The Medicaid Expansion Workgroup, a.k.a. the Healthy Michigan Workgroup, will be meeting throughout the summer to discuss plans to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called ObamaCare. View schedule here.
In his recent Op-Ed in Michigan Capitol Confidential, Kevon Martis points to a June 7th court decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that may transform Michigan's renewable energy mandate.
If lawmakers at the state and federal level were serious about providing better coverage and care, they would start with requesting more control of the Medicaid dollars. This is really what Medicaid opposition is about: fighting for the most vulnerable to be in more control of their health care.
The recent spike in Michigan gas prices has caused a wave of news reports suggesting that it will be more difficult for lawmakers to increase gas taxes and registration fees in order to "Just Fix the Roads." But this shouldn't stop lawmakers attempts to find more money for roads, especially if they are a priority.
Gov. Rick Snyder has invited Kathleen Sebelius, one of the Obama Administration's leading lieutenants, to meet with state lawmakers and twist some arms in support of a $1.3 billion Medicaid expansion