LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - The State Senate is still working on a plan to expand Medicaid in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act, but has yet to come to an agreement.
Two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) promised an update on the workgroup looking at expanding Medicaid to between 300,000 and 500,000 more people in Michigan. Wednesday, that update came, but it few answers.
In a letter, Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) outlined what the group of senators have been talking about when it comes to Medicaid. They have not yet finished their work.
"The workgroup is making good progress, but they do not yet have a draft to review. As soon as that information is available, we will distribute and then meet again to receive testimony," Richardville said Wednesday. "I have a lot of confidence in this process and I expect that we will have a better product to consider in the very near future."
Democrats and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder are in a hurry to get a deal done. Senate Democratic leader Sen. Gretchen Whitmer of Lansing is growing impatient.
"We could have gotten this done before the break and gotten it to the governor's desk and put Michigan in place where we are able to do this," Whitmer said. "The inaction, really, I think, surprised a lot of people. Really, it was such a failure of leadership from the executive level to the Senate Republicans that it was kind of surprising."
Whitmer expressed some optimism that a deal could still get done but changes from the House bill could jeopardize it futures in the Senate.
Full Senate action is not expected until late this summer or early fall.
==Sunday at 10 p.m. on To The Point: Sen. Gretchen Whitmer discusses the Medicaid battle and other issues.==
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