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Michigan Lawmakers Set To Vote On Medicaid Expansion

The Michigan Senate is weighing whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to allow 470,000 residents to qualify for the program in a closely-watched vote that has divided conservative Republicans and centrist Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. Lawmakers are slated to vote on three separate proposals Tuesday.

The Washington Post’s Gov Beat: Michigan Senate To Vote On Medicaid Expansion
The Michigan Senate is weighing whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income families, a closely-watched vote that has divided conservative Republicans and centrist Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for months (Wilson, 8/27).

Detroit Free Press: Senate Could Vote For Medicaid Expansion Tuesday
For nearly three months, state Senators have been bombarded with billboards, e-mails and advertising from both sides of the Medicaid expansion issue. And it all comes down to a possible vote Tuesday on whether to approve a plan that would provide health care insurance coverage to an additional 470,000 low-income Michiganders (Gray, 8/26).

And from California, a report on how that state's expanded Medi-Cal program is being rolled out --

California Health Report: How The ACA’s Medi-Cal Expansion Will Work
The federal health reform known as the Affordable Care Act has so many moving parts that it is almost impossible to predict with confidence how it all will work once the law inches closer to full implementation on Jan. 1. But one very big piece of the Act is almost certain to roll out as intended: the expansion of the Medi-Cal program to accommodate more than a million low-income Californians who until recently had almost no access to the doctors, hospitals and labs that many people take for granted (Weintraub, 8/26).

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