LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - The Medicaid expansion plan in Lansing is changing again.
Wednesday, a work group unveiled a new plan that some believe can pass the Michigan Senate, where Republicans have been unable or unwilling to come up with the votes to pass the plan approved by the House of Representatives.
Gov. Rick Snyder has been pressing hard for the expansion, which would cover up to 500,000 more people in Michigan as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) chairs the group that rolled out the substitute.
"Specifically, the work group has identified reforms that focus on an increased accountability, not just for individuals but for the state. For us. For providers and for hospitals," Kahn outlined. "It's important as well in this process for us to preserve Michigan's independence. That means an ability to opt out of Medicaid expansion should it not serve our purposes."
If the Government Operations Committee and full Senate pass the bill, it will have to go back to the House for a vote.
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