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Governor Snyder Says He Has A Lot To Consider When It Comes To Medicaid Expansion

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Governor Rick Snyder says he hasn’t yet decided whether he wants the state to expand Medicaid eligibility.

Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher has more.

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, the state has to decide whether to let more people qualify for Medicaid. If it does, the federal government will pay the costs of an expansion for the first three years.

Governor Snyder says he still needs to get a clear idea of what that would mean for the state.

“I want to make sure we have access and high quality care if we’re to look into something like that, and say, ‘What’s the net cost to all of us?’”

Snyder also says he wants to make sure health care providers can accommodate adding hundreds of thousands of people to the program.

He says the subject will be a key part of his budget address to lawmakers next week.

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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