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Senate group named to explore Medicaid expansion

Jun 27th, 2013 - State News

— Six Republican senators will meet over the summer to consider ways to possibly improve Medicaid expansion legislation pending in the Michigan Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville on Wednesday announced a workgroup to study options on proceeding with legislation that passed the Republican-led House two weeks ago.

Governor Rick Snyder is traveling the state to pressure Senate Republicans to vote after they adjourned last week without voting. The bill would make more low-income adults eligible for Medicaid under the federal health care law.

Richardville says the Medicaid debate isn't over, and Snyder calls the workgroup's creation "good progress."

The workgroup includes Roger Kahn of Saginaw Township, Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale, Dave Robertson of Grand Blanc, John Pappageorge of Troy, Jim Marleau of Lake Orion and Darwin Booher of Evart.

Meanwhile, State Representative Ken Yonker will host a town hall meeting tonight in Wayland. He will meet with local residents to discuss the Medicaid Reform Bill. He feels the issue is complex and wants to speak to constituents directly. The meeting will be held at the Wayland Union High School from 6-8 p.m.

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