Medicaid Expansion Would be a Win for Over 400,000 Michiganders

LANSING, Mich., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A revamped Medicaid Expansion bill, HB 4714, sponsored by Rep. Matt Lori (R-St. Joseph County), passed from the House with strong bipartisan support, 76 to 31, and is now in the Senate Government Operations Committee.

HB 4714 would save Michigan taxpayers about $200 million a year in reduced health care spending, provide health insurance to an estimated 474,000 eligible low-income Michigan workers who are currently uninsured. This legislation would also provide funding that would support preventive healthcare and mental health treatment, which keeps people out of costly healthcare settings, jails, and prisons.

"This plan wouldn't just provide health insurance to low-income workers who are uninsured today," said Thomas Bardwell, President of the Michigan Association of Counties (M.A.C.) Board of Directors, "but it also would require some responsibility from the participant in the form of co-pays, along with incentivizing participants to practice a healthy lifestyle."

M.A.C. supports the passing of HB 4714 and would like to thank Rep. Lori for sponsoring the bill, Governor Snyder for his continued support of this bill, Rep. Shirkey (R-Jackson County), and all legislators working to pass this important piece of legislation.

Below are the numbers, by county, of workers who would gain insurance under HB 4714. This information was provided by www.reformmedicaidmi.com via the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Michigan Association of Counties (M.A.C.) founded on February 1, 1898, is the only statewide organization dedicated to the representation of all county commissioners in Michigan. M.A.C. is a non-partisan, non-profit organization which advances education, communication and cooperation among county government officials in the state of Michigan. M.A.C. is the counties' voice at the State Capitol, providing legislative support on key issues affecting counties.

Statewide Totals of Workers Who Would Gain Insurance Under House-Passed Medicaid Reforms  

Statewide Totals By County

County

Number

Alcona

547

Alger

397

Allegan

5.325

Alpena

1,499

Antrim

1,266

Arenac

1,030

Baraga

413

Barry

2,126

Bay

4,877

Benzie

897

Berrien

7,871

Branch

2,263

Calhoun

7,288

Cass

2,761

Charlevoix

1,070

Cheboygan

1,446

Chippewa

1,893

Clare

1,838

Clinton

2,252

Crawford

767

Delta

1,703

Dickinson

1,056

Eaton

3,527

Emmet

1,429

Genesee

18,422

Gladwin

1,484

Gogebic

852

Grand Traverse

3,362

Statewide Totals (Cont'd)


County

 Number

Gratiot         

1,823

Hillsdale               

2,403

Houghton     

2,094

Huron  

1,528

Ingham 

13,591

Ionia   

2,512

Iosco  

1,308

Iron    

574

Isabella

4,773

Jackson

6,954

Kalamazoo      

12,539

Kalkaska        

985

Kent   

29,461

Keweenaw    

104

Lake    

780

Lapeer  

3,737

Leelanau        

785

Lenawee        

4,509

Livingston      

4,483

Luce   

303

Mackinac      

667

Macomb       

35,373

Manistee       

1,136

Marquette      

2,704

Mason  

1,455

Mecosta         

2,775

Menominee       

1,071

Midland

3,106

Statewide Totals (Cont'd)


County        

      Number

Missaukee             

869

Monroe

4,985

Montcalm      

3,575

Montmorency    

571

Muskegon     

9,145

Newaygo      

2,954

Oakland

42,547

Oceana 

1,855

Ogemaw       

1,352

Ontonagon     

351

Osceola

1,365

Oscoda 

602

Ostego 

1,171

Ottawa 

8,814

Presque Isle   

685

Roscomon    

1,421

Saginaw         

9,872

Sanilac  

2,426

Schoolcraft      

465

Shiawassee     

3,163

St. Clair

7,474

St. Joseph     

3,109

Tuscola 

2,808

Van Buren       

4,650

Washtenaw     

13,618

Wayne  

119,993

Wexford     

1,699

Statewide Total:

474, 733

SOURCE Michigan Association of Counties



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