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Some Think Medicaid Expansion Will Cause Added Debt

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - In a close vote Tuesday night, the Michigan Senate passed medicaid expansion. Critics of the bill say it will increase the debt load and flood doctors with patients they don't have time to treat.

 

 

Tyshee Wilson, case manager at Center for Family Health, says sometimes, she gets to tell patients they've been approved for medicaid. "It's exciting. It's always exciting. It's almost like I got it."

 

Wilson says that's partly because under the current eligibility requirements, it's pretty hard to qualify. A 30-page application and the most surprising part, low or no income doesn't guarantee someone will qualify.

 

"I work with it everyday, but people who don't deal with it everyday, they don't understand. They're like, 'but I'm sick. I need help.' You're denied. And we don't know why. We don't know why," said Wilson.

CEO of Center for Family Health Molly Kaser says about 6,500 of their current uninsured patients will qualify for medicaid once the law takes effect, increasing the center's revenue by about 10 percent.

She says right now, uninsured patients who need to see specialists that the center doesn't staff for chronic illnesses, like cancer, will finally have a way to pay for their treatment.

 

"More lives will be saved. Women and men will lead longer and healthier lives because they are going to be able to get their concerns taken care of instead of waiting and waiting and dying earlier," said Kaser.

The Michigan House is expected to pass the law next week. If it does pass in the Senate next week, Governor Snyder has said he will sign it right away. It would then take efffect next April.

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