What's the Story on Medicaid Expansion?
- Current Status: Expanding Medicaid
- Key Info: In 2013, Governor Rick Snyder (R) announced his inclusion of Medicaid expansion in the 2014 FY budget recommendation, however the Republican-led legislature did not authorize this proposal and instead passed the budget bill with an option to approve expansion if additional research was done to evaluate long-term sustainability. After deliberations over the summer, an alternative proposal developed by the Legislature was enacted in September 2013. The legislation would expand Medicaid coverage contingent upon the approval of two federal Medicaid waivers. Through these waivers, Michigan would seek authority for the state to impose coverage restrictions for individuals between 100-133% FPL covered by Medicaid for more than 4 years, institute cost-sharing requirements, and enroll the expansion and dual eligible populations into Medicaid managed care. An estimated 289,000 Michiganders are expected to be newly eligible under Medicaid expansion.