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State Senate approves important Medicaid expansion that benefits small businesses

August 28, 2013

The state Senate in Lansing last night passed a plan that initiates critical reforms and broadens the eligibility criteria to participate in the Medicaid program so that people under 133 percent of the poverty level can obtain basic coverage.

SBAM believes this proposal not only makes sense for the small business owner, but is good business for all residents of Michigan. The federal government will cover 100 percent of the costs of these Medicaid reforms for the first three years, and represents an opportunity to end our status as a “donor state,” sending more money to Washington, D.C., than we get back in funding. The infusion of federal dollars along with some key reforms to the way the state delivers Medicaid services will ultimately reduce the piling-on effect that’s been plaguing paying customers for many years.

The Senate bill now returns to the state House, which passed the bill in June and is expected to send it to Gov. Snyder next week for his signature.

Click for media coverage on the Senate vote:

WILX-TV News  and WLNS-TV News  (note SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler on platform with Gov. Snyder)

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