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Gov. Snyder Signs "Healthy Michigan" Plan

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DEARBORN, Mich. (WLNS) - Nearly 500,000 Michiganders will soon have health care, thanks to a new bill Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Monday morning.

The law is a bi-partisan effort and Republicans and Democrats both put their differences aside to help give more people in Michigan access to health care. Governor Snyder says the state has gone too long without doing anything about the health care crisis and that patients, small businesses and the economy will be better off because of the changes.

Snyder signed the "Healthy Michigan" plan on Monday in Deaborn.

The plan will cover 320,000 people in its first year and will eventually cover close to 500,000 people. During the bill signing, the Governor emphasized "personal responsibility" and says most people covered under the bill will be working, but only earning about $15,000 a year. He also says the plan will save money because those without insurance often waited until their conditions were so severe they had to go to an emergency room and those costs are passed along to other patients and businesses in the form of higher premiums.

Michigan is the 25th state to move forward with medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and while Snyder says the Healthy Michigan plan is a step in the right direction, he emphasized there is still a lot of work to be done.

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