Medicaid expansion ‘smart’Published 2:30pm Friday, March 22, 2013
The Michigan Legislature has a rare opportunity to pass legislation that will save the state budget more than $1 billion over a decade while expanding health insurance to nearly 450,000 low-income adults who are uninsured today.
Most of the Michigan adults who will be covered under the “Medicaid expansion” are employed, but their low-paying jobs don’t come with insurance.
They earn too much to qualify for Medicaid under current rules, but they can’t afford private insurance.
Expanding Medicaid coverage to 450,000 Michigan adults who are uninsured today is smart because it will save money and save lives.
• It will reduce cost shifting that happens when uninsured citizens use emergency rooms instead of doctors’ offices for basic care.
• It will allow the state to reduce state tax dollars that fund low-income health care, saving the state budget about $1 billion over a decade.
• It will improve the health of hundreds of thousands of residents, making it easier for them to find jobs, or get better jobs.
• It is supported by Gov. Rick Snyder, hospitals, doctors and key business organizations.
Please visit www.ExpandMedicaid.com and join us in urging the state Legislature to expand Medicaid now.
Or you may call our Michigan Senator and House Representatives to voice your support:
Sen. John Proos (517)373-6960, Rep. Matt Lori, District 59, (517) 373-0832, Rep. Dave Pagel, District 78, (517) 373-1796, Rep. Al Pscholka, District 79, (517) 373-1403, Rep. Aric Nesbitt, District 66, (517) 373-6339.
Ask them to support Gov. Snyder’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage.
Most of us have a family member, a friend, a neighbor or an acquaintance who needs a hand up, not a hand out. Give them your hand. Let’s give them our hands collectively.
Make your opinions heard.
Write a letter.
Make the phone calls.
Be the voice for someone you care about.
Mary Geegan Middleton
Cassopolis Family Clinic
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