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Committee Shoots Down Medicaid Expansion Plans

A subcommittee in the Michigan House has approved a budget bill without the Medicaid expansion sought by Republican Governor Rick Snyder.

 The GOP-controlled panel voted 5-2 along party lines Wednesday in favor of the legislation that doesn't make hundreds of thousands of more Michigan residents eligible for government-subsidized health insurance. 

Snyder says boosting the number of Medicaid participants would save the state money initially and make people better off. That has been met with skepticism by Republican legislators who worry the federal government will renege on a promise to cover much of the cost.

 

The vote was the first legislative action on Snyder's Medicaid proposal. The bill could change in coming months before lawmakers' self-imposed June 1 to approve the next state budget.

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