By Kayla Rouser, Wayne State University Class of 2015
September 18, 2013
Governor Rick Snyder has decided to expand Medicaid here in the State of Michigan this week that will allow hundreds of thousands of people eligible for Medicaid. The bill that has recently been signed into law enforces a portion of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama care, which mandates that all people should have health care coverage by January 1 2014. The Federal government is expected to completely cover 100% of the act through the year of 2017. Rick Snyder implementation of the new bill marks Michigan as the largest state that is controlled by Republicans the first to support a component of the new federal health care act. Given that almost half the state is uninsured an estimated 320,000 people are expected to be eligible by late March if the Federal Government gives the go ahead. The program instated in Michigan already covers residents like low income children, expecting women, the disabled and low income working adults, covering adults that make up roughly a large portion of the Michigan poverty level. Rep John Dingell of Michigan stated that “health care is a right, not a privilege; the expansion is only a part of a very large piece of legislation.” The expansion is expected to bring the state 198$ million into the state by the year of 2014.
There is also a business benefit to the expansion of Medicaid, under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government is making it an requirement for businesses to either provide health care to their employees or pay 2,000 per employee penalty, so by expanding the act it provides as a more affordable option to help keep businesses open.
Medicaid in Michigan is expected to expand to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level, so into total approximately 320,000 Michiganders will be covered but by 2012 the number is expected to rise to 470,000 people, so that Michigan’s uninsured population will drop by about 46%.
For more information click this link here to view State of Michigan’s PDF for specifics.