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Governor Applauds Senate Passing Of Medicaid Bill

Governor Rick Snyder tried to get the Michigan Senate to pass Medicaid expansion in June before summer recess, that didn't happen but now he has his redemption.

As our Nick Perreault explains, it's a victory the governor and senate leaders say is a win-win for both the medical community and state.

The governor says it's not only a good evening for the half a million low-income people who could soon benefit from Medicaid, but a good night for the state as well.

"Going to the ER for your health care, while we have wonderful people in our ER, it isn't not a good solution, in terms of quality of life, in terms of life for all of us," Governor Snyder said.

But getting the 20 votes necessary to pass in the senate almost didn't happen.

The bill came up one vote short at first, Senator Casperson who was thought to be a yes vote, voted no.

"There was a communication earlier in the day when we were in caucus, and he understood we we're meeting again, so he had some concerned that hadn't been addressed," said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.

But after 2 hours of back and forth talk, the senator cast his deciding vote yes.

20 votes and a happy result for the medical community.

"Well the real problem here Nick is that we have patients who delay going to see a physician, who go to the emergency room instead, we really do need to get Michigan healthier by preventive medicine," Dr. Kenneth Elmassian President Michigan Medical Society said.

Something that Dr. Elmassian says will now be possible and a reality that breast cancer survivor Lynn Lindsey is proud to share.

"It is such a relief knowing that I can go back to work, I work at Speedway and let my people know that I work with, that they have insurance and that they can get help," Lindsey said.

The legislation will now go to the house floor and governor Snyder says if it gets to his desk, he won't hesitate to sign it into law.

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