I hope everyone had a good and safe labor day weekend. We are starting this week with both good and bad news.
The good news is that the Michigan House of Representatives did approve the Medicaid Expansion bill today. All that is left is for the Governor to sign the bill which is expected when he returns from a trip.
However, there is a little bit of bad news. Unfortunately this bill will not go into effect immediately. It is not expected to go into effect until April 2014. There is a lot of uncertainties about how this will impact residents especially when it comes to the insurance mandate and penalties that do start on January 1st. Again I wish I had all the answers but for now, I must wait with you until these questions get answered.
Just a reminder that enrollment starts October 1st. Your AIHFS staff, including myself, have started their 25 hour Navigator training in preparation for being able to assist you.
Here is some additional articles that represent both those in favor of Medicaid Expansion and those who do not support it.
Related articles (Remember some of these are in favor of expansion, some are not)
- House Passes Flawed Medicaid Expansion (mackinac.org)
- How they voted: Medicaid expansion wins final approval in Michigan House (mlive.com)
- Michigan House gives final approval to Medicaid expansion, sending bill to Gov. Rick Snyder (mlive.com)
- Mich. lawmakers give final OK to expand Medicaid (sfgate.com)