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Medicaid expansion bill pushed by Senator Bruce Caswell moves forward

Bruce Caswell
Bruce Caswell

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - The possibility of expanding Medicaid in Michigan to bring in more than one-billion dollars of federal funding remains alive, but with alternatives that could end that potential.  The state Senate Government Operations Committee yesterday approved a working group bill backed by Democrats that would qualify nearly a half-million more people for coverage.  But minority leader Gretchen Whitmer says the approval of two competing bills to reduce the number of recipients is a big concern.

One of those bills was authored by State Senator Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale County, who's district covers Branch, Hillsdale, St Joseph , and Lenawee counties. Whitmer said moving all three measures forward sends a convoluted message that “we support everything so we stand for nothing”. Majority Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act decided not to bring up the House-approved Medicaid expansion in June over the objections of Republican Governor Rick Snyder.