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Senate Panel Will Take Medicaid Vote Wednesday

A state Senate panel is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to expand Medicaid in Michigan.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, lawmakers have made some changes to win more support from Senate Republicans.

State Senate Republicans refused to vote on the Medicaid expansion bill last month before their summer recess. Since then, a legislative work group has made relatively small changes to the proposal.

But Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he thinks the changes will be enough to win over some of his G-O-P colleagues.

“I think that there will be a lot more support,” he says.  “It’ll be broader support than the one that was put in front of us, when I don’t believe the votes were there.”

The bill would eventually extend Medicaid coverage to almost half-a-million Michigan residents through the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative state Senators say they won’t support any legislation that would further entrench Obamacare in Michigan.

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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