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Is Medicaid Expansion The Right Move For Michigan

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A day before his 2014 budget address, Governor Snyder says it's time to expand Medicaid coverage for hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents, but as Nick Perreault explains some say it's not a fool proof solution.

Doctor Kenneth Elmassian says a lot of people find themselves at the emergency room because they don't have insurance.

"I think the situation here in Michigan, the Medicaid system has been terribly under funded, physicians have been very reluctant to see patients because of the under funding," said Michigan Medical Society President-Elect Dr. Kenneth Elmassian.

Dr. Elmassian says the governor's plan to extend medicaid coverage could fix that. Through federal aid, roughly half a million people would get insurance over the next decade.

"The hope is that their having access to physicians that they will come and seek the care that they need instead of going to the emergency room when they are very sick," Dr. Elmassian said.

The extension of Medicaid may look simple of paper but it's something representative Joe Haveman tells 6News is something he needs more time to think about whether this is the right move for Michigan.

"I think we have to ask ourselves if we get into this and decide this is not right for the taxpayers, is there a way out, is there an exit strategy if we want one," 90th District State Representative Joseph Haveman.

An exit because State Representative Haveman says under the plan, federal funding will eventually drop from 100 percent to 90 and is unclear how the state will pay that difference.

"Are we creating another entitlement for the people like a crutch, or are we creating a pathway out of poverty with it," Representative Haveman said.

Because there's no magic eraser to erase mistakes with people's money and their health.

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