s most vulnerable families, but the way in which it was passed was plagued with political gamesmanship and months of delays. Today’s vote made it clear that the Tea Party controls some Lansing politicians,”…

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