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Debate Over Medicaid Expansion, Reform Continues In Lansing

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration says it’s “very skeptical” the federal government will let Michigan put a time limit on Medicaid.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, lawmakers in Lansing continue to debate a plan to overhaul and expand the program.

Under a bill in the state House, able-bodied adults would only be allowed on Medicaid for four years. Michigan would have to get a waiver from the federal government for that to happen.

Top health officials in Lansing say that’s very unlikely.

But Republican state Representative Mike Shirkey says the four-year cap is a vital piece of the bill.

“The only way I can get to ‘yes’ on Medicaid reform/expansion, is if it includes very bold reform,” he says.  “And I consider that to be very bold reform.”

Skirkey says he’s optimistic the Obama Administration would accept the state’s conditions.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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