By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential
A Senate work group has come up with the latest version of House Bill 4714, the legislation to expand Medicaid in Michigan.
But despite the redrafting, the heart of the plan remains intact. It would accommodate the implementation of Obamacare.
Gov. Rick Snyder wants the expansion and the hundreds of millions of up front dollars the administration of President Barack Obama has promised in exchange for passage. Refusing to expand Medicaid would put Michigan among 20-plus states that are trying to hold out against it.
On Wednesday, the three bills were moved out of the Senate Government Operations Committee, which followed a June vote by the House to pass Medicaid expansion. Twenty-eight House Republicans voted to pass the expansion, but the Senate didn’t take up the bill immediately and created a work group to study options instead.