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Mich. Legislative Panel Moves Medicaid Expansion Forward

The approval for making at least 320,000 low-income adults eligible for Medicaid sets the stage for a crucial Senate vote later this month.

The Associated Press: Senate Panel OKs Medicaid Bill, Two Alternatives
A Michigan legislative committee on Wednesday voted to make at least 320,000 low-income adults eligible for Medicaid health insurance in 2014 and beyond, setting the stage for a crucial vote in the Republican-dominated Senate in late August.  The Government Operations Committee also approved two alternative plans backed by conservative senators who oppose expanding the Medicaid program under the federal health care law (8/1).

In news about setting up the state online insurance exchanges -

Modern Healthcare: Reform Update: Online Insurance Brokers Get To Play On Federally Run Exchanges
Increasing enrollment in health insurance is one of the primary goals of the health reform law. The CMS took a major step to achieve that this week by signing agreements with five Web-based insurance broker firms to help enroll Americans in the insurance exchanges in the 35 states where the federal government will run them (Block, 7/1). 

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