Michigan's expanded Medicaid program starts today By Jake Neher
Michigan's Medicaid expansion is officially up and running. That means hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders are now eligible for government-sponsored health care.
People making 133% of the federal poverty level or less are now eligible for the program, which is part of the federal Affordable Care Act. That's about $15,000 dollars or less a year for an individual and about $32,000 or less for a family of four.
The State House had already passed a version of a bill that would extend Medicaid benefits to about 320,000 low-income residents in 2014. The State Senate stalled the measure until this week, when it passed a version with some new elements.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, State House lawmakers are again preparing to vote on Medicaid expansion.
Ypsilanti State Representative David Rutledge looks ahead to next week and a State House vote on Medicaid expansion in Michigan.